Former GroupM, Comscore Execs Start Media Measurement Firm HyphaMetrics

Former GroupM and Comscore executives -- Michael Bologna and Joanna Drews -- are starting a media metrics company, HyphaMetrics, using a proprietary panel of 5,000 homes.

The company, which has a $2 million early-round investment, looks to track all TV screens and devices into a single-source data stream for licensing to TV networks, media agencies, digital media platforms, multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs), and other research companies.

HyphaMetrics says it will be the first to provide “a suite of data streams providing media viewing behavior figures at their most granular level that are both neutral and autonomous.”

Bologna had been the long-time president of GroupM’s Modi Media, its addressable TV unit. More recently, was president of one2one Media (which became part of Cadent). He will have the title of president and chief revenue officer of HyphaMetrics.



Joanna Drews, co-founder and chief executive officer of HyphaMetrics, had been director of product management and emerging assets at Comscore. Drew is also the measurement working group co-chair for AdLedger and is on the client advisory board for Captify.

HyphaMetrics says it will provide data at the individual household level -- from linear television, to streaming devices and apps to mobile web usage to gaming environments.

The company will focus on three main products:

ClearviewMetrics will offer viewing data across every network, program, advertisement, product placement, streaming app, gaming environment for all devices in the household of panel of 5,000 homes, comprising more than 15,000 devices. This product will launch in the second quarter of 2021.

ContentMetrics, available now, will look at time spent across each platform on TV sets in real time, including who is watching what content and in what format (live, time-shifted, or streaming) within a TV household.

MobileMetrics, also available now, will determine unique media occurrences across mobile media platforms -- time spent in apps, simultaneous app usage, and multitasking metrics, and other data points.

Other executives at the company will include Gerardo López Zamudio, co-founder and chief technical officer. He was formerly chief information officer at credit ratings agency HR Ratings de México and the TV audience measurement agency HR Ratings Media.

Chuck Shuttles will be chief panel officer. Previously he had been vice president of panel science at Comscore and senior vice president of panel operations for Symphony Advanced Media.

3 comments about "Former GroupM, Comscore Execs Start Media Measurement Firm HyphaMetrics".
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  1. Ed Papazian from Media Dynamics Inc, November 2, 2020 at 5:28 p.m.

    I wish them the best---but I suspect that it will not be "viewing" but device or TV set usage that their panel measures. Hope I'm wrong.  There's nothing like striking out on your own, however---as I learned many years ago when I founded my own company---actually five of them. I hope they succeed and shed new light on electronic media audience patterns. We need all the help we can get.

  2. Chuck Shuttles from HyphaMetrics replied, November 4, 2020 at 12:24 p.m.

    It is in fact viewing that we are focused on and not just device-delivery.  Our measure of a viewer is based on proximity to any TV set while SIMULTANEOUSLY measuring digital devices usage. We believe that this single-source measure of both TV AND digital gives a much richer understanding of media usage of the modern "viewer" (e.g., any teen / Millennial with football on TV, fantasy stats on a tablet, and mobile game on a smartphone).

  3. Joshua Chasin from VideoAmp, November 11, 2020 at 9:37 a.m.

    Congratulations JD, Chuck, Gerardo and Michael. Love watching you guys get up and running. 

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