Hawke Media, LA Stage Ecommerce Conference

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Sawtelle-based marketing consulting firm Hawke Media has partnered with the city of Los Angeles for the inaugural Ecommerce Week LA, a virtual event taking place from Sept.

Dear Media Finds $8M

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West Hollywood-based Dear Media , which is developing a podcasting network focused on female voices, said on Thursday that it has raised $8M in a funding round. Dear Media is led by CEO Michael Bosstick, and the company was co-founded with Raina Penchansky. dear media podcasting female venture capital investment magnetThe funding came from private equity investor Magnet Companies. The company is focused on millennial and Gen-Z women. READ MORE>>.

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Omnia Media Acquired by Enthusiast Gaming

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Culver City-based Omnia Media Inc. has been acquired by Canadian digital media company Enthusiast Gaming Holdings Inc

Loop Media Buys ScreenPlay

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Burbank-based streaming video startup Loop Media announced on Thursday that it has acquired ScreenPlay , a video service provider which licenses videos for use in such locations as Hard Rock Cafes, Norwegian Cruise Line, Yard House, Buffalo Wild Wings and Margaritaville. Loop Media said the deal will provide it with a "deep library" and licensing rights to over 200,000 music videos and film, game, and TV trailers.

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HireRight Adds Social Media Screening

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Irvine-based HireRight , which provides employment background checks, drug testing, education verification, and other services, says it has added new social media screening, via a partnership with Fama Technologies. hireright background check social media famaFinancial details of the deal were not announced.

Jukin Media Names Essner Co-CEO

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Los Angeles-based Jukin Media , the viral- and user-generated content company, has promoted Lee Essner to the post of Co-CEO, the company said late Thursday. Essner--who has been President and Chief Operating Officer at the company since 2013, will share the CEO post with Jukin Media founder Jonathan Skogmo. Essner joined Jukin Media in 2013 after serving as an entrepreneur at Idealab. jukin media essner executive viral video

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Wave.tv Snags $32M For Sports Media

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Los Angeles-based Wave.tv , a sports media company focused on Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Youtube, and Tiktok, said this week that it raised $32M in its Series A funding round. The company said the funding will go to expand its portfolio of media brands. wavetv wave sports media content hollywood venture capital

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Evolve Media Buys Martini Media

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Los Angeles-based Evolve Media , the online lifestyle publisher, is expanding out its empire again, saying late last night that it has acquired Martini Media , which focuses on content for reaching and engaging the affluent online. Evolve Media said it will run Martini Media as a separate division. acquisition merger publisher content publishing luxury affluent martini media evolve

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Loop Media Partners With Drone TV

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Glendale-based Loop Media , which develops short-form video for online and app streaming, says it has partnered with Drone TV, a streaming channel for aerial videos from around the globe. Loop Media said it will provide access to Drone TV's high quality drone-recorded videos, both for its business and consumer platform. Loop Media is a wholly owned subsidiary of Interlink Plus, Inc. loop media video streaming aerial content

Despite the economy, LA’s Maple Media is hunting for app acquisitions

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Over the past three years the Los Angeles-based startup Maple Media has amassed a portfolio of roughly thirty companies and one hundred apps in its quest to become the IAC of app store businesses. “We look at three pillars of our types of apps… casual games, mobile games, and personal tools,” said Maple Media chief executive, Michael Ritter. . Maple Media raised its original capital from Shamrock Capital, the investment firm managing money for the Disney family.

Media Draws a Crowd in Silicon Beach

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As digital media continues to evolve, and as entertainment plays an increasingly crucial role in the category, Silicon Beach has developed into an essential location for big and ambitious companies

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FanAI Buys Waypoint Media

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Los Angeles-based FanAI , a venture-backed developer of artificial intelligence software used for sponsorship engagement and analytics, has acquired Waypoint Media , the two announced this morning. fanai waypoint media sponsor sponsorship analytics merger acquisition esports advertising software artificial intelligence

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SmartBug Media Gets Private Equity Investment

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Irvine-based SmartBug Media , a marketing agency which helps businesses with lead generation, has received a private equity investment from American Discovery Capital (ADC). According to SmartBug Media, the two have formed a strategic partnership, and will use the funding to accelerate its growth. SmartBug Media said it provides inbound marketing, digital strategy, design, marketing automation, and public relations services.

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Evolve Media Buys Pet Publisher Dogtime Media

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Los Angeles-based online content publisher Evolve Media said this morning that it has acquired online pet publisher Dogtime Media , the publisher of Dogtime.com and Cattime.com. Evolve Media said the two sites reach over 1.6 Evolve Media said that Dogtime Media becomes part of Totallyher Media, the female and family focused arm of Evolve Media, due to the "largely female" readership of the sites. Dogtime Media had been founded by Trevor Wright.

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AT&T Buys Otter Media

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AT&T said Tuesday afternoon that it has acquired the remaining part of Otter Media --the parent company of Fullscreen--that it did not own from The Chernin Group. Otter Media owns such brands as Ellation, Fullscreen, Rooster Teeth, plus owns stakes in Gunpowder & Sky, plus Hello Sunshine, the media company founded by Reese Witherspoon. AT&T said Otter Media will become part of its WarnerMedia unit, and will continue to be run by CEO Goncalves.

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Future Media Buys Oak & Jackal

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Irvine-based Future Media , a digital marketing company, announced late Thursday that it has acquired Oak & Jackal , a direct-to-consumer maker of watches. Future Media said the acquisition is its first foray into consumer sales. marketing acquisition merger consumer watch jackal media futureFinancial details of the acquisition were not announced. Oak & Jackal was originally launched and funded through an effort on Kickstarter , in June of 2016.

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Hawke Media Links With Facebook

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Los Angeles-based Hawke Media , which provides social marketing and other services, says it has named a "Preferred Agency Partner" for Facebook. support partnership facebook services marketing social media hawkeHawke says the partnership gives it access "advanced tools, resources, training and support" among other resources. The company said it had to "demonstrate consistent success in driving results and scaling campaigns for clients over several years" to be named to the program.

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Pod Network Picks Up $5M For Social Media App

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Manhattan Beach-based Pod Network , which says it is developing a mobile, social media network which connects users based on their physical location, plus professional and personal interests, has raised $5M in a seed funding. network social media networking venture capital software mobile

Evolve Media Snags Say Media Executive

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Los Angeles-based Evolve Media , the online publishing and media firm behind CraveOnline and TotallyHer, said Tuesday that it has named Jennifer Catto as its new SVP of Integrated Media. Catto was most recently Vice President and Head of Branded Entertainment and Partnerships at Say Media, and also served at Conde Nast and Site59.com (acquired by Travelocity), along with Travelocity. evolve media evolvemedia executive publishing content craveonline totallyher

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Maple Media Acquires NOAA Hi-Def Radar App

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Los Angeles-based mobile app developer Maple Media says it has acquired the mobile application NOAA Hi-Def Radar , which provides weather information, from The E.W. According to Maple Media, NOAA Hi-Def Radar is one of the highest grossing weathers apps on the App Store, and provides radar, forecasts, and alerts. Maple Media CEO Michael Ritter said, in a statement, that the company had been seeking to expand its portfolio of apps to include weather for some time.

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Jukin Media Hits $25M In Royalty Payments From Viral Videos

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Los Angeles-based Jukin Media says it has surpassed $25M in total royalty payments to video creators which it represents, with $1M in royalty payments alone in Q1 of 2020. Jukin Media says it now represented footage from more than 50,000 people. jukin media royalty payment commercial viral video content hollywood user generated

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DEFY Media Snags $70M

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Los Angeles-based DEFY Media , a developer of YouTube channels and digital content, said on Tuesday that it has raised $70M in a Series B funding. The funding was led by Wellington Management Company LLP, and also included ABS Capital, Lionsgate, Viacom and ZMC (Zelnick Media Capital). DEFY Media is led by Matt Diamond, and owns such brands as SMOSH, Clevver, Screen Junkies, AWEme, Break, and Made Man. defy media youtube content hollywood venture capital streaming

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YP Holdings Acquired By Dex Media

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Los Angeles-based YP.com , the provider online directories and services to help businesses get their companies online which has been remade by a number of technology executives into a provider of local business marketing and automation software, has been acquired by competing directory provider Dex Media. Dex Media said on Friday that it has acquired YP Holdings , which operates both YP.com and the Real Yellow Pages, and will create a new combined company called DexYP.

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Religion of Sports Raises $10M For Sports Media

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Santa Monica-based Religion of Sports , a startup created by quarterback Tom Brady, said on Thursday that it has raised $10M in a funding round for its sports media efforts. religion sports venture capital media brady quarterbackThe funding came from Elysian Park, Advancit, Courtside Ventures, LinkinFirm, and others. The company is best known for podcasts and feature films like Tom vs. Time, Stphen vs. The Game, Greatness Code, and Shut Up and Dribble.

Will Packer Media Buys xoNecole

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Los Angeles-based production and content firm Will Packer Media said on Thursday that it has acquired women's lifestyle site xoNecole , a lifestyle site aimed at "urban millenial women". Will Packer Media said it will accelerate growth of xoNecole, adding video, social and mobile offerings, plus a newsletter and event series. will packer media xonecole production content lifestyle urban merger acquisition brand

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Mammoth Media Finds $13M For Mobile Entertainment

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Los Angeles-based Mammoth Media , a startup that says it is developing mobile-first media, has raised $13M in a Series A funding round, the company disclosed on Tuesday. scienceinc vatere benoit capital venture enteratinment mobile media mammothThe company, co-founded by CEO Benoit Vatere, and incubated at venture studio Science Inc., said the funding was led by Greylock Partners and also included Science Inc.

Harvest your social media contacts

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You may not know that you have access to many “free” sources of social media contacts to help you in your marketing effort. The first semi–secret source is your LinkedIn contact list. You probably thought it was proprietary to LinkedIn, or at worst, available only when sending messages through LinkedIn to your list. I have thousands of LinkedIn contacts and am willing to assume you have a large number as well.

Demand Media Sells Pluck

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Los Angeles-based Demand Media has sold its social media software arm, Pluck , to New York-based Sprinklr , the companies said Thursday. Pluck, which is based in Austin, was founded in 2003, and had been acquired by Demand Media in 2008 in a deal worth $56.3M. demand media pluck merger acquisition social software Financial details of the sale were not announced.

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Jukin Media Names GM of Brands

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Culver City-based Jukin Media , which identifies and licenses trending and viral user-generated content to traditional media, has named Craig Parks as its GM of Brands, the company said this week. He also served at Participant Media as SVP of Live Programming. According to Jukin Media, Parks heads up strategy for such properties as Fail Army and The Pet Collective. Jukin Media says it own media brands now have a combined 160 million followers and 4 billion video views.

Fuisz Media Raises $10M

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Santa Monica-based Fuisz Media , which develops interactive video technology, has raised $10M in a Series A funding, the company disclosed today. The funding came from Evolution Media Partners. Ross Levinsohn and Ian Doddy have both joined Fuisz Media's board with the funding. Fuisz Media develops software which automatically identifies objects and people in a video, and links those objects and people to purchases and other links.

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Entravision Buys Pulpo Media

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Santa Monica-based Spanish language media company Entravision Communications --which owns television, radio, and online media focused on the Latino market--said earlier this week that it has acquired online advertising company Pulpo Media. Pulpo Media is an online, digital advertising products and technology company focused on Hispanics in the U.S. Siemer & Associates said it advised Pulpo Media in the deal.

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Vertone In Licensing Deal With Cumulus Media

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Costa Mesa-based a href="[link] , the developer of artificial intelligence software for the advertising industry led by Chad and Ryan Steelberg, said this morning that it has signed an expanded agreement with Cumulus Media, the second largest owner and operator of radio stations in the U.S. According to Veritone, it is licensing its artificial intelligence technology, to quantify the results of advertising campaigns on Cumulus Media channels.

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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. livexlivemedia live media streaming insomniac festival music electric daisy carnival concert party

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Demand Media Acquires LEAFtv

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media is bolstering its efforts to reach out towards millennial women, and has acquired LEAFtv. Demand Media also said it has hired Geri Hirsch and Erin Falconer, the founders of LEAFtv, and will expand the LEAFtv brand. According to Demand Media, Hirsch and Falconer will be expanding the LEAFtv brand as Executive Editor and General Manager of LEAFtv, a move which will help it enhance its position in the categories of home, food, and fashion.

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Smith Micro Buys Business From Circle Media Labs

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Aliso Viejo-based Smith Micro Software says it has acquired the operator business of Circle Media Labs , a developer of parental control software. Circle Media Labs' operator business includes two key customers, T-Mobile USA and Sky, according to Smith Micro. smithmicro smith micro circle media labs merger acquisitionSmith Micro said the asset deal was worth approximately $13.5M in cash, and included customer contracts and a perpetual software license.

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Defy Media Creators Likely Out Of Luck

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Now defunct, Los Angeles-based multi-channel content network Defy Media is unlikely to be able to pay the $1.7 One of the companies which had provided debt funding to Defy Media, Ally Bank, said recently that it expects to experience "a substantial loss" on its loan to the company. Ally Bank said that Defy Media is being liquidated by its board of directors. Defy Media had run the SMOSH, Clevver, Screen Junkies, AWEme, Break, and Made Man brands.

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Adroit Media Gets $11M For Shopping Technology

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Aliso Viejo-based Adroid Worldwide Media , which goes by the name AWM Smart Shelf , has raised $11M in its Series A funding round, for its retail shopping application and cashierless checkout system. Adroit Media Worldwide is lead by CEO Kevin Howard. smartshelf adroit media retail shopping ecommerce venture capital checkout cashier

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What Media Execs Missed about YouTube Stars

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Fred Rogers was an ordained minister, an expert on childhood development and a lifelong Republican who fought for funding for public television to reach American children and help them develop alternative narratives to the emerging media onslaught around them. And to the extent that media executives or digital media studios want to understand this they should look no further than the OG, Mister Rogers.

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Snap Launches Media Startup Accelerator

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The accelerator said it will invest $150,000 into ten different "creators" and startups focused in the media area. According to reports, the company's accelerator is specifically focused on people building media projects for mobile devices. snap startup accelerator discovery media mobileVenice, California-based Snap , the parent company of Snapchat, is launching a new startup accelerator, named "Yellow", the company disclosed on Wednesday afternoon.

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10 Keys To Being A Thought Leader Across Social Media

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If your business is to be a thought leader in the social media world, you need a system of grading how much influence you have online, much like the original Klout score, as explained in the classic book on this subject, “ Klout Matters ,” by Gina Carr and Terry Brock. Allocate some time to spend on social media. Social media is critical today to almost every business. People come and go in the real world and on social media. Gina Carr Klout social media success

Evolve Media Snags Break Media Content Vet

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Los Angeles-based Evolve Media said late Monday that it has named Mitch Rotter as Senior Vice President of Marketing. Rotter joins the company from Break Media, where he was Execuktive Vice President of Programming, in charge of Break Media''s in-house creative agency and production arm, Creative Lab. Evolve Media said that Rotter will head up its marketing efforts, plus its vertical publishing divisions CraveOnline Media and TotallyHer Media.

eResonate Media Finds $1M For Live Music Streaming

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Playa Vista-based eResonate Media , a startup which is working on a live music streaming platform, said this morning that it has raised $1M in a funding round. content streaming music live capital venture media eresonateThe convertible note offering will go towards the company's planned launch later this year. According to the company, it is working on live streaming of a user's favorite bands to their mobile or other devices.

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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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