Scheduling Spots on Television

Seshadri, S and Subramanian, S and Souyris, S (2015) Scheduling Spots on Television. Working Paper.

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The scheduling of advertisements, or spots, is an essential operational process of the television business that must be conducted daily. An efficient distribution of viewers among advertisers allows the television network to satisfy contracts as planned and also increase ad-sales revenue. Spot scheduling is a very hard multi-period scheduling problem. Schedules have to be created such that advertiser’s campaign goals are met and ad-sales revenue is maximized. Each campaign has a specific target group of viewers and a unique set of constraints
that have to be met. In addition, the number of viewers is uncertain. In this paper, we describe a practical
approach that combines mathematical programming and time series methods to create daily schedules that
are ready for broadcasting. This approach generates high quality schedules, according to standard business
metrics and in comparison with the mathematical optimal bound. Our methods are used by leading networks
and they produce substantial increases in revenue.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Subjects: Business and Management
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2015 12:13
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2015 12:16

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