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IAB Unveils Winners of First-Ever Digital Video Rising Stars Competition

Ad Units to Accelerate Use of Interactivity in Digital Video Advertising, To Bring Sector to Scale

PHOENIX, AZ (February 25, 2013) — Empowering brand marketers to better leverage interactive video ad experiences, the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) today revealed the five winning Digital Video Rising Stars from its first-ever Digital Video Rising Stars competition. Built to work on a range of video players across multiple devices, the new ad units were presented at the sixth IAB Annual Leadership Meeting “Big Data & Big Ideas: Friends, Enemies, or Frenemies?,” held at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. More than three dozen companies entered a total of over 70 submissions to the contest. The five concepts ultimately selected as IAB Rising Stars are intended to propel interactive digital video ad buys at the same scale and scope as typical online display buys.

The IAB Digital Video Rising Stars are a key addition to the larger IAB Rising Stars initiative, which seeks to create new canvasses for brand advertising on digital platforms, including display and mobile ads. Once a Rising Stars unit has been selected, it will go through a testing process and, with success, be inducted into the IAB Standard Advertising Unit Portfolio, the definitive standards for the digital advertising industry.

The winning Digital Video Rising Star in-stream and linear interactive digital video ad product concepts are:

IAB Digital Video Rising Stars Description Why Selected
Filmstrip Scrollable, multipanel, horizontal unit, much like “The Filmstrip” Display and Mobile Standard Ad Units Richly engaging experience with tons of content possibilities delivered in page with users fully in control
Ad Control Bar Sitting above the player controls, an elegant interface allowing viewers to engage in multiple ways, if they so choose Allows any ad to be interactive without affecting video ad content
TimeSync Rich ad content overlaid on video, changing in sync with video ad content Targets and invites interaction at the most appropriate moments
Extender Allows viewer to choose to continue viewing ad content Provides opportunity for deep video engagement, with permission
Full Screen Invites viewer to interact and then fills player with a full canvas of interaction possibilities including more video, social and catalogs, among other features Allows for an immersive, in-page ad experience, with users in control

Winning submitters included CBS Interactive, Celtra, DG MediaMind, DoubleClick, Innovid, Jivox, Microsoft Advertising, Mixpo, Spongecell, Tremor Video, Yahoo! and YuMe. These winning companies will now collaborate with IAB, the Agency Working Group and digital video ad operations experts over the next 90-120 days to create detailed specifications for the units to run across screens and players.

“The dynamic fusion of sight, sound and motion plus interactivity offers marketers an unbeatable package,” said Peter Minnium, Head of Brand Initiatives, IAB. “To date, too little of digital video advertising has included an interactive component, owing to a lack of standards. With the release of these new Rising Stars units, this is changing today.”

“Digital video advertising has experienced explosive growth across the interactive advertising landscape, bringing in a little more than $1 billion in revenue in the first half of 2012 alone,” said David Doty, Executive Vice President and CMO, IAB. “These innovative digital video ad units will propel the sector’s growth. In addition, the widespread deployment of the IAB Video Suite – a comprehensive update to in-stream video advertising standards – will surely help pave the way for the rapid adoption of these formats.”

Marketers have already begun leveraging the Digital Video Rising Stars with great success. According to Katrina Cohen, Senior Brand Manager, Ritz, the well-known snack food brand, “Ritz had a 360-degree communications campaign, ‘Kick Up the Kickoff,’ which was all about amping up the fun at your game-day party with the spirit, food and fun of New Orleans. The campaign extended into multimedia celebrity partnerships, a recipe contest and social media – and the IAB Full Screen Digital Video Rising Star ad unit, which we used in partnership with Tremor Video, allowed us to reach and engage consumers with all the program elements in a compelling and visually appealing manner.”

The Digital Video Rising Stars contest was announced at the IAB Digital Video Marketplace in April 2012 when IAB put out a call for ad units that could foster digital advertising creativity and to boost larger ad spends across multiple screens.

The winners of the Digital Video Rising Stars initiative were selected by a cross-disciplinary group that included agency creative directors, media executives, publishers and ad operations specialists, who judged the ad units based on user experience, branding capabilities, functionality, integration between ad and publisher content, and ease of adoption across the digital video ecosystem. Each of the in-player units were required to be VAST and VPAID compliant, with an emphasis placed on the format’s behavior within the player, regardless of device.

Participants in the Digital Video Rising Stars judging panel included:

Ana Andjelic Digital Strategist Droga5
Suzana Apelbaum Creative Director Anomoly
Luke Bailey EVP/Executive Creative Director Draftfcb NY
Joe Barone MD, Digital Advertising Operations GroupM
Jesse Brihn Senior Producer, Content & Dev. BBDO
Michael Brunick VP, Strategic Solutions IPG Mediabrands
Matthew Bull Co-founder Bull Whitehouse
Steve Callahan Executive Digital Producer The Martin Agency
Walt Cheruk Executive Vice President, Digital Media Carat
Tim Clarke Creative Director iris
Serena Connelly Creative Director Ginormous
Rob D’Asaro U.S. Director of Digital Strategic Alliances OMD
Jeannie Fratoni Creative Director Red Door Interactive
Jennifer Gavin Head of Digital Development BBH
Miles Green VP of Creative Technology Leo Burnett & Arc
Doug Jaeger Co- founder / Partner JaegerSloan Inc
Adam Kasper Chief Media Officer Havas Media
Jeff Koss SVP, Digital Strategy Director Publicis
Martin Laiks EVP, Managing Director Draftfcb NY
Tom Lerra VP, Digital Executive Producer Mullen
David Levin President, Creative & Tech Group 360i
Scott Marsden SVP, Director, Digital Initiative
Jesse Missad Assoc. Director, Mobility Starcom MediaVest Group
Suzanne Molinaro SVP, Director of Digital Production Deutsch Inc.
Jocelyn Molla Associate Digital Media Director Hill Holiday
Husani Oakley Technology Director, NY Wieden + Kennedy
Karyn Pascoe SVP, Group Creative Director Deutsch Inc
Carlos Ricque VP, Executive Creative Director Moxie
Jarrod Riddle Founder Lifeislottery
David Rittenhouse Senior Media Director Razorfish
Ian Schafer CEO and Founder Deep Focus
Gary Scheiner Chief Creative Officer Rosetta
Alan Schulman Chief Creative Officer SapientNitro
Adam Seymour SVP, Managing Director Optimedia
Mark Sherwood EVP, Worldwide Director, Strategy Saatchi & Saatchi
Adam Shlachter SVP, Media Digitas
Matthew Trego Associate Creative Director McKinney
Zach Treuhaft Managing Director, NY VML
Michael Turcotte VP, Digital Director ZenithOptimedia
Kip Voytek SVP, Director of Digital Innovation MDC
Mitchell Weinstein SVP, Director of Ad Operations UM
Eric Weisberg Executive Creative Director JWT
Kaare Wesnaes Director of Creative Technology McKinney
Darrell Whitelaw Executive Creative Director IPG Media Lab
Tony Whiteside Creative Director Ogilvy
Liz Whittaker Director of Digital Production mcgarrybowen
Donnie Williams Chief Digital Officer Horizon Media
Julian Zilberbrand SVP, Global Digital Director, Technology Activation Group Starcom MediaVest Group

For additional information on the Digital Video Rising Stars, please visit

About the IAB
The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) is comprised of more than 500 leading media and technology companies that are responsible for selling 86% of online advertising in the United States. On behalf of its members, the IAB is dedicated to the growth of the interactive advertising marketplace, of interactive’s share of total marketing spend, and of its members’ share of total marketing spend. The IAB educates marketers, agencies, media companies and the wider business community about the value of interactive advertising. Working with its member companies, the IAB evaluates and recommends standards and practices and fields critical research on interactive advertising. Founded in 1996, the IAB is headquartered in New York City with a Public Policy office in Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit

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