LiveXLive Acquires Gramaphone Media

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Los Angeles-based livestreaming and podcasting company LiveXLive Media announced this morning that it has acquired Gramaphone Media, an artist and brand development company which was founded and is led by Eshy Gazit. livestreaming streaming content hollywood development brand artist acquisition merger media gramaphone livexlive

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LiveXLive Acquires Artist Development Firm Gramophone Media

L.A. Business Journal

Beverly Hills-based livestreaming platform LiveXLive Media Inc. will acquire New York-based artist development company Gramophone Media Inc. by the end of June

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SmartBug Media Acquires Worth eCommerce

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Irvine-basd marketing agency SmartBug Media said today that it has acquired Worth eCommerce, a digital marketing agency which provides email and SMS marketing campaign services to the e-commerce industry. According to SmartBug Media, it will continue to operate Worth eCommerce under its own name. smartbug media worth ecommerce merger acquisition marketing agency

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Whip Media Launches Content Marketplace

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Los Angeles-based Whip Media said on Tuesday that it has launched the Whip Media Exchange, a new data-and AI-powered content marketplace aimed at the global film and TV content licensing market. Whip Media is led by longtime technology executive Richard Rosenblatt, who is both founder and CEO of the company. Rosenblatt is best known as co-founder of Demand Media. whipmedia whip media content marketplace video streaming software hollywood lionsgate

Tagger Media Raises $9 Million for Influencer Marketing Service

L.A. Business Journal

Tagger Media, the Santa Monica-based developer of a software platform for influencer-based marketing campaigns, has raised $8.5 million in Series A funding

Yahoo Back After Verizon Media Acquisition

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Yahoo--one of the Internet's first companies--is back as a standalone company, after the private equity acquisition of Verizon Media by private equity firm Apollo Funds. According to Verizon and Apollo Global Management, Apollo will pay $5 billion for Verizon Media, which will be renamed Yahoo as a result of the deal. billion in cash, preferred interests of $750 million and retain a 10% stake in Verizon Media. yahoo verizon media merger acquisition apollo global

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Deluxe Buys Sundog Media Toolkit

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Los Angeles-based Deluxe, which provides digital services to the motion picture, television, and digital media industry, said yesterday that it has acquired Sundog Media Toolkit, Ltd., Deluxe--which has a long history in Hollywood, having been founded in 1915--has recently been shifting its efforts to the digital media and cloud services area for the media industry. deluxe sundog media toolkit cloud merger acquisition content hollywood streaming software

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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>>.

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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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

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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Media Draws a Crowd in Silicon Beach

L.A. Business Journal

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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NewNew Creates Customizable Polls for Social Media

L.A. Business Journal

Filip Diarra, co-founder of social media startup Surprize Inc. doing business as NewNew), says that when he met company co-founder Courtne Smith, it was “business love at first sight

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.

Hawke Media, LA Stage Ecommerce Conference

L.A. Business Journal

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.

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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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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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.

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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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

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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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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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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Penske Media, MRC In Data Joint Venture

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Los Angeles-based companies MRC , the owner of a independent TV studios and a number of other entertainment companies and holdings--including measurement firm Nielsen Music--and Penske Media Corporation (PMC), announced late last week that they are in a new, joint venture, which will join their ata businesses. penske media data joint venture merger acquisition enteratinment content hollywood measurement

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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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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. I began experimenting with time-of-day, number of Tweets, headline text, etc and learned a ton about usage patterns of Twitter and I even invested in a social media analytics company called Awe.sm, an influencer network called Adly and a data firehose company called Datasift (who now powers the Facebook Topics feed).

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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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.

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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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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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. But startups need to remember that even zero paid media doesn’t mean that marketing is free. The case for zero paid media as the new marketing model was highlighted in the classic book, “ Z.E.R.O. ”

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Alliance for SoCal Innovation, Verizon Media In Partnership

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The Alliance for SoCal Innovation , a nonprofit looking to help connect Southern California's innovation ecosystem, has partnered with Verizon Media to help launch microsites to connect the local technology community, and grow the ecosystem, Verizon said on Wednesday. alliance socal innovation verizon media economic develompent nonprofit

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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.

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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