LA's AET Fund Raises $50M For Entertainment Technology Investment

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A new, Los Angeles venture capital fund, AET Fund said on Wednesday that it has raised $50M to make investments in entertainment technology, and hired someone to head up its U.S. AET Fund--short for Akatsuki Entertainment Technology Fund--said it has hired Mark Linao as Principal, responsible for managing the company's $50M fund and its operations in United States. AET Fund had said last year that it would be establishing its venture funding efforts in Los Angeles.

Google Cloud will launch its Los Angeles region in July

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It’s no secret that Google has long planned to open a cloud region in Los Angeles. But as Google announced today , the new Los Angeles cloud region will go live in July, making it the company’s fifth region in the U.S.

Los Angeles is a transportation tech powerhouse

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Los Angeles is famous for two things: entertainment and traffic. Column TC Transportation Los Angeles Hyperloop One self-driving cars faraday future TallyGoBack in the 1950s, any association with “stars” and “cars” would be the envy of any modern city.

Ticket OS Acquired By Entertainment Benefits Group

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Los Angeles-based TicketOS , a developer of a software platform that helps organizations automate the management of such entertainment assets as corporate entertainment suite inventory, entertainment and sports tickets, corporate hospitality, and other assets, has been acquired by Miami-based Entertainment Benefits Group (EBG). ticketos ticket automation software entertainment merger acquisition corporate suite

Akatsuki Lauches $50M Entertainment Investment Fund

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Japanese entertainment firm Akatsuki has launched a brand new, Los Angeles-based entertainment fund, called the Akatsuki Entertainment Technology Fund (AET Fund) , which will invest in augmented reality and other entertainment technology, the Japanese company announced on Tuesday. akatsuki fund aetfund venture capital investment financial augmented reality content hollywood japan international japanese entertainment

Pocket.watch Raises $15M For Kids Entertainment

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Los Angeles-based media brand Pocket.watch , which creates content for kids, has raised $15M in a Series B funding round, led by Viacom, the company said today. pocket.watch kids entertainment venture capital viacom content hollywood filmAs part of the funding, Viacom Media Networks COO Sarah Levy joins the company's board of directors. Pocket.watch says it develops eerything from small-screen video to big-screen blockbusters, games, toys, and other products focused on kids.

IGN Entertainment Names Chief Programming Officer

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IGN Entertainment , which produces online video game and entertainment content, said Tuesday that it has named Wade Beckett as its Chief Programming Officer and SVP of Video, based here in Los Angeles. IGN Entertainment is part of Ziff Davis, which is own by LA's J2 Global. content videogame officer programming chief entertainment

Global Eagle Entertainment Investment Deal Collapses

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Los Angeles-based Global Eagle Entertainment , a developer of in-flight entertainment products and provider of broadband Internet services, has called off a $416M majority investment deal from Chinese company HNA Group , after the U.S. overseas international investment china group iseego cfius acquisition merger wireless inflight entertainment eagle global

Google partners with Sony Pictures Imageworks to launch an open source VFX render manager

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That includes the launch of its Los Angeles cloud region last year, as well as its acquisition of the Zync cloud renderer back in 2014. Sony Pictures Entertainment/Imageworks wasn’t a founding member but joined a few months after the foundation got off the ground.

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Fandango Extends Deal With Regal Entertainment

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Los Angeles-based online and mobile movie ticketing and information service Fandango announced today that it has extended a current ticketing contract it has with Regal Entertainment Group. fandango regal entertainment movie mobile

First Access Entertainment Launches New Seed Investment Fund For Youth

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Los Angeles-based First Access Entertainment , and entertainment firm which provides music recording management and publishing, film and TV development, and acting and model management, said this morning that it has launched a new investment fund, called The Fund by First Access Entertainment. hollywood creative venture capital investment fund entertainment

Dreamscape Immersive Raises Series A Funding For VR Entertainment Centers

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Los Angeles-based Dreamscape Immersive , a developer of immersive, virtual reality entertainment experiences, said on yesterday afternoon that it has raised a Series A financing round. park theme imagineering dreamworks disney hollywood content entertainment capital venture immersive dreamscapeSize of the funding round was not announced, however, a regulatory filing indicates around $11.36M was raised in the round.

Global Eagle Entertainment Loses CEO, CFO

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Los Angeles-based Global Eagle Entertainment , which provides in-flight, satellite-based Internet services for airlines, has named a new CEO, after the loss of both its CEO and CFO on Monday. resign executive satellite wireless inflight entertainment eagle globalAccording to the company, its board has appointed Jeff Leddy as its new CEO and interim CFO.

3BLACKDOT Gets Funding From Legendary Entertainment

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Los Angeles-based 3BLACKDOT , which develops mobile entertainment titles, has raised a round of strategic funding from Legendary Entertainment. 3blackdot legendary entertainment mobile videogame jetpak content venture capitalSize of the funding was not announced. 3BLACKDOT is the developer of mobile game Zombie Killer Squad, among other titles. The company is led by Angelo Pullen. The company's founders had previously been at Machinima.

Ground Control Aims At Voice Activated Entertainment, Backed By CAA

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Los Angeles- and Vancouver-based Ground Control , a new startup led by LA technology veteran Mike Macadaan, said on Wednesday that it has launched with the backing of the Creative Artists Agency. According to the startup, is is developing "voice-activated entertainment experiences" and interactive audio technology, which will tape into well-known personalities across entertainment, sports, politics, music and beyond.

HitFix Partners With Entertainment Blog

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Los Angeles-based HitFix , the entertainment news site headed by Jennifer Sargent and backed by angel groups the Tech Coast Angels and Golden Seeds, said today that it is in a strategic partnership with film and awards blog In Contention. hitfix entertainment blog content incontention film

j2 Global Buys IGN Entertainment

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Los Angeles-based j2 Global , the provider of cloud-based business and telephony services, said today that it has acquired IGN Entertainment , the video game, entertainment, and men's lifestyle publisher, via is Ziff Davis subsidiary. publisher publishing software saas content entertainment j2global

BitAngels Los Angeles March Event

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Friday, March 29, 2019 -- BitAngels Los Angeles. The brainchild of industry leader Michael Terpin, BitAngels launched in 2013 as the world's first angel network for digital currency startups. The BitAngels Los Angeles is hosted at Phase Two, a coworking space for entrepreneurs and creators in tech, media, and entertainment. BitAngels is a group of cryptocurrency investors helping to grow the blockchain ecosystem through community events spotlighting new companies.

Respawn Entertainment Acquired By EA For Up To $455M

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Los Angeles-based game studio Respawn Entertainment , best known for its development of the title Titanfall, has been acquired by Electronic Arts , the two said on Thursday afternoon. Respawn Entertainment was led by Vince Zampella, and was based in Sherman Oaks. titanfall acquisition merger videogame arts electronics entertainment respawn

The team behind Baidu’s first smart speaker is now using AI to make films

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” The Beijing and Los Angeles-based startup isn’t content with just making the software. The HBO sci-fi blockbuster Westworld has been an inspiring look into what humanlike robots can do for us in the meatspace.

Mammoth Media Finds $13M For Mobile Entertainment

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Los Angeles-based Mammoth Media , a startup that says it is developing mobile-first media, has raised $13M in a Series A funding round, the company disclosed on Tuesday. The company, co-founded by CEO Benoit Vatere, and incubated at venture studio Science Inc., said the funding was led by Greylock Partners and also included Science Inc. Greylock's Josh Elman joins the company's board as part of the funding. READ MORE>>.

How Laudville Is Bringing Your Entertainment Life Together

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In the world of many online television, movie, and video sites, scores of music streaming services, and other entertainment content, it''s often a difficult task to find what you really want to watch, listen to, or read. That''s also one of the things I really love about Los Angeles.

Jam City is setting up a Toronto shop by buying Bingo Pop from Uken Games

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The Los Angeles game development studio Jam City is setting up a shop in Toronto with the acquisition of Bingo Pop from Uken Games. Jam City has offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Bogota and Buenos Aires.

Audiolife Acquired By Alliance Entertainment

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Van Nuys-based Audiolife , the startup which provided product fulfillment for the music industry and artists, has been acquired by Florida firm Alliance Entertainment. According to Alliance Entertainment, Audiolife's founders will remain in Los Angeles, but the company will be moving its fulfillment operations to Shepherdsville, Kentucky. Audiolife was backed by angels, including members of the Tech Coast Angels and CVAN, the Coachella Valley Angel Network.

Stage 32: An Education Hub For Entertainment Industry Creatives

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And if you work in the entertainment industry, you have Stage 32. by providing cutting-edge online education to a global population of people looking to make it in the ever-evolving entertainment industry. Stage 32 is teaching the evolution of the entertainment industry as it’s happening, and more people than ever are throwing their hat in the ring. To be sure, there are other places to go for education if you’re seeking success in the entertainment industry.

Moviepilot Links With Entertainment Weekly On Comic-Con Videos

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Los Angeles-based entertainment fan site Moviepilot and Entertainment Weekly said this week that they will be presenting videos from the San Diego Comic-Con, as part of a new content partnership. moviepilot entertainment weekly comiccon comicFinancial details of the partnership were not disclosed. The new content will be available both on Moviepilot as well as EW.com. Moviepilot is led by Tobi Bauckhage. Comic-Con runs from July 9th until July 12th. READ MORE>>.

Taltopia Aggregates Casting Calls, Entertainment Jobs

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Hollywood-based Taltopia.com , an online social networking site for artists, said today that it is launching a new tool which aggregates casting calls and job postings in the entertainment and arts industry. The firm is backed by angel investors.

DTS Backs USC Entertainment Technology Center

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Los Angeles-based DTS , which develops surround sound technology, said today that it has signed on as an Executive Sponsor of USC's Entertainment Technology Center, an effort at the school to link entertainment, technology, and consumer electronics firms.

BuzzFeed Ramps Entertainment Coverage In LA

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The intersection of Hollywood and online publishing looks to be helping grow jobs in Los Angeles in the online content area. The latest move in that area comes from online viral content publisher BuzzFeed , which is apparently ramping its operations in Los Angeles, as part of effort by the site to expand into entertainment coverage. The company is apparently staffing a new Los Angeles office with 15 to 20 people to cover the Hollywood beat.

LA Dodgers Launch Sports, Technology, Entertainment Accelerator

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The Los Angeles Dodgers and R/GA said Tuesday afternoon that the two are setting up a new, startup accelerator in Los Angeles, called the LA Dodgers Accelerator. According to the two, the new startup accelerator will focus on companies at the intersection of sports, technology, and entertainment. baseball capital venture sports entertainment accelerator startup dodgers

AngelVision Eyes Investments In Entertainment, New Media

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A new Los Angeles investment group, AngelVision Investors , said this morning that it has launched, and is looking to invest in startup and emerging growth-oriented companies, in the entertainment, marketing and new media. angelvision angel vision investors entertainment media venture capital funding hollywood content creative

Global Eagle Entertainment Acquires Emerging Markets Communications For $550M

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Los Angeles-based inflight entertainment, wireless, and communications systems developer Global Eagle Entertainment is acquiring satellite communications services provider Emerging Markets Communications , the two said Monday, in a deal worth $550M in cash and stock. global eagle entertainment inflight wireless merger acquisition emerging markets communications maritime shipping

Global Eagle Entertainment, SES Expand Ku-Band Coverage

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Los Angeles-based Global Eagle Entertainment , which provides in-flight wireless, entertainment systems, and related services to the airline industry, says it has inked an expanded deal with satellite network operator SES , to add satellite capacity over India, Central Asia, the Middle East and North America. global eagle entertainment satellite aerospace kuband inflight wireless wifi

Entertainment Deals Take Center Stage In LA’s Burgeoning VC Scene

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Entertainment TC Venture Capital Maker Studios Oculus VR Los Angeles tastemade MachinimaA string of big acquisitions, public offerings, and a pipeline of growing young startup companies has venture investors saying “I love L.A.”

Global Eagle Entertainment Links With Satellite Operator SES

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Los Angeles-based Global Eagle Entertainment , the developer of in-flight wireless and entertainment systems for airlines, said today that it has linked up with satellite operator SES , to bring Ku-band satellite bandwith to the company''s systems. Globa Eagle Entertainment said it currently serves over 150 airlines worldwide with its Wi-Fi, movie, television, interactive software, and other products.