We are thrilled to announce that Stephen Brooks, EVP and Managing Director at VidaPrimo, is joining the Portada Brand Star Committee, one of the six units of Portada’s Council System. The Council System’s next in-person meeting will be at Portada Los Angeles on March 14 in Los Angeles’ Loews Hotel.

Stephen Brooks draws on over 20 years of experience in media and technology to build VidaPrimo into a first-class video network for Latin music. Stephen joined VidaPrimo in 2016 after several years as a consultant for start-ups in streaming media and mobile technology. He previously led North American marketing for Technicolor, specializing in broadcast and streaming media services.  At Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures, Stephen guided the launch and adoption of new video formats, including DVD, Blu-ray Disc and Digital Download.
VidaPrimo is the largest multiplatform video network dedicated solely to Latin Music (and the #3 music network overall). VidaPrimo generates over 1 billion monthly impressions globally, primarily from consumers 18-39 who access music videos and original programming on a variety of platforms that include web and mobile streaming sites, mobile apps, subscription services, connected TV channels and more. VidaPrimo is headquartered in Los Angeles and Bogotá.
In occasion of Stephen’s arrival at Portada’s Brand Star Committee, we asked him to tell us more about VidaPrimo’s mission and plans.
Welcome, Stephen!
Portada: Could you tell us what is VidaPrimo’s main objective?
Stephen Brooks: Our main objective at VidaPrimo is to build a singular cross-platform video network destination for Hispanic music fans throughout the U.S., Latin America and Spain. We intend to make our content ubiquitous on virtually every screen: at home, on mobile, at retail and on the go.
 The Portada Council System Brand Committee is made up of many respected professionals whose experience in defining their product and creating compelling value for multicultural consumers will be incredibly useful for VidaPrimo as we grow.
Portada: What is VidaPrimo doing to achieve this goal?
Stephen Brooks: To accomplish this, we need to build our audience through expert branding, social media and influencer marketing, and advertising; expand our distribution footprint to new sites, apps, channels and services; and create a unique, viable and scalable brand integration product for advertisers to connect with passionate music fans.

What: Latin Music video network VidaPrimo has reached a distribution agreement onto branded channels with Roku and Amazon Fire, two of the world’s largest digital streaming platforms.
Why it matters: The expansion to new platforms is also vital to media buyers that need a vehicle to reach the Latin Millennial audience.

Latin Music video network VidaPrimo will distribute its library of music-related video content onto branded channels on both Roku and Amazon Fire, two of the world’s largest digital streaming platforms. The new launches are powered by ViewLift, a digital content distribution and monetization platform.

Last month, VidaPrimo took its first foray onto connected television distribution via a reciprocal agreement with Music Choice.A recent study that revealed over 20 million US households used Roku and Amazon Fire at least 15 times per month, with daily average use at 3.5 hours.

The expansion to new platforms is also vital to media buyers that need a vehicle to reach the Latin Millennial audience. “The various platforms give us more ways to connect brands and advertisers to their customers through the VidaPrimo extended network,” says VidaPrimo EVP & GM Stephen Brooks. And with our buying tools, agencies can run campaigns across our network in a single I/O.”

Roku is available in two of VidaPrimo’s top 3 markets, the U.S. and Mexico. Amazon Fire is growing rapidly, and integrates with Amazon Instant Video.

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A summary of the most exciting recent news in online video in the U.S., U.S.-Hispanic and Latin American markets. If you’re trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop shop.


Early next year, a new version of Google Chrome will include an ad filter that takes out sites with poor ad experiences. Chrome will then block all ads on offending sites.

YouTube has updated its advertising guidelines for its creator community. Among content that is deemed ineligible for advertising are controversial issues and sensitive events; drugs and dangerous products or substances; harmful or dangerous acts; sexually suggestive content; and violence.

According to AdColony’s Spring 2017 App Install Marketing Survey, 50 percent of all app install spending now goes to video advertising. Half of that is for full-screen video ads, while the rest is for in-feed, social, and television video ads.

According to Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends Report, Internet ad spending is projected to top TV ad spending within six months

Verizon has completed its $4.48 billion acquisition of Yahoo. Assets will be combined with AOL brands such as the Huffington Post under a new subsidiary called Oath.

Kantar‘s survey of advertising media preferences found that 68 percent of connected adults either like or tolerate advertising. 36 percent say advertising is changing for the better, while 20 percent say it’s getting worse.

The Interactive Advertising Bureau announced Q1 U.S. digital advertising revenue hit $19.6 billion, the highest ever for a first quarter and representing a 23% year-over-year increase.

According to a recent report from Reuters, Facebook is signing deals with companies like BuzzFeed, Vox, and Group Nine for TV-style video with both short clips of about 10 minutes in length and longer shows of 20 minutes or more.

The US’s linear TV ad market will likely suffer a recession in 2017, according to Us finance analysts who follow the media sector. Michael Nathanson, analyst for MoffetNathanson, this week lowered his projections for TV ad revenue growth in 2017, saying that the 2017 TV upfronts lacked the urgency of last year’s market.

A formidable group of media companies including AMC, Amazon, BBC, Twentieth Century Fox, Netflix, NBC Universal, Telemundo, Televisa and Univision have formed the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) to fight online video piracy.

A study by Neustar commissioned by Turner Broadcasting and Horizon Media found that for a $1M investment, television’s lift is consistently seven times better than paid search and five times better than online display advertising across a broad list of advertising categories.

Apple confirmed rumors that its set-top box will be getting an Amazon Prime app for the tvOS platform later this year.

Ooyala has released its Q1 2017 Global Video Index, revealing, for the first time, long-form content represents the majority of time spent watching video on every screen.

NBC News unit has launched a digital video service that targets viewers who get their news on social media. The service, called “NBC Left Field,” is producing short documentaries and features for Alphabet’s YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram.


According to Ooyala’s Q1 2017 Global Video Index, in LATAM, mobile video plays topped 56 per cent—up from 46 per cent last year, with tablets representing 5 per cent, the least of any region.

Research conducted by Dataxis predicts that LTE penetration will grow in Latin America from today’s 21% to 90% by 2022. While 4G penetration varies in the region, Uruguay by far being the most advanced country with a 50% penetration.

VidaPrimo, the premier Latin Music video network, will distribute its vast library of music-related video content onto branded channels on both Roku and Amazon Fire, two of the world’s largest digital streaming platforms.

According to the Advertising Bureau‘s “Always On – A Global Perspective of Mobile Consumer Experience,” smartphone users in South America noted the most progress in their mobile ad experiences, but smartphone users in Brazil saw moderate advancement with mobile advertising relevance.

 According to The Competitive Intelligence Unit (CIU), average mobile data consumption has doubled in Mexico over the past two years, driven by online video viewing.

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descargaHilton Worldwide, a leading global hospitality company with 13 distinct brands spanning more than 4,660 properties in more than 100 countries and territories around the world, is making a significant effort to continue its expansion into the Latin American market with new hotel openings and brands.The company is actively pursuing additional Latin American growth opportunities and currently has a robust pipeline of more than 50 hotel projects throughout the region, including developments in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay, among others.Hilton Worldwide currently has a portfolio of more than 90 hotels and resorts open and welcoming travelers in Latin America.


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descarga (2)AdShare, a monetization service for music, film, television and sports rights holders, is rebranding in Latin America as VidaPrimo. The announcement was made by AdShare CEO Jason Peterson. Last year AdShare bought VidaPrimo, one of the world’s best-viewed multi-platform music networks, to forge a partnership in which artists engage fans and advertisers reach Latin Millennials.VidaPrimo is a multi-platform network much like VEVO and MTV, built specifically for the Hispanic audience and fans of Latin music. Recent numbers tells the story of VidaPrimo’s ability to engage the Latin Millennial audience. The VidaPrimo advertising platform leverages its massive reach of engaged Latin Millennials, connecting them with brands by producing and distributing premium branded entertainment content executing flawless digital media campaigns mainly focused on video advertising opportunities. More than 25 major brand advertisers including Miller, Anheuser Busch, Wells Fargo, Dunking Donuts, and Jeep have looked to VidaPrimo to reach Hispanic Millennial and Generation X consumers.


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