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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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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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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Loop Now Launches Short Form, Social Media App, Firework

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Loop Now Technologies , a startup founded by former LinkedIn and Snapchat employees--which has offices in Los Angeles--says it has launched a brand new, short-form video and social media app called Firework. loop firework video social media snapchat mobile smartphone content hollywood

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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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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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.

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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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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Veritone Signs Deal With Beasley Media Group

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Costa Mesa-based Veritone , which develops software for analyzing advertising campaigns, reported a win with radio broadcaster Beasley Media Group. According to Veritone, Beasley Media Group is using its aiWARE artificial intelligence software for providing advertisers and brands with insights and analytics into their advertising campaigns, and has doubled the number of stations covered to a total of 28. veritone radio station analytics beasley media group artificial intelligence

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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.

Fifty years of the internet

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Among these one can identify restricted access by corporations and governments, limited progress in technology deployment when the economic incentives are not aligned with (possibly short term) corporate interests, excessive use of social media for many forms of influence, etc.

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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Loop Media Unveils Streaming Media Service, Backed By $10M In Funding

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A new, Burbank-based startup, Loop Media , said on Thursday afternoon that it has launched a new "short-form" streaming media service, which it says will feature music videos, film trailers, game trailers and TV clips. loop media venture capital streaming content short form hollywood

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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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.

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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Shift Media Acquired By Marlin Equity Partners

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Los Angeles- and Boston-based Shift Media Holdings , a developer of software tools used for collaboration by entertainment enterprises, brands and agencies, has been acquired by Los Angeles-based private equity investment firm Marlin Equity Partners. shift collaboration merger acquisition marlin equity recap recapitalization media content software

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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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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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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

H Code Launches Digital Marketing, Media Product

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According to H Code, the new product offers up a "fully integrated" digital marekting and media solution to connect brands and agencies with U.S. The company said Tastemakers is a "multi-platform" offering which includes digital advertising, social media, and branded content, including content creation, production, talent vetting and management, and more. hcode hispanic advertising digital media branded agency services

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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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.

Anonymous Social Media App Nets $550,000

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Santa Monica-based Trill Project, founded by four high-schoolers who want to make social media safer, received on Aug. 15 a total $550,000 in a seed round led by Founders Bootcamp. Founders Bootcamp is a venture studio focused solely on high school entrepreneurs and run out of the UCLA Anderson School of Management’s Cross-Campus space

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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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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

Snap Deepens Media Ties With Our Stories

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Venice-based Snap is deepening its ties to major media companies, saying on Thursday that it will expand its Our Stories feature to allow those companies to pull user-submitted videos to create their own stories. snap snapchat media news televisionAccording to Deadline, the deal helps partners like CNN, NBC News, and NowThis combine user-submitted videos while adding their own context, graphics, and other information. READ MORE>>.

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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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Los Angeles Dodgers Win the World Series Social Media Battle

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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.

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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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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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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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.