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NBC’s head of research on Twitter driving ratings: ‘it just isn’t true’

twitter-tvThe war to make sense of social TV took an interesting turn yesterday when NBCU’s head of research Alan Wurtzel told the Financial Times’ Emily Steel that Twitter isn’t driving ratings. Re/code’s Peter Kafka summed up the key quotes from Wurtzel:

The crucial quotes from Wurtzel, relayed by the FT’s Emily Steel: “Why wouldn’t I want to say to you, ‘We have a potent new way in which we can drive ratings?’” But “it just isn’t true,” he added. “I am saying the emperor wears no clothes. It is what it is. These are the numbers.”

Here’s how Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has since responded. Read more

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NBCUniversal Launches Original-Video Initiative for Digital

nbcuniversal_v51The news networks are growing more digital by the day, and now NBCUniversal is launching an original video initiative that will appear across the company’s various digital and video-on-demand platforms.

The series will debut on various NBCU websites and Hulu, featuring series like “Tesla and Twain,” “Last Single Girl,” and “Saturday Night Line.”

“This original, digital-first programming, scaled with the unmatched resources of our company and our production partners, underscores the unparalleled opportunities we can create,” said Linda Yaccarino, President of advertising sales for NBCUniversal. “The combination of digital video alongside television content is extremely powerful and becoming an increasingly important part of the connection advertisers make with consumers.”

“Much of the uncaptured value in the online world can be unlocked with smart collaborations between creators and clients. This year, we’re making a big push to building that bridge,” said Jeff Wachtel, President and Chief Content Officer for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.

Another digital series will piggyback off of a former hit NBC show.

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Zeebox launches in the US with Comcast, NBCU, HBO and Cinemax

The long wait is finally over. Zeebox has officially launched in the US. One of the most highly anticipated social TV announcements of the year is finally here and it's as glamorous and colorful as we predicted. Less than a year since the platform has launched in the UK, Zeebox is now in the US for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android and the Web. They're launch partners include Comcast, NBCU, HBO and Cinemax. Here are the details of one of the biggest social TV launches in history.

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Inside one of the biggest social TV ad campaigns ever

Last week news broke that Unilever would be launching their new Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy product in a massive launch across NBCU's linear, digital and social properties. This past year, Unilever has been extremely daring in their TV spends. In January, they enabled Fox to launch "Touch" globally on TV and the social web. Now, their U.S. Hair Care division is leveraging social TV to change the a way a thirty second spot is created and implemented during programming.

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