Viant, Owner of Specific Media and MySpace, Acquired By Time Inc.
FEBRUARY 11, 2016
Irvine-based Viant , the parent company of Specific Media and Myspace , has been acquired by publisher Time Inc. , Viant, which is led by Tim Vanderhook, was founded in 1999 as Specific Media, and acquired Myspace back in 2011. viant specific media myspace time merger acquisition asset performance advertisingthe companies said this morning. Financial details of the asset deal were not announced.
Specific Media Names New Marketing VP For MySpace
AUGUST 23, 2011
Irvine-based Specific Media is bolstering its marketing team for MySpace , the company announced today, and has appointed Al Dejewski as its new Senior Vice President of Global Marketing. Specific Media said Dejewski will head up marketing for MySpace, as well as the company's other consumer and business facing brands. Specific Media has been gearing up its efforts, after its acquisition of MySpace in June.
Myspace Racks Up Registrations
FEBRUARY 13, 2012
Beverly Hills-based > Myspace is claiming growth in its users, saying that it has added over 1 million new signups to the service, after it launched a new Myspace Music Player. The online entertainment site--now owned by Specific Media--has been looking to revamp Myspace into a new, social service which combines music, links to Facebook, and music recommendation engine. Myspace says it is now adding around 40,000 new registrations a day, driven by its music player.
MySpace, Panasonic Unveil Social TV Service
JANUARY 10, 2012
Social entertainment site Myspace , which is now owned by Irvine-based Specific Media, is making a big push this week at CES, and launched a new, social TV service with Panasonic Monday. The new service ties the social features of MySpace with traditional television viewing.
MySpace Acquired By Specific Media
JUNE 29, 2011
Los Angeles-based MySpace , the once dominant social networking website, has been sold to Irvine-based Specific Media , the online advertising network, in a deal reportly worth $35M. According to Specific Media, News Corporation will take a minority equity stake in Specific Media as part of the deal. As part of the buy, current MySpace CEO Mike Jones will be leaving the company after a transition period.
MySpace Settles With FTC On Privacy
MAY 8, 2012
Once high flying social networking site MySpace --now a unit of Specific Media--has agreed to settle with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over privacy issues, according to the FTC. Among other parts of the settlement , the FTC said that MySpace will be required to obtain biennial assessments of its privacy program by independent, third-party auditors for 20 years. myspace privacy settlement legal charges
GOGII Hires Away MySpace Exec
APRIL 5, 2011
Los Angeles-based GOGII , the venture backed provider of mobile social messaging services, has snagged MySpace exec Chandra Hill as its new Vice President of Monetization and Publishing. Hill was most recently VP of Mobile Monetization at MySpace. Hill has also served at Fox Interactive Media. myspace executive iphone textplus networking mobile social gogii
Spotlight: LA Tech SuperDemo Announced! | Mike Jones Former Myspace CEO
Tech Zulu Event
SEPTEMBER 21, 2011
Most recently Mike Jones served as the CEO of Myspace. In this role, Mike oversaw global business strategy and operations for Myspace, Myspace Music, and Myspace Mobile, which included board and strategic roles with Myspace China and Myspace Japan. During his tenure, he was responsible for the relaunch of Myspace, one of the most high-profile turn-around challenges in the industry. mt) Media Temple, Inc.
Reports: MySpace To Go For $20-30M
JUNE 28, 2011
Multiple reports today say that once lofty social networking site MySpace is now being set to be sold by News Corp. Irvine-based Internet advertising network Specific Media and Golden Gate Capital are among the rumored bidders for MySpace. MySpace is reportedly planning big employee cuts at the company today. myspace employment jobs merger acquisition news
Myspace Sets Entertainment Head
FEBRUARY 16, 2012
Beverly Hills-based Myspace , the online social entertainment site now owned by Specific Media, said this morning that it has named Roger Mincheff as President of Myspace Entertainment. Mincheff was previously at Fox Filmed Entertainment, serving as SVP Branded Entertainment; he also served as CEO of Spacedog Media, a digital marketing agency. myspace entertainment music specificmedia specific media executive
Yahoo Taps Former MySpace Exec For Revenue Chief
JUNE 18, 2012
It looks like Ross Levinsohn is building out his team to help out at troubled web portal and media firm Yahoo. The company said Monday that it is tapping the former Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer at Fox Interactive Media / MySpace, Michael Barrett , as its new Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer, under interim CEO Ross Levinsohn, the firm said Monday. Barrett was Chief Revenue Officer at Los Angeles-based MySpace.
GumGum Snags Media Exec For Advisory Board
MAY 21, 2013
Los Angeles-based GumGum has snagged a media agency network executive as an advisor, the firm is announcing today, for its in-image advertising platform. GumGum said it has appointed Carl Fremont, the Global Chief Digital Officer at MEC, which it says is one of the world''s largest media agency networks, to its advisory board.
Specific Media Ties With Advertising Analytics Firm
DECEMBER 12, 2011
Irvine-basd Specific Media , the online advertising network which also owns MySpace, said Monday that it has tied with Nielsen Catalina Solutions , which measures advertising performance. specific media nielsen advertising performanceThe firms said they have launched a new product called Shopper Access, which is aimed at reaching shoppers in the consumer packaged goods category via display and video ads.
Demand Media Up 32 Percent In IPO
JANUARY 26, 2011
Santa Monica-based Demand Media , the online publishing network run by Richard Rosenblatt, had a huge reception in the public markets Wednesday, closing up 32 percent in its initial public offering. Demand Media's IPO was well above the firm's initial estimated range of $14.00 Demand Media was venture backed by Oak Investment Partners, Spectrum Equity, W Capital Partners, Goldman Sachs & Co., demand media merger acquisition richard rosenblatt publishing content
Specific Media Taps Entertainment Exec As New CFO
MARCH 6, 2013
Irvine-based Specific Media , the online advertising firm which now owns Myspace, said late Tuesday that it has named entertainment industry executive Larry Madden as its Chief Financial Officer. The selection of an entertainment industry CFO is very unusual in the high technology industry here, which has tended to pull exec talent from other, high tech companies, rather than the media and entertainment world. specific media myspace executive content
Join Us At Variety 2012 Venture Capital & New Media Summit
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APRIL 18, 2012
TechZulu is proud to announce that we are a sponsor of the Variety 2012 Venture Capital & New Media Summit and will be there in full force bringing you all the action. Last July the Variety Venture Capital and New Media Summit was one of the best conferences of the year.
Myspace Hails Launch Response
JUNE 27, 2013
Los Angeles-based Myspace has a new design, new owner, and is hoping for some new users with its brand new, music-focused, user interface--and says that so far, the response is good. Myspace also said that 34 percent of the traffic to its new site is coming from mobile users.
Mike Jones Echoes Hollywood | If You Build It, They Will Come
Tech Zulu Event
NOVEMBER 17, 2011
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.
Specific Media Taps Investment Banker As Corp Dev Head
JULY 29, 2011
Irvine-based Specific Media has recruited an investment banker to head up its business development efforts, fresh off its acquisition of onetime social networking king MySpace. According to Specific Media, it has hired Scott Schopen , former investment banker at Piper Jaffray, as Vice President of Corporate Development at the firm. specific media investment banking corporate development business merger acquisition
Worlize | Virtual World Tied To Facebook, Twitter and Now Your Blog
Tech Zulu Event
DECEMBER 5, 2011
Worlize is a user-created social gaming and chat platform for Facebook and social networks including Twitter, MySpace and OpenSocial. These past few months we have seen the rebirth of virtual worlds. With sites like TurnTable.fm , Chill , and Shaker to name a few.
Southern California Internet Sites In Top 50 In March
APRIL 22, 2011
comScore shows Santa Monica-based Demand Media as the highest rank Southern California firm, with 76.5M Fox Interactive Media , which includes MySpace , was ranked at 19 with 55.9 Other highly ranking Southern California Internet sites were Break Media , at 34 with 31.34M unique visitors, and Disney Online , at 45 with 25.8 buzzmedia buzz breakmedia media break myspace demand visitors unique usage internet comscore
Stephan Paternot shares open letter to Facebook’s Zuckerberg
Tech Zulu Event
FEBRUARY 1, 2012
Amidst the media frenzy surrounding Facebook’s S1 filing to go public, some people took pause today to reflect on what the IPO could mean for the social networking giant. Yes, we’re talking pre-Friendster, MySpace , Facebook …you get the point.
MySpace Startups: Startups From MySpace Vets
SEPTEMBER 21, 2010
Los Angeles-based MySpace has been among the most visible of Southern California's Internet era success stories, although the site--now owned by News Corporation--has had its own share of ups-and-downs, as well as questions about its future.
MySpace Debuts New Timberlake Design
JANUARY 15, 2013
MySpace , the online social networking site which is now owned by Specific Media, has finally rolled out its new, Justin Timberlake-inspired web design, in conjunction with the release of a new single from Timberlake and JAY Z. myspace timberlake justin design social networking
Myspace In Sponsorship Deal With Chevrolet
MARCH 13, 2013
Los Angeles-based Myspace has a new design, and a new brand sponsor, the first since its redesign and relaunch over the last few months. The promotion is part of a strong push Myspace has been making in the music area, which all started with the site's redesign and ties with Justin Timberlake.
Demand Media Sets IPO Offering Size, Boosts Traffic
OCTOBER 29, 2010
Santa Monica-based Demand Media is inching closer to its IPO debut, saying in an updated S-1 this morning that it plans to offer 7.5 In addition to the offering size, Demand Media said it is now reaching 94 million unique visitors and 621 million page views globally, as of September 30th, up from the 86 million uniques and 550 million pageviews it was seeing as of June 30th. Tags: demand media merger acquisition content internet ehow
Report: MySpace Raising $50M For Music Domination
NOVEMBER 19, 2012
A report this morning from Business Insider says that Irvine-based Specific Media , the parent company of MySpace , is seeking to raised $50M to turn MySpace into a "Spotify killer". The report says that Specific Media is hoping to re-launch MySpace as a competitor to both Pandora and Spotify, two popular streaming music services. Specific Media is now known as Interactive Media Holdings. myspace specific media venture capital music streaming lea
MySpace Connects To TV
JANUARY 7, 2009
Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace said Wednesday afternoon that the firm has launched a new offering which will allow users to link to the site while watching TV. Intel's Media Processor CE 3100 systems-on-a-chip are being used to connect the TVs to the service.
New Owner Looks To Sell Tsavo Media, Sees Yahoo Penalty Fees
FEBRUARY 6, 2012
The new owner of former Los Angeles startup Tsavo Media , Canadian-firm Cyberplex , said today that it is looking for "strategic alternatives" for the unit of the firm, after a fiasco involving Yahoo's traffic quality reporting system. Cyberplex said that Tsavo Media was informed that it will be required to pay Yahoo approximately $4.8 Tsavo had been founded by former MySpace CEO and current Science Inc. tsavo media yahoo penalty advertising cyberplex
MySpace Shows Off New, Sexy UI
SEPTEMBER 24, 2012
In what looks like a plan by Specific Media to revamp the relevance of former social networking giant MySpace as a choice for social networking, the firm is showing a new video of a revamped user interface for the site. MySpace is pointing its users to the new video, but did not say when it expects to release the new user interface to users of the service. myspace user interface video social networking specific media
MySpace Completes Imeem Deal
DECEMBER 8, 2009
Los Angeles-based MySpace said Tuesday that it has closed its acquisition of social media site imeem. Owen Van Natta, the firm's CEO, said it would use the acquisition to bolster MySpace Music, and also said, effective today, that the firm would redirect Imeem's users to MySpace Music. Tags: myspace imeem merger acquisition social music content The firm did not disclose any further financial details related to the acquisition.
OpenX Names Chief Customer Officer
MAY 28, 2014
Whitcraft was most recently Chief Customer Officer at Tagged, and also was an executive at MySpace/Fox Interactive Media, in addition to serving as an executive at Yahoo. openx chief customer officer executive myspace tagged online advertising Los Angeles-based online and mobile advertising technology provider OpenX announced this morning that it has named Tish Whitcraft as the company''s new Chief Customer Officer.
Ranker Names COO, Taps Jones For Board
JANUARY 18, 2012
Los Angeles-based Ranker , the online service which allows anyone to list and rank things on any topic, said today that it has named Mani Dhillon as Chief Operating Officer, and tapped former MySpace CEO Michael Jones for its board. Jones, who is CEO of Santa Monica-based Science, was formerly CEO of MySpace, and also founded Tsavo Media and Userplane. ranker executive list rank listings myspace
MySpace Music Names Execs
MARCH 24, 2009
Los Angeles-based social networking web site MySpace said Tuesday afternoon that it has named three executives for the firm's music community, MySpace Music. Kantrowitz was most recently SVP International Marketing and Content for MySpace; Maghen was CTO at Yahoo! Music / Launch Media and at MTV Networks Online; and Taylor was most recently Senior Vice President, Office of the Chairman and CEO of Warner/Chappell Music Inc.
MySpace Names Corporate Communications VP
AUGUST 16, 2010
Los Angeles-based MySpace , the online social networking site, said today that it has named Rosabel Tao as its Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications. Tao was most recently running her own consulting practice, serving clients such as Current Media, PopSugar Media, Spot Runner and REVShare. Tags: marketing relations public executive networking social communications myspace
MindJolt Buys Two Firms
APRIL 19, 2011
Los Angeles- and San Francisco-based online gaming service MindJolt , which is run by MySpace co-founder Chris DeWolfe, has acquired two companies, according to a report today. myspace videogame content acquisition merger mobile gaming social mindjolt
Digital LA: Live Streaming 101 Panel
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JULY 26, 2011
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Science Taps Peter Pham As Partner
NOVEMBER 21, 2011
Santa Monica-based Science , the new startup creation and "technology studio" created by former Myspace CEO Mike Jones, said today that it has brought on Peter Pham as a Partner at the company. Pham was a critical piece of the acquisition of Photobucket for $300M by Fox interactive Media. executive entrepreneur startup technology incubator myspace billshrink color pham peter science
Spotlight: LA Tech Fall Judges Include Mike Jones, CallFire, Idealab, Tech Coast Angels, Coloft
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SEPTEMBER 27, 2011
A serial Internet entrepreneur, Mike has founded and sold numerous businesses, including agency PBJ Digital, application platform Userplane, which he led from startup to its acquisition by AOL, Tsavo Media and Myspace. Most recently Mike Jones served as the CEO of Myspace.
Your Little Black Book | Mobile App
Tech Zulu Event
MARCH 2, 2012
” Jonathan’s passion for building great consumer products at MySpace and most recently for eHarmony can be seen in the Little Black Book. Entrepreneurship Social Media Social News Startup little black book mobile app myspace