RhythmOne buys YuMe for $185 million

The combined programmatic ad exchange RhythmOne plus video ad platform YuMe will reach about 220 million visitors monthly.

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Ad exchange RhythmOne announced today it is buying video ad platform YuMe, creating what the companies said will become a top-ranked marketplace.

Started in the UK in 2004 as blinkx and now based in San Francisco, RhythmOne offers a programmatic ad exchange, RhythmOneMax, that encompasses desktop and mobile video, rich media, display ads, social and native ads, and various content formats. Its RhythmOneGuard utilizes third-party verification and proprietary filtering to support brand-safe environments. Here’s a sample screen shot:

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YuMe, based in Redwood City, California, is a platform for video ads on mobile, desktop and connected TV:

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RhythmOne CEO Ted Hastings told me via email that RhythmOne brings a supply-side orientation with analytics, a data management platform (DMP) and brand safety leadership, while YuMe offers demand-side software, first-party data management of YuMe’s SDK-based inventory, strong relationships with agencies and brands and “a robust targeting platform with global programmatic capabilities” for mobile, video on the web and connected TV.

The $185 million deal is expected to close in first quarter of next year, by which time the platforms will be integrated. The companies said the new entity, which will keep the RhythmOne brand, will reach about 220 million visitors monthly and provide access to one of the largest cross-device inventories around.

The RhythmOne crew will continue to work out of its San Francisco offices, while YuMe will stay in Redwood City. Hastings will be president and CEO, and YuMe Chairman Eric Singer will become chairman of the newly constituted board of directors.

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Barry Levine
Barry Levine covers marketing technology for Third Door Media. Previously, he covered this space as a Senior Writer for VentureBeat, and he has written about these and other tech subjects for such publications as CMSWire and NewsFactor. He founded and led the web site/unit at PBS station Thirteen/WNET; worked as an online Senior Producer/writer for Viacom; created a successful interactive game, PLAY IT BY EAR: The First CD Game; founded and led an independent film showcase, CENTER SCREEN, based at Harvard and M.I.T.; and served over five years as a consultant to the M.I.T. Media Lab. You can find him at LinkedIn, and on Twitter at xBarryLevine.

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