Meet the Man Who Wants to Blow Up the TV Business: Dish Network’s Charlie Ergen Comes to Dive Into Media

A rare appearance from a maverick billionaire with big plans.
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“Mobile Video” Means “Video You Watch at Home”

Sure, you could watch Gangnam Style on your iPhone while you wait in line at the bank. But you’re probably on the couch, with the TV on.

Digital Ad Growth Slows, but Mobile Doubles

Maybe digital is tapering off a bit overall. But mobile ads are booming.

Mobile Ads Are Growing Fast, Still Pretty Small

Less than a couple Instagrams.
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Web Ads Taking Off Again: Q1 Revenues A Record $7.3 Billion

Remember when the economy was so lousy that even Web ads were down? Ancient history, at least as far as the Internet’s concerned.

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Time Inc. Hires Ad Industry Trade Head Randall Rothenberg for Digital

Time Inc. has a newish boss, and now Time Warner’s publishing unit has a new head of digital, too: Randall Rothenberg, who has been heading up the Interactive Advertising Bureau trade group since 2007. Technically, CEO Jack Griffin has created a new EVP position for Rothenberg; more practically, he’s replacing Monica Ray, who ran digital for Time Inc. until August, when she jumped to Condé Nast. Side note on Rothenberg: I highly recommend “Where the Suckers Moon,” his 1994 book that went behind the scenes of a Subaru campaign.

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Internet Advertising Rebounds to Set Record

Revenue from Internet advertising reached a record $6.4 billion in the third quarter, according to figures released today from the Interactive Advertising Bureau and PricewaterhouseCoopers. That’s a 17 percent jump from the same quarter last year, when revenues were just starting to climb out of a sharp slump.

Another Video Ad Tech Buy: Undertone Snags Jambo Media

Another ad network buys its way into the video business: Expect more consolidation to come.

Yup, Online Ads Are Coming Back

Online ads grew by 13.9 percent in Q2, says an industry trade group. Which is good to know, but we’re just about to start getting Q3 numbers, starting with Google on Thursday.

Nick Denton's New Yorker Profile–The Video Version (Bonus! One Paragraph Version, Too)

The New Yorker’s new profile of Nick Denton is good! And also long: Here’s the Gawker Media boss in his own words, in seven minutes. Or if you’re in a real hurry, you can read the two-sentence version.