Demand Media Sees Steep Drop In Content Revenues, Cuts Staff

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media is continuing to see a steep drop in revenues from its content and media efforts, reporting Thursday afternoon that it had $15.9M in revenues from its Content & Media segments, compared with $33.6M Demand Media has rumored to be looking to sell eHow and Cracked , two of the major remaining content properties it owns, as part of a broad retreat from the content business.

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Donut Media Raises $800K For Millennial Car Enthusiast Content

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Los Angeles-based Donut Media , a startup generating social video content focused on car enthusiasts, announced this morning that it has raised $800,000 in a seed funding round. The startup, led by CEO Matthew Levin, says it has created a process for creating highly shareable automotive social content. The funding goes towards content production. millennial-focused automotive content for TV and premium streaming services.

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Naritiv Raises $3M For Snapchat Content

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Los Angeles-based Naritiv , a new startup developing a network of content creators for Snapchat, has raised $3M in a funding round, the company said Thursday. The startup--founded by Dan Altmann and Eric Posen--says it is enabling the creation of mobile-first content for Snapchat and other social network platforms. naritiv venture capital snapchat content creation hollywood social media network

Evolve Media Snags Break Media Content Vet

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Los Angeles-based Evolve Media said late Monday that it has named Mitch Rotter as Senior Vice President of Marketing. Rotter joins the company from Break Media, where he was Execuktive Vice President of Programming, in charge of Break Media''s in-house creative agency and production arm, Creative Lab. Evolve Media said that Rotter will head up its marketing efforts, plus its vertical publishing divisions CraveOnline Media and TotallyHer Media.

Demand Media Applies Content Strategy To eNom

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media , the Internet content publishing company run by Richard Rosenblatt, is applying its crowdsourced content model to eNom , the domain name registrar it owns. According to eNom, it has put up a new content portal focused on the.ORG domain name, which is powered by Demand Media's creative studios. The portal features articles about the.ORG domain, which were created by Demand Media's creative professionals.

Demand Media Names New Content Marketing Executive

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media is building out its executive team today, saying that it has named Scott Lehr as its new Senior Vice President and General Manager of Content Solutions. Lehr was previously at NewsCred, a developer of content marketing and content syndication software. Lehr was that firm''s VP of Content & Strategic Partnerships and COO. Demand Media said Lehr wlil focus on growing its content marketing practice.

How Facebook Videos Can Boost Your Social Media Campaign

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We think a good place to start with this topic is on the subject of social media. Social media is popular. Using video for social media marketing is a powerful tool for building your brand and reaching your clients. Social media platforms know you better than you know yourself.

Half Lives. Social Media. And Snapchat Stories.

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I’ve been online for nearly 30 years (yes, there was CompuServe and Prodigy before the www), blogging for 10 and using social media tools since the earliest days. It was annoying as a user to get random snaps and felt spammy as a content creator. For a content creator this is BIG.

Verizon Digital Media Acquires Volicon

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Los Angeles-based content delivery network provider Verizon Digital Media Services --which is better known to locals as the former operations of EdgeCast--said it has agreed to acquire Volicon , a provider of video capture, archival, compliance monitoring and clip creation workflow for broadcasters. Verizon Digital Media Services, which is now part of AOL, said it will use the acquisition to help it bolster its servies in the area of broadcast and online video.

Evolve Media Buys Pet Publisher Dogtime Media

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Los Angeles-based online content publisher Evolve Media said this morning that it has acquired online pet publisher Dogtime Media , the publisher of Dogtime.com and Cattime.com. Evolve Media said the two sites reach over 1.6 Evolve Media said that Dogtime Media becomes part of Totallyher Media, the female and family focused arm of Evolve Media, due to the "largely female" readership of the sites.

Jukin Media Adds To Executive Team

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Los Angeles-based viral video entertainment network Jukin Media is continuing to build out its executive team, saying today that it has named Jerry Boonstra as its new Chief Technology Officer, and Theresa Tran as its new Head of Product.

Catching Up With Joanne Bradford, Demand Media

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media (www.demandmedia.com) has seen its share of ups and downs as one of the highest visibility technology and media companies to come out of Southern California's technology ecosystem in recent years. What is Demand Media doing nowadays?

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What Jonah @Peretti, CEO of BuzzFeed, Sees in the Future of Digital Media

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It conjures up a range of emotions anytime I’ve privately expressed my opinion to thought leaders in our industry that I believe it is one of the most innovative companies in digital media. An obvious vector for me would be software for the media industry. media journalism

How Jukin Media Is Turning Viral Video Into A Real Business

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Los Angeles-based Jukin Media (www.jukinmedia.com) thinks it has figured that out, and instead of trying to create viral videos, has been buying up the rights to those videos--before they really go viral--to create not just a one-hit, viral video wonder, but a sustainable business.

Amazon Studios Sets First Four Content Projects

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Amazon Studios , the content development effort being run out of Amazon.com's Los Angeles arm, the People's Production Company, has set the first four projects being developed by the company. According to Amazon, it has selected one children's show and three comedies as the first four content development efforts at the company. amazon studios content streaming video prime instant

Mitu Raises $27M For Latino Digital Media

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Santa Monica-based digital media firm mitu , which focuses on the Latino youth market, is announcing this morning that it has raised $27M in a Series C funding. mitu says it now has a network of more than 2 billion, and 6,000 Latino creators offering up social media feeds on YouTube, Facebook, and elsewhere. mitu network digital latino media venture capital content streaming social burstin awesomenesstv verizon

Render Media: Creating A Digital Publisher In The Social Age

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Los Angeles-based Render Media (www.rndr.com), which is creating a publisher geared at the social world, social channels, and sharing. We caught up with co-founder and CEO Vic Belonogoff to learn more about Render Media, whose flagship site is Opposing Views. Tell us about Render Media?

YouTube Injects $200M Into More Content

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In what can only be good news for the ecosystem of content providers and startup firms here in Southern California, Google's YouTube said Sunday that it is expanding into Europe, and adding more than 50 original channels to the 100 it introduced last year. New channels listed in the preview of YouTUbe's new content effort include channels developed by My Damn Channel, EQAL, Big Frame, Katalyst, Mahalo, Demand Media, Maker Studios, DECA, and many others.

PublishThis Enhances Content Curation Tool

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PublishThis , the Los Angeles startup headed by Matt Kumin, has enhanced the firm's online, content marketing and curation management tool. The firm said the latest version of its platform is aimed at brands, retailers, media companies, and trade associations, to help them scale their content efforts across digital channels. The software helps those companies publish their own data on their websites, by surfacing fresh content to help engage consumers.

Demand Media Unloads Cracked For $39M

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media has sold Cracked , its online humor site, to the E.W. According to Demand Media, the move will give it a "more focused portfolio of businesses", and also "significantly" strengthen its balance sheet. Demand Media acquired Cracked in 2007. The sale comes as Demand Media has been seeing a steep drop in revenues from its content businesses. demand media cracked online humor merger acquisition ewscripps

Total Beauty Acquired By Evolve Media

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Los Angeles-based Total Beauty Media Group , the beauty products focused site founded by Emrah Kovacoglu, has been acquired by Evolve Media , and will become part of Evolve''s TotallyHer division. Total Beauty provided online content focused on beauty, including a large database of reviews of beauty products. total beauty evolve media merger acquisition fashion cosmetics women female exit

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Demand Media Expands Content Offerings

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media said today that it is expanding its offerings in the content area, with an expansion of its Content Solution offerings. According to Demand Media, the expansion includes new content formats and enhanced "publishing and distribution strategies." Demand Media''s product is used by brands, publishers, and agencies to create content and drive visitors to their websites.

Jukin Media Names Essner President, COO

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Los Angeles-based Jukin Media , a company which says it discovers, acquires, and distributes viral videos, has tapped technology veteran Lee Essner as the company''s new President and Chief Operating Officer. Jukin Media says it acquired rights to viral Internet content, and licenses that content to major TV networks, digital publishers, and others. president executive content hollywood licensing video viral essner media jukin

Los Angeles Becomes YouTube's Content Hub With New Playa Vista Studio

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The Los Angeles area is fast becoming the content hub for online video site YouTube , a position that takes advantage of both the LA region's long history in the entertainment business, and the rise of a slew of startups producing content specifically aimed at the YouTube audience. angeles youtube playa vista studio content hollywood video

Here are 10 Tips from BuzzFeed to Make Your Content Go Viral

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I recently had the pleasure of spending an hour with Jon Steinberg, president of Buzzfeed , a company who focuses on helping media companies make their content go viral. But of course we also focused on making content go viral. Or creating quizzes or games with your content.

DEFY Media Snags $70M

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Los Angeles-based DEFY Media , a developer of YouTube channels and digital content, said on Tuesday that it has raised $70M in a Series B funding. The funding was led by Wellington Management Company LLP, and also included ABS Capital, Lionsgate, Viacom and ZMC (Zelnick Media Capital). DEFY Media is led by Matt Diamond, and owns such brands as SMOSH, Clevver, Screen Junkies, AWEme, Break, and Made Man. defy media youtube content hollywood venture capital streaming

Silicon Beach Report Feb. 20: Whatsapp Updates with Snapchat-Like Vanishing Content

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WhatsApp updates with Snapchat-like vanishing content, SpaceX lands its latest Falcon 9 rocket booster, media buying on Snapchat confuses advertisers, and more

Team Liquid Acquired By Local Sports, Media, Tech Entrepeneurs

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OK Go Super Bowl Video Illustrates Collision Between Content, Technology

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However, it does illustrate the increasing influence of technology and online media on entertainment, and how much the two worlds are colliding. startups technology music stars youtube hollywood content video bowl super okgo

Evolve Media Snags Say Media Executive

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Los Angeles-based Evolve Media , the online publishing and media firm behind CraveOnline and TotallyHer, said Tuesday that it has named Jennifer Catto as its new SVP of Integrated Media. Catto was most recently Vice President and Head of Branded Entertainment and Partnerships at Say Media, and also served at Conde Nast and Site59.com (acquired by Travelocity), along with Travelocity. evolve media evolvemedia executive publishing content craveonline totallyher

YouTube's New Content Partners A Who's Who Of SoCal Startups

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Not suprisingly, the announcement by YouTube late Friday of a new initiative to provide original content programming channels on the site was a who's who of Southern California content and media startups. Among the list of dozens of partners were DECA , EQAL , Katalyst , Machinima , Demand Media , Maker Studios , My Damn Channel , and Vuguru --just to name a few local content producers involved.

Triton Digital Wins Connoisseur Media

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Los Angeles-based Triton Digital , the developer of advertising technology for the audio streaming market, reported that it has been selected by Connoisseur Media. Triton Digital said Connoisseur Media will use it to stream and measure their digital audio content. Connoisseur Media owns and operates 39 radio stations. triton digital connoisseur media radio station audio streaming

Demand Media to Change Its Name to Leaf Group

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Demand Media is turning over a new leaf. The media and e-commerce holding company announced on Friday that it will change its name to Leaf Group, effective Nov. Demand Media purchased Leaf.tv last year, which is a women’s lifestyle video content creator