Demand Media Highlights Entertainment Personalities

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media , the online content network headed by Richard Rosenblatt, said today that it has launched a new "Talent and Expert Network," which will highlight entertainment personalities through its site. Demand said it would find "authentic and entertaining" personalities which it will integrate into its original content and articles. Demand said it is working on two additional projects with Potts for its various media properties.

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Demand Media Emerges As Leaf Group

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media --in what looks to be a tumultuous day to for the stock market--said this morning that it will begin trading its common stock today on the New York Stock Exchange under the new ticker symbol, LFGR. The company, led by Sean Moriarty, said the change is a "fresh new name for a fresh new business", reflecting the company's shift from what had been known as a "content farm" to a marketplace operator and more focused entertainment brand.

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Stage 32: An Education Hub For Entertainment Industry Creatives

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And if you work in the entertainment industry, you have Stage 32. by providing cutting-edge online education to a global population of people looking to make it in the ever-evolving entertainment industry. The continued proliferation of media network and online distribution channels has increased demand for quality content. Stage 32 is teaching the evolution of the entertainment industry as it’s happening, and more people than ever are throwing their hat in the ring.

Demand Media Buys CoveritLive

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media said this morning that it has acquired CoveritLive , a developer of a live blogging platform used to provide real time commentary, reader polling, and questions and answers on live events. Demand Media was already a strategic investor in CoveritLive. Demand Media said CoveritLive will become part of its portfolio of social solutions, alongside its community platform PLuck.

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How Heal Is Enabling On-Demand Doctor's Housecalls, with Dr. Renee Dua

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Los Angeles-based health startup Heal (www.getheal.com") has come up with its solution to that problem--a smartphone app driven service, which lets you schedule an on-demand, in-home visit with a doctor, who makes a housecall in less than 60 minutes.

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Why Hollywood is Joining the Video On-Demand Market

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The idea of video on demand has been around since as early as 1990 when GTE partnered up with AT&T to create the first VOD system. is suggesting offering recently released films on-demand seventeen days after debut for a $50 dollar fee. Read more about Movies & Entertainment here on Tech.co. It relied on the use tapes as the source of video streams.

RealD, Regal Entertainment In Expanded 3D Rollout

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Los Angeles-based RealD , the provider of 3D movie projection technology, and Real Entertainment Group said today that the two have made a major expansion in their 3D rollout plans. The two said that they have agreed to add up to 1,500 additional RealD, 3D-enabled screen across Regal Entertainment Group's theatre circuit. The deal doubles the number of screens under contract with Regal Entertainment, from an earlier May 2008 contract.

Demand Media Ties With Tyra Banks On Beauty, Fashion Site

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Los Angeles-based Demand Media , the online media firm headed by Richard Rosenblatt, announced today that it has inked a partnership with celebrity model Tyra Banks , to create a new site focused on fashion and beauty. According to Demand, Banks' beauty and entertainment firm Bankable is in a deal to develop a Web site, online video offerings, and mobile applications. Financial details of the partnership between Banks and Demand Media were not disclosed.

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Google partners with Sony Pictures Imageworks to launch an open source VFX render manager

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Sony Pictures Entertainment/Imageworks wasn’t a founding member but joined a few months after the foundation got off the ground. Cloud Developer cloud computing cloud platform computer graphics Google Los Angeles sony pictures entertainment special effects Zync

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Yekra Raises $3M For Video On Demand Platform

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Yekra says it is a digital entertainment distributor connected with an affiliate marketing system. Yekra says its system helps match content to viewers by genre, by digitally distributing entertainment through different web sites, blogs, social networks, and other destinations.

Heal Finds $5M For On Demand Doctor's Housecalls

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Santa Monica-based Heal , an on-demand startup offering up access to house calls from doctors via smartphone, has raised $5M in a seed funding round, the company announced this morning. The funding came from Slow Ventures, March Capital and Pritzker Capital, along with angels Paul Jacobs (Qualcomm); James Lassiter (Overbrook Entertainment); Stephen Rader (Clarity Partners); Jamie McCourt; Lionel Richie; and Mike Wortsman (Univision).

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Schlep & Fetch: Delivering Anything and Everything, On Demand

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On-demand, delivery startup Schlep and Fetch (www.schlepandfetch.com) wants to be the place you contact first to get practically anything delivered for you, whether that's a food order or something you forgot to pick up from home. Bryson Strauss: We are an on-demand delivery service.

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Demand Adds Mandalay's Guber, Omniture's James To Board

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media , the publishing and social media firm run by Richard Rosenblatt, announced today that it has appointed Peter Guber , chairman of Mandalay Entertainment Group, and Josh James , SVP and GM of Omniture, to its board of directors. Guber is Chairman and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment, and previously was Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment. Tags: demand media executive rosenblatt peter guber mandalay

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Row 44 Inks In-flight Video-On-Demand Deal

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Westlake Village-based Row 44 , the developer of in-flight wireless broadband access equipment, has inked a deal to stream in-flight video on demand from Disney , Warner Bros. row44 inflight entertainment hollywood content streaming disney uniersal warnerUniversal , and Twentieth Century FOX , the firm said Monday. According to Row 44, it will provide access to a library of movies and television episodes in-flight from the studios, including such movies as.

Big tech companies are looking at Hollywood as the next stage in their play for the cloud

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This week, both Microsoft and Google made moves to woo Hollywood to their cloud computing platforms in the latest act of the unfolding drama over who will win the multi-billion dollar business of the entertainment industry as it moves to the cloud.

Silicon Beach Report for July 22: Birchbox Runs Customer Service Test on Snapchat

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Birchbox runs customer service test on Snapchat, Free Reign Entertainment launches Shattered Skies, and Easypose expands on-demand yoga instruction

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Netflix, Hulu Test In-Hotel Streaming With Marriott

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Both Netflix , which has a substantial operation in Los Angeles, and Los Angeles-based Hulu are both considering an expansion into the hotel entertainment market, in a test with Marriott International , according to a report this morning. The service has apparently rolled out across eight hotels, in a bid to attract hotel users to on-demand programming from those streaming media providers. netflix hulu marriott streaming video television demand

Southwest Airlines Offers DISH TV For Free, Thanks To Row 44

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Southwest Airlines and satellite television provider DISH said today that they will begin offering free, live TV and on-demand TV access to Southwest Airlines customers. Row 44, which is now part of Global Eagle Entertainment, is providing all of the systems required to deliver the service.

Going long on LA, India, AI and tech infrastructure March Capital raises $300 million

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Given its home in Los Angeles, the company is also placing bets around the rise of e-sports and gaming as a new pillar of entertainment and it’s looking abroad at opportunities in India, according to Mandal and managing partner, Jamie Montgomery.

Zirx Aims At LA's Parking Problem, After Funding From BMW

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One of the on-demand, parking services that serves Los Angeles Zirx , said this morning that it is specifically looking to solve those issues for companies, with the launch of a new service. In fact, at least two of ZIRX's initial customers for the on-demand parking--Live Nation and Insomiac--are in the LA area. zirx venture capital demand valet parking corporateAre you one of the companies in Los Angeles that just doesn't have enough parking for your employees?

LA's Tech Industry Unfavorably Linked To Rise Of Steve Bannon

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That gold farming startup, Internet Gaming Entertainment (IGE), was founded by prominent Los Angeles investor Brock Pierce. The back end technology for Breitbart--blamed for driving the rise of the "alt right" , and arguably leading to the election of Donald Trump-- was originally built by veterans of Demand Media. entertainment gaming internet farming godl everquestHow is the tech industry in Los Angeles linked to the rise of Steve Bannon?

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Fifty years of the internet

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Here one can list pervasive search engines, access to extensive information repositories, consumer aids, entertainment, education, connectivity among humans, etc. Leonard Kleinrock. Contributor. Share on Twitter.

Row 44 Offers VOD, Without Broadband

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In an interesting shift of its strategy, Westlake Village-based Row 44 , the provider of in-flight broadband systems for the commercial airline industry, said this week that it will offer up its new, wireless video-on-demand (VOD) service to airlines--even if they don't want to tap into the firm's satellite broadband wireless services. Row 44 said its new entertainment service allows passengers to stream movies and television on-demand, via their Wi-Fi devices.

SPACES' Shiraz Akmal On Making VR A Real Life Experience

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Santa Monica-based SPACES (www.spaces.com), led by CEO Shiraz Akmal and a team of entertainment veterans from Dreamworks Animation, is hoping to do that with a series of physical attractions, powered by VR technology. Depending on the throughput for a location, how many people per hour, we can scale the attraction to meet the demand. Shiraz Akmal: Our philosophy has been always to remember we are an entertainment company, not a VR company, and not a tech company.

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Row 44 Gets Investment, Inks Deal With MLB Advanced Media

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Westlake Village-based Row 44 , the provider of in-flight broadband equipment, announced today that it has linked with MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM) in an in-flight live streaming television and on-demand video entertainment effort. The two said that Row 44 will use MLBAM's technology to provide live streaming IPTV service for news, entertainment, and on-demand movie and television content.

NextVR Gives Viewers Virtual Front Row Seats to Big Events

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NextVR, the Laguna Beach-based VR technology company, has been testing unprecedented immersive experiences in live 3D sporting and entertainment events. NASCAR joins the NHL, NBA and the band Coldplay in creating live and on-demand 3D experiences using the NextVR technology.

Congrats To All The Winners and Thanks To Our Speakers at #REACHNeXT!

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Without further adieu, I present to you the winners of the 1st annual REACH NeXT conference: Entertainment: Storygami. EnvoyNow is innovating in the on-demand food delivery space, targeting the underserved college market. Categories: mobile consumer, on-demand, chat.

Reinvent your business!

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Can a software product be delivered as a service “on demand,” saving hardware and human error in updates? Everywhere we look the supply chain is being disrupted by companies finding ways to deliver bits of information or entertainment instead of atoms of paper, DVDs or hardware.

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Mark Suster, Nely Galan to Keynote Silicon Beach Fest

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Silicon Beach Fest is gearing up to showcase the most promising startups and visionaries from across LA’s growing startup entertainment ecosystem. Opening Party hosted by Demand Media with KCRW at the Viceroy.

TechZulu Presents: The Annual Startup Forecast

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He is also the co-founder of Playsino, ExpressCoin (Bitcoin exchange), GoCoin (Bitcoin payment platform), Five Delta, Evertune, GamesTV, Digital Entertainment Network, KnCMiner.cn (Bitcoin Mining), and Robocoin China (Bitcoin ATM). He began his career as a media, entertainment and IP attorney.

Location-based virtual reality is increasing its footprint in the U.S.

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It’s a matter of survival thanks to the persistent lack of demand from consumers. . That’s the hope of people like Nancy Bennett, an entertainment industry veteran who was brought on as the Chief Creative Officer at Two Bit Circus.

Qualcomm Confirms FLO TV Shutdown Plans, Layoffs

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In a statement, Qualcomm said it has been "examining strategic opportunities" for the FLO TV service, and claimed that it is seeing "strong interest" in using the FLO TV network or spectrum, particularly for mobile data and addressing an imbalance between supply and demand of bandwidth, due to tablet PCs, and demand for high quality video and print content. Tags: qualcomm television content streaming media layoffs entertainment jobs employment

Armed With $500K In Funding Withlocals Is Set to Launch Local Travel Experiences in Asia

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Withlocals is well-positioned to facilitate these trends for travelers around the world,” said Willem Maas, Co-founder of Withlocals, adding that research shows consumers are starting to demand more interaction with local communities.

Triton Digital Acquires Omny Studio

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Los Angeles-based Triton Digital , a provider of advertising services and technology for the online radio streaming, digital audio and podcasting markets, has acquired Omny Studio , a developer of a podcast and on-demand audio publishing platform. Omny Studio's customers include Cumulus Media, Entercom, Mediacorp, Southern Cross Austereo, Corus Entertainment, Mashable, Arabian Radio Network, Mamamia, along with others.

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REACH NeXT Alumni Gets Into 500 Startups! | Batch 15 Announced

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On-Demand Lawn Care and Snow Plowing. B2B Demand Generation on Auto-Pilot – Metadata analyzes your inbound signups and automates b2b user acquisition by targeting new look-alike prospects. Attorney On Demand – Via Video Chat – New App.