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>>.

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 see ourselves as a media company,” said Ritter.

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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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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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Whip Media Group Selected By Shout! Factory

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Los Angeles-based Whip Media Group , a developer of software used by the entertainment industry to manage content, said that Shout! Whip Media says that Shout! whip media group shout factory entertainment industry monetize software content hollywoodFactory , also based in Los Angeles, has selected its platform. Financial details of the deal were not announced.

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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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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.

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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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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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

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.

Tech.Co Has Been Acquired by Global Digital Media Business

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The constantly changing media landscape is relentless, so our seed funding part-way through our journey from the Zappos leadership of Tony Hsieh and Fred Mossler via the downtown Las Vegas revitalization efforts of the Downtown Project was particularly helpful as we adjusted, and readjusted.

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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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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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Harvest your social media contacts

Berkonomics

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.

10 Keys To Being A Thought Leader Across Social Media

Startup Professionals Musings

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.

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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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How New Ventures Can Avoid Conventional Media Costs

Startup Professionals Musings

The power and influence of paid media advertising, including print ads, TV commercials, radio, and even online digital campaigns is waning, in favor of unpaid earned and owned messaging from your website, social media, key market influencers, and existing customer word-of-mouth.

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Whip Media Raises $50 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Multimedia analysis firm and TV Time parent company Whip Networks Inc. raised a $50 million Series D

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Whip Media Raises $50 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Multimedia analysis firm and TV Time parent company Whip Networks Inc. raised a $50 million Series D

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Best Network Setups for Media Content Delivery

Southern California Edison Blog

Users trying to stream video originating from a low latency network are likely to become frustrated as the media becomes slow to load and its quality becomes choppy. One effective method for providing reliable media content delivery is to leverage the power of a Content Delivery Network (CDN).

How Facebook Videos Can Boost Your Social Media Campaign

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We think a good place to start with this topic is on the subject of social media. Social media is popular. Using video for social media marketing is a powerful tool for building your brand and reaching your clients. Social media platforms know you better than you know yourself.

Media Temple Acquired By GoDaddy

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Los Angeles-based hosting provider Media Temple has been acquired by GoDaddy , the two companies announced Tuesday. Media Temple was founded in 1998 by Demian Sellfors, and is currently headed by Russell P. colocation acquisition merger godaddy hosting temple media mediatemple

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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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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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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.

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.

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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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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7 Keys To Using Social Media to Kickstart Your Brand

Startup Professionals Musings

The classic example from several years ago was United Airlines not staying tuned in to social media, resulting in a unrecoverable customer problem causing great damage to their reputation, escalating to countless articles , and even a book, “ United Breaks Guitars.”

Los Angeles Dodgers Win the World Series Social Media Battle

Tech.Co

However, there is another battle raging between the two teams that you’re likely a little more involved in: social media. However, for those that aren’t burdened by super fandom, social media engagement is key for teams to build their empire.

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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Half Lives. Social Media. And Snapchat Stories.

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I’ve been online for nearly 30 years (yes, there was CompuServe and Prodigy before the www), blogging for 10 and using social media tools since the earliest days. Snapchat is biggest innovation in media right now and the biggest innovator in product design from a user perspective.

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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