Demand Media Highlights Entertainment Personalities


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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IGN Plans Online Live, On-Demand Gaming Broadcasts


Los Angeles-based games and entertainment content provider IGN says it is launching plans for a new series of live and on-demand gaming events, focused on games and next generation console hardware, as a result of cancellations of events such as E3 2020 and e-sports events.

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Demand Media Emerges As Leaf Group


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


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


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


Los Angeles-based health startup Heal (") 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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AEG, Fuelster To Offer On-Demand Fueling At Staples Center, L.A. Live


Los Angeles-based sports and entertainment venue operator AEG , and on-demand, mobile fueling provider Fuelster Technologies , which is based in Porter Ranch, said this week that the two are in a new partnership where Fuelster will offer up on-demand mobile fuel delivery to fans at Staples Center and L.A. LIVE and the exclusive on-demand fuel delivery service of the LA Kings.

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Fullscreen To Launch Subscription Video-On-Demand Service


Los Angeles-based Fullscreen announced plans to launch its own, subscription video-on-demand service on Wednesday, with plans to show both its own original and third party content. fullscreen entertainment content video streaming original ottermedia cherninDetails on the release date and pricing have not been announced. Fullscreen, which is led by George Strompolos, is now part of Otter Media, which is backed by AT&T and the Chernin Group.

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RealD, Regal Entertainment In Expanded 3D Rollout


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


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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Yekra Raises $3M For Video On Demand Platform


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


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


On-demand, delivery startup Schlep and Fetch ( 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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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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Demand Adds Mandalay's Guber, Omniture's James To Board


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


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.

TikTok inks licensing deal with Merlin to use music from independent labels in videos and new Resso streaming service

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“We are seeing a new generation of music services and a new era of music-related consumption, much of it driven by the global demand for independent music.

Netflix, Hulu Test In-Hotel Streaming With Marriott


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

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


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.

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


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?

Row 44 Offers VOD, Without Broadband


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


Santa Monica-based SPACES (, 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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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.

Row 44 Gets Investment, Inks Deal With MLB Advanced Media


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.

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.

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.

Qualcomm Confirms FLO TV Shutdown Plans, Layoffs


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

RazorGator Links With Amazon


Los Angeles-based RazorGator , which operates an online site for buying tickets to sports and entertainment events, reports today that it has inked an agreement with Amazon, to feature its concert ticket selection in Amazon's new Concert Tickets Boutique. RazorGator operates a service which helps consumers get access to high-demand events. Tags: razorgator sports tickets entertainment amazon

Solve, the startup creating an interactive “Law & Order” for social media, raises $20 million

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Mining that same well of a demand for whodunnits, a roughly one-year-old Los Angeles-based startup called Solve has raised $20 million in financing to update the genre for a new generation of media consumers. Solve began as a series developed within the mobile-focused entertainment studio, Vertical Networks. But it was far from the only studio to see money in mobile-first entertainment.

Why recurring revenues increase your company’s value


But most of us are willing to pay as these products, apps and services have become ingrained into our regular usage, entertainment and especially in the protection of our systems. The massive shift in revenue models in recent years.

Eventful Ties With Billboard On Concert Awards


The companies said that nominees for the Eventful 2012 Fans' Choice Award will come ia a combination of Billboard's Boxscore chart and Eventful's fan Demands; those awards will be presented in New York in November. guide local entertainment music awards concert billboard eventfulSan Diego-based local events site Eventful is powering a big concert award with music publication and brand Billboard.

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, (Bitcoin Mining), and Robocoin China (Bitcoin ATM). He began his career as a media, entertainment and IP attorney.

Hard Decisions Require Empathy

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In the words of my friend and a CEO with whom I work, “Yeah, I know I need to make some cuts because our demand has changed, but I want to do this with a scalpel and not with an axe.” He enacted a program to proactively offer payment holidays to customers in obviously “hit” industries like travel & entertainment. He showed industries where demand was likely to hold strong and he outlined a case for how he could protect as many jobs as possible.

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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.

Interview with Jennifer Sargent, HitFix


Earlier this month, Los Angeles-based HitFix ( an online news site focused on entertainment, announced it had raised $2M in a funding round. What's the story behind HitFix and where do you fit in the entertainment news landscape?

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.

Interview with Kieve Huffman, Dather


Is this meant as a personal tool, or a corporate tool--it looks like you've got a number of entertainment clients adopting your tool? Kieve Huffman: My background, and that of my business partner is digital entertainment and digital media.

Reinvent your business!


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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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.

Hulu Adds More Live TV Content


Los Angeles-based streaming television provider Hulu said this week that it has added two new "add-ons" for its Live TV subscribers, including both a new set of Spanish channels, as well as new Entertainment content. per month, and access to lifestyle and entertainment channels LMN (Lifetime Movie Network), FYI, DIY Network, Cooking Channel and CNBC World for an additional $7.99

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