WarnerMedia Wraps Up Upfront Ad Deals

Prices up by double-digits
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AT&T’s WarnerMedia unit is done with its sales in what appears to have been a very strong upfront market.

Donna Speciale, president, WarnerMedia Ad Sales speaks onstage during WarnerMedia's upfront 2019 presentation at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on May 15, 2019 in New York City

WarnerMedia ad sales head Donna Speciale at the company's upfront presentation.

WarnerMedia--mostly the Turner cable networks in terms of ad sales--saw the same single-digit growth in dollar volume as other programmers have seen, according to a source familiar with the situation. It also was able to secure price increases in the double-digit range on a cost-per-thousand viewer (CPM) basis.

WarnerMedia went into the upfront emphasizing data and assets available to advertisers through AT&T and its advanced advertising unit Xandr.

Turner was already among the leaders in trying to get advertisers to buy target audiences based on data, rather than use the traditional age and sex demographics to make media choices.

WarnerMedia this year saw investment in audience buying double this year compared to last year, according to the source.