OWNZONES Media Network Names Chief Security Officer


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

Pocket.watch Raises $15M For Kids Entertainment


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

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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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.

The Action Network Finds $17.5M For Sports Betting Media


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.

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.

Entertainment Networking Event

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008 -- Entertainment Networking Event. Bring your business cards and friends to meet the "who's who" of entertainment and new media in Hollywood. There's hip music, networking, and the opportunity to mingle with everyone that's changing the way things work. See [link] (more

Stage 32: An Education Hub For Entertainment Industry Creatives


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.,

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.

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.

What Jonah @Peretti, CEO of BuzzFeed, Sees in the Future of Digital Media

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It conjures up a range of emotions anytime I’ve privately expressed my opinion to thought leaders in our industry that I believe it is one of the most innovative companies in digital media. An obvious vector for me would be software for the media industry. media journalism

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


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.

Jukin Media Names CFO, CPO


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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Fullscreen Gets Funding For YouTube Network


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

USC Launches Media Lab


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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Serious Business Get Funded For Internet Entertainment


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

Jukin Media Gets Strategic Funding


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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Fullscreen Grabs $30M More For YouTube Network


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.

Fullscreen Bolsters Media Cred With New Engineering VP


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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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.

Jukin Media Adds To Executive Team


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


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.

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


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


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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Social Media Week Lands in Los Angeles Sept. 24-28

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Social Media Week (SMW) helps organizations connect and share the latest social media findings through social, cultural and economic talks and workshops in major cities worldwide. They have broken events down by two hubs: Social Tech , and Entertainment. ENTERTAINMENT HUB.

Backed by LG, AmazeVR is hoping to resurrect virtual reality’s consumer dreams

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Propelled by new technologies, new businessmen have been landing in Los Angeles since the invention of the nickelodeon to create a studio that would dominate popular entertainment. At the same time, networking companies are spending billions to roll out new, high speed data networks and they need new data-hungry features (like virtual reality) to make a compelling case for consumers to upgrade to the newer, more expensive networking plans.

GetBack Media Snags $1.7M


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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Maple Media Finds $30M For Acquiring Mobile Apps


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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Break Media Launches Ad Server Effort


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.

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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Where to watch tonight’s Emmy Awards online

TechCrunch LA

It’s the biggest night for television and streaming media services tonight as the stars are gathering to celebrate themselves at the 70th annual Emmy Awards. Netflix’s dominance at the awards show marks the ascent of streaming as the biggest thing in new media — but the traditional networks, premium and basic cable, aren’t giving up without a fight.