Verklin Picked as Cable's Canoe Captain

Ad man takes helm of Canoe Ventures LLC, the advanced ad initiative backed by six major US cable operators

Jeff Baumgartner, Senior Editor

June 10, 2008

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Verklin Picked as Cable's Canoe Captain

Making "official" what leaked out in late April, David Verklin, the former CEO of Aegis Media Americas, will head up Canoe Ventures LLC, the advanced advertising initiative backed by Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC), Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC), Cox Communications Inc. , Charter Communications Inc. , and Bright House Networks . (See Introducing 'Canoe Ventures'.)

Head Oarsman

Verklin officially takes the helm on Aug. 4. The venture, formerly known as "Project Canoe," is based in New York City, considered the epicenter of the advertising industry.

Though technical details are still short, Canoe Ventures aims to make "advertising solutions easier to buy, use and measure." Historically, that's been a significant challenge, because the U.S. cable industry is made up disparate technologies and platforms.

To help remedy that, the industry, aided by CableLabs , is developing specifications to create a common platform. CableLabs issued a request for information (RFI) for the project last September. It's believed that as many as 60 vendors responded. (See Cable's 'Canoe' RFI Paddles Toward Deadline.)

The resulting system should give cable a uniform interactive, targeted ad system driven by "shared processes and standards."

The MSOs presently linked to Canoe Ventures are reportedly investing $150 million into the project, which will attempt to stem the flow of ad dollars moving away from traditional TV and to the more targeted and measurable domain of the Internet.

Verklin's appointment "demonstrates our commitment to working more closely with the advertising community and to delivering products and services needed for advertisers and programmers to compete in today's media landscape," said Comcast Cable president Steve Burke, in a statement. "David's insight will help make cable a more valuable advertising medium."

At Aegis, Verklin managed all operations in the U.S., Latin America, and Canada and served on the board of directors for Aegis Group. He sits on the board of the American Advertising Federation, the Ad Council, the Audit Bureau of Circulations, and the New York Multiple Sclerosis Society.

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

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About the Author(s)

Jeff Baumgartner

Senior Editor, Light Reading

Jeff Baumgartner is a Senior Editor for Light Reading and is responsible for the day-to-day news coverage and analysis of the cable and video sectors. Follow him on X and LinkedIn.

Baumgartner also served as Site Editor for Light Reading Cable from 2007-2013. In between his two stints at Light Reading, he led tech coverage for Multichannel News and was a regular contributor to Broadcasting + Cable. Baumgartner was named to the 2018 class of the Cable TV Pioneers.

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