Ad Vendors / Platforms / Data

  • UK ad spend is expected to grow by 9.2% this year to £34.9B, with cinema ad spend up 174% YoY. (Performance Marketing World)

  • Uber will sell ad space inside Uber and UberEats apps, along with in-vehicle digital ads, sponsored mails and storefront ads. (Reuters)

  • Google is upgrading the design of search ads with new visual elements that emphasize business names and logos. (Search Engine Journal)

  • Adobe is replacing old Pantone spot colors with black when users load files using them due to changes in Pantone's licensing. (BB)

  • Facebook’s algorithm delivers ads differently based on who is pictured in the ad, skewing ad delivery along largely demographic lines. (Northeastern)

Awards / Festivals

  • Tár leads the Gotham Awards film nominees with five nods, followed by Aftersun with four nominations. (THR)

  • Top Gun: Maverick and Hocus Pocus 2 were among the movie nominees for the 2022 People's Choice Awards, while Abbott Elementary and Euphoria scored in the TV categories. (THR)

  • Adam Sandler will receive a performer tribute at the 2022 Gotham Awards. (Deadline)

Cinemas / Theatrical

  • Warner Bros' Black Adam opened with $67M in the US and $73M internationally for a $140M global haul. (AP)

  • In the US, 1 in 3 Gen Z adults have seen a horror movie in theaters in the past month, compared to 12% of all adults. (Morning Consult)

  • Terrifier 2 's box office jumped 84% WoW amid rumors of audiences passing out, bringing its US total to about $5.3M. (Yahoo)

Gambling / Casinos

  • Apple paused gambling ads in App Store pages in response to developers' complaints. (Yogonet)

  • A social betting platform called Wolfden launched in Australia. It combines betting, social media and news, all in one place. (Gambling News)

  • Evolution posted a 37% revenue jump in Q3 driven by increased Live Casino demand and growth in all regions. (Yogonet)

Live Events / Attractions

  • Netflix opened an immersive store in LA where shoppers can take photos alongside props from its most popular shows including Stranger Things and Squid Game. (Reuters)

  • A new campaign is calling on US federal regulators to break up Ticketmaster and Live Nation, arguing that the combined company abuses its market power. (Ticket News)

  • Life of Pi is coming to Broadway. It will begin preview performances in March 2023. (NYT)

  • Next year, Disney will host a series of experiences, exhibitions, and music events across EMEA to celebrate its 100th anniversary. (THR)

Music / Audio / Podcasts

  • Apple raised the price of Apple Music by $1 to $10.99/mo for individuals, making it more expensive than Spotify or Amazon Music. (Bloomberg)

  • Taylor Swift beat the Spotify record for most streams of an album in a single day with her album Midnights. (Deadline)

  • Spotify hit 195M paid subscribers in Q3, up from 188M in Q2 and above the expected 194M. (THR)

  • Though its Q3 revenue increased 21% YoY, Spotify's gross margins dropped to 25% due to softness in the ad market. (Reuters)

Crypto / NFT / Metaverse

  • Claire's partnered with Roblox to launch Metaverse City, its first metaverse activation, to engage Gen Z and Gen Alpha. (AdAge)

  • L'Oréal has partnered with Meta to launch Metaverse Startup Accelerator. The 6-month program will take place next year with 5 France-based Web3 companies. (AdWeek)

  • Hong Kong will legalize retail crypto trading as part of its effort to become a hub for digital assets. (Bloomberg)

OTT / Streaming

  • Disney and Formula 1 have reached a deal that will bring F1 races to ESPN+ through the 2025 season. (THR)

  • Apple increased the cost of Apple TV+ by $2 to $6.99/mo, citing rising licensing costs. (Bloomberg)

  • Streaming accounts for 37% of all TV viewing in the US, and Americans spend more time watching YouTube than Prime Video, Disney+ and HBO Max combined. (Bloomberg)

  • Warner Bros. Discovery will spend $1B-$1.5B as part of a mass restructuring. It will lay some employees off, pay others to stick around, shut down some locations and get out of contracts. (Warner Bros)

  • Peacock's US paid subscribers surpassed 15M as of the end of September. (THR)

  • YouTube released three new ad options, including Moment Blast and new audio ad options. (Social Media Today)

  • Vidio has become Indonesia’s fastest growing streaming service thanks to its focus on local content. (Rest of World)

  • Australia’s Foxtel announced its entertainment SVOD, Binge, will get an ad-supported tier in early 2023, though the price has yet to be revealed. (AdNews)

Retail / Lifestyle / Travel

  • About 40% of US adults plan to travel between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, and 53% of US holiday travelers making reservations will make them by the end of October. (Bankrate)

  • Amazon will start accepting Venmo as a payment method for US customers ahead of Black Friday. (Retail Dive)

  • Over 70% of shoppers worldwide are considering holiday financing, and about 60% are spending less this year due to the state of the economy. (Retail Dive)

Social Media

  • A third of US adults now get their news from TikTok, while over half get their news from Twitter. (Quartz)

  • WhatsApp experienced an outage that affected users around the world. Though the app is back online, Meta did not give a reason for the outage. (BBC)

  • Instagram is testing out a new feature that lets users add a song to their profile, reminiscent of MySpace. (Social Media Today)

  • Twitter will let users buy, sell, and display NFTs directly through tweets in partnership with four marketplaces. (DeCrypt)

Video Games

  • TikTok is launching a dedicated gaming channel featuring a variety of mobile games with ads and additional content that users can purchase. (Digital Trends)

  • Microsoft's Game Pass now accounts for 15% of its gaming revenue. The number of PC Game Pass subscribers has grown by 159% YoY. (Engadget)

  • VR gaming startup ForeVR Games raised $10M to grow its library of Wii Sports-like titles. (Tech Crunch)

Live Sports

  • The NHL introduced digital ads that are projected along the boards for fans watching game broadcasts. (Sporting News)

  • A majority of US LIV golf fans haven’t watched any of the series’ prior 2022 tournaments, and they’re more interested in watching the PGA Tour than LIV. (Morning Consult)

  • The NHL partnered with Supponor to develop ads that are sold like commercials, with brands buying 30-second increments based on the game clock. (Sporting News)

Interesting Campaigns / Creative

  • Gillette hosted the NFL’s first live broadcast mixed-reality commercial to promote its new GilletteLabs with Exfoliating Bar product. Gillette Stadium became GilletteLabs Stadium and the new razor was built in front of viewers. (Marketing Dive)


  • The UK government published its national AI strategy, which outlines its long-term vision for the technology and its impact on society.

  • Rodney Brooks, the creator of the Roomba, throws cold water on the idea that AI will surpass human intelligence in the near future.

  • A unique look behind the curtain at how one VC fund increased returns.

  • How Peloton uses design and gamification to keep people on the exercise platform.

  • If you think gentrification is about new coffee shops and high rents, you are missing an essential aesthetic element.

  • Watch out for the Trisolarians! Scientists might have found the first-known planet orbiting three stars at once.

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