The weeklong event will highlight Black-owned and targeted media businesses across all platforms to create opportunity for equity and economic progress

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–IPG Mediabrands today announced it is introducing a first-of-its-kind Equity Upfront™, an annual weeklong event during the week of March 15th, to raise visibility and receptivity of Black-owned and targeted media businesses. Led by Mediabrands entity MAGNA, the leading global media investment and intelligence company, the Equity Upfront™ will highlight entities across all media (i.e., linear, video/streaming, digital, radio and print). Among the confirmed media partners are Allen Media Group/Entertainment Studios, BET Network, Essence Communications and Urban One. Confirmed Mediabrands clients participating include American Express, BMW, CVS Health/Aetna, Johnson & Johnson, to name a few.

“As we reviewed our media partnerships at Mediabrands, we saw the need to be more inclusive in our media investment strategies with Black audiences,” said Daryl Lee, Mediabrands Global CEO. “The Equity Upfront™ is an opportunity to enact real change by increasing investment in often underrepresented media businesses that reflect the significant influence of Black consumers and trendsetters in the economy.”

MAGNA and Mediabrands used an equity and equality strategic investment (EESI) approach designed to measure and increase sustained investment and support of Black-owned and targeted media businesses.

“Our mission with the Equity Upfront™ is to move beyond intent and into actionable steps with minority and Black media partnerships,” said Dani Benowitz, President, U.S., MAGNA. “The minority consumer’s consumption patterns are influential across all media and we must take accountable steps forward to address the inequities in how we invest. I have no doubt this critical initiative will urge other industry partners to see where there are gaps in their media approach and how they’re contributing to BIPOC media partner oversight.”

“I am thrilled to be a part of an effort that is increasing sustained investment and support of Black-owned and targeted media businesses,” said Joy Profet, EVP, Head of Growth & Operations, MAGNA. “I have a passion for creating opportunity for audiences of color growing in influence, and I look forward to partnering with our media partners to help level the playing field for clients to access their audiences.”

While the inaugural 2021 Equity Upfront™ will focus on partnerships with Black-owned and targeted media businesses, Mediabrands will expand partnership efforts with other multicultural platforms including but not limited to the Latinx, Asian and LGBTQIA+ audiences.


IPG Mediabrands is the media and marketing solutions division of Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG). Mediabrands manages approximately $40 billion in marketing investment globally on behalf of its clients and provides strategic services and solutions across its award-winning, full-service agency networks UM and Initiative, and through its innovative marketing specialist companies Reprise, Magna, Orion, Rapport, Healix, Mediabrands Content Studio and the IPG Media Lab. Mediabrands’ clients include many of the world’s most recognizable and iconic brands from a broad portfolio of industry sectors. The company employs more than 13,000 marketing experts in more than 130 countries, representing the full diversity of humanity. For more information, please visit our website: and be sure to follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter or Instagram.


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Rahel Rasu
Global Chief Communications Officer, Mediabrands
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