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Justin Timberlake Backs Myspace Acquisition

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Irvine-based Specific Media , the Internet advertising network run by Tim Vanderhook, has released further details on the company's acquisition of Myspace , saying that Justin Timberlake is taking an ownership stake and major role in the acquisition. myspace justin timberlake merger acquisition specificmedia specific content hollywood

Mike Jones Echoes Hollywood | If You Build It, They Will Come

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Mike Jones may be known for his most recent role as CEO of MySpace , but this Internet entrepreneur is no stranger to the startup world. Also find out when you can hear more from MySpace alumni Sean Percival and Tony Adam – two of the first entrepreneurs in residence at Science.

io/LA Shuts Down

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Hollywood-based io/LA , the high tech and creative incubator and coworking space, has shut down, the first loss of one of Southern California's new crop of high tech gathering spaces. io/LA was best known for being co-founded by former Myspace Chief Technology Officer Aber Whitcomb; the space was hoping to bring together both the technology and entertainment industry in its space. iola hollywood incubator accelerator coworking myspace

Report: MySpace Names Entertainment Head

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A report today from the Hollywood Reporter says that MySpace has named Andy Marcus, the firm's Senior Vice President Business and Legal Affairs, head of its entertainment business. THR said Marcus was responsible for MySpace's partnership with American Idol. Tags: myspace executive hollywood content

MySpace Debuts New Site, Logo Plans

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Beverly Hills-based MySpace , the online social networking site, is set to debut a new new site design and logo, the firm said late last night. As part of the redesign, MySpace has changed over its logo, and will center its web site on "bubbling up" fresh content of interest to users.

MySpace, Citysearch To Launch Local Site

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Los Angeles-based MySpace and West Hollywood-based CitySearch announced this morning that the two have launched a beta of a new local search site, MySpace Local, which will allow users to review, rate, and share information about small businesses. According to the firms, Coors and Outback Steakhouse are the brand sponsors for the new site, which leverages Citysearch's database of businesses and MySpace's social networking site.

Friendgiftr Expands To MySpace, Other Sites

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Hollywood-based Friendgiftr , a developer of a social media service which allows users to send gift cards to their friends, family, and others, has extended its service beyond Facebook and onto MySpace, iGogole, Ning, and Bebo, the firm announced today. Tags: friendgiftr social gifting facebook gift card myspace bebo ning igoogle

Io/LA Plans $500K In Investments

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One of the newest accelerator and incubators to open in the Los Angeles area, io/LA , is planning to invest $500,000 in local startups as part of its efforts to incubate 25 companies in its new space in Hollywood. The accelerator, which was founded by producer and actor Donovan Leitch, MySpace co-founder Aber Whitcomb, and actor Chris Gartin, detailed the plans in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

How to Save MySpace

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I wouldn’t bet against MySpace. I know many of their founders and early employees, and one of the co-founders of Intermix (the parent company of MySpace) is an investor. MySpace has lost the battle as the “place for friends”. The following are my 7 Ways on How to Save MySpace.

Interview with Michael Schneider, Mobile Roadie

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and MySpace, Ashton Kutcher, Guy O'Seary, who is Madonna's manger, and Rodger Berman. sharing hollywood content artist band musician music celebrity development roadie mobile schneider michael

Digital LA: Games Go Hollywood Live

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This week TechZulu will be streaming Digital LA's Games Go Hollywood panel live June 10, 2010 from 8-9:30pm PST. Join us and Digital LA for a pre-E3 panel on Games Go Hollywood!

MeUndies, Backed by Science Inc., Launches Apparel Brand

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the business incubator/studio headed by former MySpace CEO Mike Jones. The company also will be offering its garments via vending machine, including one in Hollywood at the Confederacy boutique, and a location in New York. In the second startup backed by Science, Inc.

Yet Another LA Incubator Opens: Io/LA

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If the Los Angeles accelerator/incubator market is not yet crowded enough, Hollywood-based io/LA opened its doors over the weekend, looking to recruit a class of five to six companies in a three month mentorship program. The new incubator, which is run by Aber Whitcomb, the former CTO of MySpace, said it will run quarterly classes of startups, who will received $25,000 and office space, in exchange for 8 percent of their firms.

io/LA's Sister Program Gets Exit At CodeEval

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Hollywood-based tech incubator and co-working space io/LA 's sister effort in San Francisco has just scored its first exit, after incubator firm CodeEval was acquired this morning by HireVue. io/LA is the coworking/incubator/accelerator space whose founders include Aber Whitcomb, one of the co-founders of MySpace; i/o Ventures is the group's San Francisco incubator.

Why Reed Hastings Should be Applauded for Netflix Split

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When Fox first hired its triumvirate of CEO’s to run MySpace after the founders’ departure, I argued the same. Any Hollywood studios taking notice? ==> What do you think about the Netflix decision?

Interview with Brian Norgard, Namesake

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Norgard has been keeping Namesake close to the vest, but we were able to visit him at the firm's headquarters in West Hollywood, where he gave us an overview of what the firm is doing.

Silicon Beach Fest | Panels, Hackathons, and Much More!

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Concurrent panels at several different hubs from Santa Monica to Venice and Hollywood including: Meet the Accelerators Panel, 10-12p @ Viceroy. MySpace Alumni, 10a-12p @ Hotel Erwin. Things are starting to heat up and not just weather wise here in the LA Tech scene.

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Cocodot Links With DKNY

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Hollywood-based Cocodot , the online invitations site run by former MySpace exec Shawn Gold, said this week that it has partnered with DKNY , for a collection of fashion cards and invites. Gold was SVP Marketing and Content at MySpace, and Cocodot is venture backed by Anthem Ventures, the Mailroom Fund, and Rincon Venture Partners. Tags: cocodot dkny online invitations myspace fashion invitation card evite

Cocodot Rolls Out Printed Cards

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Hollywood-based Cocodot , the online invitation card site headed by former MySpace exec Shawn Gold, has rolled out new, printed invitation cards, according to the firm's website. Tags: cocodot invitation printing content evite invite party printed myspace According to Cocodot, it has started offering printed version of the company's invitation cards, starting at $37.25 for a 25-card minimum. The new cards include free, online versions of those same cards.

Worlize Gets Funding For Social Gaming

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The firm said it is developing a user-created, social gaming and chat platform for Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and OpenSocial. Worlize's founding team includes CEO Brian McKelvey, who has served at Paramount, Sony Pictures, Lionsgate and Live Nation, and CFO Greg Diller, who has previously been at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), The Hollywood Reporter, and Cannon Pictures.

WhipClip Finds $40M More

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Rosenblatt has been behind many of LA's biggest technology startups, including both MySpace and Demand Media. capital venture demand demandmedia rosenblatt richard application mobile hollywood content television clipping video whipclipLos Angeles-based WhipClip , the mobile television clip sharing app developer led by serial entrepreneur Richard Rosenblatt, said today that it has raised $40M in a Series C funding round.

FilmTrack Gets $20M For Rights Management Software

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Lang was recently CEO of Miramax, and was at Fox Entertainment, involved with both Hulu and MySpace. software hollywood content management rights saas capital venture filmtrack Studio City-based FilmTrack , which develops software-as-a-service for managing rights and content management for the film, video, and television industry, has raised $20M in a funding round. The round came from Insight Venture Partners.

Movieclips.com Opens Up API, Goes International

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Santa Monica-based Movieclips.com , an online site which allows users to search for scenes from major movies, and embed them on Facebook, MySpace, and other web sites, said today that it has opened up its service to users worldwide. The startup says it has around 12,000 movie clips from major Hollywood studios on its site. Tags: movieclips movie content social embed video streaming hollywood

What I Learned in 2014: Kevin Winston

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As founder of Digital LA, I run one to two tech events every week bringing together tech, startups, investors, Hollywood, developers designers, and more. Previously, Kevin has worked at Fox Interactive Media, MySpace, Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment, and McKinsey & Company.

Can You Really Build a Great Tech Firm Outside Silicon Valley?

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My daily coffee meetings are not surrounded by the Hollywood elite with discussions of scripts, scenes and casting. And of course you have Hollywood. It’s true that MySpace didn’t become Facebook, but it did spawn 7 or 8 great LA companies run by founders with experience.

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Ten Tech Entrepreneurs Who Are Putting LA on the Map

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If a person from outside Los Angeles is a fan of the city, dig a little and you’ll probably find that they like it for the celebrities, Hollywood not LA. A SoCal native and graduate of both UCLA and USC, Richard Rosenblatt led the growth of MySpace from an unknown to a household name.

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Why You Should Start a Company in. Los Angeles

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And thats not even counting MySpace, which Rupert Murdoch famously paid $580 million for in 2005. We have all the people who came out of eHarmony; who came from MySpace and Overture and PriceGrabber and Lastminute.com and Shopzilla and CitySearch and all these places.

The Interaction of Our Lives | QR Codes and Augmented Reality

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There’s a good possibility there was a QR code on it offering you free tracks from the band’s MySpace page. Of course, as with most futuristic technologies, Hollywood does a great job of adding their touch and this AR experience is no different.

Movieclips.com Launches Online Video Site

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The Movieclips site allows users to search for scenes from major movies, and embed them on Facebook, MySpace, and other web site. Tags: movieclips content hollywood movie video A new startup, Santa Monica-based MOVIECLIPS.COM , said late Wednesday evening that it has launched a new online video site featuring movie clips and scenes. Movieclips said that it allows fans to watch and share more than 12,000, two minute long clips from 20th Century Fox, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.,

Interview with Fouad ElNaggar, Redpoint Ventures

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We've been quite active, and have had a bunch of acquisitions lately -- including Internet Brands and MySpace -- a total of over 2 billion in acquisition in Southern California. You just have to have an iron stomach to deal with the time it takes to get things done with Hollywood.

Interview with Alec Shankman, Gotcast

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But, there was no good for Hollywood to find them. I got to talking with Will Schroter, who was an old business associate of mine and old friend, and we thought it could be very interesting to create a place where Hollywood could reach out to find people.

Bing Focuses On Entertainment With New Features

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Navigating and searching online entertainment information has been a perpetual theme of Southern California startups, with the latest firms focused on the area being Los Angeles-based Clicker.com , with its online video programming guides, Los Angeles-based Hulu with its television streaming, Beverly Hills-based OvGuide , the online video guide site backed by GeoCities founder David Bohnett, not to mention MySpace and its frequent forays into online entertainment.

Digital LA - Digital Drinks @ Les Deux

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008 -- For our next Digital Drinks, we're heading to Hollywood hot spot Les Deux! Attendees work at Sony Pictures, FOX Interactive, MySpace, Google, Yahoo!, Digital LA organizes mixers for professionals in online entertainment, marketing, and advertising. Stop on by for informal casual networking. Join the Digital LA group if you haven't already to get our event updates!

BUZZMEDIA Further Boosts Sales Team

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Hollywood-based BUZZMEDIA , the parent company of Buzznet, Celebuzz, Stereogum, and a network of other sites, is in the midst of expansion, saying this week that it has hired on four new additions to the firm's advertising team. and Excite@Home; Dufour joins from MySpace, where he was Executive Director, Integrated and Strategic Marketing, and also served at Brgaman Nyman Cafarelli. and Michael was most recently at Fanscape, and also had been at MySpace.

Interview with Brandon Hance, Audiolife

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There are also lots of tools to customize their store front, to match the look and feel of any destination they might have on the web--whether that's a MySpace page, their own site, etc. Tags: brandon hance audiolife music ecommerce store software musician artist content hollywood

Tech Cocktail

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They also have a growing tech culture in Los Angeles and its adjacent cites like Santa Monica, West Hollywood and Beverly Hills as companies like Demand Media, MySpace and more recently Hulu, Mahalo, Callfire, DocStoc and BetterWorks have staked claim to the area. Tuesday, May 24, 2011 -- Tech Cocktail. Los Angeles is the second largest city in the United States.

Cocodot.com Ties With Lilly Pulitzer

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Hollywood-based Cocodot , the online invitation and greetings site headed by former MySpace exec Shawn Gold, said today that it has unveiled a new invitation and greeting collection along with women's fashion retailer Lilly Pulitzer. According to the firms, they will debut a new set of invitations and cards that incorporate Lilly Pulitzer's prints and color palette. Financial arrangements between the firms was not detailed.

Reflections on 2016: Josh Yguado, Jam City

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Before launching Jam City, Josh was Vice President at Fox Entertainment, where he worked at the intersection of Hollywood and technology. Among other work there, Josh helped Fox in its acquisition of MySpace, its creation of Hulu and its launch of new television networks. This holiday season, we are sharing the reflections on 2016 from Southern California's technology community.

VIDiGREET Launches New E-Card Line

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Hollywood-based VIDiGREET.com , a publisher of online video greeting cards, has launched a new line of video cards, the firm said Monday, based on the content of comedian Liam Sullivan. VIDiGREET said that Sullivan's character Kelly will be features in a line of video greeting cards, targeted--in the company's words--the "YouTube, MySpace, Facebook generation."

Los Angeles Tech Launched - Hot List

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I'm happy to announce the launch of the Los Angeles Tech Content Community. This is the beginning of a content community that collects and organizes the best content from blogs and web sites. The goal is to create a place where it's relatively easy to find current content and highly relevant content surrounding Los Angeles Technology. To be clear Los Angeles Tech is a jump off point. The content comes from other places. This is mostly from bloggers, but also from pages being included by members.