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Channel 4 invests in European Broadcaster Exchange as exclusive UK partner

Digital multi-territory ad sales joint venture with ProSiebenSat.1, TF1, Mediaset Italy and Spain JV addresses ad industry demands for brand-safe, pan-European video campaigns at scale – unlocking new broadcaster digital revenues Munich, November 14, 2017. Channel 4 today announced that it is investing in the new digital ad sales partnership established by ProSiebenSat.1 (Germany), TF1 (France) and Mediaset (Italy and Spain) with each broadcaster taking an equal 25% stake in the new business. European Broadcaster Exchange (EBX) is a newly created digital ad sales venture to be headquartered in London as the leading hub for planning pan-European campaigns and will be led by newly appointed CEO, Chris Le May, formerly DataXu’s SVP & MD for Europe. Expected to launch trading early 2018, the joint venture will establish a quality broadcaster European video-on-demand exchange to cater for the growing demand for multi-territory video campaigns at scale, initially traded programmatically. EBX will additionally kick start a deeper, strategic collaboration between the broadcasters to drive forward technological development in online advertising. Christof Wahl, Member of the Executive Board, Digital, & COO ProSiebenSat.1 Group: “With our new partner Channel 4 and the entry into the UK market we reached an important stage for the joint venture and the European advertising industry. We offer the possibility to implement real pan-European video campaigns, in high quality and in a brand-safe environment. This will influence the whole industry with an outreach to a population of more than 310 million throughout Europe. This equals almost the total population of the United States. Jonathan Lewis, Head of Digital & Partnership Innovation at Channel 4 said: “The demand for multi-territory digital ad campaigns in brand safe and transparent environments is increasing as the programmatic video ad market continues to grow exponentially across Europe. Our investment allows Channel 4 to cater for this demand exclusively in the UK market and forge closer strategic and commercially successful partnerships with key broadcasters in European markets which will in turn generate new digital revenues for Channel 4 to reinvest back into the UK creative sector.” The exchange allows Channel 4 to enter the pan-European digital ad sales market for the first time and enables all partner broadcasters to compete more efficiently with global competitors. Media agencies and advertisers across Europe will be able to buy multi-territory video campaigns which benefit from the venture’s innovation in ad technology, research and premium content in the brand-safe advertising environments of each broadcaster.   Each of the partner broadcasters will be able to unlock new digital revenues currently unavailable to them from adjacent ad markets by making available additional inventory on their broadcaster on-demand platforms. EBX partners will also establish an open model with the ambition of involving other European media companies and making their advertising inventories available. Chris Le May will shorty begin recruiting a dedicated EBX sales team and drive the build of the automated trading platform, with the aim of the company being fully operational early in 2018. The programmatic video advertising market is currently growing at an annual rate of 45% in Western Europe. ProSiebenSat.1, TF1 and Mediaset involvement in the JV has already been approved by the European competition authorities and cleared by antitrust. Channel 4 joining will be subject to similar European competition and antitrust approvals.

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