Coding Dojo Expands To Burbank


Coding Dojo , the operator of a coding bootcamp program, says it has opened up a location in Los Angeles, at a location in Burbank. The 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 burbank bootcamp software education school learning

Meet the 2017 Startups from the Disney Accelerator


And over the past three years, Imperson has developed conversational chatbots powered by their artificial intelligence for several Disney projects, including most recently for Walt Disney World’s Pandora – The World of Avatar , according to a press release.

Warner Buys Independent Game Developer


Burbank-based Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group announced late Wednesday evening that it has acquired an independent game development studio, Snowblind Studios. Snowblind is the developer of game titles Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance, Chapions of Norrath, and Justice League Heroes. the acquisitio of the action and fantasy-based games developer will broade its portfolio. Tags: merger studios video content game acquisition development snowblind brother warner

Vubiquity to Be Acquired for $224 Million by Amdocs

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

Cisco Joins Walt Disney Studios StudioLAB Effort


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 walt disney studiolab innovation technology developmentCisco says that StudioLAB will feature both its hardware and software, in the areas of network, storage, orchestration and collaboration. READ MORE>>.

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


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.

Disney Interactive Chops 700


Burbank-based Walt Disney is laying off around 700 employees at Disney Interactive--a quarter of the interactive division--as the company struggles to adapt to the shift to mobile games. The company also is planning on closing a number of its online properties, and scale back in-house game development. disney interactive jobs employment videogame game development content

Disney And Robotic Toy Maker Sphero Go Separate Ways


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.

Beachfront Media Rolls Out Mobile SDKs


Burbank-based Beachfront Media , the developer of video software tools headed by Frank Sinton, is further extending its outreach to app developers today, with a new set of SDKs. The company said it has launched a set of Video SDKS for iOS and Android app developers, specifically aimed at letting developer create video apps on the iPhone, iPad, and Android. beachfront media mefeedia video publishing software mobile iphone android developer

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Entertainment Partners Acquires Ease


Burbank-based Enntertainment Partners , a provider of payroll an dproduction management services for the entertainment industry, and Ease Enertainment Services , a provider of technology to the industry, said Thursday that Entertainment Partners will acquire Ease. Ease develops a cloud-based system for handling budgeting and schedling, managing production information, document administration, script distriction, as well as production and accounting software.

Sphero Rolls Out Talking Spider-Man Toy With Disney


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.

Beachfront Expands Into Mobile Ad Serving


Video publishing software developer Beachfront Media is expanding into the mobile ad market today, saying that it has launched a new platform called , which will help developers monetize their mobile apps with video advertising. According to Burbank-based Beachfront, the new tool helps serve up video advertising for app developers, handling mobile devices and tablets and optimizing video ads for app developers.

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


Apparently, Sphero , the company which developed BB-8 for the Walt Disney Company, sold out its entire, global stock of the product within an hour of launch, according to Sphero CEO Paul Berberian.

Disney Backs Effort To Give Girls A Head Start On STEM


Burbank-based Disney is backing an effort, in conjunction with learning robot developer littleBits and UC Davis , the give girls a boost in getting into science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. According to the threee this morning, the have launched a new program in California, called Snap The Gap , which will help 10 year old girls learn technology and science with hands-on-learning.

CareerArc Grows In LA, Names New VPs


Burbank-based CareerArc , which develops social recruiting and outplacement. technology and services, says it is in the midst of a big expansion in Los Angeles, and has added about 20 percent to its headcount over the last three months. The company said, as part of that growth, it has named Jason Blais as Executive Vice President of Sales, Linda Souza as Senior Vice President of Marketing, and also promoted Yair Riemer to President of its Career Transition Services Division.

Warner Brothers' TT Games Buys Playdemic


TT Games , the European developer of the popular LEGO game titles--including LEGO Star Wars and LEGO Harry Potter, has acquired UK-based mobile game developer Playdemic. TT Games is part of Burbank-based Warner Bros. Playdemic had 33 employees and develops such titles as Golf Clash and Village Life. Financial terms of the buy were not announced. Interactive Entertainment. The companies said PLaydemic will work on creating new LEGO games designed for players on mobile.

Network Optix Snags $750K In Seed Funding


Burbank-based Network Optix , a startup developing video transport, management, and display technology, said this morning that it has raised $750,000 in a seed funding.

Condusiv Technologies Names CTO


Burbank-based Conusiv Technologies , the developer of disk drive defragmentation and other software formerly known as Diskeeper, said last night that it has appointed Brian Olson as its new Chief Technology Officer. Olson was previously at EMC, serving as Cloud Business Development Manager; he also served as CTO of Atempo Corporation, CTO and VP of Engineering at Storeactive Corporation, and also had been at Veritas Software.

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Magic Ruby Takes On The Second Screen


Burbank-based Magic Ruby , a new service aimed at the social television segment, said today that it has launched to help provide revenue for advertisers, content creators, distributors, and app developers. The firm said it will offer up its own advertising network aimed at second screen applications, plus tools and application development specifically around the second screen.

Three LA Companies Selected For Commerce.Innovated Accelerator


SVB and Mastercard said it selected six startups for its Commerce.Innovated virtual accelerator, which is aimed at helping commerce, payments and fintech startups grow their businesses, including Santa Monica's Domuso , Santa Monica-based Earny , and Burbank-based Papaya. Domuso is developing payment financing software for renters; Earny is a personal assistant which provides money back on purchases; and Papaya develops mobile bill payment apps.

Warner Bros. Sets Up Videogame Studio In San Francisco


Burbank-based Warner Bros. The new studio will oversee publishing of all of the mobile games developed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment said Friday that it has set up shop in San Francisco, and has created a new, digital video game studio there called WB Games San Francisco.

Condusiv Technologies Expands Distribution To Peru


Burbank-based software maker Condusiv Technologies , which develops disk drive optimization software, said today that it has extended the distribution of its products to Peru. The company said the expansion comes thanks to a deal with technology distrbutor Ingram Micro. Condusiv is currently targeting its optimization software at the enterprise market and customers using virtualization. READ MORE>>.

Disney Accelerator Link Pays Off Again With Lightning McQueen Toy


A link, first forged at the Disney Accelerator in Burbank, has paid off for robotic toy developer Sphero , with another Disney-themed toy for the Disney Accelerator graduate. The car is a continued result of a link first forged in Burbank between Disney and Sphero, which was a participant in the company's first accelerator program, which was being run at the time by Techstars.

Warner Rolls Out LEGO Jurassic World


Burbank-based videogame developer Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has rolled out a new videogame Friday, based on the new Jurassic World film. Warner said that, along with TT Games > it rolled out LEGO Jurassic World for Playstaiton 4, Playstation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, Nintendo, Nintendo 3DS, and Windows PC.

Doremi Labs Acquired By Dolby


Burbank-based Doremi Labs , a developer of digital video playback hardare, servers, format converters, and other products, has been acquired by Dolby Laboratories , the two said late Monday, in a deal worth $112.5M Doremi Labs--which was founded in 1985--develops media server hardware, digital cinema players, theater management systems, post production equipment, and other related hardware.

Sphero Adds R2-D2 To Droid Lineup


In a move first spawned out of the Disney Accelerator in Burbank a few years ago, robotic toy developer Sphero announced a new set of robotic toys in its partnership with Disney, including a faithful-looking and -sounding reproduction of R2-D2. The Disney-Sphero connection--the most successful collaboration so far out of the Disney Accelerator--came after Iger suggested Sphero develop a version of the robotic "BB-8" droid, head of the new Star Wars films.

Disney Accelerator Names 2016 Class


The Walt Disney Company has named its next class of startup participating in the Disney Accelerator , the startup accelerator and mentoring company held on the company's Burbank campus.

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Disney Interactive Snags SVP From Yahoo


Burbank-based Disney Interactive Media Group announced yesterday that it has named Mark L. Walker also previously served as Vice President of Business Development for Yahoo! Walker as Senior Vice President of Walker joins the firm from Yahoo! News and information, where he headed up the online news site. Media, and served at investment firm Oceanix Ventures, among other positions in the entertainment industry. disney interactive yahoo executive

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3ality Names Founder To CEO Post


Burbank-based 3ality Digital , a developer of 3D camera rigs used for filming 3D movies, said Tuesday that it has named Steve Schklair as CEO of the firm. Schklair is a founder of the company. Schklair was formerly at Digital Domain, R/Greenberg Associates, and The Columbus Project. 3ality is backed by Modell Ventures. READ MORE>>. content hollywood movie camera 3ality

Condusiv Technologies Appoints CFO


Burbank-based Condusiv , the developer of disk optimization software, said over the weekend that it has named Frederic T. Boyer as its new Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Boyer was previously CFO of DataDirect Networks, and also served at Optical Communications Products, Qualstar Corporation, Accelerated Networks, and Fibermux Corporation. Boyer reports to CEO Jerry Baldwin. Condusiv was previously known as Diskeeper.

Jaunt Finds $65M To Open VR Studio In Los Angeles


Jaunt , a developer of cinematic, virtual reality hardware and software, said this morning that it has opened up a new, virtual reality studio in Los Angeles, after receiving $65M in a Series C funding. The funding came from Burbank-based The Walt Disney Company, Evolution Media Partners--the investment joint venture which involves the CAA's Evolution Media Capital, TPG Growth and Participant Media--and Chine Media Capital (CMC), along with ProSiebenSat.1

Scooby-Doo Comes To Life Through Amazon Alexa


In what looks to be the first, interactive storytelling product to take advantage of Amazon Alexa, Burbank-based Warner Bros. in conjunction with digital developer RAIN, they've released a new immersive storytelling and voice technology product called Scooby-Doo! Consumer Products is behind a new interactive adventure based on the classic Scobby-Doo. According to Warner Bros.,

Machinima Names New GM As Gutstein Leaves


Burbank-based Machinima said last week that it has named Russell Arons , Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing of Machinima owner Warner Bros. Arons will now lead Machinima's creative, marketing services, data analytics, business development and operations. Interactive Entertainment, as General Manager, to take over from current CEO Chad Gutstein, who the company said is leaving to "pursue entrepreneurial projects." Gutstein has been CEO of Machinima since 2014.

Health Data Vision Lands $2.8M For Medical Records Software


Health Data Vision , a new startup based in Burbank, said this week that it has raised a Series A funding round, to go towards its software-as-a-service platform for medical records analysis.

Condusiv Technologies Adds Partner


Burbank-based Condusiv Technologies , the developer of disk drive optimization software, reported it has added a new partner today. The company said it has added Boca Raton, Florida-based Champion Solutions Group as a part of the company''s Elite Partner Program. Champion specializes in virtualization, cloud, and data management.