Advertising, PR, creative, digital, and full-service agencies have played a crucial role in the marketer's toolkit for decades. But the landscape is changing. More than ever, overlap exists between agencies and consultancies, in-house and external agencies, and the roles of humans and automation. ANA Marketing Futures gathered perspectives from marketers and subject matter experts to understand how marketers view the future of agency and how its trajectory impacts marketing decision making.

Few areas of the media landscape have been in focus over the past year as streaming video content has. With a growing wealth of platform and program choice, the options for consumers continue to expand and diversify.

Estrella Media announced it will launch Estrella News, a 24/7 Spanish-language digital news network, on digital subchannel MGEN in the greater Miami area. Estrella News on MGEN is the newest announcement in Estrella Media’s expansion strategy in the South Florida market, which is led by its owned and operated WGEN Estrella 8 Miami broadcast station.

Univision’s Uforia announced the return of its experiential virtual music series Uforia Live.

The COVID-19 pandemic has driven rapid adoption of digital channels across countries and industries, but digital’s growth has plateaued in the past six months and may begin to slip back once the pandemic eases—even as total digital adoption stays well above prepandemic levels.

Meruelo Media announced that programmer Haz Montana has joined the company as Vice President, Audio Brands to lead its Los Angeles Super Cluster of Hip Hop Tastemaker KPWR Power 106, Classic Rocker KLOS 95.5, Throwback Hip Hop KDAY/KDEY 93.5 and Latin Rhythmic Breakout CALI 93.9.

While significant monetary investment has been made toward bridging the digital divide, its persistence warrants an alternative approach. Getting to broadband for all opens a world of opportunities for underserved individuals and spurs US economic growth.

Benoit Cacheux, Global Chief Digital Officer at Zenith, recently joined the virtual panel, “Understanding identity, behaviour and context,” at Mediatel’s The Future of TV Advertising Global conference. This event was moderated by Cadi Jones, Commercial Director EMEA at Beeswax, and Benoit was joined by Lara Izlan, Director, Advertising Data & Analytics at ITV, Steve Martin, MD International Data at LiveRamp and Miles Pritchard, Managing Partner – Data Management Solutions at OMD.

The New York Latino Film Festival (NYLFF), the premier Urban Latino film event in the country, sets its return as the only event of its kind in the New York area this year. With a dynamic line up of films and industry-leading conversations planned for Hispanic Heritage Month 2021, the festival team has selected Miami-based seasoned sponsorship and talent management consultancy, Talento Unlimited, to lead and manage corporate partnerships and branded activations.

Telemundo Global Studios announced the promotion of Juan Ponce to Senior Vice President and General Manager of its recently launched Telemundo Streaming Studios.

In partnership with Enrique Santos, iHeartMedia’s top-rated on-air personality and President and Chief Creative Officer of iHeartLatino, My Cultura will offer creators a platform to share stories and perspectives relevant to Latinx listeners and all audiences.

The streaming wars were underway well before the arrival of COVID-19, but the global health crisis dramatically accelerated video streaming adoption and has forever altered our media diets. Once the domain of a handful of high-profile startups, the streaming market is now rife with hundreds of services to choose from, and the content they offer has become a staple part of our video viewing habits.

NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises unveiled its 2021-2022 programming lineup bolstering its position as the leading multiplatform content creator for today’s Latino.

As marketers continue leaning into new tools and technologies to prepare for a world without third-party cookies, much of the conversation about adaptation has focused on planning and targeting. These are obviously critical aspects of any marketing strategy, but it’s important to not exclude the need for accurate measurement as changes in the digital media environment accelerate.   

NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises announced the creation of Telemundo Streaming Studios, a studio exclusively dedicated to serving the growing Latino streaming audiences in the US and around the world.

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