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IAB Releases 2018 Digital Content Newfronts Calendar

Weeklong Marketplace to Be Held in New York City This Spring, Followed by First-Ever Los Angeles NewFronts in Q4

NEW YORK, NY (February 1, 2018) —The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) today released the preliminary schedule for the 2018 Digital Content NewFronts, showcasing the latest in original digital video programming from some of the biggest names in entertainment, news, and information, as well as new leading-edge content creators. Scheduled for April 30-May 4, 2018 in New York City, the week of presentations will highlight innovative storytelling that taps into sight, sound, and motion, providing advertisers with unparalleled opportunities to connect with today’s audiences. IAB will serve as operator of the NewFronts, handling event logistics and marketing.

The New York City event will feature the NewFronts’ co-founders—DigitasLBi, Google/YouTube, Hulu, and Oath—alongside BBC News, Condé Nast, Disney Digital Network, ESPN, Fusion Media Group, Group Nine Media, Jukin Media, Meredith, The New York Times, Refinery29, Studio71, and Twitter. Additional digital content producers are expected to join the line-up in the weeks ahead to fill the remaining slots. Each company will produce and manage its own independent, invitation-only presentation. In addition, IAB will host a NewFronts Insights Breakfast at the end of the week to spotlight new studies on the evolving digital video landscape.

2018 Preliminary NewFronts New York City Schedule

April 30 – May 4, 2018
Monday, 4/30 Tuesday, 5/1 Wednesday, 5/2 Thursday, 5/3 Friday, 5/4
Breakfast:
9 – 11am
The New York Times Disney Digital Network Hulu Meredith IAB NewFronts Insights Breakfast
Lunch:
12 – 2PM
BBC News Fusion Media Group ESPN Group Nine Media Studio 71
Afternoon:
3 – 5PM
Condé Nast Refinery29 DigitasLBi
(2pm – 5pm)
Evening:
6 – 8PM
Twitter Oath Jukin Media Google/YouTube

In tandem with releasing the 2018 NewFronts schedule, IAB announced plans for a second NewFronts in 2018, a West Coast marketplace designed to continue the conversation about the power of digital video with brands and agencies. This new event will be held in Los Angeles in the fourth quarter of the year.

“Advertisers’ increasing demand for innovative, original digital video programming opportunities prompted us to extend the conversations held at NewFronts, with the creation of a second event on the West Coast,” said Anna Bager, Executive Vice President, Industry Initiatives, IAB. “Audiences are turning to a variety of platforms—from OTT to mobile—to engage with digital video content whenever and wherever, and marketers want to be part of this movement. The New York City roster for this spring includes media powerhouses and digital upstarts that will offer action-packed, star-studded presentations. The marketplace is sure to encourage even greater spend from brands, which increasingly recognize the dynamism of video and its valuable role in the media mix.”

For further information and regular NewFronts updates, please go to www.iab.com/newfronts.

About the Digital Content NewFronts
The Digital Content NewFronts is an annual series of events founded by AOL, DigitasLBi, Google/YouTube, Hulu, Microsoft, and Yahoo in 2012. It is committed to the creation of valuable partnerships between brands and native digital content. Our mission is to shape the NewFronts into a new and practical marketplace for connecting the wealth of digital content and content creators to brands and their media and marketing agencies.

About IAB
The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) empowers the media and marketing industries to thrive in the digital economy. Its membership is comprised of more than 650 leading media and technology companies that are responsible for selling, delivering, and optimizing digital advertising or marketing campaigns. The trade group fields critical research on interactive advertising, while also educating brands, agencies, and the wider business community on the importance of digital marketing. In affiliation with the IAB Tech Lab, it develops technical standards and best practices. IAB and the IAB Education Foundation are committed to professional development and elevating the knowledge, skills, expertise, and diversity of the workforce across the industry. Through the work of its public policy office in Washington, D.C., IAB advocates for its members and promotes the value of the interactive advertising industry to legislators and policymakers. Founded in 1996, the IAB is headquartered in New York City and has a San Francisco office.

IAB Media Contact
Laura Goldberg
347.683.1859
[email protected]