Earbuds lets audiences stream the playlists of athletes, entertainers and each other

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The company is one of a growing number of startups trying to rejuvenate the music streaming market by combining it with social networking so that audiences can listen to the playlists of their favorite athletes and entertainers… and their friends.

Mighty Oak Entertainment Gets Investment

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Los Angeles- and Atlanta-based Mighty Oak Entertainment , which produces sports clips for traditional, digital, and streaming, has received an investment from former MGM Television President John Bryan and entrepreneur and KDOCTV (Los Angeles) owner Bert Ellis, Jr., Financial details of the acquisition and investment were not announced, however, Mighty Oak Entertainment said Bryan and Ellis have purchased 50 percent of the company from founder Mark O'Brien.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

The Gores Group Buys AMI Entertainment

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Los Angeles-based private equity investor The Gores Group said on Thursday afternoon that it has acquired AMI Entertainment , a maker of digital jukeboxes and video systems, which are installed in bars, restaurants, and other locations. AMI Entertainment was founded in 1909, as the National Automatic Music Co. gores group entertainment jukebox video merger acquisition

AWS Opens New Los Angeles Zone

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Amazon Web Services (AWS), the cloud computing service of Amazon, has launched anew Los Angeles zone, which will give local customers and companies much faster access to the AWS cloud. According to AWS, the new zone will provide very low latency (single-digit millisecond) access to application access from Los Angeles and other locations in Southern California. amazon services cloud angeles media processing data

Blizzard Entertainment Suspends Competitor After Support For Hong Kong Protests

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Los Angeles-based Blizzard Entertainment has been unwillingly pulled into the ongoing political maelstrom in Hong Kong, after one of the competitors in its Hearthstone Grandmasters tournament expressed his support for protesters in Hong Kong on a post-game interview.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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>>.

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.

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

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

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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Songtrust adds another 55,000 artists to its rights management service

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The company has also opened three offices in Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Nashville to complement existing locations in New York, London and Amsterdam. Over the past year, Songtrust has added another 55,000 artists and songwriters to its rights management service.

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