Turner Debuts Ad Lab, Looks To Improve Video Advertising

Looking to spur more linear and digital video ad innovation, cable network group Turner is launching industry-wide research consortium Turner Ad Lab.

Turner Ad Lab will be led by an advisory board made up of representatives from industry trade organizations, research companies, ad tech start-ups and the advertising community.

Howard Shimmel, chief research officer for Turner, stated: “We know that video advertising is welcomed by consumers and has impact, but we need to consider ways to improve the content and environment.”

Turner says it has already taken dramatic steps here -- by significantly reducing commercial loads on TNT and truTV. There will be three initial areas of focus for the group: commercial pod structures, new advertising real estate and creative treatments and executions.



The unit will be part of Turner Research but also work closely with Turner Advertising Sales. Its president, Donna Speciale, said: “Video advertising needs to evolve into a better experience, one that benefits all key parties – consumers, publishers and advertisers.”

Turner Ad Lab studies will be conducted using the Time Warner Media Lab, as well as other facilities throughout the United States and non-lab methodologies.

The composition of the advisory board for Turner Ad Lab will be announced later this month.

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