Warner Bros. Picks Merkle for Digital Media

What: Time Warner Inc. has moved Warner Bros.’s US$250 million digital media account to Dentsu' agency Merkle.
Why it matters: Omnicom, incumbent of Warner Bros' digital media account, will continue handling the traditional media part of the account.

9f18050d0286a2477a9103650b803775_400x400 exdu2xwr_400x400Time Warner Inc. has moved Warner Bros.’s US$250 million digital media account from an Omnicom media-buying to Dentsu' agency Merkle as part of an effort to link up data across Time Warner brands.

Omnicom will continue to handle the traditional media part of the account.Merkle also supports HBO. The studio, which is by far the biggest spender within Time Warner, spent $906 million on U.S. paid media in 2015, according to Kantar Media.The studio’s total digital media account will be north of US$250 million, according to the people familiar with the matter.

The move is in line with marketers’ growing desire to link up data from various online efforts, like e-commerce, video streaming and ad buying to better target individuals.

Time Warner brands include CNN-parent Turner and HBO.

Media consultancy Unbound helped Time Warner with its agency review process, according to people familiar with the matter.

 


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