Scopely Snags Another Zynga Exec

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Scopely is venture backed by Anthem Venture Partners, The Chernin Group, Greycroft Venture Partners and New Enterprise Associates (NEA). content game video network videogame executive zynga scopely Los Angeles-based mobile gaming firm Scopely said Thursday that it has snagged Reed Shaffner, the former General Manager at Zynga, as part of its product team. Scopely said Reed will head up the company''s product team.

Big Frame Lands $3M

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Hollywood-based Big Frame , a new startup focused on providing content programming and marketing of YouTube talent, has raised $3M in a funding round, the firm said Tuesday. The round came from Anthem Venture Partners, Daher Capital, DFJ Frontier, LaunchPad LA, New World Ventures, The Media Farm and Social Starts, and angels Diego Berdakin, Dave Goldberg, Peter Gotcher, Clark Landry, Adam Lilling and Dan Murray.

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Scopely Raises $8.5M

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in a new, seed financing round, from Anthem Venture Partners, The Chernin Group, Greycroft Venture Partners and New Enterprise Associates (NEA), as well as angels. scopely venture capital social videogame video game content elbaz buddiesIt looks like all that bacon paid off. Los Angeles-based Scopely , the startup co-founded by Eytan Elbaz , Eytan Elbaz , Walter Driver and Ankur Bulsara, which is developing social and mobile games, said this morning that it has raised $8.5M

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It brings together events and content for Los Angeles. I was just talking with someone who's new to Los Angeles and wanting to connect into the Los Angeles Startup Community. I told them that I had recently seen several posts/articles talking about how vibrant the community has become. As is usual, I couldn't remember where I had seen those posts. So, I promised I would create this post to help point them in the right direction. I will do my best to keep this up to date.

VideoAmp Gets $15M For TV And Video Tools

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The funding was led by European investor RTL Group, and also included Anthem Venture Partners, Simon Equity Partners, Third Wave Capital, Wavemaker Partners, ZenShin Capital, and Startup Capital Ventures. marketing advertising content capital venture attribution screen tools video videoampSanta Monica-based VideoAmp , which says it is developing a "screen optimization platform" aimed at the TV and video ecosystem, said today that it has raised $15M in a Series A funding round.

VideoAmp Raises $15M For TV And Video Tools

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The funding was led by European investor RTL Group, and also included Anthem Venture Partners, Simon Equity Partners, Third Wave Capital, Wavemaker Partners, ZenShin Capital, and Startup Capital Ventures. videoamp video tools screen attribution venture capital content advertising marketingSanta Monica-based VideoAmp , which says it is developing a "screen optimization platform" aimed at the TV and video ecosystem, said today that it has raised $15M in a Series A funding round.

BuzzMedia Becomes SpinMedia

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The firm is venture backed by Anthem Ventures, Focus Ventures, Interscope, New Enterprise Associates, Redpoint Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures, and Universal Music Group. spinmedia buzzmedia buzznet rename celebrity music musician content publishing publication advertisingLos Angeles-based online entertainment, music, and advertising firm BuzzMedia is no more: it's just rebranded itself SpinMedia.

AwesomenessTV Acquires Big Frame

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Big Frame had been venture backed by Anthem Venture Partners, Daher Capital, DFJ Frontier, LaunchPad LA, New World Ventures, The Media Farm and Social Starts, and angels Diego Berdakin, Dave Goldberg, Peter Gotcher, Clark Landry, Adam Lilling and Dan Murray. awesomenesstv awesomeness youtube content channel network merger acquisition bigframe video Los Angeles-based AwesomenessTV --which is now part of Dreamworks--has acquired Big Frame , another local YouTube network operator.

Report: Buzznet Chops Staff

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Hollywood-based, music-related blog and content firm Buzznet has reportedly cut employees, according to a report from Digital Music News. Buzznet operates an online social networking and social media site focused on music and bands, and is backed by Anthem Ventures, Interscope, Redpoint Ventures, and others According to the publication, citing a representative of the firm, Buzznet has eliminated 10 employees, from a total of 89 staff.

Cocodot Gets $2.0M

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The funding comes from Anthem Ventures, the Mailroom Fund, and Rincon Venture Partners. Cocodot is the latest startup of Shawn Gold, formerly SVP, Marketing & Content of MySpace.com. Hollywood-based Cocodot , an online site which provides online invitations and stationery, has raised $2.0M more in funding, according to reports.

BUZZMEDIA Snags Editors From PopEater, TMZ

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Hollywood-based BUZZMEDIA , the venture backed online entertainment content network, has snagged two editors for a new, yet-to-be launched celebrity site, the firm said today. BUZZMEDIA is backed by Anthem Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Focus Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures, and others. Tags: buzzmedia entertainment content hollywood celebrity editorial publishing

Cocodot Rolls Out Printed Cards

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Cocodot is venture backed by Anthem Ventures, the Mailroom Fund, and Rincon Venture Partners. Tags: cocodot invitation printing content evite invite party printed myspace Hollywood-based Cocodot , the online invitation card site headed by former MySpace exec Shawn Gold, has rolled out new, printed invitation cards, according to the firm's website. According to Cocodot, it has started offering printed version of the company's invitation cards, starting at $37.25

Buzznet Raises $12.5M More

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According to the company, the funding round was led by Focus Ventures, and also included Anthem Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Redpoint Ventures, and Sutter Hill Ventures. Tags: buzzmedia hollywood content venture capital celebrity culture buzznet media Los Angeles-based Buzznet , which operates a network of web sites focused on celebrities and pop culture, announced this morning that it has raised $12.5M and will rename itself Buzz Media.

Buzznet Joins With The Superficial

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Buzznet is venture backed by Sutter Hill Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, Anthem Ventures, NEA, and Universal Music Group. Hollywood-based Buzznet, an online site focused on entertainment and pop culture, has linked up with entertainment site The Superficial, the firm said today. Buzznet said that The Superficial will become part of Celebuzz.com, the firm's entertainment focused and social media website.

Buzznet Hires Two, Snags NYTimes Editor

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Buzznet is venture backed by Anthem Ventures, Interscope, and Redpoint Ventures. Hollywood-based Buzznet, an online social media and networking site focused on music, said Wednesday that it has hired two editors to bolster its music editorial team. According to Buzznet, it has hired former New York Times music reporter Jeff Leeds as its Editor-in-Chief, and former Alternative Press magazine editor Leslie Simon as its Senior Editor.

Buzznet Targets Tweens, Teens With New Celebrity Site

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According to Buzznet, the new site will provide tweens and teens with up-to-date and high quality pop culture and celebrity content, and is being launched as part of Buzznet's Celebuzz.com entertainment community. Buzznet is venture backed by Sutter Hill Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, Anthem Ventures, NEA and Universal Music Group. Hollywood-based Buzznet, a venture-backed operator of social media websites, said Thursday that it has launched a new site called Just Jared Jr.

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

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“Let us come together and celebrate…” The mashup theme was reflected in the SBF programming, which included panels highlighting accelerators, VCs, startups, developers, movies, TV, music, web content, art, fashion, social good, surf & skate, and more.

Cocodot Links With DKNY

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Gold was SVP Marketing and Content at MySpace, and Cocodot is venture backed by Anthem Ventures, the Mailroom Fund, and Rincon Venture Partners. Hollywood-based Cocodot , the online invitations site run by former MySpace exec Shawn Gold, said this week that it has partnered with DKNY , for a collection of fashion cards and invites.

Buzz Media Inks Deal with Magazine

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Buzz Media--which was formerly known as BuzzNet--is a venture backed operator of a network of pop culture, celebrity, and music-focused web content properties and blogs. According to the two, they are in a joint venture focused on digital content, marketing, and advertising. Buzz Media is venture backed by Focus Ventures, Anthem Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Redpoint Ventures, and Sutter Hill Ventures.

Three Southern California Firms Building Blog Empires

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The firm has been squarely aimed at the content and blog world, with recent hires of editors from AOL's PopEater, and TMZ.com, to help build out its sites. Venture backed by Anthem Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Focus Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures, and others. News today that AOL has acquired technology news blog TechCrunch highlights the growing place of blog publishers in the online world.

MySpace Startups: Startups From MySpace Vets

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Demand offers up a network of online, content driven web sites--plus a healthy domain name registration business--and has garnered lots of attention for specifically creating content for search engines. MySpace Connection : Shawn Gold , former SVP Marketing and Content at MySpace.

Interview with Derrick Oien, Intercasting

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Derrick Oien: We have a platform we develop, called ANTHEM. ANTHEM is referred to, depending on what segment you're looking at, as either a community gateway or social networking gateway. But, with Intercasting and our ANTHEM version of MySpace, it's a client integrated into the device. Whereas lots of companies allow you to upload content, we've got deep integration to those sites, including bidirectional publishing of content.

This Week in VC with Om Malik & Paul Jozefak

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Current round: $5.0mm in Series A by NEA and Anthem Venture Partners. Software provides intelligent, real-time data analytics across a wide variety of disparate, unstructured enterprise content types. To see the video of This Week in VC click on this link.

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This Week in VC with Farb Nivi, Founder of Grockit

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Provides electronic book services for content publishers; services include digital scanning and conversion, distribution to leading e-book retailers, monetization and royalty management.

Interview with Ramit Varma, Revolution Prep

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My brother is actually at Anthem Ventures, working with Bill Woodward, and I was an intern there in business school. Ramit Varma: We have pulled in a lot of expertise, both on the content and feature side.

Interview with Kelly Tompkins, AdventureLink

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The round came from Anthem Venture Partners and the Mail Room Fund. What we've done here, is we've utilized very advanced crawler technology, which grabs content from thousands of adventure tour operators, and consolidates that into a database. That information is normalized, standardized, and when a tour operator changes content on their web site, it's automatically picked up on our system.

This Week in Venture Capital – Episode 2

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2.6mm in Series A : Canaan , Anthem. This is a CDN (Content Delivery Network). I was on This Week in Venture Capital (TWiVC) again this week with Jason Calacanis.