Buzznet Joins With The Superficial

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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 will take over all advertising sales for The Superficial, along with providing engineering, design, and marketing support for The Superficial.

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. According to the publication, citing a representative of the firm, Buzznet has eliminated 10 employees, from a total of 89 staff. 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

Buzznet Raises $12.5M More

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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 Buzznet operates a network of music and celebrity focused web sites, including Celebuzz, Buzznet, the Superficial, SocialiteLife, What Would Tyler Durden Do, Stereogum, Idolator, Just Jared and Absolute Punk. Buzz Media said it now has more than 40 million people visiting its web sites every month.

Buzznet Targets Tweens, Teens With New Celebrity Site

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Hollywood-based Buzznet, a venture-backed operator of social media websites, said Thursday that it has launched a new site called Just Jared Jr. The site is being launched in a partnership with Buzznet and celebrity blog Just Jared. 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 Puts Focus On Celebrities

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Los Angeles-based Buzznet , the venture-backed operator of a network of entertainment-focused social media sites, is making the rounds with a new feature on its Celebuzz celebrity web site this week. The firm rolled out a "zoom" feature that allows users on the site to magnify celebrity photos on the site. According to the site, the new feature will allow its members to see closeups of things like their designer handbags--and "wardrobe malfunctions."

Buzznet Hires Two, Snags NYTimes Editor

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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 is venture backed by Anthem Ventures, Interscope, and Redpoint Ventures.

BUZZMEDIA Partners With Photo Sharing Site Plixi

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Hollywood-based BUZZMEDIA , the online publisher of entertainment focused blogs and web sites, said today that it has linked with photo sharing site Plixi , which until recently was known as TweetPhoto. The two said the joint efforts including publishing entertainment news stories and content from Celebuzz.com alongside photos on Plixi's site.

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BuzzMedia Taps MySpace For Exec

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Los Angeles-based Buzzmedia , which operates Buzznet, Celebuzz, and other pop culture web sites, said today that it has hired Chris George, former Vice President of Integrated Marketing at MySpace, as its Senior Vice President of Integrated Marketing and Operations. Tags: buzzmedia buzznet myspace executive marketing

BUZZMEDIA Further Boosts Sales Team

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Hollywood-based BUZZMEDIA , the parent company of Buzznet, Celebuzz, Stereogum, and a network of other sites, is in the midst of expansion, saying this week that it has hired on four new additions to the firm's advertising team. Tags: buzznet buzzmedia executive sales

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Buzz Media Trims Staff At Idolator

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Hollywood-based Buzz Media the venture backed content, media, and community site, has made more cuts , this time at the firm's Idolator blog. According to a post by one of its editors earlier this month, the site has cut "pretty much all" of Idolator's contributing writers, including columnists and daily bloggers. Buzznet bought music blog Idolator in April of last year. Tags: buzz media buzznet employment jobs layoff blog blogging idolator music content

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Buzz Media Names Citron President

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Los Angeles-based Buzz Media , which operates a network of online media sites focused on celebrities and music, disclosed this morning that it has tapped former TMZ general manager Alan Citron as its new President. Buzz Media, which until recently was known as Buzznet, runs a network of celebrity and music sites including Celebuzz, Stereogum, Idolator, and others. Tags: buzz media buzznet alan citron executive

BUZZMEDIA Tops Facebook On Young Adult Usage

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Los Angeles-based BUZZMEDIA , the online entertainment blog and web publisher, is trumpeting its ranking today by comScore as one of the sites with the highest young adult reach. BUZZMEDIA said that 18-34 year olds are more likely to be found on its site than on Facebook and other sites. The firm also said it was ranked the third highest site of used by users between 18-24 and 18-49.

BUZZMEDIA Buys Electronic Music Blog XLR8R

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Los Angeles-based BUZZMEDIA , the venture backed entertainment and digital media publishing firm behind such sites as Celebuzz, Sterogum, and Buzznet, has acquired electronic music blog site XLR8R , the firm said today. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. BUZZMEDIA, which is headed by Tyler Goldman, said the move goes toward accelerating the firm's growth. XLR8R has around 450,000 unique visitors per month. READ MORE>>.

BUZZMEDIA Buys Four Punk Rock Blogs

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Los Angeles-based BUZZMEDIA , the growing online music publisher, reported this morning that it has acquired four punk rock sites, which it will use to create a new punk music group called AbsoluteVoices. Punknews.org and PropertyOfZack, which it will join with its current AbsolutePunk punk rock news site under the AbsoluteVoices brand. BUZZMEDIA operates such music sites as SPIN, Celebuzz, Stereogum, Videogum, Buzznet, and many others.

BUZZMEDIA Buys The Frisky

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Los Angeles-based BUZZMEDIA , the publisher of entertainment related blogs and websites, said Friday that it has acquired The Frisky , an entertainment news, celebrity, and fashion site, from Turner Broadcasting Systems. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. BUZZMEDIA said The Frisky had more than 2 million average monthly readers in 2010, based on comScore numbers.

BUZZMEDIA Gets Competition From MOG

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Hollywood-based BUZZMEDIA , the venture-backed publisher of music content, information, and community sites, is getting some new competition this week from Berkeley-based MOG. The move by MOG puts the firm head to head against local firm BUZZMEDIA, which runs its own extensive network of music-based blog and information sites. BUZZMEDIA has a reach of around 50 million monthly visitors, according to the firm's web site.

BUZZMEDIA Hires Music VP

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Los Angeles-based BUZZMEDIA , the pop culture and music blog publisher which runs such sites as Celebuzz, Sterogum, Buzznet, and Idolator, announced today that it has hired Bill Jensen as Vice President/General Manager of Music. The company said the new position is part of an push in the digital music area for the company. Jensen was previously Director of New Media at Village Voice Media, the weekly newspaper chain.

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. According to BUZZMEDIA, it has hired on Mike Hess, formerly Managing Editor of AOL's entertainment news site PopEater, and Gillian Sheldon, former founding supervising producer at TMZ.com, to help build out a new "celebrity project" it will unveil in the fall.

BUZZMEDIA Buys Spin

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BUZZMEDIA said the buy will complement its existing suite of music sites, which include Stereogum, Idolator, Hype Machine, Pure Volume, Brooklyn Vegan, AbsolutePunk, Buzznet, Concrete Loop, Gorilla vs. Bear, Pop Matters, Punk News, RCRD LBL, and XLR8R.

DailyFill Takes On Celebrity News

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Santa Monica-based Slingshot Labs , the startup incubator headed by MySpace co-founders Josh Berman and Colin Digiaro, officially rolled out its first web site this morning, DailyFill. According to the firm, which is a division of News Corporation, the new site will cater to "celebrity-obsessed" audiences and provide celebrity news, fashion, and pop-culture information. The new site is the latest in what seems to be a surge of celebrity-focused content sites.

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BUZZMEDIA Revs Editorial Hires

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Los Angeles-based digital media publisher BUZZMEDIA looks to be revving up its hiring on the editorial end of its business, saying Tuesday that it has hired nine staffers across its sites Celebuzz, and SPIN. BUZZMEDIA operates a large stable of entertainment-related brands, including SPIN, Celebuzz, Stereogum, Videogum, Buzznet, TheSuperficial, and many others.

Buzz Media Inks Deal with Magazine

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Los Angeles-based Buzz Media , the online network of celebrity-focused web sites, announced today that it has inked a deal with OK! 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. s online advertising sales team to represent the firm, and that OK's online site, OKmagazine.com , will become part of its Celebuzz network.

Jetpack Gives a Boost to Mobile and Rich Media Advertising

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That same team founded the popular site Buzznet, which became BuzzMedia and is now known as SpinMedia. Advertising technology is hot with the rise of mobile, evidenced in part by Verizon’s merger with AOL valued at $4.4

Three Southern California Firms Building Blog Empires

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BUZZMEDIA has a network of music and entertainment news related blogs, including Buzznet, Celebuzz, Absolute Punk, GoFugYourself, JustJared, Stereogum, TheSuperficial, WWTDD, SocialiteLife, and Idolator. 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. It also powers the celebrity sites of such folks as Britney Spears, Kim Kardashian, and Nicole Richie.

Interview with Kieve Huffman, Dather

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For this morning's interview, we have an interview with Kieve Huffman , the co-founder of Dather (www.dather.com), a new Los Angeles startup which has created a tool which helps to aggregate social networking web sites and media.