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

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Earbuds , a new startup from Austin founded by former Detroit Lions lineman Jason Fox, wants to bring the power of social media to your eardrums. On social media, players would take screenshots of their playlists and post them to platforms like Twitter or Instagram, Fox said.

OWNZONES Media Network Names Chief Security Officer

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Beverly Hills-based OWNZONES Media Network , a technology and entertainment company which provides products for the motion picture, television and digital content creation industries, says it has named Rob Hopps as Chief Security Officer (CSO), and Senior Vice President, Platform Operations. ownzones media network technology entertainment digital security officer

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Vertical Networks Acquired By Whistle

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Santa Monica-based Vertical Networks , a "mobile-first" content studio which was backed by Snap , has been acquired by New York-based entertainment and sports media company Whistle. Vertical Networks was founded by Elisabeth Murdoch. Both Veritlca Networks and Whistle develop content for Snap. entertainment hollywood content acquisition merger whistle networks vertical

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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Snap accelerator names its latest cohort

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and international cities like London, Mexico City, Seoul and Vilnius are building professional social networks for black professionals and blue collar workers, fashion labels, educational tools in augmented reality, kids entertainment, and an interactive entertainment production company.

Pocket.watch Raises $15M For Kids Entertainment

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Los 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 kids entertainment venture capital viacom content hollywood film

The Action Network Finds $17.5M For Sports Betting Media

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Los Angeles-based The Action Network , a sports media company which provides content, tools, and analytics for sports betting fans, has raised $17.5M The funding came from Fertitta Capital, and also included The Chernin Group, plus David Blitzer of Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, which owns a stake in the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils; The Chicago Cubs; BITKRAFT Esports Ventures; 6721 Capital and former Twitter COO Anthony Noto.

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.

Stage 32: An Education Hub For Entertainment Industry Creatives

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LinkedIn is by far the world’s largest professional network with more than 380 million members in over 200 countries and territories. But it isn’t meeting the needs of everyone, leading to the creation of several sites positioning themselves as the go-to professional network for niche industries. And if you work in the entertainment industry, you have Stage 32. Stage 32 goes beyond the traditional benefits offered by professional networks (e.g.,

M-GO's Take On The Digital Entertainment Streaming Market, with John Batter

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Does the world need another, online streaming media service for movies and television? We caught up with M-GO''s CEO, John Batter , to hear about where M-GO fits into the streaming media market. We''re next day TV with the networks.

Fifty years of the internet

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After we typed the first two letters from our computer room at UCLA, namely, “Lo” for “Login,” the network crashed. Here one can list pervasive search engines, access to extensive information repositories, consumer aids, entertainment, education, connectivity among humans, etc.

Fullscreen Gets Funding For YouTube Network

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Fullscreen , the online entertainment video site headed by George Strompolos, announced this morning that it has raised a round of Series A funding. Fullscreen said its clients include NBCUniversal and Ryan Seacrest Productions, and that it now has a network of over 10,000 channels, 150 million subscribers, and 2.5 fullscreen media entertainment youtube network content hollywood venture capital

TechZulu Presents Tech & Entertainment: Disruption versus Destruction

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What does the Tower card have to do with tech and entertainment, you ask? In the entertainment business, technology is often seen as the Tower card; the lightning bolt destroying the stronghold and shaking it to its very foundation. 8:30 – 9:30pm – Networking Mixer.

Digital LA: Branded Entertainment Panel Live!

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Join us tonight live at 8pm PST from UCLA Korn Hall for Digital LA’s Branded Entertainment panel right here on TechZulu. They’ll discuss how content creators and brands work together to create, develop, and market digital branded entertainment. 9:30-10p Networking.

Jukin Media Names CFO, CPO

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Los Angeles-based Jukin Media , which owns such social video properties that includes FailArmy, People Are Awesome, The Pet Collective, and JukinVideo--and provides a whole host of services related to viral and social video for brands, publishers, and media networks--said on Thursday that it has named both a Chief Financial Office and Chief Product Officer. jukin media mike demartino anton reut viral video content licensing

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Serious Business Get Funded For Internet Entertainment

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A trio of United Talent Agency execs said Friday that they have launched a new, media company focused on the intersection of Internet and entertainment. The firm said it is working with the Cheezburger Network to develop projects for TV and digital, and also has partnership with AdGent Digital and Funny or Die. serious business venture capital seed internet hollywood agent entertainment cheezburger

USC Launches Media Lab

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The University of Southern California is looking to tie together technology and media, saying Thursday that it has launched a new Annenberg Innovation Lab as part of the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.

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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. Its eponymously titled social media programming, available on Instagram and Snap, has managed to nab roughly 30 million interactions over the year-and-a-half that it distributed its productions. But it was far from the only studio to see money in mobile-first entertainment.

Jukin Media Gets Strategic Funding

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Los Angeles-based viral video company Jukin Media has raised a strategic funding round, for that company''s video entertainment network on YouTube, according to the company. Jukin Media''s YouTube channels include viral video channels FailArmy, JukinVideo, and CutiesNFuzzies.

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UK-based women’s networking and private club, AllBright, raises $18.8 million as it expands into the US

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Coupled with the launch of a new networking application called AllBright Connect and the company’s AllBright Magazine, the women’s networking organization is on a full-on media blitz. The club’s current members include actors, members of the House of Lords and other fancy pants, high-falutin folks from the worlds of politics, business and entertainment.

Fullscreen Grabs $30M More For YouTube Network

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Culver City-based Fullscreen , which operates a multi-channel youTube network, and is led by George Strompolos (formerly of YouTube/Google), has raised $30M in a new round of funding, according to reports today. Los Angeles area YouTube and content startups have seen a significant amount of investment from the media industry--Machinima and Maker Studios, among with others, have all scored very large investment rounds for their YouTube content creation efforts.

E2: Evolution of Entertainment Conference at USC

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On Friday, February 22, USC’s Business and Entertainment Association (BEA) is hosting its 4th annual E2: Evolution of Entertainment Conference at the Town & Gown Hall at the USC Campus. This year’s theme is Media Without Borders: The Globalization of Entertainment.

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Fullscreen Bolsters Media Cred With New Engineering VP

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Los Angeles-based YouTube network Fullscreen has bolstered its team--and media credibility--with a new hire, the company said Wednesday. fullscreen media entertainment youtube network content hollywood executive Fullscreen said it has hired Tim Mohn, the co-creator of the HBO GO app, and former Vice President of Technology for NBCUniversal/Comcast as its new Senior Vice President of Engineering.

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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.

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Evolve Media Buys RealityTea.com, WebEcoist.com

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Los Angeles-based Evolve Media Corp. , the parent firm of AtomicOnline, SheKnows, and a network of other digital media sites, announced this morning that it has acquired two sites-- RealityTea.com , focused on reality entertainment, and WebEcoist.com , a green living site.

Facebook's Impact on Entertainment PR and Marketing

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Monday, September 19, 2011 -- Facebook's Impact on Entertainment PR and Marketing. Learn first-hand from an all-star panel how the entertainment industry is using Facebook and other top social networking platforms. Social Media Week LA. PRSA LA. Well cover best practices, case studies and strategies for success (as well as those to avoid). The panel will include representatives from Facebook, major studios, talent agencies and PR/digital marketing firms.

More investors are betting on virtual influencers like Lil Miquela

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Meanwhile, new venture-backed companies like the superstealthy Shadows, SuperPlastic and Toonstar are all developing virtual characters that will launch via social media channels like Snap and Instagram, or on their own platforms.

AngelLaunch Networking Reception

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012 -- AngelLaunch Networking Reception. We produce business networking events for startups, media and tech, digital media, entertainment,investors, ad agencies, brands, and small business owners. iHollywood Forum. We have several partners who are considering hosting a lunch or dinner reception the week of Oct 17 for those in Los Angeles attending other events such as Digital Hollywood. See [link].

Break Media Expands Into New Ad Verticals

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Los Angeles-based Break Media , the online media and advertising firm run by Keith Richman, announced this morning that it is in a major expansion in its advertising network, and has added 23 new verticals to its network. Among the new sites joining Break's advertising network are Justin.tv, RedOrbit.com, Spil Games, and WeGame.com. New verticals in its network include Business/Finance, College, Auto, Travel, Shopping, Parenting and Gaming sites.

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Interview with Clark Landry, Maple Media

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Los Angeles-based Maple Media (maplemedia.io) recently announced a big, $30M funding from Shamrock Capital, to assemble a collection of mobile applications in the utility, productivity, games and entertainment verticals. What's the idea behind Maple Media? Anyway, I haven't done a lot of investing in the last two years, and I've really slowed down there to focus on Maple Media.

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GetBack Media Snags $1.7M

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Los Angeles-based GetBack Media , an online community focused on pop culture, said Thursday that it has raised $1.7M The firm said the funding was led by Beringea, along with high net worth individuals and entertainment leaders. Factory and others from IFILM and MTV Networks.

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Beyond Entertainment | Social Media as a Tool for Marketers

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Since its inception into the mainstream fabric of people’s lives, social media and the concept of social networking has gone through a rather peculiar evolutionary transition. Like most facts of life, social media’s impact on branding and marketing could only be seen over time.

Break Media Launches Ad Server Effort

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Los Angeles-based Break Media , which operates a network of Internet entertainment properties focused on men, said today that it has launched its own, in-house advertising server for its ad network. The firm said its new Apex proprietary ad server will allow advertisers to manage their advertising campaigns across Break's advertising network. Break said it reaches more than 100 million men every month through its network.

Maple Media Finds $30M For Acquiring Mobile Apps

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Los Angeles-based Maple Media , a new startup led by startup veteran Clark Landry, along with Jam City veteran Michael Ritter, has raised $30M in a funding round from Shamrock Capital, the company announced this morning. The startup said it will acquire, manage, and operate mobile applications in the utility, productivity, games and entertainment areas. maple media mobile clark landry venture capital shamrock private equity

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Interview with Peter Csathy, CREATV Media

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If you wanted to find someone who truly understands the convergence of the media and technology, you need to go no further than Peter Csathy , the CEO of newly launched CREATV Media (www.creatv.media). Csathy was most recently CEO of Manatt Digital Media, and also was President and CEO of Sorenson Media, CEO of Sightspeed, President and COO at MusicMatch, in addition to serving at companies like Universal Studios and New Line Cinema.

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Silicon Beach Networking Mixer At Prince O' Whales

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 -- Silicon Beach Networking Mixer At Prince O' Whales. Our networking events attract professionals from entertainment, tech, social media, fashion, and marketing and we're quite popular with influencers as well. See https://www.eventbrite.com/e/silicon-beach-networking-mixer-at-prince-o-whales-in-playa-del-rey-tickets-32010446106?aff=socaltech.

DreamJobbing: Melding Online And Media To Create A Platform For Dream Jobs

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We spoke with Lisa Hennessy , one of the founders of DreamJobbing and an entertainment industry veteran, to learn more about the startup. Lisa Hennessy: I come from a network television background, and my two business partners are from a digital background.

ExecTec Networking Dinner

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010 -- ExecTec Networking Dinner. An event for executives in the Entertainment, Media, Technology and related business fields to come together and network and share ideas. See [link] (more

ExecTec Networking Dinner

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010 -- ExecTec Networking Dinner. An event for executives in the Entertainment, Media, Technology and related business fields to come together and network and share ideas. See [link] (more

ExecTec Networking Dinner

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010 -- ExecTec Networking Dinner. An event for executives in the Entertainment, Media, Technology and related business fields to come together and network and share ideas. See [link] (more

ExecTec Networking Dinner

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010 -- ExecTec Networking Dinner. An event for executives in the Entertainment, Media, Technology and related business fields to come together and network and share ideas. See [link] (more

ExecTec Networking Dinner

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009 -- ExecTec Networking Dinner. An event for executives in the Entertainment, Media, Technology and related business fields to come together and network and share ideas. See [link] (more

ExecTec Networking Dinner

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009 -- ExecTec Networking Dinner. An event for executives in the Entertainment, Media, Technology and related business fields to come together and network and share ideas. See [link] (more