That's No Moon Entertainment Takes $100M

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Playa Del Rey-based gaming studio That's No Moon Entertainment--created by game designers from Sony, Naughty Dog, and Activision--has raised $100M in an investment round, the company said this week. thatsnomoon entertainment game videogame naughtydog activision venture capital smilegate international south korea

VersusGame Scores $3M From Music, Entertainment Names

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A number of Southern California music and entertainment names are backing a Silicon Valley prediction startup, VersusGame, in a $3M funding. versusgame venture capital music entertainment prediction market

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Pitaya Entertainment Aims At Latino Podcasting Market

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Los Angeles-based Pitaya Entertainment announced this week that it has launched a new podcasting venture, which will create podcasts for U.S. Pitaya Entertainment said its podcasts will be free, and will be available on such services as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, and Pandora. pitaya entertainment latino podcasting startup

Mighty Oak Entertainment Gets Investment

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Los Angeles- and Atlanta-based Mighty Oak Entertainment , which produces sports clips for traditional, digital, and streaming, has received an investment from former MGM Television President John Bryan and entrepreneur and KDOCTV (Los Angeles) owner Bert Ellis, Jr., Financial details of the acquisition and investment were not announced, however, Mighty Oak Entertainment said Bryan and Ellis have purchased 50 percent of the company from founder Mark O'Brien.

Blind Squirrel Entertainment Names CFO

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Santa Ana-based videogame developer Blind Squirrel Entertainment , which develops such titles as Xcom 2, The Sims 4, Prey, Bioshock, and others, said on Thursday that it has named Steve Sardegna as the company's new Chief Financial Officer. Sardegna had previously served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Co-founder for fifteen years at Foundation 9 Entertainment, and also served at such companies at Vulcan Programming, Virgin Interactive Entertainment, and KPMG.

E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 -- E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo. Digital worlds, real innovation. See [link] (more

E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018 -- E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo. Digital worlds, real innovation. See [link] (more

Digital Entertainment World 2019

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019 -- Digital Entertainment World 2019. Described by Hollywood insiders, digital influencers and industry leaders throughout the world as a "must-attend" event, now in its 6th year Digital Entertainment World (DEW) is where you want to be if you are in the business of creating or monetizing digital entertainment content.

Digital Entertainment World 2019

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Monday, February 4, 2019 -- Digital Entertainment World 2019. Described by Hollywood insiders, digital influencers and industry leaders throughout the world as a "must-attend" event, now in its 6th year Digital Entertainment World (DEW) is where you want to be if you are in the business of creating or monetizing digital entertainment content.

Feet First Entertainment Launches New Virtual Event For Remote Employees

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cybersleuths feet first entertainment team building remote trainingCulver City-based Feet First Events , which runs corporate team building events, says it has launched a new "virtual game" aimed at helping businesses adapt their teams to working remotely.

Activision Blizzard Names Entertainment Vet As CMO

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Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard has turned to a veteran of the entertainment industry to head up its marketing efforts, saying on Thursday that it has named David Messinger, a veteran of CAA, as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Messinger previously spent more than 15 years at sports and entertainment agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA), most recentl as co-head of CAA Marketing. activision blizzard entertainment david messinger executive

Esportz Entertainment Eyes Esports Production, Content

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Irvine-based Esports Entertainment announced this morning that it plans to start covering e-sports news, and offer up live and pre-recorded, streaming content for the esports industry, with a plan to open up what it calls a "Southern California Esports Broadcast Center". esportz entertainment production content videogame streaming

2018 Digital Entertainment World - Digital Entertainment World

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018 -- Digital Entertainment World (DEW2018). Recognized by Hollywood insiders, digital influencers and industry leaders throughout the world as a "must-attend" event, now in its 5th year Digital Entertainment World (DEW) is where you want to be if you are in the business of creating or monetizing digital entertainment content.

2018 Digital Entertainment World - Digital Entertainment World

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Monday, February 5, 2018 -- Digital Entertainment World (DEW2018). Recognized by Hollywood insiders, digital influencers and industry leaders throughout the world as a "must-attend" event, now in its 5th year Digital Entertainment World (DEW) is where you want to be if you are in the business of creating or monetizing digital entertainment content.

Blizzard Entertainment Apologizes For Hong Kong Controversy

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Santa Monica-based Blizzard Entertainment apologized for the controversey that the company has faced, after it banned one of its competitors for expressing support for the Hong Kong protests in October. blizzard entertainment hearthstone esports politics hongkong hong kong protestIn a speech at Blizzard's BlizzCon, president J. Allen Brack apologized for how the company reacted to the issue at its Hearthstone e-sports event.

Entertainment Partners Acquired By TPG Capital

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Burbank-based Entertainment Partners , a provider of workforce management and automated production software and services for the entertainment industry, has been acquired by private equity investor TPG Capital. According to Entertainment Partners, the company will continue to be led by its existing management team, led by President and CEO Mark Goldstein. entertainment partners capital tpgcapital workforce management automation software merger acquisition hollywood content

Enterprise in Entertainment

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017 -- Enterprise in Entertainment with Miramax and Fox PM's. Product School. See [link] (more

Ticket OS Acquired By Entertainment Benefits Group

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Los Angeles-based TicketOS , a developer of a software platform that helps organizations automate the management of such entertainment assets as corporate entertainment suite inventory, entertainment and sports tickets, corporate hospitality, and other assets, has been acquired by Miami-based Entertainment Benefits Group (EBG). ticketos ticket automation software entertainment merger acquisition corporate suite

2018 Hollywood Entertainment Technology Festival

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018 -- 2018 Hollywood Entertainment Technology Festival. The Hollywood Entertainment Technology Festival (HETF) is an exciting international event bridging the US and China, with expert speakers and panel discussions on trends in entertainment technology, cross-border opportunities, and investments.

Blizzard Entertainment Expands Into Collectibles

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Irvine-based videogame maker Blizzard Entertainment , the company behind such games as World of Warcraft and Overwatch, has expanded into the physical collectibles market, saying it will start offering up "high end" collectibles to its players. blizzard entertainment widowmaker collectible artwork

Akatsuki Lauches $50M Entertainment Investment Fund

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Japanese entertainment firm Akatsuki has launched a brand new, Los Angeles-based entertainment fund, called the Akatsuki Entertainment Technology Fund (AET Fund) , which will invest in augmented reality and other entertainment technology, the Japanese company announced on Tuesday. akatsuki fund aetfund venture capital investment financial augmented reality content hollywood japan international japanese entertainment

LA's AET Fund Raises $50M For Entertainment Technology Investment

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A new, Los Angeles venture capital fund, AET Fund said on Wednesday that it has raised $50M to make investments in entertainment technology, and hired someone to head up its U.S. AET Fund--short for Akatsuki Entertainment Technology Fund--said it has hired Mark Linao as Principal, responsible for managing the company's $50M fund and its operations in United States. fund akatsuki entertainment technology ventura investment augmented reality

Entertainment Partners Acquires Ease

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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. payroll accounting technology developer software hollywood acquisition merger ease partners entertainment

IGN Entertainment Names Chief Programming Officer

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IGN Entertainment , which produces online video game and entertainment content, said Tuesday that it has named Wade Beckett as its Chief Programming Officer and SVP of Video, based here in Los Angeles. IGN Entertainment is part of Ziff Davis, which is own by LA's J2 Global. content videogame officer programming chief entertainment

Encantos Raises $2M For Family Education, Entertainment Service

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Culver City-based Encantos , a developer of family entertainment and education titles, has raised $2M in a seed funding round, the company announced this morning. encantos venture capital funding education entertainment startup content crafts crafting kids

The Gores Group Buys AMI Entertainment

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Los Angeles-based private equity investor The Gores Group said on Thursday afternoon that it has acquired AMI Entertainment , a maker of digital jukeboxes and video systems, which are installed in bars, restaurants, and other locations. AMI Entertainment was founded in 1909, as the National Automatic Music Co. gores group entertainment jukebox video merger acquisition

Disney to Launch New Entertainment Technology Effort, Disney StudioLAB

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Walt Disney Studios and Accenture are in an effort to harness emerging technology in the area of entertainment, with a new effort they are calling Disney StudioLAB , the two said on Tuesday. According to the companies, StudioLAB will be dedicated to "reimagining, designing and prototyping" entertainment experiences and production capabilities, using cutting-edge, innovative technologies. disney entertainment studios hollywood content movie film

Blizzard Entertainment Chops 600

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Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment , the developer of the popular World of Warcraft, massively-multiplayer online game, said this morning that it has cut 600 jobs. blizzard entertainment activision world warcraftThe firm said approximately 90 percent of the cuts would come from departments not related to game development. The firm said it had to make "difficult decisions" as the industry has evolved. The company said that the team working on World of Warcraft will not be impacted.

Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum - Entertainment

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Saturday, February 25, 2017 -- Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum - Entertainment. Southern California is still the home of Hollywood -- the symbolic name for the motion picture industry, but that industry has changed dramatically in recent years. Many of the studios have sizable in-house technology development operations, but all acquire technology or technology products from outside their corporate borders.

Pocket.watch Raises $15M For Kids Entertainment

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pocket.watch kids entertainment venture capital viacom content hollywood filmLos Angeles-based media brand Pocket.watch , which creates content for kids, has raised $15M in a Series B funding round, led by Viacom, the company said today. As part of the funding, Viacom Media Networks COO Sarah Levy joins the company's board of directors. Pocket.watch says it develops eerything from small-screen video to big-screen blockbusters, games, toys, and other products focused on kids.

Myspace Sets Entertainment Head

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Beverly Hills-based Myspace , the online social entertainment site now owned by Specific Media, said this morning that it has named Roger Mincheff as President of Myspace Entertainment. Mincheff was previously at Fox Filmed Entertainment, serving as SVP Branded Entertainment; he also served as CEO of Spacedog Media, a digital marketing agency. myspace entertainment music specificmedia specific media executive

Global Eagle Entertainment Investment Deal Collapses

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Los Angeles-based Global Eagle Entertainment , a developer of in-flight entertainment products and provider of broadband Internet services, has called off a $416M majority investment deal from Chinese company HNA Group , after the U.S. overseas international investment china group iseego cfius acquisition merger wireless inflight entertainment eagle global

Meteor Entertainment Raises $10M

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Meteor Entertainment , a developer of a downloadable, online shooting game called Hawken , has raised $10M in funding, according to reports. hawken meteor entertainment venture capital adhesive gamesSource of the funding included Benchmark Capital and FirstMark Capital. Hawken is being developed by Alhambra-based game studio Adhesive Games. The funding was led by former JAMDAT founder Mitch Lasky, who is now at Benchmark. READ MORE>>.

paidContent Entertainment

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Thursday, November 3, 2011 -- paidContent Entertainment. Last November, industry leaders, disruptors, creators, distributors and investors gathered in West Hollywood for the day-long paidContent Entertainment: The Battle for the Digital Home. This year, well bring the same mix together for an incisive look at the state of media and entertainment today.

Qualcomm, Disney, UTA Back The VOID For VR Entertainment

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Three, Southern California investors--Qualcomm Ventures, Disney, and the United Talent Agency--have backed the developer of a network of "experience centers" focused on virtual reality entertainment, as part of a newly disclosed Series A Funding. The VOID says its centers include everything from virtual reality to "multi-sensory effects" for interactive entertainment and storytelling.

Blizzard Entertainment, ESPN Partner On Gaming Competition

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Irvine-based online, massively multiplayer online game maker Blizzard Entertainment said last week that it is launching a new, video game competition which will award more than $450,000 in tuition and other prizes to college students--not to mention coverage on ESPN. Blizzard Entertainment said its Heroes of the Dorm tournament will pit college student teams against each other on its Heroes of the Storm title, which will give free tuition for students for the rest of their college career.

Blizzard Entertainment's Battle.net Hacked

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Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment said late Thursday that there was "unauthorized access" of the firm's Battle.net service. blizzard entertainment battle.net hacking security unauthorized access hackerBlizzard said the unauthorized access exposed email addresses associated with Battle.net accounts in all regions outside of China, including scrambled passwords, answers to personal security questions, and other information related to mobile and dial-in authentication.

Blizzard Entertainment CEO Steps Down After 27 Years

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Mike Morhaime , the longtime CEO of Irvine's Blizzard Entertainment , has stepped down from his role, becoming an advisor to the company, Morhaime said on Wednesday. In explaining the departure, Morhaime decide "it's time for someone else to lead Blizzard Entertainment." blizzard entertainment mike morhaime executive allen brack

JibJab's StoryBots Takes On Kids' Entertainment

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What do you get when you take the creative minds behind JibJab.com , the Venice-based online humor content developers--known for its hilarious videos of everything from politics to everyday life--and apply that to kids entertainment? You get Storybots , a brand new, online service with the sensibility of JibJab's comedic content cross pollinated with kids educational entertainment. hollywood content video entertainment kids jibjab storybots

Nirvanix Wins Entertainment Studio

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San Diego-based Nirvanix , the provider of enterprise cloud storage services, said today that it has scored a customer win at Relativity Media, an entertainment studio working on film and television production. nirvanix cloud storage entertainment hollywood relativity media studio data

Blizzard Entertainment's Overwatch Tops 7 Million Players

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Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment says it now has more than 7 million players on its newest title, Overwatch , which it launched on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows on May 24th. overwatch videogame release blizzard entertainment game player first person shooterBlizzard said that so far, those players have spent more than 119 hours in total playing the game, which Blizzard categorizes as a "team shooter".

j2 Global Buys IGN Entertainment

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Los Angeles-based j2 Global , the provider of cloud-based business and telephony services, said today that it has acquired IGN Entertainment , the video game, entertainment, and men's lifestyle publisher, via is Ziff Davis subsidiary. publisher publishing software saas content entertainment j2global