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Jan
2016

Cannella Response Television Acquires Media Properties Holdings

NEW YORK & BURLINGTON, WI (Jan. 28, 2016) – Cannella Response Television (CRT), America’s leading innovator in long-form direct response television, today announced the acquisition of Media Properties Holdings (MPH), parent company to the nation’s leading, automated advertising platform AdMore, as well as top short-form direct-response provider REVShare and its proprietary network of more than 1,700 local broadcast stations, national cable networks, cable systems, cable interconnects and program syndicators across the U.S. MPH also operates Lead Generation Technologies (LGT), which creates spots that generate consumer engagement and then monetizes those qualified leads through an online bidding system.

The acquisition brings together a vast array of proprietary software tools and combines them with deep, performance-based databases to enable hundreds of CRT’s top marketing and agency partners to now analyze, access and aggregate premium advertising inventory for their DRTV or future programmatic campaigns. 

Frank Cannella, CRT founder, said, "The acquisition of MPH is another great milestone for our 30 year-old company. MPH not only has three great business models with tremendous upside potential, but we're also getting a phenomenal management team and staff."

Financial terms were undisclosed, but the combination promises several key advantages including:

•    Cannella’s more traditional long-form clients can now complement their ongoing or new campaigns with REVShare’s extensive short-form capabilities.
•    REVShare’s short-form clients can leverage Cannella’s expertise and the advantages of long-form to engage consumers in developing a deeper brand story and a more immediate purchase at point of sale.
•    Both businesses now benefit from the continued surge in AdMore growth thanks to the sweeping transition underway from traditional media buying to programmatic’s “big data” to drive media spending and verification of reach.

Rob Medved, CRT's CEO, said, "We are very excited about the opportunity to combine two leading automated ad platforms as we continue to take advantage of the shift in content consumption and distribution.”

CRT President Tony Besasie added, "The Cannella and MPH cultures are rooted in innovation and accountability and both organizations are hyper-focused on media aggregation and data management to drive business results. The combined scale, talent, tools and resources will generate more business for our diverse mix of clients and media partners.”

The new entity will operate from its offices in Burlington, WI, with operational offices in Midtown Manhattan, Los Angeles’ “Miracle Mile,” Temecula CA and a technology operations center in Milwaukee WI. Rob Medved will oversee the combined entity as CEO. Tony Besasie will continue to serve as CRT’s President and MPH’s Brendan Condon will serve as President of the AdMore, REVShare and LGT units. 

“We’ve been very fortunate to experience exponential growth at AdMore for the past two years, and its continued success is integral to this acquisition,” Condon said. “We can use all the intelligence and insights gained from our programmatic media planning and buying based on audience engagement with specific content in the short-form and now apply it to the most optimal placement of long-form as well.”

In 2009, ZMC and affiliates of Palladium Equity Partners, LLC, along with Veronis Suhler Stevenson, invested in Cannella Response Television and will continue to hold their investments in the combined entity.

Reaching more than 110 million English and Spanish-speaking TV homes across 200 different cities, AdMore can access key inventory from more than 1,700 local broadcast stations, national cable networks, cable systems, cable interconnects and program syndicators throughout the U.S.  With continued audience fragmentation plaguing Big Four broadcast channels, and millions of consumers now accessing streaming digital video via multiple devices, the nation’s leading national brands are already shifting billions of dollars in traditional media buying toward these more data-driven solutions.
Media Properties Holdings and the sellers were advised on the transaction by Petsky Prunier Securities.
About Cannella Response Television: Cannella Response Television (www.drtv.com) is an integrated DRTV media company servicing virtually all of DRTV’s short form and long form direct response advertisers. Credited with launching the first infomercial in 1982, Frank Cannella founded CRT in 1985 and has grown the company to become the most authoritative and innovative long-form direct response media agency in the country. Cannella Response Television works on behalf of short form and long form advertisers and marketing partners to plan, manage, implement and measure DRTV media campaigns to deliver a proven return on investment. Cannella Response Television is headquartered in Burlington, Wisconsin and has offices in Los Angeles and Milwaukee. In 2009, ZMC and affiliates of Palladium Equity Partners, LLC, along with Veronis Suhler Stevenson, invested in Cannella Response Television and will continue to hold their investments in the combined entity.

About Media Properties Holdings: Media Properties Holdings (mph.tv) manages and owns an array of media companies that provide automated and programmatic buying, lead generation and pay-for-performance advertising. Media Properties Holdings was founded in 1992 and its former investors included private equity firms The Carlyle Group and H.I.G. Growth Partners. Media Properties Holdings’ companies provide advertising solutions across a variety of consumer sectors including consumer packaged goods, retail, health care, fitness, financial services and automotive. 



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  • “I can always count on the team at Cannella. The long-form knowledge and experience they’ve built up over the years is invaluable to our success.”

    - Christine Adams, Senior Media Director at Gaiam

  • If I had to fashion an agency from the ground up, it would look just like Cannella Response Television. The professionalism and personality of the agency truly trickles down from the top echelons and branches out to every facet of the company. They buy tough, work hard, and have fun doing it. Any direct response company in need of a successful media campaign, should look no further than Cannella. In a land of excitement, Cannella is our Superman. We are extremely proud of our partnership with them!

    - Shane Marquette, Account Executive, ABC National Television Sales​

  • Of all the agencies I deal with, I have never had a better experience than I’ve had working with Cannella Response Television. They set the bar for what a direct response agency is supposed to be. There is always someone to assist me - no matter what. Their media buyers possess a unique ability to be both aggressive in pursuing media time, but also smart in making sure that time works for their clients. Ultimately whenever I have a piece of business, CRT is who I go to first.

    - Matt Eisenberg, ​Account Executive - Long Form, CBS National Sales

  • “We’ve always heard so much about Cannella’s PI but had no idea how strongly they could perform right out of the gate with our paid media until we saw it for ourselves.”

    - Rhonda Tate, ​VP of Direct Response at Positec Tool Corp

  • Communication with CRT is something I look forward to; they force us to work hard and negotiate strong. The CRT team is comprised of consummate professionals; their staff is reliable in dotting all their “i’s” and crossing all their “t’s”. And above all, CRT understands the value of relationships with their vendors; it is relationships that puts CRT at the top of our list.

    - JoAnn Levey, ​​Senior Vice President, Network Long Form Sales, ION Media Networks

  • Cannella Response Television has a well-established and long term presence in the top tier of long form agencies that we deal with on a daily basis. Whether working with their management, buying teams, or accounting/support staff, we are extremely confident that we’ll receive efficient, accurate, and honest communication.

    - Chris King, ​Sales Manager, FOX Station Sales

  • “When we work with Cannella we know our product is in great hands. They know the DR media business inside and out.”

    - Keith Mirchandani, President & CEO at Tristar Products, Inc

  • Cannella is dedicated to being a leader in the industry. I find their broadcast buying team to be experienced, professional, and most importantly a pleasure to work with. They are a valued longtime client with a track record of honest business ethics not always found in the long form industry.

    - Brad Day, ​Director Paid Programming, Cox Reps

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