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.

Earbuds lets audiences stream the playlists of athletes, entertainers and each other

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The company is one of a growing number of startups trying to rejuvenate the music streaming market by combining it with social networking so that audiences can listen to the playlists of their favorite athletes and entertainers… and their friends.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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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Wednesday, June 13, 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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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 warcraft

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

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

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 hacker

Blizzard Entertainment Suspends Competitor After Support For Hong Kong Protests

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Los Angeles-based Blizzard Entertainment has been unwillingly pulled into the ongoing political maelstrom in Hong Kong, after one of the competitors in its Hearthstone Grandmasters tournament expressed his support for protesters in Hong Kong on a post-game interview.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Sony Online Entertainment Cuts Jobs

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San Diego-based Sony Online Entertainment , which develops massively multiplayer online games, has made cuts at three of its studios, the firm said Thursday. game video mmorpg content videogame cuts entertainment online sony

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

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.

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.

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

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>>.

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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.