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What Mattered in 2012: Kevin Winston, Digital LA

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The biggest news for Digital LA this year has been creating and spearheading Silicon Beach Fest, LA's first startup entertainment community festival in Santa Monica and Venice in June, 2012. So we did a one-day fall Silicon Beach Fest at io/LA in Hollywood.

Why Silicon Valley and Hollywood Don’t Get Each Other and Who Will Win the Future

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But here’s what Silicon Valley doesn’t get about Hollywood. And what Hollywood does’t get about Silicon Valley? ” Guess what, Hollywood.

TZ Tech Crawl | Hollywood Edition

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The Tech Crawl is back and in full swing heading to the Hollywood Tech Scene! 2012 TechZulu Tech Crawl – Technically Awesome. A tour of some of the hottest Hollywood tech companies. When: November 9, 2012 6-11pm. Where: Hollywood, CA.

New Fund Targets Celebrities, Hollywood

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It seems like combining Hollywood and venture capital is the rage in Silicon Valley this week, as news came Tuesday of a new, seed-stage venture capital fund--run by former Mashable blogger Ben Parr--looking to raise money from Hollywood celebrities for access to hot, Silicon Valley Startups. dominate fund dominatefund hollywood celebrity venture capital mashable

What’s Next for TECH in 2012? | Infographic

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To the products that allow us to engage with media that was only imagined in Hollywood movies. Leave a comment and let us know what you think is next for 2012. Featured Infographic Retail & Consumers Social Media Social News 2012 infographic innovation talkTECH

Startup Weekend LA | Recap February 2012

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Yes the real Oscars were also on this past Sunday but if you’re in LA or Hollywood, you wouldn’t be tuning into anything but Startup Weekend LA). Wow — what a weekend. Startup Weekend LA has grown to become a very special event here in Los Angeles.

Always Go Home with the Lady Who Brought you to the Dance

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He was the son of a Hollywood celebrity and looked like he could have been a star as well (later in life he became nationally known). I had this ethical dilemma pop up on one of the first deals I even did as a VC.

Why Startup Entrepreneurs Need to Communicate More Like George Bush Than Al Gore

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” “Hollywood is run by dinosaurs and we understand the future of media.” This article originally appeared on TechCrunch. It is election season. So it’s tempting to think this is going to be a partisan post – it is not.

Silicon Valley VC's New LPs: Hollywood?

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Apparently, according to Variety, that source is increasingly Hollywood , and its stars and executives. The article did not quantify how much Hollywood money is going to technology venture capital and private equity. silicon valley venture capital hollywood

SoCal Heads to SXSWi | 2012 Panel Picking Guide

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The race to get your SXSWi panel to as many votes as possible so that you will be selected to present at the coming 2012 SXSW. Digital Dailies: Reinventing Hollywood’s Workflow. The New Hollywood: Building Celebrity Brands Online EQAL, Cambio, Digital LA.

Los Angeles Companies Continue To Dominate Top YouTube Channels

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The August 2012 ranking by comScore ranks Machinima at number three on YouTube, with 21.8M youtube ranking partner channel content hollywood angeles machinima maker fullscreen

Microsoft Unveils Surface Tablet In Hollywood

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What was that gigantic gathering of tech journalists in Hollywood last night? Microsoft picked Hollywood's Milk Studios as the location of a super stealthy, invitation-only event to announced its Surface tablet computer. microsoft surface hollywood announcement computer

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Los Angeles Becomes YouTube's Content Hub With New Playa Vista Studio

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The deal--which was first uncovered by the Hollywood Reporter--is in the former headquarters of Hughes Aircraft. angeles youtube playa vista studio content hollywood videoThe Los Angeles area is fast becoming the content hub for online video site YouTube , a position that takes advantage of both the LA region's long history in the entertainment business, and the rise of a slew of startups producing content specifically aimed at the YouTube audience.

Interview with John Mudge, iBN Sports

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john mudge ibnsports sports youtube content hollywood sport high school video streamingOne of the big questions in the content world has been: what's the right formula to make content creation profitable on the Internet?

Some Thoughts on Branding Startups and Communities

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For me Silicon Beach doesn’t quite encapsulate the wonderful, dynamic, creative, large, thriving community that is the 13 million proud Angelinos any more than Silicon Alley captures the bustling 2012 community of New York City. Brad Feld visited Los Angeles this past week.

Mark Suster’s Advice To Emerging Entrepreneurs – “Do Not Do, As I Have Done”

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It was kind of like producing a film in Hollywood. As part of UC Santa Barbara’s Distinguished Lecture Series, serial entrepreneur and noted venture capitalist Mark Suster recently shared his advice with a large crowd of emerging entrepreneurs.

Hulu Refreshes Site, Focuses on More Vivid, Graphic Experience

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hulu redesign content hollywood video streaming television movieHulu , the online video site, has made a major update to the site today, rolling out a more vivid, graphical interface which highlights scenes, TV shows, movies, and more on the service.

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Los Angeles Startup Events

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I recently posted about the Increase in Early-Stage Startup Activity in Los Angeles. In that post, I mentioned how one of the signals is the big increase in number of startup events and the number of attendees at those events. I realized that it has been a little while since I posted about the Los Angeles Startup Community and so needed to update my list of startup events that will be out of date almost before I finish publishing it.

In Venice Beach, A Coming Out for Silicon Beach

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And when you live in a city that long, you're bound to find yourself at a Hollywood, celebrity-driven party. These days, it's not unusual for a handful of tech and startup mixers and events to be going down on the westside.

HitFix Snags VP From The Hollywood Reporter

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Los Angeles-based film, TV, and entertainment site HitFix said today that it has snagged the former General Manager for Digital for The Hollywood Reporter, Alex Boyce, as its new Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategy. Boyce previously headed up the online re-launch of The Hollywood Reporter, and also has served at IAC/InteractiveCorp. hitfix hollywood reporter executive film content

Movie Hackathon Combines Film, Technology, Prizes

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Hulu Plus Expands Device Support

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According to Hulu, its service is now available on Toshiba 2012 Blu-ray players, Sharp 2012 TVs and Best Buy's Dynex Blu-ray players. hollywood content television video streaming plus huluLos Angeles-based Hulu is continuing to build out its list of supported devices for its subscription, Hulu Plus service, the firm said late Thursday. Users of all of those devices can now sign up for Hulu Plus directly from those players.

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Paramount Pictures Licenese Movies To Amazon Prime

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Hollywood studio Paramount Pictures is extending out distribution of its movies with a new deal with Amazon.com , Amazon said Wednesday. paramount pictures amazon prime video hollywood movie streaming instant

Silicon Beach Fest Celebrates Tech Startups and Hollywood in LA | Pics, Highlights and What’s Next!

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“It’s great to get the tech and Hollywood communities together to celebrate digital innovation,” said Kevin Winston, creator of the Silicon Beach Fest, and Digital LA CEO/Founder. We will also do a one-day version this fall in Hollywood and Downtown.

Go West Young Men: Winklevoss Twins Buy $18M L.A. Mansion To Dive Into SoCal Tech Scene

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Monday, August 27th, 2012. © 2012 AOL Inc. Startups. Mobile. Gadgets. Europe. Video. Enterprise. Venture. Social. GreenTech. Gaming. Opinion. Drama. Guides. Smartphones. Tablets. Digital Cameras. Laptops. Headphones. Events. CrunchBase. Hot topics. Zuckerberg Interview. Apple.

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YouTube Injects $200M Into More Content

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youtube content channels development hollywood startupsIn what can only be good news for the ecosystem of content providers and startup firms here in Southern California, Google's YouTube said Sunday that it is expanding into Europe, and adding more than 50 original channels to the 100 it introduced last year. The company is reportedly also investing another $200M in its channel efforts, on top of the $100M effort it kicked off last year.

How DinnerDate.com Takes Online Dating Offline, with Andrew Connell

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The startup--created by Robert Earl (Founder and CEO of Planet Hollywood), Grant Hosford (formerly of eHarmony), and Connell (formerly of Nokia)--is using the Internet to arrange group dates at local restaurants, to connect people in person and offline.

Hulu Revenue Rise To $695M; Tops 3M Paying Subscribers

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Hulu , the online video streaming site headed by Jason Kilar, detailed its 2012 numbers today, saying that it will close the year with approximately $695M in revenues, a growth of over 65% since 2011. finances revenues hollywood content streaming video huluThe firm--which has been amazingly open about its finances, despite being a private company also said it now has over 3 million paying, Hulu plus subscribers. Hulu said its subscriber count more than doubled during the year.

Fandango Expands Mobile Movie Ticket Distribution

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fandango mobile movie ticket content hollywood theater sales theatreLos Angeles-based movie site Fandango is expanding its rollout of mobile ticketing, saying this morning that it has added more than 1,400 additional screens across the country to its paperless mobile ticket program.

Ten Tech Entrepreneurs Who Are Putting LA on the Map

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If a person from outside Los Angeles is a fan of the city, dig a little and you’ll probably find that they like it for the celebrities, Hollywood not LA. The top five tournaments for “StarCraft 2″ in the month of June 2012 had combined prize-pools of over $150,000.

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Hulu Updates Video Player

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hulu video player bigger expansion content hollywoodViewers watching their favorite TV show on Hulu today might notice a slight change: the site's video player is now bigger, due to an update on the firm's web site Thursday. Hulu said the company updated its video player with one which is 55 percent larger, in addition to a number of other UI changes. Hulu explained the update came to provide the site with a "cleaner, crisper" look. READ MORE>>.

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Private Equity Firm Set To Sell Hulu Stake, Says Report

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hulu private equity merger acquisition providence disney content streaming hollywoodA report today from Bloomberg says that Providence Equity Partners , the private equity firm which owns part of Los Angeles-based Hulu , is selling its stake to the firm's other owners in a deal valuing the firm at about $2 billion.

OK Go Super Bowl Video Illustrates Collision Between Content, Technology

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startups technology music stars youtube hollywood content video bowl super okgoWhat do you get when you mix the desert around Mojave, two months in a Van Nuys warehouse, an MIT engineer, and a band which has risen to prominence as a YouTube phenomenon?

Twentieth Century Fox Launches HD Streaming Program

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twentieth century digital streaming content video hollywoodTwentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is aiming to boost digital streaming and downloading of its content, through a new program the firm announced this morning. The entertainment firm, which is a subsidairy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/News Corp.,

Fandango, Moviefone In Ticketing Partnership

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Interview with Michael Schneider, Mobile Roadie

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Demand Media Launches Pet Channel On YouTube

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Movieclips Becomes ZEFR, Raises $18.5M

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video youtube clips movie hollywood content capital venture movieclips zefrVenice-based Movieclips , the online movie clips site and content site founded by Zach James and Richard Raddon, said today that it has raised $18.9M in a Series C funding round, and has rebranded itself as ZEFR.

SpiritClips Acquired By Hallmark

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spiritclips hallmark content hollywood greeting cards merger acquisitionLos Angeles-based SpiritClips , an online video service and short film producer, has been acquired by greeting cards firm Hallmark. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. SpiritClips offers up an online, subscription service which streams inspirational, "uplifting" films to users, including a digital greeting card component of the service which delivers positive and uplifting messages to recipients.

Mobile Roadie Powers New Madonna iPad App

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android iphone itunes mobileroadie roadie mobile ipad promotion hollywood music album mdna madonnaAnother high profile, celebrity app has rolled out from Los Angeles mobile app developer Mobile Roadie today--this time, from Madonna.

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