PPG Invests $15.5M In Burbank Research Center

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in an upgrade of its Burbank research and technology center. burbank research coatings specialty materials growth expansionPPG , a $15.4 billion developer of paints, coatings and specialty materials based in Pittsburgh, says it has invested $15.5M

Coding Dojo Expands To Burbank

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Coding Dojo , the operator of a coding bootcamp program, says it has opened up a location in Los Angeles, at a location in Burbank. coding dojo burbank bootcamp software education school learningThe company--which offers up a 14-week development program to teach students coding skills--says its location in Los Angeles is the third for the company. Coding Dojo also has locations in Seattle and Silicon Valley.

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Burbank Tech Talks: December

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016 -- Burbank Tech Talks: December. Save the date for December's edition of Burbank Tech Talks on Dec. 7, presented by The City of Burbank, in partnership with TechFire. The event will feature a look ahead to the future of technology in 2017 and beyond.

Group Plans Drone Racing Event In Burbank This Weekend

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aerial drone racing burbank quadcopter race grand prix circuitA local startup, which organizes and runs drone racing events , is holding an invite-only event this weekend to qualify UAV pilots for a competition in Dubai later this year. According to the Aerial Grand Prix , it is hosting a local qualifier to advance pilots to the World Drine Prix in Dubai, which is dangling a $1M prize.

Disney Cancels Tech Layoffs In Burbank

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Disney/ABC Television , which had planned to replace about 35 information technology workers split between its New York and Burbank offices with imported H-1B workers from an outsourcer, has abruptly cancelled those plans. Disney had told its workers in May that it would be replacing them with workers--imported from India--from outsourcer Cognizant.

Activision Blizzard to Open Burbank E-Sports Arena

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Activision Blizzard of Santa Monica plans to open an e-sports arena in Burbank to play host to a variety of video game tournaments including the Overwatch Contenders Playoffs and Hearthstone Championship Tour in October, the company said Thursday

Burbank Tech Talks: Founder Stories: David Knight, Angel City Data

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Burbank Tech Talks and TechFire. The City of Burbank, in partnership with TechFire is featuring a Burbank tech success story, Angel City Data's Founder and President, David Knight. A former record producer, David loves blending creativity with technology - and this year, Angel City Data was recognized as the Burbank Chamber of Commerce's Small Business of the Year. Thursday, October 26, 2017 -- Founder Stories: David Knight, Angel City Data.

Silicon Beach Report May 15: Burbank-based CareerArc Expands

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Team SoloMid partners with Lenovo; Feather spreads its wings in L.A.; CareerArc grows, names new executives

Silicon Beach Report Sept. 7: Activision Blizzard to Open Burbank E-Sports Arena

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Activision Blizzard to open Burbank e-sports arena, SpaceX launches mysterious Air Force space plane ahead of Hurricane Irma and Maestro raises $3 Million

Surf Air Takes Flight, Starts All-You-Can-Fly Shuttles To Silicon Valley

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Surf Air launched its first flight today at 10:45am, flying from Burbank to San Carlos. In a little over an hour, executives can now hop between the two technology areas--through the executive airline terminals at Burbank and San Carlos. The new service skirts the more crowded, security lines at the public side of Burbank--which is already drastically easier to navigate than LAX--and allows execs to simply show up and board their flights.

Disney Accelerator Shows Off Startups At 2017 Demo Day

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The Disney Accelerator has rolled out the newest class of startup from its startup accelerator this week, showing off 11 new companies from the 2017 Disney Accelerator program on Wednesday in Burbank. disney accelerator 2017 demo burbank waltdisney startup startupsThe startup accelerator--run by The Walt Disney Company--said this year's startup included Ambidio (surround sound for personal devices); aXiomatic (esports and gaming); Brit + Co.

Hollywood Software Firms Merge

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Burbank-based Entertainment Partners has acquired Culver City-based software developer SyncOnSet Technologies Inc

RCT Studio Raises $10 Million

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RCT Studio, a Burbank-based developer of interactive games, announced it has raised $10 million in Series A funding

Cast & Crew Acquires Expense Management Software Developer

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Burbank-based payroll company Cast & Crew announced April 7 that it has acquired LeBog Software, the developer of an expense management system called Digital Purchase Order

Surf Air's First Flight Set For Wednesday

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The first flight is set to depart Burbank at 10:45am, landing in San Carlos at noon. surfair surf subscription airline muckerlab airport certification burbank carlos Santa Monica-based Surf Air , the all-you-can-fly airline service which is looking to connect Silicon Valley and Silicon Beach, is getting set to launch its first member flight tomorrow, Wednesday.

Meet the 2017 Startups from the Disney Accelerator

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Accelerator Startups & Apps Atom Ticket AVATAR BB-8 Burbank corporate partnership disney Disney Accelerator Droids Imperson Los Angeles mobile app Pandora Sphero star wars The Walt Disney Company toysThere’s no denying that BB-8 was the star of the most recent installment in the Star Wars universe, Rogue One.

Halla AI Platform for Ecommerce Raises $1.4M Seed Funding

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Burbank-based Shag Enterprises Inc, an artificial intelligence company that’s created a predictive platform for online ordering, announced on May 15 it raised $1.4 million in seed funding led by New York-based E&A Venture Capital

Vubiquity to Be Acquired for $224 Million by Amdocs

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31 that it entered into an agreement to acquire Burbank video distribution services company Vubiquity for $224 million in cash Software developer Amdocs announced on Jan.

Disney Invests $15M In Kahoot, Maker Of Learning Games

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Burbank-based Disney has made a $15M investment in Norwegian educational and learning games developer Kahoot , Kahoot said Friday, in a deal which grows Disney's stake in the company. Kahoot--which was part of the Disney Accelerator in Burbank back in 2017--revolves around user-created quizzes, which people set up and share with other users.

Walt Disney Announces 2021 Accelerator Companies

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Burbank-based The Walt Disney Company has announced the participants in this year's startup accelerator program at the company. According to the company, it has selected eight companies for the 2021 Disney Accelerator Program, including companies in the areas of messaging, the frontiers of technology, e-commerce, data, and personalization. The three month mentorship program has been run since 2014. According to Disney, the companies this year include Attentive.

TT Games Opens UK Studio for Lego Mobile Video Games

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TT Games, makers of the Lego video game franchise published by Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment in Burbank, has announced the opening of TT Games Brighton, a new UK-based development studio focused on creating new Lego games designed for mobile platforms

Esports Overwatch League heads to hipster Brooklyn for its finals

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Heading from sunny Burbank, Calif. Those games are set to begin July 11th and will take place in Burbank at the company’s “Blizzard Arena Los Angeles.” Eventually the league is looking to set up stadiums in locations outside of Burbank. What could be more perfect than moving the inaugural championship finals for an esports league from its Los Angeles home to Brooklyn?

Deluxe Acquires Mediapeers

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Burbank-based Deluxe , the provider of post-production, distribution, asset management, and related services to Hollywood, said today that it has acquired B2B, cloud software provider mediapeers. Mediapeers becomes part of Delxue''s Burbank Deluxe Media Unit. Financial details of the buy were not disclosed. Mediapeers was based in Berlin, and had been founded in 2007. Mediapeers serves such companies as Lionsgate, MGMG, FremantleMedia, and Global Screen.

Cisco Joins Walt Disney Studios StudioLAB Effort

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Networking products giant Cisco said this week that it has been selected by The Walt Disney Studios announced in March, in conjunction with Accenture, and includes a 3,500 square food facility in Burbank. Cisco says that StudioLAB will feature both its hardware and software, in the areas of network, storage, orchestration and collaboration. READ MORE>>. cisco walt disney studiolab innovation technology development

Cast & Crew To Acquire The TEAM Companies

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Burbank-based Cast & Crew, which provides payroll software and services to the entertainment industry, said last week that it has signed a deal to acquire The Team Companies, a developer of payroll and production management services to the advertising, music and concert tours and live events industries.

Warner Brothers Interactive Cuts Staff In Seattle

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Burbank-based Warner Brothers Interactive has chopped 60 people in its Seattle game studios, according to a report from Joystiq, which confirmed the cuts with Warner Brothers. It's unclear if Warner Brothers Interactive had cut any other positions across the company's other locations or at its Burbank headquarters.

Loop Media Powers New Streaming Channel On XUMO

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Burbank-based streaming media firm Loop Media says it has launched its first, OTT service, called The Preview Channel , on XUMO TV. The company was co-founded by Jon Niermann, CEO (former President, Electronic Arts Asia and Managing Director, Walt Disney International Asia); Shawn Driscoll, Head of Music Industry Relations (former Executive Producer at Legends Studios in Burbank); and Philipp Pieper (current CEO, Swarm Fund, former Founder, Proximic).

Iyuno-SDI Group Gets $160M

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Iyuno-SDI Group, a provider of localization services to the media industry with an operation in Burbank, said this week that it has raised $160M in a funding round. The funding came from SoftBank Vision Fund 2. Iyuno-SDI Group says it is now using artificial intelligence and machine translation along with traditional translation for its efforts. The company has been around since 1965. The company's other backers include Shamrock Capital Advisors and SoftBank Ventures Asia Corp.

Warner Bros. Settles with FTC Over Undisclosed Promotions

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Burbank-based Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has settled charges with the Federal Trade Commission after reportedly failing to adequately disclose an online marketing campaign for the late-2014 release of role-playing video game Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, the FTC announced Monday

Sphero Rolls Out Talking Spider-Man Toy With Disney

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Sphero , the robotic toy developer which was part of the Disney Accelerator program in Burbank, has again teamed up with Burbank-based Disney on a robotic toy--this time, a miniature Spider-Man which can tell jokes and talk with users. The new Marvel Spider-Man includes speech recognition, animated eyes, automatically updated content, and interactive Spider-Man themed content accessible via smartphone. The new device costs $149.99.

The Walt Disney Company's Streaming Services Hits 137M Paid Subscriptions

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Burbank-based The Walt Disney Company says it has reached 137M paid subscriptions across its direct-to-consumer services, including Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+, and says it hopes to reach 300-350M subscriptions to those services by 2024. The company said the growth "shatters previous guidance" on its expected growth of those services. Disney says it now has 11.5 ESPN+ subscribers, 38.8 million Hulu subscribers, and 86.8M Disney+ subscribers.

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Disney And Robotic Toy Maker Sphero Go Separate Ways

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Watch out robotic toy fans -- Burbank-based Walt Disney and robotic toy maker Sphero have apparently agreed to go their separate ways, meaning the end of the robotic version of Disney's BB-8 and R2-D2, as well as Lightning McQueen and Spider Man. The relationship between Sphero and Disney was first developed within the Disney Accelerator program in Burbank in 2015, when Disney's Bob Iger connected Sphero with Star Wars and its new BB-8 drone.

Final Draft Names President

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Burbank-based Final Draft --which is owned by software developer Cast & Crew --says it has named Shelly Mellot as President of the company. Final Draft is a developer of screenwriting software. According to Cast& Crew, Mellott has been at Final Draft for 14 years, having joined the company in 2006. Mellot was most recently Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the company. Final Draft's software is used by scriptwriters, and automatically formats scripts to industry standards.

Machinima, TuneSat Team On Audio Monitoring Effort

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Burbank-based content network Machinima and music monitoring service TuneSat have teamed up to provide audio monitoring of Machinima's content network, the two said Tuesday. According to the two, Machinima will use TuneSat's monitoring technology to better identify ad monitor the audio in content created by its talent network. Financial details of the deal were not announced.

3ality Digital Buys Element Technica

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Burbank-based 3ality Digital , the provider of 3D production technology and services, said Wednesday that it has acquired Element Technica , a manufacturer of motorized 3D camera rigs. The firm also explained that it will be expanding as a part of the combination of the firms, at its headquarters in Burbank.

Video: Darth Vader Goes To Disneyland

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Burbank-based Walt Disney bought LucasFilm , the company started by George Lucas and which owns Star Wars, for $4.05 If you're Darth Vader, what do you do now that you are owned by Walt Disney Co. ? A video just released by Walt Disney Parks imagines the result. billion Tuesday). READ MORE>>. walt disney lucasfilm video content merger acquisition

Twitter Users Get Scoop On JetBlue $4 Carmageddon Deal

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Users of the Twitter micro-blogging service snapped up a special, JetBlue promotional offer yesterday offering up $4 flights between Long Beach Airport and Burbank's Bob Hope Airport Saturday, selling out the special flight offer in less than 4 hours. The special flights were scheduled by JetBlue as a promotion by the firm, which does not usually fly the ultra-short Burbank to Long Beach hop. The drive from Burbank to Long Beach is usually a short, 40 minute drive.

Causecast Acquired By America's Charities

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Burbank-based Causecast , which developed an online platform to help employers increase employee engagement with charitable causes, has been acquired by America's Charities , a nonprofit focused on getting employees to support causes they care about.

AT&T Links With Esports Events Firm ESL

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The collaboration was announced over the weekend in Burbank, at AT&T's annual SHAPE event. A banner from last year's SHAPE event; AT&T held the event again over the weekend in Burbank. AT&T said on Monday that it has linked up with esports event organizer ESL , saying that it will provide charging stations and free Wi-Fi, plus will promote its 5G wireless at ESL's events.

Sphero CEO: Star Wars Robot, BB-8, Sold Out Worldwide In One Hour

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Berberian, speaking at Disney's Accelerator Demo Day in Burbank on Thursday, said the company's participation in the accelerator ramped up its sales volume by over 500 times what it had been, calling the participation in the program "absolutely company-making." The company had connected with Disney in the Burbank program, after Disney's Bob Iger saw Sphero's robots and connected it with the upcoming Star Wars movie.

PSI Services Acquires Computer Assisted Testing Services

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Burbank-based PSI Services , which provides professional testing services, said today that it has acquired Computer Assisted Testing Services (CATS). Financial terms of the buy were not announced. CATS provides computer-based examinations for organizations in the licensing and certification testing area. PSI said the acquisition will help it expand in the federal and certification market segments. PSI Services is led by President and CEO Steve Tapp. READ MORE>>.

BluFocus Buys The Master QC Group

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Burbank-based BlueFocus , a provider of digital technology, hardware and software to Hollywood, said on Monday that it has acquired The Master QC Group LLC , a provider of file-based master quality control for Hollywood studios and production houses.

Internships.com Acquired By Chegg

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Burbank-based Internships.com , which is a division of CareerArc Group LLC, has been acquired by Chegg in a $11M deal. According to Chegg, it will pay $10M in cash and $1M in shares of Chegg common stock for the student-focused, internships marketplace. Chegg said that Internships.com had around 2 million registered students using its service. Interships.com was headed by serial entrepeneur Robin D. Richards. READ MORE>>.