November 22, 2021
Mergers and Acquisitions
GCA Advises OpenSlate on Its Acquisition by DoubleVerify
GCA is pleased to announce our client, OpenSlate, a pre-campaign contextual targeting platform that enables brands to align advertising with suitable or contextually relevant content across social video and CTV, has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by DoubleVerify (NYSE: DV) (“DV”), a leading software platform for digital media measurement, data and analytics.
OpenSlate’s solutions provide insight into the nature and quality of ad-supported content on large, video-driven social platforms, such as Facebook, TikTok and YouTube. Founded in 2012, OpenSlate evaluates video for brand safety, suitability and context, and offers customers proven “pre-activation” controls to ensure advertisers can effectively target the most appropriate and impactful content. OpenSlate operates across 37 international markets and supports leading agency holding companies and 200+ large global brands, including Coca-Cola, Facebook, Kimberly-Clark, Pfizer and Unilever.
The acquisition will further expand DV’s value to advertisers in social video and CTV, reinforcing coverage while deepening already unmatched product leadership and innovation. OpenSlate’s pre-activation targeting controls combined with DV’s granular post-flight measurement will create the industry’s most comprehensive, end-to-end brand safety, suitability and contextual platform for social video and CTV. By leveraging this unified targeting and quality measurement suite, advertisers can more seamlessly optimize campaigns, maximize consumer engagement and drive ROI.
“The OpenSlate team is thrilled to join forces with DoubleVerify – an industry-leading, rapidly expanding, global organization with best-in-class media quality and performance capabilities,” said Mike Henry, OpenSlate CEO. “Integrating with DV will be a natural evolution for our technology and will accelerate our ability to provide advertisers with comprehensive brand safety, suitability, and contextual solutions across social video and CTV.”
“DV’s mission is to make digital advertising stronger, safer and more secure, giving global brands clarity and confidence in their digital investments,” said Mark Zagorski, DoubleVerify CEO. “Our strategy in support of this mission is to verify everywhere – across channels, formats, platforms and geographies. The combination with OpenSlate fully supports this approach. OpenSlate’s pre-campaign solutions perfectly complement DV’s post-campaign measurement capabilities across CTV and social environments. Integrating the two provides advertisers with unparalleled end-to-end brand safety, suitability and contextual optimization. No other company will be able to deliver a fully-owned, integrated solution across the leading social and CTV walled gardens."