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What Jonah @Peretti, CEO of BuzzFeed, Sees in the Future of Digital Media

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Some, of course, agree with me that BuzzFeed has been and continues to be the gold standard innovator in digital media to emulate. BuzzFeed.

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Verizon Digital Media Acquires Volicon

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Los Angeles-based content delivery network provider Verizon Digital Media Services --which is better known to locals as the former operations of EdgeCast--said it has agreed to acquire Volicon , a provider of video capture, archival, compliance monitoring and clip creation workflow for broadcasters. READ MORE>>.

Evolve Media Buys Pet Publisher Dogtime Media

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Los Angeles-based online content publisher Evolve Media said this morning that it has acquired online pet publisher Dogtime Media , the publisher of Dogtime.com and Cattime.com. Evolve Media said the two sites reach over 1.6 Dogtime Media had been founded by Trevor Wright. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed.

Half Lives. Social Media. And Snapchat Stories.

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The bad was that it seems like when I shared media on Facebook I wouldn’t get any heat initially so Twitter was my go to place to share my blog.

Demand Media Unloads Cracked For $39M

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media has sold Cracked , its online humor site, to the E.W. According to Demand Media, the move will give it a "more focused portfolio of businesses", and also "significantly" strengthen its balance sheet. Demand Media acquired Cracked in 2007. READ MORE>>.

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Adaptive Medias Buys StartEngine's Ember

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Irvine-based online advertising firm Adaptive Medias is announcing this morning that it has acquired Ember , one of the companies incubated out of the StartEngine startup accelerator in Los Angeles. As part of the acquisition, StartEngine founders Howard Marks and Paul Kessler have both joined Adaptive Medias'' advisory board.

Catching Up With Joanne Bradford, Demand Media

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To learn more about where Demand Media is today and how it has evolved, we sat down with Joanne Bradford , Chief Revenue Officer at Demand Media.

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Total Beauty Acquired By Evolve Media

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Los Angeles-based Total Beauty Media Group , the beauty products focused site founded by Emrah Kovacoglu, has been acquired by Evolve Media , and will become part of Evolve''s TotallyHer division. total beauty evolve media merger acquisition fashion cosmetics women female exit Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed.

Mitu Raises $27M For Latino Digital Media

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Santa Monica-based digital media firm mitu , which focuses on the Latino youth market, is announcing this morning that it has raised $27M in a Series C funding. mitu says it now has a network of more than 2 billion, and 6,000 Latino creators offering up social media feeds on YouTube, Facebook, and elsewhere. READ MORE>>.

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Triton Digital Wins Connoisseur Media

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Los Angeles-based Triton Digital , the developer of advertising technology for the audio streaming market, reported that it has been selected by Connoisseur Media. Triton Digital said Connoisseur Media will use it to stream and measure their digital audio content. Connoisseur Media owns and operates 39 radio stations.

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Three LA Companies Pursuing Gawker Media

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Three, Los Angeles area media companies-- Univision , Ziff Davis (a unit of J2 Global) and Penske Media --have all been named as possible bidders on bankrupt, Silicon Valley publication Gawker Media , according to reports today, which say Ziff Davis has submitted a $90M bid for the company. READ MORE>>.

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Demand Media Sees Steep Drop In Content Revenues, Cuts Staff

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media is continuing to see a steep drop in revenues from its content and media efforts, reporting Thursday afternoon that it had $15.9M in revenues from its Content & Media segments, compared with $33.6M in the same quarter in 2014. The company reported a total, Q3 revenue of $28.5M. READ MORE>>.

Social Media Week Efforts Kick Off

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The local events--part of a broader, global Social Media Week effort--will include keynotes and meetings, breakfasts, and parties. READ MORE>>.

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DEFY Media Snags $70M

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Los Angeles-based DEFY Media , a developer of YouTube channels and digital content, said on Tuesday that it has raised $70M in a Series B funding. The funding was led by Wellington Management Company LLP, and also included ABS Capital, Lionsgate, Viacom and ZMC (Zelnick Media Capital). READ MORE>>.

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How Jukin Media Is Turning Viral Video Into A Real Business

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What is Jukin Media? Lee Essner: Jukin Media starts with the assumption that you can take any video viral. more) READ MORE>>.

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Evolve Media Snags Break Media Content Vet

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Los Angeles-based Evolve Media said late Monday that it has named Mitch Rotter as Senior Vice President of Marketing. Rotter joins the company from Break Media, where he was Execuktive Vice President of Programming, in charge of Break Media''s in-house creative agency and production arm, Creative Lab. READ MORE>>.

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Triton Digital Signs Accordant Media

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Los Angeles-based Triton Digital , the provider of streaming audio advertising technology, has signed up media trading buyer Accordant Media as a partner, the two said yesterday. triton digital accordant media streaming audio advertising Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

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LA Looks To Prove It's A Social Media Mecca

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Los Angeles is looking to prove it is a center of the social media universe next week, with a roster of events for Social Media Week Los Angeles.

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Demand Media, Buddy Media Link

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media announced this morning that it has inked a deal with Buddy Media , developer of a Facebook management system for advertisers, on a new version of Pluck. Pluck is Demand Media's social media application. demand media buddy facebook community forum pluck brand advertiserREAD MORE>>.

Jukin Media Names Essner President, COO

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Los Angeles-based Jukin Media , a company which says it discovers, acquires, and distributes viral videos, has tapped technology veteran Lee Essner as the company''s new President and Chief Operating Officer. president executive content hollywood licensing video viral essner media jukin READ MORE>>.

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True(X) Media Finds $6M

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Los Angeles-based True(X) Media --which was most recently known as SocialVibe--disclosed this week that it has raised $6M in a new funding round. truex media socialcibe svnetwork venture capital online advertising technology The company has now raised over $50.85M in funding since 2008. READ MORE>>.

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Team Liquid Acquired By Local Sports, Media, Tech Entrepeneurs

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team liquid sports media merger acquisition esports videogame video game content streaming videogamesE-sports franchise ,a href="[link] Liquid , which operates ten different e-sports teams with more than 50 players in total, has been acquired by a group of entrepreneurs led by Peter Guber and Ted Leonsis. READ MORE>>.

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Evolve Media Snags Say Media Executive

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Los Angeles-based Evolve Media , the online publishing and media firm behind CraveOnline and TotallyHer, said Tuesday that it has named Jennifer Catto as its new SVP of Integrated Media. Evolve said Catto will oversee marketing efforts for CraveOnline, TotallyHer and Martini Media. Catto will be based in New York.

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Fan Appz Launches Social Media Marketing Product

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Los Angeles-based Fan Appz , which is headed by Jon Siegal, said today that it has launched a new social media marketing product. Fan Appz said it differs from other, social media marketing products because it is focused on helping brands close a sale. service software marketing media social appz fanappzREAD MORE>>.

MobiGirl Media Targets Mobile Ads For Girls

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If you''re the developer of a mobile application targeted at young girls, how do you monetize that application? A new, Los Angeles ad network, MobiGirl Media recently launched its niche, mobile ad network, specifically aimed at advertisers and app developers targeting girls between the ages of 6 and 16. READ MORE>>.

Demand Media Opens TypeF

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According to Demand Media, the new site will "empower women of all shapes, sizes and styles" to discover their unique look. READ MORE>>.

Fanattac Gets $1M, Tackles Social Media, Music

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the firm said it is providing a "unique" social media experience for music lovers, where fans will be able to interact with artists online.

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Briabe Media Finds $2M

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Venice, California-based Briabe Media , a mobile marketing firm targeting Hispanic, African, and Asian American consumers, said today that it has raised more than $2M in funding. Briabe Media offers up mobile advertising targeted at ethnic audiences, and is headed by James Briggs. briabe media mobile marketing venture capital interne

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SheKnows Launches Social Media Feature

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Los Angeles-based SheKnows , the women's media site run by Evolve Media, said this morning that it has launched a new social media, community features for the service. sheknows evolve media content publishingREAD MORE>>.

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Demand Media to Change Its Name to Leaf Group

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Demand Media is turning over a new leaf. The media and e-commerce holding company announced on Friday that it will change its name to Leaf Group, effective Nov. 9. Demand Media purchased Leaf.tv last year, which is a women’s lifestyle video content creator

Break Media Launches Screenwriting Contest With Scripped

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Los Angeles-based Break Media , the online content publisher headed by Keith Richman, said today that it has partnered with Scripped.com , an online community for screenwriters, on a new screenwriting contest. The contest will be judged by Ed Burns (Saving Private Ryan); Steven De Souza (Die Hard) Break Media development team and executives.

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Viant, Owner of Specific Media and MySpace, Acquired By Time Inc.

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Irvine-based Viant , the parent company of Specific Media and Myspace , has been acquired by publisher Time Inc. , the companies said this morning. Viant, which is led by Tim Vanderhook, was founded in 1999 as Specific Media, and acquired Myspace back in 2011. Financial details of the asset deal were not announced. READ MORE>>.

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Specific Media Furthers Privacy Push

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Irvine-based Specific Media , the online advertising network operator, appears to be on a privacy push, saying this morning that it has gained TRUSTe certification. specific media advertising internet truste privacy trustREAD MORE>>.

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SOCi Scores $2.25M For Social Media Marketing Tools

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San Diego-based SOCi , a developer of social media management and marketing software, has raised $2.25M in funding, the company said Wednesday. SOCi is taking aim at competitors such as Hootsuite, with what it says is a "next-generation" social media content discovery and marketing product. READ MORE>>.

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Nami Media Grows Operations

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Los Angeles-based Nami Media , which provides online marketing technology aimed at the pay-per-click (PPC) market, said today that it has doubled its staff, and has moved to a new, larger facility in order to accommodate expected growth this year. Publicly held LIN TV acquired a majority stake in Nami Media in November. READ MORE>>.

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Demand Media, Rachel Ray Partner

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Los Angeles-based Demand Media , the online publishing firm headed by Richard Rosenblatt, along with food and cooking celebrity Rachel Ray , said this morning that they are in a multi-year, exclusive partnership to develop co-branded content in the food category. demand media rachel food network eating cooking chef content publishing ehow

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Demand Media Extends Pluck To Mobile

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media has extended its Pluck social media platform to mobile devices, the company said today. demand media pluck brand community mobile iphone androidPluck is used by brands to create communities. READ MORE>>.

Specific Media Names New Marketing VP For MySpace

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Irvine-based Specific Media is bolstering its marketing team for MySpace , the company announced today, and has appointed Al Dejewski as its new Senior Vice President of Global Marketing. Specific Media said Dejewski will head up marketing for MySpace, as well as the company's other consumer and business facing brands. READ MORE>>.

Vantage Media Becomes Katch

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Los Angeles-based advertising technology developer Vantage Media said this morning that it has rebranded the company, and has changed its name to Katch , as a new focus on its software platform. katch vantage media bidding marketplace advertising rename real time Katch also licenses that platform to others. READ MORE>>.

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Vantage Media Launches Into Educational Marketplace

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Vantage Media said its new marketplace helps schools to reach prospective students, segmented by geography and area of study interest.

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