More investors are betting on virtual influencers like Lil Miquela

TechCrunch LA

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.

TiTAN Platform Launches Into US Market

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TiTAN Platform , a Chinese developer of "smart home" devices, says it has officially launched its U.S. TiTAN says its product provide a "highly-encrypted" content platform which lets content owners upload and provide their content to consumers through a secure marketplace, all tied into a "smart home" device in the living room. CEO is Adrian Sexton, who the company said formerly headed up digital efforts at Lionsgate Entertainment, Participant Media and Endemol Shine.

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. This is an interesting combination of media and online website, can you talk about the strategy there?

Beyond Entertainment | Social Media as a Tool for Marketers

Tech Zulu Event

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.

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

Stem Snags $8M For Creative Payments Platform

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Los Angeles-based Stem , which is developing a platform to simplify payments for musicians and other content creators, announced Wednesday morning that it has raised $8M in a Series A funding. Stem says it has created a financial platform that unifies and manages contracts, distribution, payments and data for artists and creators.

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

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. Talk about that platform strategy?

LiveXLive Media Ties With Insomniac In Streaming Media Deal

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Los Angeles-based LiveXLive Media , which provides digital media streaming focused on live music and entertainment, has inked a deal with music festival producer Insomniac , which is also based in Los Angeles. According to the two, they are launching a new Insomniac Channel on its video streaming platform, and will provide livestreaming, video-on-demand, virtual and augmented reality, and other content for Insomniac's more than 50 festivals and events.

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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 will work with creative talent to "produce television formats with a web sensibility" and also help develop digital platforms into TV and digital projects. serious business venture capital seed internet hollywood agent entertainment cheezburger

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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Pluto.TV Takes On Media Aggregation

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Los Angeles-based Pluto.TV , a new company led by startup veteran Nick Grouf, said Monday that it has launched a brand new, video platform which will curate streams of video content around music, sports, news, entertainment, and many other areas. Interscope), Jamie Tarses (ABC Entertainment), Brent Weinstein (UTA), David Waxman (TenOneTen), and Jeremy Welt (Maker Studios). pluto media aggregation content hollywood video streaming television aggregate spotrunner nick grouf

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Lionsgate Taps OUYA Founder Uhrman As Streaming Media GM

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Santa Monica-based entertainment studio Lionsgate said on Thursday that it has named Julie Uhrman to the position of Executive Vice President & General Manager of Lionsgate Over-The-Top (OTT) Ventures, the company's streaming media service. Uhrman was previously Head of Platform Business Development at Jaunt,and was the founder and CEO of Android game controller developer OUYA. Uhrman also has served at IGN Entertainment and Vivendi Universal.

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Demand Media Buys CoveritLive

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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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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.

Warner Media Camp Graduates Second Class

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It might look a little like Demo Day for Warner Media Camp , the startup incubator program being run out of Los Angeles by Turner/Warner Bros. at the intersection of technology and media. According to Warner Media Camp, all of the startups went through mentoring from Turner/Warner Bros.

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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. For LG, it’s strategically important to get some applications up on its newly launched 5G subscription network back in Korea, and AmazeVR is already rolling up new content for its VR platform.

Digital Entertainment: Advertising, Distribution and the Consumer

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010 -- Digital Entertainment: Advertising, Distribution and the Consumer. Santa Monica College and The City of Santa Monica bring together business leaders for an insightful discussion on Digital Entertainment.

Ford’s Autonomic Pairs With Alibaba Cloud On Mobility Hub for China

Xconomy

Together, the two companies plan to offer a standardized platform where all participants in the transportation ecosystem—including Ford’s rival automakers—can build services, from their own ride-hailing apps to entertainment channels for passengers marking time in self-driving.

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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Next 10 Ventures is launching an incubator for YouTube personalities

TechCrunch LA

“At YouTube, I saw over 5x growth in watch time, commercialization and really, globalization of the platform,” Grubbs told TechCrunch. “I have three kids ages 9, 7 and 4 and I’ve seen it there too in how they are consuming media.

Worlize | Virtual World Tied To Facebook, Twitter and Now Your Blog

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Worlize is a user-created social gaming and chat platform for Facebook and social networks including Twitter, MySpace and OpenSocial. The 2D platform brings together a new world of interactivity for users, including the ability to play and create their own worlds and games.

Google Aims At Hollywood With LA Cloud Services Move

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In a move designed to attract more customers from the media and entertainment industry, Google said this week that it will be opening up a new Los Angeles cloud region to its cloud computing platform, Google Cloud. according to Google , it is specifically targeting the media and entertainment companies in Los Angeles with the new service. content entertainment media servies cloud hollywood google

Bionic Hands, Mind Control, and AI Oh My! | Techstars Disney Accelerator Class of 2015

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The ten companies in this year’s program represent a diverse cross-section of technologies, and are inspired by their visions for the applicability of these technologies in the media space. Video Engagement Platform. Techstars Disney Accelerator class of 2015 was announced yesterday.

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As Quibi reportedly seeks another $1 billion, Fiction Riot fills the programming slate for its rival service

TechCrunch LA

Even as Quibi , the short form video platform from Jeffrey Katzenberg’s WndrCo , reportedly looks to raise another $1 billion , rival service Fiction Riot continues to steadily build out its pipeline of short form serials.

Demand Media Ties With Tyra Banks On Beauty, Fashion Site

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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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The makers of the virtual influencer, Lil Miquela, snag real money from Silicon Valley

TechCrunch LA

The account “hack” was architected by brud as part of an ongoing virtual reality drama playing out on Instagram and other social media platforms between avatars it had developed, all designed to attract media attention, according to people with knowledge of brud and its plans.

Changing The Business Of Media Through Online Video, With Cenk Uygur

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The world of media is in the midst of a major transition, where radio and television are no longer the powers they used to be--and there''s a clear shift towards some unknown future online. So those subscriptions allowed you to get closer to your audience than traditional media?

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Popbase helps YouTube stars build closer relationships with their fans

TechCrunch LA

Entertainment has changed. New platforms led by YouTube have emerged to change the dynamic of broadcast media — once dominated by the rigid programming of TV — while the internet has enabled new media stars to engage with their audiences in new, high-touch ways.

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WndrCo Raises $1 Billion For New Startup

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The new startup, being led by Meg Whitman and Jeffrey Katzenberg, said it is creating an entertainment platform that "brings together the best of Silicon Valley and Hollywood". newtv content hollywood capital venture media entertainment startup wndrcoLos Angeles-based WndrCo , the investment firm founded by Jeffrey Katzenberg, said this morning that it has closed on $1 billion in a funding round for a new startup called NewTV.

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.

Social Media Marketing Dinner

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Thursday, June 25, 2009 -- Social Media Marketing Dinner. Join iHollywood Forum as we re-launch our popular monthly dinner series looking at whats next for the business of entertainment. Well look at latest trends in social media, branded entertainment, audience tracking, interactive ads, integrated and cross-platform marketing and much more, backed up by video case studies.

Interview with Phil Ressler, BigStage Entertainment

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They can put themselves and their friends into the media and the digital experience. There's been an unusually complex amount of engineering, compared to a web media startup, but that's a good thing. Unlike most web media firms, we've got a real, protectable IP, based on serious computer science, three patents, and five more pending.

Location-based virtual reality is increasing its footprint in the U.S.

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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. ” Bennett knows a thing or two about entertainment.

Siemer Summit: Connecting Global Digital Media & Technology Leaders

Tech Zulu Event

The event attracted over 500 distinguished attendees from around the world in the digital media and technology industry including advertising, media, data, eCommerce, software, social and gaming. Party Wave Award – Social Media, Content and Distribution.