MarketCast Acquires Deductive

MarketCast is Expanding its Data Science Services for Media and Entertainment Companies and Brands

Adds Team of Oxford Data Scientists and Advanced Analytics Capabilities to MarketCast's World-Class Research and Insights Business

Los Angeles, Calif. – September 23, 2020 – MarketCast today announced the acquisition of Deductive, the data science team that supports some of the biggest names in media and consumer electronics. Formerly called Dativa, Deductive provides data science services to help its clients find meaning from the complex, granular datasets being captured by today’s media platforms and connected devices. With Deductive, MarketCast clients will now be able to pair primary custom research with advanced analytics to crunch a wider range of data and tease out insights and recommendations that are easy-to-understand and act upon by marketing and research leaders.

As audiences fragment across media services and devices, the number of data signals that are available is growing exponentially. However, more signal often means more noise. With the addition of Deductive, MarketCast now provides its clients instant access to a team of data science experts to help put big datasets to work for them. MarketCast clients can quickly deploy Deductive’s data science resources to address marketing and research topics big and small, from examining audience viewership data from connected devices to predicting box office behavior and TV viewership trends.

“The acquisition of Deductive addresses the changing needs of modern media companies and brands that require an ability to process complex data from a variety of sources at speed and scale,” said John Batter, CEO of MarketCast. “MarketCast has long been known for its incredible quantitative and qualitative research capabilities. Being able to now add data science and advanced analytics to this research mix is game-changing for our clients and the industry as a whole.”

Best known for their groundbreaking work for Vizio’s Inscape data analytics business, Deductive was founded by a team of Oxford data scientists and TV data pioneers with backgrounds in content recognition and advanced media analytics. The company offers a portfolio of data science services to help media and advertisers at every stage of their data science journeys - from helping them combine first and third-party data sources from connected devices and set-top boxes to measuring marketing attribution using a nationally representative panel.

“With competition heating up among entertainment platforms, studios, broadcasters and streamers are increasingly looking for ways to tap into granular audience datasets to find fans for their content and understand the impact of their advertising," said Michael Collette, founder and CEO of Deductive. “With many shared clients and a common vision for the future of media research and analytics, MarketCast is the ideal home for our amazing team of data scientists and portfolio of services.”

Deductive founders, Michael Collette and Tom Weiss, will join a growing MarketCast organization, which includes former leaders from Nielsen, Gracenote, IAC, NRG, Dreamworks and Comscore. Earlier this year, MarketCast integrated its recent acquisitions of social digital opinion measurement firm, Fizziology, custom research and insights leader, Insight Strategy Group, and Turnkey Sports Intelligence under the MarketCast brand and leadership team. Combined, the new MarketCast organization provides the scale to support the largest media brands and sports leagues on the planet with the speed and agility to focus on solving unique client business challenges.

About MarketCast
MarketCast research, analytics and data science fuels fandom for leading studios, entertainment platforms, sports and lifestyle brands on the planet. Our unique mix of research analytics is combined with big data science to provide clients powerful insights to inform their biggest business decisions. Today, MarketCast counts some of the biggest names in entertainment as clients, including leading Hollywood studios, streaming services, video games publishers, lifestyle brands and sports leagues and teams.


Lyndon Campbell Joins MarketCast

Former Nielsen Sports Leader to Head up Sports, Live Events and Brands for MarketCast

Los Angeles, Calif. – September 16, 2020 – MarketCast today announced the appointment of Lyndon Campbell to its senior leadership team as Corporate Senior Vice President and General Manager of MarketCast Sports, Live Events and Brands. The long-time Nielsen Sports leader will be responsible for guiding all client services, commercial activities and growth initiatives for MarketCast’s sports, lifestyle brand, and live events clients, including Turnkey Intelligence, the sports fan research firm acquired by MarketCast in 2018 and rebranded earlier this year. Campbell will report to MarketCast CEO, John Batter.

“We are thrilled to have such an experienced and respected leader in sports media and data joining the MarketCast team,” said Batter. “As fan consumption habits and sponsor spending continues to shift, Lyndon will provide the client service expertise and firepower to grow our share of the business and deliver new research and analytics services to support the biggest names in sports, media and brands.”

Campbell spent more than a decade growing Nielsen Sports in North America, working closely with leading sports leagues, teams and brands, including the NFL, MLB and NBA, to deliver audience measurement services. In his new role with MarketCast, Campbell will be tasked with expanding MarketCast’s fan research practice with existing sports clients and top lifestyle brands, as well as guiding the development of new advanced analytics products and services aimed at growing and nurturing fandom.

“This is an incredible opportunity to join MarketCast during a period of massive industry growth and transformation,” said Campbell. “Through its deep relationships with brand and entertainment clients, and recent acquisition of Turnkey Intelligence, MarketCast has established itself as a trusted resource for analyzing and understanding fandom across all media, and I look forward to leading this incredible team.”

Campbell will join a growing MarketCast organization, which includes former leaders from Nielsen, Gracenote, IAC, NRG, Dreamworks and Comscore. Earlier this year, MarketCast integrated its recent acquisitions of social digital opinion measurement firm, Fizziology, custom research and insights leader, Insight Strategy Group, and Turnkey Intelligence (sports) under the MarketCast brand and leadership team. Combined, the new MarketCast organization provides the scale to support the largest media brands and sports leagues on the planet with the speed and agility to focus on solving unique client business challenges.

About MarketCast
MarketCast research, analytics and data science fuels fandom for leading studios, entertainment platforms, sports and lifestyle brands on the planet. Our unique mix of research analytics is combined with big data science to provide clients powerful insights to inform their biggest business decisions. Today, MarketCast counts some of the biggest names in entertainment as clients, including leading Hollywood studios, streaming services, video games publishers, lifestyle brands and sports leagues and teams.


MarketCast Digital Insights: September 2020

All Eyes Are On Tenet & Mulan

MarketCast is teasing out insights from the Tenet & Mulan social media buzz

As summer turns to fall and our kids get ready to go back to school (well, sort of), all eyes in Hollywood are once again fixed on this weekend’s releases of Warner Bros.’ Tenet and Disney’s Mulan. The fate of these two titles has hung in the balance for months as hopes for quick and speedy recovery from COVID-19 were dashed as cases surged and re-openings curbed.

With Tenet now marking the reopening of many movie theaters in the U.S. (except for many major markets), its box office draw will surely be viewed as an early indication of whether Americans are ready to go back to the theater during an ongoing pandemic.

On the flipside, Disney’s bold decision to move Mulan to Disney+ at a $30 price point will be seen as a watershed moment for the future of direct-to-consumer content.

But, what will fans actually do? Are they ready to head back to theaters? Will they accept a $30 price point for PVOD? To shed light on some of these questions, MarketCast is monitoring millions of social media conversations to tease out the following fandom insights about these two titles.

The following report takes a look at social media volume for both movies. Our analysts also looked at which regions in the U.S. are experiencing the most buzz for each movie and whether social media fans are intending to watch this weekend.

Report Key Take-Aways

  1. Social media volume for Tenet is more than twice the average from major theatrical releases.
  2. Mulan social media volume is higher than any other PVOD release this year.
  3. Both movies are tracking below the MarketCast social media norms for intent-to-see this weekend.
  4. Some Mulan fans are concerned about the price point on Disney+, and may hold out for a price drop.
  5. The Tenet audience is mostly concerned about returning to the theater during the pandemic.

In such an unusual year with two very different releases, how are fans feeling right now? Click below to check out the full report.

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