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Friday, November 21, 2014

Pluto.TV Raises $13M

Los Angeles-based Pluto TV, an online video streaming and channel guide, said Thursday that it has raised $13M in a Series A funding round. The funding came from U.S. Venture Partners, United Talent Agency, Sky plc, Chicago Ventures, Great ...

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Edgecast Blocked By Chinese Censors

In a move which affects thousands of websites, EdgeCast, the Los Angeles content delivery network operator which is now a part of Verizon, has been blocked by the "great firewall of China" -- the Chinese government's Internet censorship eff...

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Soci Gets $1.5M For Social Media Marketing

San Diego-based Soci, a developer of a social content discovery engine and social media marketing software product, has raised $1.5M in a Series A funding. The company said the round was led by angel Peter Fischer (Shepherd Ventures) and Si...

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Report: Funny Or Die Seeking Buyer

Los Angeles-based comedy website Funny or Die--started by Will Ferrell--is looking for a buyer, according to reports this week from Bloomberg. Funny or Die has hired financial advisor Moelis & Co. to help sell the company, according to the...

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Machinima In Rebranding Effort

Los Angeles-based Machinima said Monday that it has rolled out a new brand identity and tagline, as part of an effort to appeal to the "passion and aspiration" of its audience. According to Machinima, the effort includes and all-new brand i...

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Aggregage Gets $1M

El Segundo-based Aggregage, which develops software driven B2B websites and newsletters which aggregate blog and news postings for specific industries, has raised $1M in a convertible note, the company said today. Aggregage said the funding...

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Raw Science Takes On Science, Tech Video

Los Angeles-based Raw Science, a new startup in the content area, said that it has launched a new online network aimed at content in the areas of science and technology. The startup said it is offering up on-demand videos, pay-per-view film...

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Friday, October 3, 2014

DreamJobbing: Melding Online And Media To Create A Platform For Dream Jobs

In Los Angeles, it seems like everyone has either a script or a startup idea in their back pocket. However, until recently, the two rarely intersected. In an interesting demonstration of how the worlds of both media and startups are collidi...

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Friday, October 3, 2014

DreamJobbing: Melding Online And Media To Create A Platform For Dream Jobs

In Los Angeles, it seems like everyone has either a script or a startup idea in their back pocket. However, until recently, the two rarely intersected. In an interesting demonstration of how the worlds of both media and startups are collidi...

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

DreamJobbing Launches To Find Users Dream Jobs

Wish you could be a VH1 reporter, television producer, or have another dream job? Los Angeles-based DreamJobbing said this week that it has launched a new online site--and associated, television effort--which will give anyone a chance at a ...

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

RealD Gets Go Private Offer From Starboard

Los Angeles-based 3D theater technology provider RealD has received an offer from one of its shareholders, activist investor Starboard Value LP, to take the company private for $12.00 per share. The offer is roughly 29 percent more than Rea...

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Hulu Gets All Of South Park

Los Angeles-based streaming television site Hulu has inked a deal to stream every episode of South Park, the site said over the weekend, According to Hulu, all seventeen seasons of South Park--over 200 episodes--are now available on Hulu. ...

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Aggregage Wins 3D Printing Group

Los Angeles-based Aggregage, which develops aggregation and curation software to help B2B publishers curate and develop their own publications, said today that it has launched a new site for the 3D Printing Association. Financial details of...

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

FAA Gives Nod To Hollywood For Drone Use

Hollywood is helping to pave the way for commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles, thanks to a FAA ruling Thursday letting the film and television industry use drones in their filming efforts. According to the FAA, it will allow six aeria...

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Cinedigm Sells Hollywood Software

Century City-based Cinedigm said late Tuesday that it has sold its Hollywood Software division to an outside team of investors, led by David Gajda, one of the company's original founders. Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed. Cine...

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

YouTube's New Investments Aimed At Hollywood Creators

Google's YouTube has created a huge upswing in content and media startups-and fortunes--in Los Angeles, with the rise of multi-channel networks. A new effort by YouTube to fund individual content creators--announced last week--might further...

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Activision Taps Rudy Giuliani To Fight Former Dictator Noriega

In a bid to stave off a lawsuit from former Panamanian dictator Manual Noriega, Santa Monica-based Activision has hired former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani to fight Noriega's claim that the company misappropriate Noriega's likeness in devel...

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Fullscreen Acquired By Chernin Group, AT&T

Los Angeles-based Fullscreen Network is being acquired by Otter Media, a joint venture of AT&T and The Chernin Group, in a deal which is reportedly worth between $200M and $300M. Exact terms of the buy were not announced. Fullscreen, which ...

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Fullscreen Acquired By Chernin Group, AT&T

Los Angeles-based Fullscreen Network is being acquired by Otter Media, a joint venture of AT&T and The Chernin Group, in a deal which is reportedly worth between $200M and $300M. Exact terms of the buy were not announced. Fullscreen, which ...

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Kin Lands $12M For Women's Lifestyle Channels

Santa Monica-based KIN, which operates a female-focused lifestyle YouTube network, has raised $12M in a funding round, the company said last week. The funding came from Corus Entertainment, Emil Capital, Mayfield Fund, General Catalyst Part...

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Rio SEO Raises New Funding, Takes Independent Path

San Diego-based Rio SEO, the local search software development arm of Covario, said Wednesday that it has raised a new round of funding to take the company independent. The new funding comes after the rest of Covario was sold to Dentsu Aegi...

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Covario Acquired By Dentsu Aegis Network

San Diego-based Covario, the search and content marketing agency, is being acquired by Dentsu Aegis Network, the companies said late Wednesday. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. According to the two, Covario has over 140 profes...

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Demand Media Names New Content Marketing Executive

Santa Monica-based Demand Media is building out its executive team today, saying that it has named Scott Lehr as its new Senior Vice President and General Manager of Content Solutions. Lehr was previously at NewsCred, a developer of content...

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Radical.FM: Taking On Pandora, Ad Free

There are an awful lot of Internet music services out there nowadays--how does a startup try to compete with all that noise, and do it ad-free? Los Angeles-based Radical.FM (www.radical.fm) thinks it has a new formula for Internet streamin...

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Internet Brands Buys High Gear Media

Los Angeles-based Internet Brands said this morning that it has acquired automotive publisher High Gear Media. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. High Gear Media's automotive publications include The Car Connection, Motor Author...

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Legend3D Raises $10M

Carlsbad-based Legend3D, a provider of 3D visual effects and technology, said today that it has raised $10M in a Series C funding round. The funding came from Northwater Capital Management and Augustus Ventures Limited. Legend3D said the ne...

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Quick Pitch Friday: Mauhan Zonozzy of Bubbl

Do you wish you could take short snippets of your favorite movies and TV shows and share them with your friends? A number of startups have tried to make sharing of premium clips more available to users, but none have yet managed to convince...

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Evolve Media Partners With Viewability Audit Firm

Los Angeles-based Evolve Media, the parent company of CraveOnline and TotallyHer, said late last night that it is in a partnership with Moat, where Moat will help to audit the viewability of all of its properties. Moat will provide Evolve M...

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Agent Ace Powers Service For U.S. News & World Report

Santa Monica-based real estate agent recommendation service Agent Ace, which is led by Mazen Fawaz, has scored a win with the U.S. News & World Report. The two companies said that Agent Ace is powering a new, consumer web portal, Best Agent...

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Stage 32 Targets Film, TV, Theater With Social Network

Does the entertainment industry need its own social networking site? Los Angeles-based Stage 32 thinks so--and so far, has 325,000 members for its online social networking site, which it says ties together film, television, and theater crea...

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

3BLACKDOT Snags Machinima Vet For Game Development Effort

Los Angeles-based 3BLACKDOT--founded by Machina Vets Angelo Pullen, Luke Stepleton, Adam Montoya, and Tom Cassell--said Tuesday that it has snagged another Machinima vet, Marwan Abderrazzaq, to head up game development at the company. Abder...

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Why Sidevision Is Tying Content, E-Commerce Together, with Justin Wu

How do you make online video more interactive--and profitable? Los Angeles-based Sidevision (www.sidevision.com) has developed a set of tools--aimed at content creators, multi-channel networks (MCNs), and others--to help connect online vi...

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Radical.FM Starts Accepting Bitcoin

Venice-based Radical.FM, the online, add-free music streaming service, has begun accepting Bitcoin. According to Radical.FM, it is using Bitcoin payments provider Bitpay, to let users donate Bitcoin to support its service. Radical.FM is led...

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Why Warner Bros. Is Tapping Into The World Of Technology Startups

If you're a large, Hollywood studio, how do you tap into the energy and ideas of the startup community? Warner Bros. has figured out one way -- which is to run a startup accelerator, Warner Media Camp (www.mediacamp.com)--which pulls a cl...

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Demand Media Sees Steep Drop In Content Revenues

Santa Monica-based Demand Media reported a steep drop in revenues for the last quarter, saying that it had $89.8M in revenues for the three months ended June 30, 2014, down from the $101.1M in revenues for the similar quarter in 2013. Accor...

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Strike Social Bolsters Board, Advisors

Los Angeles-based advertising technology developer Strike Social is bolstering its board and advisory team, saying that it has named Lawrence Chu to its board of directors, and signed up Dr. Arif Ansari, a big data systems researcher at the...

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

ALL DEF DIGITAL Finds $5M For Content

Culver City-based ALL DEF DIGITAL, a startup which says it will be delivering comedy, music, news, poetry and innovative artistry to consumers, has raised $5M in a funding round, the company said late Wednesday. The SEries A funding was led...

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Seed&Spark Finds $1M For Film Crowdfunding

Los Angeles-based Seed&Spark, an online crowdfunding platform aimed at independent filmmakers, has raised $1M in a seed funding round. According to the company, it adds Julie Parker Benello (co-founder of Chicken & Egg Pictures and Gamechan...

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Warner Media Camp Graduates Second Class

What do you get when you combine a technology investment demo day with a Hollywood-style story pitch session? It might look a little like Demo Day for Warner Media Camp, the startup incubator program being run out of Los Angeles by Turner/W...

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Toggle Finds Funding From Warner Bros.

Toggle, a new startup creating HDMI-based dongles to allow consumers to purchase movies and other videos using UltraViolet, has raised a seed round of funding from Warner Bros., the company announced last night. The company--led by Adam Joh...

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Perfect Market Acquired By Taboola

Pasadena-based Perfect Market, the Idealab-backed developer of programmatic advertising technology, has been acquired by New York-based Taboola. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Perfect Market--which was headed by Julie Schoen...

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hulu Updates Android App, Offers Up Free Content

Los Angeles-based streaming television provider Hulu said this morning that it has updated its Android app, and will offer up a selection of free content on the app. The move--the first to offer free content on its mobile apps--gives access...

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Cie Games Acquired By Glu Mobile For $100M

Long Beach-based Cie Games, the maker of the social and mobile game Car Town and Racing Rivals, has been acquired by Glu Mobile, the two said Wednesday afternoon, in a deal worth $100M. Glu Mobile said it would pay $30M in cash and $70M in ...

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

TakePart.com Names Editor-in-Chief

Los Angeles-based socially conscious lifestyle magazine and website TakePart--which is owned by Participant Media--said it has named Eric Noe as its Editor-In-Chief. The socially responsible website said that Noe was most recently at ABC Ne...

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Hulu In Deal With 'Manhattan'

Los Angeles-based Hulu said Monday that it has signed a deal for subscription, video-on-demand rights to the new television show "Manhattan." Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. Hulu said it will make new episodes of season on...

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Lionsgate Invests In Finnish Game Developer

Santa Monica-based entertainment company Lionsgate has made an investment in a Finnish game developer, Next Games, as part of a strategic partnership, the studio said this morning. According to Lionsgate, the investment comes as part of an ...

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fandango Launches New Amazon Fire Phone App

Los Angeles-based movie ticketing site and service Fandango said late Tuesday that it has launched a new app, this time on Amazon's new Fire Phone. The app--like the company's other mobile apps--offers up movie discovery and movie ticketing...

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Dealflicks Raises $1.7M

Los Angeles- and San Francisco-based Dealflicks, an online service which offers up discounted movie tickets to help theater chains fill empty seats, has raised $1.7M in a seed funding. The company disclosed Monday that the funding came from...

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Moviepilot Hits Hiring Accelerator As Focus Shifts To LA

Los Angeles-based Moviepilot, the online film review and publishing site which recently sold off its German operations, has hit the hiring accelerator here in Los Angeles as it has shifted its plans to here in the U.S. According to Aaron Ke...

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

SpinMedia Buys Death and Taxes

Los Angeles-based SpinMedia said today that it has acquired Death and Taxes, an online magazine focused on indie music news, pop culture, politics, and entertainment. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. SpinMedia said tha...

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Hulu Snags Exclusive Deal For South Park

Los Angeles-based Hulu said over the weekend that it has inked a deal to become the exclusive home for "South Park", the irreverent animated TV show. Hulu said that it will provide every episode of the series on the service, and will also b...

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

MiTu Bolsters Exec Team

Culver City-based MiTu, the Latino media brand and multi-channel network (MCN) which recently scored $10M from such investors as upfront Ventures, The Chernin Group, Allen DeBevoise, and Advancit Capital, has hired a trio of executives to ...

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Friday, June 27, 2014

TapZen Raises $8M From Tencent

Los Angeles-based mobile game developer TapZen disclosed this week that it has raised $8M in a funding round from Tencent Holdings Ltd. The company recently launched its first title, "This Means War!". TapZen was founded by Mike Verdu and A...

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Friday, June 27, 2014

CAA Backs Distractify

The CAA has put its funding behind a new, online content discovery site called Distractify, as part of a Series A funding round announced this week. Distractify--which is based in New York--said it raised $7M in a Series A funding, which wa...

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Friday, June 27, 2014

CAA Backs Distractify

The CAA has put its funding behind a new, online content discovery site called Distractify, as part of a Series A funding round announced this week. Distractify--which is based in New York--said it raised $7M in a Series A funding, which wa...

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Shotgun Software Acquired By Autodesk

Los Angeles-based Shotgun Software, a developer of cloud-based production tracking, review, and asset management software for the film, television and games industries, has been acquired by Autodesk, the two said Wednesday. Financial detail...

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Former Hulu Head Kilar's New Company, Vessel, Gets Funding

Vessel, a new startup founded by former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar and CTO Richard Tom, has raised a round of funding from Benchmark Capital, Greylock Partners, and Bezos Expeditions. Benchmark's Bill Gurley and Greylock's David Sze have both joi...

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Science Backs FameBit For YouTube Influence Marketplace

Los Angeles-based startup studio and incubator Science Inc. is backing YouTube influence marketplace FameBit, as part of a seed funding round. Famebit--which is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada--said it raised a total of $1.5M in funding f...

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Epoxy Gets $6.5M For Social Video Tools

Los Angeles-based Epoxy said this morning that it has raised $6.5M in a Series A funding round, for the company's social-focused, video tools. According to the company, the investment came from Upfront Ventures and Time Warner Investments, ...

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Ebyline Offers Up Free Trial

Los Angeles-based Ebyline, which operates an online marketplace for freelance writers, said today that it has begun offering up a seven day, free trial to prospective customers. The startup--which counts a large number of corporations looki...

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Earbits Is Dead, Long Live Earbits

Los Angeles-based music service Earbits--which shut down suddenly two weeks ago--is back up, after the company announced a mysterious strategic partner has provided the company funding to keep the service going indefinitely. According to fo...

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Rant Media Network Raises $4M

Irvine-based Rant Media Network, an online media publisher which publishes a sports, men's, and fashion publications under the Rant name, has raised $4M in a funding round. The company said the funding was led by Barry Honig, Craig Dubow (f...

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

MiTu Gets $10M For Latino Content

Culver City-based MiTu, a developer of digital content for the Latino market, said today that it has raised $10M in a Series B funding round. The new funding was led by Upfront Ventures. The company's other investors included The Chernin Gr...

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Jukin Media Adds To Executive Team

Los Angeles-based viral video entertainment network Jukin Media is continuing to build out its executive team, saying today that it has named Jerry Boonstra as its new Chief Technology Officer, and Theresa Tran as its new Head of Product. T...

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Revee Raises $1M For Analytics Tools

Los Angeles-based Revee, a developer of content analytics software used to help publishers understand their page yield on advertising, has raised $1M in a seed funding round. Source of that seed funding was not announced. Revee was founded ...

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Earbits Shuts Down

Los Angeles-based streaming music service Earbits, which had focused on music discovery and listening to independent artists and labels, has officially shut down, shutting down its service on Monday. According to a post from founder and CEO...

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Monday, June 9, 2014

How Jukin Media Is Turning Viral Video Into A Real Business

Viral videos are great -- attracting millions and millions of views, and spreading far and wide--but how do you monetize those viral videos? And, even more, how do you manage to jump on the viral video train, and keep those viral hits comin...

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Hulu Bolsters Original Content Efforts With New Hire

Los Angeles-based streaming television provider Hulu is bolstering its original content efforts this Friday morning, saying it has named Beatrice Springborn as the company's Head of Originals. Springborn joins the company from Storyline Ent...

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

How Nix Hydra's Egg Baby Cracked The Code For Female Gamers

How do you get young, female consumers interested in playing your computer games? In what has mostly been a male dominated industry, there have been few games which really cater to the young, female demographic. However, Egg Baby--the tit...

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Disney's Maker Studios Cuts Jobs

Maker Studios, the online YouTube content network which was recently acquired by Walt Disney, is cutting approximately 10 percent of its staff. The cuts were first reported by Variety. Maker Studios employs around 380 people. Disney said it...

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Thatgamecompany Raises $7M

Los Angeles-based Thatgamecompany, a developer of computer games, has raised $7M in a funding round, the company said last week. The funding came from Capital Today, and also included Benchmark Capital and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. ...

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Ranker Debuts Polling Widget

Los Angeles-based Ranker, the online site which lets users create their own list of rankings to share with others on any topic, said today that it has launched a new, online polling widget aimed at helping website owners increase user engag...

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

How Epoxy Is Helping Content Creators Make Their Video More Social

Are you a content creator for the web? It turns out, nowadays, creating the content is only a small part of your job description The most successful YouTubers, studios, brands and agencies today are intensely focused on using social media t...

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

HitFix Launches Six Second Reviews With Moviefone's Leatherman

Too busy to watch a long online video, or just have a really, really short attention span? The latest venture out of Los Angeles-based entertainment news site Hitfix is perfect for those with mere seconds to spend on figuring out if that la...

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Epoxy Looks To Help Online Video Creators With Social Tools

Venice, California-basd Epoxy--which was built by former executive from Team Downey--has launched a brand new set of tools aimed at helping online video creators use social media, and also disclosed a funding round. The startup, which is fu...

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Monday, May 19, 2014

OVGuide.com Connects With Google Glass

Los Angeles-based online video guide service OVGuide.com, which is backed by Baroda Ventures, said today that it has launched a new application for Google Glass. According to OVGuide.com, its new app for Google Glass allows users to watch s...

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Fandango Lands Three New Theater Chains

Los Angeles-based online and mobile movie ticketing provider Fandango announced this morning that it has signed on three new theater chains--bringing it roughly 85 percent of the nation's theaters which have online and mobile ticketing. The...

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Jukin Media Gets Strategic Funding

Los Angeles-based viral video company Jukin Media has raised a strategic funding round, for that company's video entertainment network on YouTube, according to the company. The company said the funding came from strategic investors, includi...

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Amazon Adds Free Music For Filmmakers

Amazon Studios, the Los Angeles-based arm of Amazon.com which is generating original content for Amazon's online video service, Amazon Prime Instant Video, has rolled out a new service to filmmakers--free music tracks for filmmakers registe...

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Activision Blizzard Sees Higher Than Expected Sales In Q1

Santa Monica-based videogame publisher Activision Blizzard said late Tuesday that it saw better than expected financial results for the first quarter of 2014. The company reported net revenues of $1.111 billion, compared with an earlier exp...

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Dubset Gets Strategic Investment From Rhapsody

Dubset Media Holdings, a developer of technology used to help DJs monetize their music, and helps identify music for music rights holders--which has offices in Beverly Hills--has scored a strategic round of funding from Rhapsody Internation...

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Beats Music Releases iPad App

Los Angeles-based streaming music service Beats Music said Thursday that it has released an iPad version of its music app to users. The music service had previously allows users to use the iPad, but using the less optimized, small-screen iP...

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

MovieLaLa Gets Funding From Salesforce.com Founder

Social networking site MovieLaLa--which focuses on upcoming movies--said Tuesday that it has raised an angel investment from Salesforce.com founder Marc Benioff. The startup's angels include a number of folks from the Silicon Beach content ...

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Hulu: Six Million Hulu Plus Users, New In-Stream Purchasing

Los Angeles-based streaming television provider Hulu said today that its Hulu Plus subscription service has just passed six million subscribers, which it credited to both exclusive access to broadcast and cable shows, as well as its own ori...

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Maker Studios Ties With Viral Video Company Jukin

Los Angeles-based Maker Studios has partnered with Jukin Media, which operates a number of YouTube channels focused on viral videos, the two companies said Thursday. Financial details of the partnership were not announced. According to the ...

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Fandango Buys Movieclips From ZEFR

Los Angeles-based Fandango has acquired the assets of MOVIECLIPS from Venice, California-based ZEFR, the two said this morning, along with the team supporting the MOVIECLIPS service. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. According ...

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

StudyMode Takes On Student Spelling

Los Angeles-based StudyMode, which develops online, educational tools and apps, said today that it has released a new online game aimed at helping students practice spelling. The company said that its new game, Stellar Speller, is an extens...

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Chernin Group, AT&T Invest $500M In Online Video

Los Angeles-based investor The Chernin Group and AT&T said this morning that the two have created a new, joint venture, which will acquire, invest, and launch over-the-top (OTT) video services. According to the two, they have committed a to...

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Young Turks Scores $4M In Funding

Los Angeles-based The Young Turks, the online MCN led by Cenk Uygur, said today that it has raised $4M in new funding, from private equity firm Roemer, Robinson, Melville & Co., LLC. TYT offers up politics and news commentary both online a...

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

My Damn Channel Becomes Omnivision Entertainment

Web video content provider My Damn Channel--led by Rob Barnett and Warren Chao--has relaunched the company, and changed its name to Omnivision Entertainment, the company recently announced. The company--which has operations in both New York...

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

USC, USA Today Partners On New Online Sports Site

In an unusual method of launching a new, online publication, the USC Marshall School of Business and USA TODAY said this morning that the two have linked up to create a new, online publication covering the business of sports, called Fields ...

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Former Maker Execs Sue To Stop Disney Acquisition

Former Maker Studios CEO and co-founder Danny Zappin--along with three other former executives of the company--have filed a lawsuit seeking a temporary restraining order seeking to stop the acquisition of Maker Studios by Disney. Disney sai...

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Frequency Debuts New Video Management Service

Los Angeles-based Frequency, the video publishing software provider headed by Blair Harrison, has launched a new product, saying at NAB that it has launched Frequency Sync, which helps users publish their videos across the company's range o...

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Monday, April 7, 2014

MaxCDN Ties With Web Firewall Provider

Los Angeles-based content delivery network operator MaxCDN said this morning that it has integrated its platform with a website firewall provider, Sucuri. Financial details of the link were not announced. Sucuri develops the CloudProxy Webs...

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Hulu Launches On Amazon FireTV

Los Angeles-based streaming television service Hulu said Thursday that the company has officially launched on Amazon's new, living room video player--the Amazon Fire TV. Hulu said that subscribers to its Hulu Plus premium video service are ...

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Cloud Takes Acquired By Technicolor

Los Angeles-based Cloud Takes, an online project collaboration site focused on feature films, post production, and other content work, has been acquired by Technicolor. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Cloud Takes founder Dary...

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

TV Academy President, COO Hood Passses Away

Lucy Hood, the current President and Chief Operating Officer of the Television Academy--the group which runs the Emmy's--and someone who had long been part of the intersection between the worlds of technology and entertainment, has died. Th...

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

AwesomenessTV Acquires Big Frame

Los Angeles-based AwesomenessTV--which is now part of Dreamworks--has acquired Big Frame, another local YouTube network operator. According to AwesomenessTV, it will pay $15M in cash, including repayment of outstanding debt, for Big Frame, ...

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

TVC Capital Boosts Levels Beyond

San Diego-based growth equity investor TVC Capital has boosted portfolio company Levels Byond, and invested an additional $2.5M more in Series A funding in the company. Levels Beyond, which develops a content management software platform ca...

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

StyleHaul Names Content Head

Los Angeles-based StyleHaul, which operates a YouTube network focused on fashion and beauty, said this week that it has named Mia Goldwyn as the company's Chief Content Officer. Goldwyn was most recently Vice President of Business Developme...

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Frequency Launches On Amazon's New FireTV

Los Angeles-based Internet video service Frequency, which is led by Blair Harrison, said Wednesday that it has launched on Amazon.com's new streaming video device, FireTV. According to Frequency, it is available immediately on Amazon's new ...

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Hulu, NBCUniversal Ink New Streaming Video Deal

Binge television watchers will be happy with the latest, distribution deal from Los Angeles-based Hulu, which said today that it has signed a multi-year, subscription video-on-demand deal with NBCUniversal, covering such titles as "The Real...

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Hulu Names New Content Head

Los Angeles-based streaming television site Hulu has named a new Head of Content, the company said Monday, to lead the firm's content and programming strategy. Hulu said it has added Craig Erwich as Senior Vice President, Head of Content, a...

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Industrial Toys Gets $5M From Accel

Pasadena-based Industrial Toys, a new, startup mobile game developer, said today that it has raised $5M in a Series A funding round. The funding came from Accel Partners. Industrial Toys is led by Alex Seropian, who founded Bungie Games (th...

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Break.com Promotes Positive Pranks

Is this the end of the "fail" video? Break.com, the online viral video and entertainment site, is looking to promote "positive pranks", saying yesterday that it has tied with YouTube comedy duo SMOTH and YouTube pranksters Stuart Edge, LAHW...

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Machinima Names Gutstein New CEO

Los Angeles-based YouTube network Machinima said Monday that it has named Chad Gutstein as its new CEO, replacing outgoing CEO and co-founder Allen DeBevoise. According to Machiima, Gutstein is the former Chief Operating Officer of the Ovat...

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Pluto.TV Takes On Media Aggregation

Los Angeles-based Pluto.TV, a new company led by startup veteran Nick Grouf, said Monday that it has launched a brand new, video platform which will curate streams of video content around music, sports, news, entertainment, and many other a...

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Fullscreen Buys Video Game Content Site ScrewAttack

Los Angeles-based Fullscreen, the video content network operator, said Friday that it has acquired video game media site ScrewAttack. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. According to Fullscreen, the acquisition will signi...

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Collective Digital Studio Gets Investment Round

Los Angeles-based Collective Digital Studio, a YouTube multichannel network operator (MCN), has raised a round of investment from German media company ProSiebenSat.1, the company said today. The size of the funding was not announced, howeve...

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Maker Studios Acquired By Disney For $500M

Culver City-based YouTube network Maker Studios has been acquired by Burbank-based Walt Disney Company, in a deal worth $500M, plus up to $450M in performance earn out. According to The Walt Disney Company, the deal will provide it with "ad...

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Chideo Creates Advisory Board

Los Angeles-based Chideo, the new startup which combines charity, videos, interactive voting, and more to help celebrities raise money for their charities, has recruited an advisory board with a long list of notable names. According to the ...

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Funny Or Die's Latest Star: President Obama

Los Angeles-based online humor site Funny Or Die has a new hit on its hands: a suprise episode of Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis with President Barack Obama, where the two trade jabs and Obama plugs the Healthcare.gov site. The ep...

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

SGN Debuts New Puzzle Game, Cookie Jam

Is this the new Bejeweled? Los Angeles-based game developer SGN announced Monday that it has launched a new, fast-action puzzle game called Cookie Jam. The title--initially available only for iOS--revolves around a panda in a French bakery....

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Respawn's TitanFall Set For Launch

Sherman Oaks-based videogame developer Respawn Entertainment, headed by Vince Zampella, is launching its new title, Titanfall at midnight, in what has been billed as a potential game changer for Microsoft's Xbox One. Microsoft is apparently...

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Machinima Lays Off 42

Los Angeles-based online content developer Machinima said Thursday that it has laid off 42 people at the company, all from its sales force, as the company continues to struggle with low ad rates and the large chunk of revenues that are clai...

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Disney Interactive Chops 700

Burbank-based Walt Disney is laying off around 700 employees at Disney Interactive--a quarter of the interactive division--as the company struggles to adapt to the shift to mobile games. The company also is planning on closing a number of i...

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Fullscreen Appoints Head of Content

Los Angeles-based Fullscreen, the YouTube network founded by George Strompolos, said this week that it has named Ashley Kaplan as Head of Content at the company. Kaplan was most recently Vice President of Digital Content and Strategy for th...

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

MaxCDN Ties With Cedexis

Los Angeles-based content delivery network operator MaxCDN announced this morning that it has linked its content delivery network service with Cedexis Fusion, a real-time, load balancing software product. According to MaxCDN, the move will ...

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Hulu: Roughly Half Of Hulu Plus Users Streaming To Devices

Los Angeles-based streaming television service Hulu says that roughly half of all of its Hulu Plus subscribers are now streaming exclusively to devices, with the other half from the living room, the company said this week. The company said ...

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Fullscreen Appoints Chief Revenue Officer

Los Angeles-based YouTube network Fullscreen said this morning that it has named Michael Wann as the company's new Chief Revenue Officer. Wann was most recently CRO at SpinMedia, and also had been EVP of Business Development at Demand Media...

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Nerdist Industries Names Execs

Burbank-based Nerdist Industries, the online site focused on popular culture and "nerd" content, said today that it has named tow executives. The company said it has appointed Adam Rymer as President and Jack Herrguth as Head of Development...

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Walt Disney, DISH In Streaming Media Deal

Burbank-based The Walt Disney Company and satellite operator DISH Network said this morning that they are in a multi-year deal, which will allow DISH to stream Disney, ABC, and ESPN to televisions, computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming co...

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Demand Media Expands Content Offerings

Santa Monica-based Demand Media said today that it is expanding its offerings in the content area, with an expansion of its Content Solution offerings. According to Demand Media, the expansion includes new content formats and enhanced "publ...

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Hulu Sells Off Japanese Business

Los Angeles-based streaming television service Hulu announced late Thursday that it is selling its Japanese business to Nippon Television Network Corporation (Nippon TV). Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Nippon TV said it wou...

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Lynda.com's Lynda Weinman Backs EdSurge

Lynda Weinman, the co-founder of online video education site Lynda.com, is one of the angel backers in a funding round for online education-technology news publisher EdSurge. EdSurge said this morning that it had raised $1.5M in a funding r...

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

GSN Games Buys Bingo Bash Creator, Bash Gaming

Santa Monica-based GSN Games, the online games division of Game Show Network, has acquired Bash Gaming, which makes the social bingo game Bingo Bash. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. GSN Games said Bingo Bash has more than 4....

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Disney Debuts Cloud Movie Service

Burbank-based Walt Disney Studios has launched a new, cloud movie service this morning, called Disney Movies Anywhere. According to Walt Disney, the new service--available via iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and the web--allows users to purchase ...

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Doremi Labs Acquired By Dolby

Burbank-based Doremi Labs, a developer of digital video playback hardare, servers, format converters, and other products, has been acquired by Dolby Laboratories, the two said late Monday, in a deal worth $112.5M after earn out. According t...

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Jukin Media Names Essner President, COO

Los Angeles-based Jukin Media, a company which says it discovers, acquires, and distributes viral videos, has tapped technology veteran Lee Essner as the company's new President and Chief Operating Officer. Essner was previously the founder...

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Laffster Becomes Cogo

Santa Monica-based comedy site Laffster said Tuesday that it has rebranded itself as Cogo, as part of a move by the company to expand beyond comedy. According to the company--led by Daniel Altmann--it is now expanding into other entertainme...

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Cheers, Brady Bunch Land On Hulu

In yet another expansion of content on Hulu Plus, the subscription television streaming service from Los Angeles-based Hulu, the company said Monday that it has licensed over 5,300 episodes of programming from CBS, including Cheers, Taxi, T...

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Hulu Sets Sales VP

Los Angeles-based Hulu said today that it has named a new Senior Vice President of Sales. According to Hulu, it has named Peter Naylor--who was previously Executive Vice President of Ad Sales for NBC News Digital--to the position. Naylor al...

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Hulu Inks Deal For Nashville

Los Angeles-based streaming television provider Hulu said last week that it has nabbed a deal to feature the TV show "Nashville" on its Hulu Plus subscription service. According to Hulu, the exclusive subscription, video-on-demand deal allo...

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Warner Bros. Interactive Publishes LEGO Movie Videogame

Burbank-based Warner Bros. Interactive said last week, along with gane studio TT Games and The LEGO Group, that it is publishing a new game based ont he new LEGO Movie. Warner said The LEGO Movie Videogame began shipping for the Xbox One, X...

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Laudville Launches Out Of Beta

Los Angeles-based Laudville, the online, social sharing service led by Phoebe B. Scott, said this week that it has launched out of beta, letting users share and discover movies, TV shows, music, and books. According to the startup, it has l...

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Double Helix Games Acquired By Amazon.com

Irvine-based videogame developer Double Helix Games has been acquired by Amazon.com, the two companies disclosed yesterday. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Irvine-based Double Helix Games is in the midst of developing Killer ...

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Slacker Names New CEO

San Diego-based streaming radio service Slacker said late Friday that it has named a new CEO, and has appointed Duncan Orrell-Jones to head up the company. Orrell-Jones replaces previous CEO Jim Cady, who Slacker said will remain on the com...

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Fullscreen's Pricetag For Viddy: $7.8M?

Los Angeles-based YouTube content network Fullscreen, which is led by George Strompolos, disclosed Thursday that it has issued $7.8M in equity--related to a merger and acquisition, most likely the acquisition of Supernova (better known as V...

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Chideo Combines Celebrities, Video, Charity

Los Angeles-based Chideo, a new startup that is looking to help raise money for charities, launched today, saying that it has come up with a way that celebrities can connect with fans and help raise money for charity. The startup, which say...

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Hulu Gears Up For Super Bowl

Are you one of the people who enjoys watching the ads for the Super Bowl as much as you enjoy the game itself? Los Angeles-based Hulu is gearing up once again for the Super Bowl, and recently launched its Hulu AdZone. The site lets viewers ...

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Gravity Acquired By AOL For $83M

Santa Monica-based Gravity, the real-time, personalization software developer led by Amit Kapur, has been acquired by AOL, in a deal worth $83M, plus $7.7M in earnout. According to AOL, it will use Gravity's technology to create more engagi...

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Beats Music Launches Streaming Music Service

Beats Music, the streaming music service which is being developed by Santa Monica-based Beats Electronics, officially launched this morning on the web and via an iPhone application. The service, which costs $9.99 a month, is being launched ...

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Maker Studios Taps AOL Vet As New International President

Los Angeles- based Maker Studios said Thursday that it has hired Rene Rechtman, a former AOL executive, as its new President of international operations. As part of the appointment, Maker also said that Rechtman has made an investment in th...

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Beats Music Sets Launch Date, Ties With AT&T, Target

Beats Music, the online music streaming subscription service which has been in development by Santa Monica-based Beats Electronics, is set for launch on January 21st, the company said over the weekend. According to Beats Electronics, the se...

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Friday, January 10, 2014

RealD Debuts New Technology On The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Los Angeles-based 3D projection technology developer RealD has launched a new image enhancement product and technology, which it is calling TrueImage. RealD said the new product--which provides 2D and 3D image enhancement, and eliminates di...

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Activision Offers Up $1M In Prizes In Latest Call of Duty Competition

Santa Monica-based videogame publishing firm Activision announced this morning that it is offering up $1 million in prizes at its upcoming Call of Duty Championship, a live video gaming competition which is now in its second year. Activisio...

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Hulu Plans Full Slate Of New Original Series

Los Angeles-based streaming television site Hulu has a full slate of new original series planned for this year, saying today it has plans to launch a number of new series and has renewed a number of series to bolster its original content. A...

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Fandango Powers New Samsung Smart TV Service

Los Angeles-based Fandango, the provider of movie information and ticketing services, has inked a deal today with Samsung to launch a new, movie trailer and ticketing service on Samsung's smart TV line. Financial impact of the deal was not ...

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Ranker Hits 11.5M Uniques In December

Los Angeles-based ranking and polling website Ranker, the startup led by Clark Benson and backed by Draper Associates, Rincon Venture Partners, Siemer Ventures, Lowercase Capital, BullPen Capital, Data Collective, TenOneTen Ventures, Tech C...

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Friday, January 3, 2014

How Laudville Is Bringing Your Entertainment Life Together

In the world of many online television, movie, and video sites, scores of music streaming services, and other entertainment content, it's often a difficult task to find what you really want to watch, listen to, or read. How do you aggregate...

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Rivalry Games Aims At NFL Playoff Fans

Los Angeles-based fantasy sports gaming company Rivalry Games is aiming at NFL fans, saying this week that it has launched a new, cash contest option for players of the company's Android and iPhone games. According to Rivalry Games, it has ...

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Siemer Ventures Backs Japanese Mobile Video Firm

Santa Monica-based venture capital investor Siemer Ventures is one of the backers of a new, Japanese mobile video entertainment startup, Breaker. According to Breaker, it has raised $2M in a seed funding round, to help bolster its efforts t...

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Manalto Gets $1M For Social Media Content Management

Santa Monica-based Manalto has raised $1M in a seed funding round, for the company's social media content management software. According to Manalto, the funding came from Europlay Capital Adivsors, Raven Capital, as well as high net worth i...

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Friday, December 20, 2013

EdgeCast Wins Marketron

Santa Monica-based content delivery network provider EdgeCast Networks has scored a win with Marketron, a provider of website and other services to hundreds of radio stations. Financial impact of the deal was not disclosed. According to Edg...

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Hulu Hits $1 Billion In Revenues

Los Angeles-based streaming television site Hulu said Wednesday that it will reach $1 billion in revenue this year, up from the $695M in revenues it had in 2012, and also now has 5 million subscribers on its Hulu Plus premium service, six y...

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

NetDNA Becomes MaxCDN Enterprise

Los Angeles-based content delivery network provider MaxCDN said today that it has launched a new, enterprise CDN brand called MaxCDN Enterprise, to replace the company's former corporate name of NetDNA. The company said it is ending its Net...

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Laudville Bolsters Advisory Board With Oversee.net's Chuang

Los Angeles-based Laudville, a startup developing an online platform to help users share entertainment like movies, books, TV, and music with friends, has added Gene Chuang to its board of advisors, according to the firm. Chuang is currentl...

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Fandango Launches New Season Of Original Video Series

Los Angeles-based online movie information and ticketing site Fandango said Thursday that it is continuing its efforts at creating original content for the service, with the second season launch of its series "Fandango Frontrunners". The se...

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

SGN Launches New Title

Los Angeles-based game developer SGN said this morning that it has launched a new gaming title, Panda Pop, a sequel to an existing SGN game called Panda Jam. According to SGN, the new title is now available on iOS, and is the first of a num...

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Cinedigm Wins Theater Chain

Los Angeles-based Cinedigm reported today that it has signed up MJR Theaters, to use the company's new web-based software for theater chains. Financial impact of the sale was not announced. Cinedigm said that MJR had previously been using t...

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Plug.dj Finds $1.25M For Music, Video Sharing Service

Los Angeles-based Plug.dj, an online music and video sharing service, has raised $1.25M in a funding round, to bolster the company's product. The funding came from Javelin Venture Partners. The firm, which is led by Alex Reinlieb, said it w...

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Monday, December 9, 2013

EdgeCast Acquired By Verizon

Los Angeles-based content delivery network operator EdgeCast has been acquired by Verizon, to help bolster Verizon's Digital Media Services, Verizon said this morning. Financial terms of the deal were not announced, but the deal is reported...

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Tubestart: Tapping The Power Of The Crowd To Support Online Video

Despite the huge surge of content specifically being developed for the web--and for sites like YouTube--making that content profitable and sustainable continues to be an issue for content creators. To try to figure out a better model to s...

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

M-GO Launches Gift Cards Into Supermarkets

Los Angeles-based movie streaming service M-GO--the joint venture of DreamWorks Animation and Technicolor--said today that it has launched new, M-GO branded gift cards into Safeway and other national retail supermarket chains. The gift card...

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Evolve Media Snags Break Media Content Vet

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...

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Monday, December 2, 2013

eHarmony.com Expands Personal Matchmaking Service

Santa Monica-based eHarmony.com is expanding its personal matchmaking service, eH+, the company announced Monday, after a month long beta test of a new combination of eHarmony's online, dating service and personal advice and matchmaking ser...

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Sesame Street, Bob The Builder Hit Hulu Kids

In more Hulu news today, the online television streaming site said it has added a long list of well known titles to its Hulu Kids section, including Sesame Street, Thomas and Friends, Strawberry Shortcake, Bob The Builder, The Electric Comp...

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Tubestart Tapped By Fullscreen For Crowdfunding

Santa Monica-based Tubestart, the online crowdfunding provider for YouTube content, said today that it is in a partnership with YouTube network Fullscreen, to become the exclusive crowdfunding provider for the company. Financial details of ...

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Call of Duty: Ghosts Hits Xbox One Friday

Santa Monica-based videogame publisher Activision said this morning that it is launching its latest Call of Duty sequel, Call of Duty: Ghosts, on the Xbox One on Friday. The game--which racked up more than $1 billion of sales on day one of ...

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Fullscreen Launches Third Party Discount Program

Los Angeles-based YouTube network Fullscreen said today that it has launched a brand new, third party discount program for video creators, which is it calling Sign In with Fullscreen. The service--which lets users sign in with Twitter or Fa...

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Rivalry Games Adds College Teams

Los Angeles-based fantasy football app developer Rivalry Games, which develops fantasy football games for iOS and Android, has added NCAA college teams to its app, the company said this week. According to the company, the teams have been ad...

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Slacker In Portal Deal With Time Warner Cable

San Diego-based streaming music service Slacker said Friday morning that it has inked a deal with Time Warner Cable, which will provide free access to Slacker's service via Time Warner Cable's new web portal. Financial details of the deal w...

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

HitFix Taps Moviefone Vet As COO

Los Angeles-based entertainment news and video site Hitfix, which is led by Jennifer Sargent, said today that it has tapped a Moviefone veteran as its Chief Operating Officer. The site said that it has hired Lesley Kallet Rose as Chief Oper...

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Hulu Plus Hits PlayStation 4

Los Angeles-based television streaming site Hulu announced today that its premium service, Hulu Plus, will be available on the upcoming Sony PlayStation 4, starting on Friday. According to Hulu, Hulu Plus for PS4 will include larger and mor...

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Ninja Metrics: Applying Predictive Analytics To Make Games More Profitable

In the world of online, mobile, and social games, there are now petabytes of data being collected by companies on what users are doing in those games--and trying to make sense of all that information. In a move to convert that huge pile o...

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

EdgeCast, SoftLayer Extend Partnership

Santa Monica-based content delivery network provider EdgeCast said Wednesday that it has extended its multi-year partnership with hosting provider SoftLayer, and will continue to offer a CDN which is built on EdgeCast's network. Financial d...

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Seriously Lands $2.35M From Upfront For Video Game Efforts

Seriously, a new video game startup, has just received $2.35M in a seed funding from LA's Upfront Ventures, to help create mobile and casual games. The startup's founders--Petri Jarvilehto and Andrew Stalbow--are both veterans of Roxio, and...

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Fullscreen Launches Channel+ Consulting Service

Los Angeles-based YouTube network Fullscreen announced today that it has launched a new, personalized consulting service called Channel+, aimed at helping agencies, brands, and media companies with their YouTube efforts. According to Fullsc...

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Cie Games Plans Android Title

Long Beach-based mobile game developer Cie Games said Monday that it will be releasing an Android version of the company's game, Racing Rivals. The multi-player, racing game had previously been only avialable on iOS. The new title will be a...

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Hulu Names New CFO

Los Angeles-based streaming television site Hulu announced late Friday that it has named Elaine Paul as its new CFO. Paul replaces Tom Fuelling, who had been at Hulu since 2007. Paul was previously SVP of Corporate Strategy at Disney, and a...

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Demand Media Cuts 15, Says Report

Los Angeles-based Demand Media has juts cut fifteen members of the company's research and development unit, according to a report from Variety. According to the report, the cuts included Chief Innovation Officer Byron Reese, and were a resu...

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Friday, October 25, 2013

The Struggle For Maker Studios

One of Southern California's hottest Hollywood-meets-Internet companies is Maker Studios, the provider of content to YouTube. The company just raised $26M more in venture fund last month. However, all is not well at Maker: the Hollywood Rep...

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Friday, October 25, 2013

EdgeCast Networks Wins Atlantic Media

Santa Monica-based content delivery network provider EdgeCast Networks said Thursday that it is providing its services to publisher Atlantic Media. Financial impact of the deal was not disclosed. EdgeCast said The Atlantic is specifically u...

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Hulu Offers Up Free Mobile Clips

Los Angeles-based Hulu said Wednesday that it will begin offering up free clips from the site to mobile users--the first time that Hulu has offered up content to mobile devices outside of Hulu Plus. According to Hulu, it will offer up a "cu...

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Hulu Officially Names CEO

Los Angeles-based television streaming site Hulu said Thursday that it has named Mike Hopkins as its new CEO. Hopkins, who was formerly an executive at Fox, has been expected to be named to the position for a few weeks. Hopkins was formerly...

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

M-GO Dishes Up New Original Series

Culver City-based online video and movie streaming provider M-GO has expanded into original content for its site, saying late Wednesday evening that it is launching a new, original series on the site called Dinner & A Download. The new, cel...

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Break Media, Alloy Digital To Merge

Los Angeles-based online content publisher Break Media and Alloy Digital said Tuesday that the two are merging to form a new, Internet video company called Defy Media. Financial terms of the merger were not announced. Variety said that the ...

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Docstoc Swizzles Site, Sharpens Focus On Premium Content

In a move to make things easier to find on the site, Santa Monica-based Docstoc launched a major redesign Tuesday, swizzling the navigation of the site to better highlight the company's move to provide premium business documents and informa...

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

UTA Targets Early Stage Investments With New Hire

The United Talent Agency is ramping up its outreach to early stage, digital media companies, with a new hire from the Los Angeles technology industry. According to the United Talent Agency, it has hired Robyn Ward as part of its Digital Med...

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Beats Electronics Music Streaming Launch Imminent, Says Report

Los Angeles-based Beats Electronics, fresh off of a big investment from The Carlyle Group, is getting set to launch its new music streaming service, according to a report Monday. TNW, citing Beats Electronics' President and COO Luke Wood, s...

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Boom Studios Inks Major Rights Deal With 20th Century Fox

Los Angeles-based BOOM Studios, the venture backed comic book publisher, has inked what is being called one of the most lucrative underlying rights deals ever made, in a deal with 20th Twentieth Century Fox. The startup--backed by DFJ Front...

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

JibJab Media Sues Car Dealer Over Commercials

Venice-based JibJab Media, the online humor and greeting card company, made its name with its well known animation of talking and singing Presidents. Since its "This Land Is Your Land" video hit the web in 2004, the company's humor--and gre...

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Fandango Inks Movie Info Deal With Samsung

Los Angeles-based movie ticketing service Fandango said Tuesday that the company has inked a deal with Samsung, where its information will be features on new Samsung GALAXY devices. Fandango said it will provide movie show times, ticketing,...

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Monday, September 30, 2013

EdgeCast Signs Deal in Singapore

Santa MOnica-based content delivery network operator EdgeCast Networks announced this morning that it has signed a partnership deal in Singapore, with Singapore cloud hosting provider Vodien. According to EdgeCast, Vodien will offer up Edge...

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Fandango Debuts Horror Movie Destination

Los Angeles-based movie ticketing and information site Fandango announced Wednesday that it has launched a brand new site, focused on horror films. The new Fandango House of Screams includes original videos from film producer and rocker Sla...

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Sony Pictures Gets Home Entertainment Rights To Angry Birds Series

Culver City-based Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has acquired the home entertainment (Blu-ray and DVD) rights to the new, animated Angry Birds Toons series, the company said today, and expects to have the first volume of the animated seri...

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Roku, M-GO Partner On Movie Purchases, Rentals

Video and music streaming device developer Roku and Culver City-based online movie streaming service M-GO said this morning that the two are in a partnership, which will give Roku customers direct access to movies and TV shows via M-GO. Fin...

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Machinima Cuts 10 Percent More

Los Angeles-based YouTube network Machinima announced Wednesday afternoon that it has laid off 10 percent of its employees, or 22 employees out of a current staff of 206, as part of a shift in its programming plans. The company said the lay...

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Autobytel Invests In AutoWeb

Irvine-based online auto information and leads site Autobytel announced Wednesday afternoon that it has invested $2.5M in AutoWeb, a new, pay-per-click automotive advertising marketplace. Autobytel said it also has the option to invest an a...

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Tongal To Crowdsource Feature Film

Los Angeles-based video crowdsourcing site Tongal is making a big move into feature films, saying yesterday that it has begun crowdsourcing a documentary, feature film on the site. The company--which has had a lot of success using its cro...

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Monday, September 16, 2013

GameFly Debuts New Online Videogame Download Site

Los Angeles-based videogame rental service GameFly said Monday that it has launched a brand new, digital download website for videogames. According to GameFly, the new site lets users buy and play over 2,500 PC and Mac games. GameFly's webs...

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Disney Publishing Launches Android Storybook Apps

Glendale-based Disney Publishing Worldwide, the publishing arm of Walt Disney, is expanding into Android storybook applications, the company announced today. Disney said it has launched a line of Disney-themed storytelling applications whic...

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Friday, September 13, 2013

AEG Digital Media Taps Amazon For Cloud Video

Los Angeles-based AEG Digital Media, a provider of online broadcast services, said late last night that it has rolled out a new product which uses Amazon Web Services to provide cloud-based, video transport and ingest. AEG Digital Media sai...

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Maker Studios Raises $26M More

Culver City-based Maker Studios confirmed today that it has raised $26M in additional funding in its Series C funding. According to the company, the new round was led by Time Warner Investments, along with Canal+, Astor, Singtel Innov8, Upf...

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Maker Studios Confirms Blip Buy

Los Angeles-based YouTube network Maker Studios confirmed its acuqisition of Blip, the company announced Friday, two weeks after word leaked out about the acquisition. Financial terms of the deal have not been announced. Blip was based in ...

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Friday, September 6, 2013

EdgeCast Expands In Taiwan

Santa Monica-based content delivery network provider EdgeCast Networks is expanding its services to Taiwan, with a deal with Chunghwa Telecom Co. Ltd.. According to EdgeCast, it has entered into a partnership with Chunghwa Telecom's Data Co...

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

SGN Plans Hiring Binge

Los Angeles-based SGN (Social Gaming Network), the mobile games startup headed by Chris DeWolfe, the co-founder of MySpace, said Thursday that it is launching an "aggressive" hiring program. According to the developer, it has more than 30 n...

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

M-GO's Take On The Digital Entertainment Streaming Market, with John Batter

Does the world need another, online streaming media service for movies and television? Culver City-based M-GO (www.mgo.com) thinks so, with its own twist on providing content to consumers. We caught up with M-GO's CEO, John Batter, to hear ...

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

M-GO Updates Digital Entertainment Service

Culver City-based M-GO, the online movie and television streaming service which is a joint venture of DreamWorks Animation and Technicolor, has rolled out the latest release of the service, adding a number of features aimed at making it eas...

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Digital Brand Architects Gets Investment

Online talent management agency Digital Brand Architects, a company focused on talent management of online influencers, has raised a round of funding from Azoff Music Management. Size of the funding was not announced. Digital Brand Architec...

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

HuffingtonPost Abandons Los Angeles Video Streaming Effort, Says Report

The Huffington Post is abandoning its video effort, HuffPo Live, in Los Angeles, according to a report today, and is laying off around 20 staffers from its office here. HuffPo Live was launched about a year to, to provide live-streaming, vi...

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Cie Games Debuts New Auto Racing Game

Long Beach-based mobile games developer Cie Games said today that it has laucnhed a new mobile game, called Racing Rivals, a social game which lets users race their friends with virtual drag racers. The company--which makes the game "Car To...

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Edmunds.com Settles Suit Over Fake Member Accounts

Santa Monica-based Edmunds.com, the provider of car shopping and auto information, reported Wednesday that it has settled a lawsuit against Humankind Design Ltd., which Edmunds.com said had created nearly 2,200 fake member accounts on the s...

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Nativo Adds Long List Of Premium Publishers

Los Angeles-based native advertising technology developer Nativo, which is headed by Justin Choi, has landed a new set of premium publishers as customers, the company said today. Nativo said it has been selected by The Street, USA Today Spo...

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Fandango Buys Quantum Rewards

Los Angeles-based online and mobile movie ticket service Fandango announced this morning that it is acquiring the business of Quantum Loyalty Solutions, a provider of movie ticket promotions. Financial terms of the acquisition were not anno...

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Hulu In Co-Production Deal With Lionsgate

Santa Monica-based Hulu, the online television streaming site, has inked a deal to co-produce a new original series with Lionsgate, the two said today. The two said they will product a 10-episode, half-hour series called "Deadbeat", which w...

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

FilmTrack Gets $20M For Rights Management Software

Studio City-based FilmTrack, which develops software-as-a-service for managing rights and content management for the film, video, and television industry, has raised $20M in a funding round. The round came from Insight Venture Partners. Acc...

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Monday, August 26, 2013

ZEFR Links With Fuisz Media

Venice, California-based ZEFR, which helps brands and content owners monetize use of their assets on YouTube, said Monday that it has linked with Fuisz Media, to include direct purchase links on video or people in any video. According to th...

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock Debuts On Hulu

Are you (or your kids) a fan of Fraggle Rock, the series from Jim Henson? Los Angeles-based Hulu has added a big new library of family friendly entertainment to its Hulu Kids section today, with a deal with Jim Henson Family to show Fraggle...

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

RealD Wins Expansion In China

Los Angeles-based 3D movie projection technology provider RealD announced an expanded agreement with a Chinese company today, to install an additional 50 screens across Northern China. RealD said it has reached an agreement with UME Interna...

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Maker Studios Buying Blip

Los Angeles-based YouTube network Maker Studios has agreed to buy Blip, according to reports today. Blip operates an online, video site focused on webseries. Financial details of the acquisition have not been announced. Blip was venture bac...

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

TubeStart Launches Crowdfunding Site For YouTube Projects

Have a great idea for a online video project, but just need a little funding for equipment, actors, or editing? A new, Santa Monica-based startup TubeStart, said today that it has launched its crowdfunding platform specifically for YouTube ...

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Tastemade Gets $10M More For YouTube Food Channels

Santa Monica-based YouTube food show producer Tastemade has raised $10M in new funding, the firm said Thursday, led by Raine Ventures and also including Redpoint Ventures. Tastemade is the producer of a number of online, Youtube food and co...

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Riot Games Gets Big Win With American Express

Cash back? Airline miles? How about armor and weapons? Los Angeles-based Riot Games, the maker of the online videogame League of Legends, has scored a big win this week, with a new strategic partnership with American Express. American Expre...

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Edmunds.com's Anwyl Retires

Santa Monica-based online car shopping and auto information site Edmunds.com said Friday that Vice Chairman Jeremy Anwyl has retired from the company. Anwyl had been at Edmunds.com since January of 2000, and was CEO of the company starting ...

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Friday, August 9, 2013

M-Go Rolls Out On Vizio, Takes On Netflix

Culver City-based digital entertainment service provider M-GO--a joint venture of DreamWorks Animation and Technicolor--announced Thursday that its digital entertainment service has rolled out on Vizio smart TVs and Internet appliances, all...

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

j2 Global Sees Record Quarter

Los Angeles-based J2 Global, the Internet services firm which has grown into a diversified Internet services and publishing empire, reported last night that it had a record quarter, with revenues of $141.4M, a 58 percent increase versus its...

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Music Publishers' Group Settles With Maker, Sues Fullscreen

A group which represents music publishers said today that it has negotiated a private settlement with LA's Maker Studios, and filed a copyright infingement suit against Los Angeles YouTube network Fullscreen, over the illegal use of unlicen...

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Demand Media Connects Users To Experts Via eHow Now

Wish you could find an expert to help you across any part of your life? Santa Monica-based Demand Media said this morning that it has launched a brand new effort on eHow, which will connect users with experts in one-on-one, online consult...

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Amazon Studios Greenlights Five Kids' Pilots

Amazon Studios, the Los Angeles content production arm of Amazon.com, has given the green light on five new children's series pilots, the company said this week. According to Amazon Studios, it has given the green light to Gortimer Gibbon's...

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Maker Studios Launches Network Focused On Geeks, Gamers

Maker Studios, the Los Angeles-based YouTube network, has launched a brand new network focused on gaming and geek culture, the firm said Thursday. According to Maker Studios, the new network, Polaris, will feature everything from 8-bit nost...

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Lootsie Links Gamers With Rewards

Los Angeles-based Lootsie said Thursday that it has launched a new, mobile rewards program aimed at casual game players, which will provide rewards to iOs and Android game players for in-game achievements. According to Lotsie, the company's...

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Creative Allies Reaches 300 Million Fans For Crowdsourced Band T-Shirts

Creative Allies, a startup which helps bands crowdsource t-shirts and other merchandise from their fans, said today that it is now reaching over 300 million music fans through its social media efforts. The website lets fans of bands vote fo...

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Molten Games Scores Funding From NCSOFT

San Diego-based online gaming startup Molten Games has raised a round of initial funding from NCSOFT, in a Series A round, the company said Wednesday. According to Molten Games, it received a multimillion dollar investment from NCSOFT, the ...

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Evergreen Buys Backyard Sports From Atari

Los Angeles-based private equity investment firm The Evergreen Group has acquired video game franchise Backyard Sports, the investor announced yesterday. According to Evergreen, it acquired Backyard Sports in the recent Atari assets auction...

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Resignation Media Leaves LA For Austin

Online publisher Resignation Media, the publisher of the humor site TheChive is leaving Los Angeles, and is moving its operations to Austin, according to a report Tuesday. The publisher, which also runs a number of other, is moving 35 emplo...

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Topline Games Raises $25M

In the big-fundings-we-recently-missed category, Los Angeles-based Topline Game Labs recently announced that it has raised $25M in a funding round for its fantasy sports and social gaming marketplace. The funding came from Cantor Ventures, ...

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

EdgeCast Gets $54M For Content Delivery Efforts

Santa Monica-based content delivery network EdgeCast has just filled up its warchest, announcing Thursday that it has raised $54M in a big funding round. The new funding was led by Performance Equity Management, and also included existing i...

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Yapert Raises $1.2M For Mobile Magazine

San Diego-based Yapert said this morning that it has raised $1.2M in a seed funding round, for its interactive mobile magazine. According to the firm, the funding was led by the Tech Coast Angels, and also included the Desert Angels, Pasa...

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Beachmint, PandoDaily Battle Over Story

It looks like the battle between Los Angeles e-commerce startup Beachmint and technology blog PandoDaily is flaring up into a major firestorm, over the accuracy of a story posted a couple of weeks ago by the tech blog. The blog had run a st...

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

HitFix Heads To The Big Screen With Theater News Deal

Los Angeles-based online entertainment site HitFix, which is headed by Jen Sargent, is in a new deal today which will bring the company's entertainment news to theaters. HitFix and NCM Media Networks, which provides integrated media to cons...

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Business.com Taps Experts For Content Expansion

Business.com is back, and it's looking for experts to bolster its content. According to Business.com today, it is seeing market experts to provide it with daily, weekly, and monthly content to bolster the site. The company said it is lookin...

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

DTS Selected By Paramount Pictures

DTS, the developer of audio enhancement technology and surround sound technology, said today that its DTS-HD codec has been selected by Paramount Pictures. The Calabasas-based company said that its codec is being used as the surround sound ...

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Fullscreen Launches New Product

Los Angeles-based YouTube network Fullscreen, which was created by former YouTube executive George Strompolos, has launched a brand new product today, aimed at providing analytics and other information to video creators. The company said it...

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Hulu Receives Bid From DirecTV, Says Report

A report Monday says that satellite television provider DirecTV has finally made a bid for Los Angeles online video company Hulu, and that Time Warner Cable is also mulling an offer, according to Bloomberg Monday. Details on those offers ha...

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Activision Releases New Content For Call of Duty: Black Ops II

Santa Monica-based videogame maker Activision said Tuesday that it has released a brand new, downloadable content pack for its popular title, Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The company said the new content pack, Call of Duty: Black Ops II Veng...

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Bestofmedia Group Acquired By Tech Media Network

Los Angeles-based Bestofmedia Group, the publisher behind the Tom's Hardware, Tom's Guide, and Tom's IT Pro online publications, has been acquired by Tech Media Network. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Bestofmedia was...

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Monday, July 1, 2013

RealD Takes On Imax With Theater Brand

Los Angeles-based 3D movie projection technology provider RealD is hoping to leverage its brand across multiple theater chains, and take on Imax, with a new brand called "LUXE: A RealD Experience". RealD detailed the strategic move last we...

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Monday, July 1, 2013

VIMBY Powers Walmart's Entrepreneurship Competition

VIMBY, the Los Angeles-based, online production studio created by Mark Burnett, is powering a new entrepreneurship competition from Walmart, the Get On The Shelf crowdsourcing competition. According to Walmart, via its Silicon Valley-base...

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Maker Studios, Co-Founder In Legal Battle

Danny Zappin, one of the founders of Maker Studios, is not happy with his ouster. Zappin--who was replaced as CEO of the company in May--has filed suit against Maker Studios, plus co-founders Ben Donovan, Lisa Donovan, and Ynon Kreiz, plus ...

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Dollar Shave's TV Push Powered By Convertro

Fans of Los Angeles subscription razor firm Dollar Shave Club might have noticed a lot of the firm recently on television. The reason why, is the firm has been running ads since January to help get the word out about its service and produ...

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tongal Hits $1M In Rewards Pool For User Generated Video

Los Angeles-based Tongal, which operates a crowdsourced site for creating commercials, reported today that it has hit $1 million in current projects in its reward pool. The company--whose crowdsourced videos are widely viewed online and on ...

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Report: Machinima Looking For A Mega Funding Round

Is Los Angeles-based YouTube network Machinima looking for a big round of funding? A report from AllThingsD says so, saying that Machinima is looking for an investment of more than $70M. Machinima has not said anything about its fundraising...

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Friday, June 21, 2013

What's Trending Now Gets Funding For YouTube Channel

What's Trending Now, the popular YouTube channel hosted by Shira Lazar, has raised more than $1M in a funding round. The funding came from YouTube network operator Bedrocket Media Ventures. What's Trending Now is an online, live YouTube tal...

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Fullscreen, FishBowl Tie On America's Funniest Home Videos

Two local, next generation media companies--Youtube network Fullscreen, and production studio FishBowl Worldwide Media--said today that they've linked up in a deal to bring the America's Funniest Home Videos (AFV) brand to YouTube. The two ...

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Silicon Beach Fest Kicks Off Today

It's all Silicon Beach, all the time, for all of the rest of the week--starting today--as Silicon Beach Fest, the combination conference, networking session, party started by Kevin Winston, kicks off at noon. The event is harnessing the s...

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Fullscreen Gets Funding For YouTube Network

Fullscreen, the online entertainment video site headed by George Strompolos, announced this morning that it has raised a round of Series A funding. Size of the funding was not announced. The round came from The Chernin Group along with Comc...

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Friday, June 14, 2013

ZEFR Targets Brands With New Service, BrandID

Venice-based ZEFR has rolled out a new product today, BrandID, which it says will help brands identify their fans on YouTube, provide visibility into how those fans are responding and engaging, and provide data on a brand's competitors. The...

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Tapping The Creativity Of The Crowd With Tongal

You've seen the company's work in the Superbowl, on television, and on the web, all for big brands--but you might not know it came out of the crowdsourcing efforts of Tongal (www.tongal.com). The Los Angeles company--which is backed by $1...

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

MySpace Launches New Mobile App, Site Design

Los Angeles-based Myspace officially launched its new site design and a mobile app today, firmly centering the online site on music, music discovery, and streaming. According to Myspace, its new site offers up a persistent music player, off...

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Silicon Beach Fest Expands Event Lineup, Sets Keynotes

Silicon Beach--the self-appointed name that has been used to describe many parts of Southern California's tech community, but which has seemed to have centered itself over Santa Monica and surrounding towns--has no shortage of events and co...

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Friday, June 7, 2013

Amazon Studios Lures In Writers, Filmmakers With Storyboarding Tool

Amazon Studios, Amazon.com's Los Angeles-based content production and development studios, is hoping to lure in more content creators to its efforts, through the release of a new storyboarding tool--Amazon Storyteller. Amazon said Friday th...

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Paige Craig Ventures Into Scripted

Los Angeles-based angel investor Paige Craig is one of the investors in Scripted.com, the online marketplace for freelance writers headed by Sunil Rajaraman. San Francisco-based Scripted.com announced a funding round yesterday, saying it ha...

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Zynga's Loss, SGN's Gain

The announcement Monday that Zynga is cutting 18 percent of its workforce is throwing a lot of talent onto the market, to the benefit of the company's competitors. One of those companies, Los Angeles-based SGN, is already benefiting from ...

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Zynga Details Job Cuts

San Francisco-based Zynga has detailed the cuts at the company, saying it has laid off approximately 520 employees, or 18 percent of its global workforce. Those cuts have resulted in the shutdown of Zynga's Los Angeles office. Zynga is also...

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Monday, June 3, 2013

PublishThis Ties Into WordPress

PublishThis, the developer of content management and publishing tools for online publishers and businesses, has tied into WordPress.com with a new WordPress Plugin, the company announced this morning. PublishThis, which is based in Los Ange...

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Hulu Bidding Hits $1B, DirecTV Among Top Bidders

Bidding for Los Angeles-based video streaming site Hulu is heating up, with the latest numbers being leaked on a deal saying that the company has received three bids worth at least $1 billion. According to multiple reports, Hulu has receive...

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Scopely Snags Another Zynga Exec

Los Angeles-based mobile gaming firm Scopely said Thursday that it has snagged Reed Shaffner, the former General Manager at Zynga, as part of its product team. Scopely said Reed will head up the company's product team. Scopely, which is hea...

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

TubeMogul Adds To Funding For Video Advertising

Online video advertising firm TubeMogul, which has operations in Los Angeles, said today that it has raised $10M in the second tranche of its Series C funding. According to TubeMogul, the funding was led by SingTel Innov8, and also included...

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Amazon Gives Nod To Five Series

Amazon Studios. the SoCal effort by Internet giant Amazon.com to develop and produce its own, original content, said this morning that it has given the green light to five series. Amazon said that comedies Alpha House and Betas, plus kids p...

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

BuzzFeed Partners With CNN, Sets Up Studio In Los Angeles

Online viral news and media site BuzzFeed is further expanding its operations in the Los Angeles area, and has set up a "social studio" in Los Angeles to help "influencers, thinkers and celebrities" to create videos for the social web. The ...

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Hulu Entertaining At Least Five Bidders, Says Report

Los Angeles-based video streaming site Hulu is entertaining offers from at least five different bidders, according to a report over the weekend, including one that values Hulu at between $600M to $800M. According to a report from AllThingsD...

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Fullscreen Bolsters Media Cred With New Engineering VP

Los Angeles-based YouTube network Fullscreen has bolstered its team--and media credibility--with a new hire, the company said Wednesday. Fullscreen said it has hired Tim Mohn, the co-creator of the HBO GO app, and former Vice President of T...

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

EdgeCast Courts ECommerce Companies With Dedicated CDN Service

In a move to attract e-commerce companies to its content delivery network, Santa Monica-based EdgeCast announced today that it has launched a new, PCI-compliant product specifically aimed at online retailers. EdgeCast said its new, Commerce...

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

MaxCDN Starts Accepting Bitcoin

Los Angeles-based content delivery network provider NetDNA announced this morning that its MaxCDN content delivery network has started to accept Bitcoin as payment. Bitcoin is an electronic currency which it not governed by any nation or ce...

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Report: DirecTV Considering Bid For Hulu

The latest company considering a bid for Los Angeles-based video streaming site Hulu is El Segundo-based DirecTV, according to reports Friday afternoon. A report from Reuters says DirecTV is just one of a number of companies considering a b...

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Friday, May 17, 2013

VIRURL Debuts Native Advertising Product

Santa Monica-based startup VIRURL said Thursday that it has launched its technology, which automatically publishes sponsored content into blogs. According to the firm, its product allows bloggers to insert sponsored posts that match a blogg...

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

StackSocial Signs Another Technology Publisher

Los Angeles-based technology deals provider StackSocial has stacked up another technology publisher in its pile of customers, saying today that it has added tech publisher iPhoneinCanada.ca. StackSocial said it will provide apps, gadgates, ...

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Sony Wins Rights To Rovio's Angry Bird Film

Culver City-based Sony Pictures Entertainment has won the exclusive worldwide distribution rights to the new, Angry Bird film from Rovio, Sony announced Wednesday. According to Sony, the 3D film is due to debut worldwide on July 1, 2016. Fi...

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Skift Lands $1.1M for Travel Publishing

Skift, the online travel publishing site started by Rafat Ali--the founder of Paidcontent.org, which was based in Santa Monica--has raised $1.1M in a new funding round. The funding came from Lerer Ventures, along with Ironfire Angel, MESA+...

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

EdgeCast Partners With TeliaSonera

Santa Monica-based content delivery network operator EdgeCast Networks and TeliaSonera said today that they are in a partnership, which will offer up site acceleration and CDN products to TeliaSonera's customer base. According to the compan...

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Fans.lu Ties With Game Development Organization

Los Angeles-based Fans.lu, a developer of an e-commerce storefront to help game companies sell merchandise such as shirts, hats, posters, and more directly to their gamer fans, said over the weekend that it has partnered with the Internat...

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Netflix, Disney In UK, Ireland Streaming Deal

Netflix and the Walt Disney Company announced this morning that the two have reached a deal to bring live action and animated films from Disney to Netflix customers in the United Kingdom and Ireland. According to the two, Disney films such ...

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Friday, May 10, 2013

HitFix Launches Comedy Channel

Los Angeles-based entertainment news provider HitFix said Thursday that it has launched a new comedy channel on the site. HitFix said its RIOT comedy channel will provide original content, video, and more covering the "lighter side of enter...

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

RealD Expands Chinese Footprint

Los Angeles-based 3D movie projection technology provider RealD has expanded its footprint in China again, saying Thursday that it has inked a deal with Zhejiang Xingguang Cinema Circuit. RealD said the deal will add its technology in 50 au...

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Slacker: We're Growing Fast, Profitable On Every User

San Diego-based music streaming service Slacker has a message for the industry: you can run a digital music service, and make money. Slacker, which has been in the midst of a big relaunch since February, announced today that it has added si...

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

OUYA Gets $15M For Open Video Game Console

Santa Monica-based OUYA--which is developing a low cost, video game console--said today that it has raised $15M in a funding round, led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and including Mayfield Fund, NVIDIA, Shasta Ventures, and Occam P...

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Yekra Raises $3M For Video On Demand Platform

Los Angeles-based Yektra announced this morning that it has raised $3M in a Series A funding round. Yekra says it is a digital entertainment distributor connected with an affiliate marketing system. The funding came from Maurice Gallagher, ...

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Demand Media Gets Second $100M+ Quarter

Santa Monica-based online digital media publisher Demand Media keeps on getting bigger and bigger. The firm reported its latest quarterly results Tuesday, reporting $100.6M in total revenues, its second $100M plus quarter. The company also ...

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

SendUs Debuts Crowdsourced Video Platform

Are you a company looking to find and promote user-generated videos around your brand? A new, Los Angeles startup, SendUs, launched its services to help brands manage user-generated video content this morning, saying that its platform helps...

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

CraveOnline Snags Former Spin Media, Break Media Exec

Los Angeles-based online men's publisher CraveOnline, which is part of Evolve Media, said today that it has named Mike Bender its Senior Vice President of Sales. Bender was formerly the VP of East Coast Sales for Spin Media (Buzz Media), an...

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Hulu Plus Hits Windows Phone 8

Hulu the online television streaming site based in Los Angeles, has added support for Windows Phone 8, the company announced Monday. According to Hulu, its Hulu Plus for Windows Phone 8 is now available in the Windows Phone Store. The new a...

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Friday, May 3, 2013

CraveOnline Sets Up Its Own Production Studio

Los Angeles-based CraveOnline, the online unit of Evolve Media which caters to men with its video and other online content, said it has set up its own studio for creating original video. The company said it has opened up a new, 4,000 square...

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Awesomeness.TV Among Fastest Exits, Best ROI Ever On Silicon Beach

The acquisition of Awesomeness.TV is the both fastest funding-to-exit in Silicon Beach, as well as one of the exits with best multiple on dollars invested, according to a new analysis of our extensive database of venture deals. In an analys...

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Awesomeness TV Acquired By DreamWorks For As Much As $117M

In what looks to be a stunning quick exit for one of Southern California's new YouTube networks, Awesomeness TV has been acquired by DreamWorks, in a deal worth as much as $117M. DreamWorks said that it will pay $33M in cash, plus pay out...

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Machinima Hits Xbox 360

Los Angeles-based YouTube entertainment channel Machinima launched on Xbox LIVE Tuesday, the first third party app to launch worldwide on Microsoft's Xbox 360 marketplace. The launch--which was first detailed by Microsoft and Machinima las...

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Hulu: Streaming, Subscriptions Up

Los Angeles-based Hulu released some new numbers on the use of the company's streaming video today, saying that it has set new records for revenue, video streaming, and subscribers to Hulu Plus. The company said that it streamed more than...

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Hulu Revives All My Children, One Life To Live

Los Angeles-based Hulu has added two soap operas, All My Children and One Life to Live to its lineup, saying this morning that it will be adding new episodes of those shows on both Hulu and Hulu Plus, starting today. Both of those soaps wil...

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Monday, April 29, 2013

NetDNA Wins StumbleUpon.com

Los Angeles-based content delivery network operator NetDNA reports this morning that its CDN services have been selected by StumbleUpon. NetDNA said that StumbleUpon, a popular content discovery services, has selected its MaxCDN service to ...

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Monday, April 29, 2013

NetDNA Wins StumbleUpon.com

Los Angeles-based content delivery network operator NetDNA reports this morning that its CDN services have been selected by StumbleUpon. NetDNA said that StumbleUpon, a popular content discovery services, has selected its MaxCDN service to ...

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Friday, April 26, 2013

ZEFR Adds Music Labels, NASCAR

Venice, California-based ZEFR, formerly known as MovieClips, is expanding out its partnerships today, saying that it has added Universal Music Group, Sony Music, Ultra Music, and NASCAR as partners for the company. ZEFR--which helps content...

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Amazon Plans Set-Top TV Box, Says Report

Amazon.com has been muscling its way into the business of Hollywood a lot recently--particularly with its local Amazon Studios effort here to produce its own content and series--all to bolster its online video streaming service, Amazon In...

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Nativo Gets $3.5M For Native Advertising Technology

Los Angeles-based Nativo, the online advertising technology firm led by Justin Choi, has raised $3.5M in a Series A funding round, the firm announced Tuesday. The funding was led by Greycroft Partners, and also included e.ventures and Signi...

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

TasteMade Aims To Be The Next Food Network, But Online

It's increasing a world where online video distribution channels (YouTube, Hulu) are more important than the old-fashioned broadcast and cable television -- and where online video channels are helping to pave and define a new way of reach...

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Changing The Business Of Media Through Online Video, With Cenk Uygur

The world of media is in the midst of a major transition, where radio and television are no longer the powers they used to be--and there's a clear shift towards some unknown future online. One of the folks in media who has been helping to d...

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Monday, April 22, 2013

EdgeCast Raises $23.77M

Los Angeles-based content delivery network provider EdgeCast quietly raised $23.775M sometime in the last quarter, according to numbers released in the MoneyTree report over the weekend by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Cap...

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Saban Capital Opens Office In Singapore

Los Angeles-based media and communications investor Saban Capital Group announced Thursday that it has opened up an office in Singapore. The investment group--headed by Haim Saban, the head of Univision---said it has five investments in the...

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Quincy Jones' New Playground Sessions Targets Music Education

Can the web teach you how to play the piano? Quincy Jones--the famed composer and record producer--thinks so, and has co-founded a new company aimed at helping anyone learn to play the piano on their home computer. Jones--who lives in Bel A...

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Report: Hulu Hires Guggenheim Partners To Sell Company

A report Wednesday afternoon says that Los Angeles-based streaming media site Hulu has hired investment banking firm Guggenheim Partners, to advise the firm on a sale. The report from Reuters, citing three sources with knowledge of the matt...

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Music Mastermind Nabs $11.3M As It Launches Music Creation App

Calabasas-based Music Mastermind, the interactive entertainment firm headed by Matt Serletic, has raised $11.3M, as it has inked a deal with mobile games publisher Chillingo to publish a new music creation game called Zya. Music Mastermind ...

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Fullscreen Taps CAA Vet As Exec

Culver City-based independent YouTube network Fullscreen has tapped a CAA veteran as its new Head of Talent, the firm said today. Fullscreen--which is led by former Googler George Strompolos--said it has named Larry Shapiro to the new posit...

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Hasbro, Netflix Team On Kids Programming

Beverly Hills-based Hasbro Studios, the content division of toy maker Hasbro, and streaming media provider Netflix said Thursday that the two are in an expanded, multi-year programming agreement. According to the two, they will add such new...

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

NetDNA Taps Startup For CDN Monitoring

Los Angeles-based content deliver network operator NetDNA has tapped a Y-Combinator funded startup for a new, real time monitoring service. NetDNA and Leftronic said this week that NetDNA is launching a new, real-time data visualization das...

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

YouTube To Stream Coachella Music Festival

Can't get a ticket to the Coachella music festival this year in Indio (or don't want to brave the desert heat and crowds)? YouTube announced Tuesday afternoon that it will be streaming the popular music festival live this year--again-from t...

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Report: Hulu Gets Bid From Chernin

Peter Chernin, the former head of News Corp., has made a $500M bid for Hulu, according to a report this morning from Reuters. The report said that two sources "with knowledge of Hulu's sale process" leaked the details. Chernin is currently ...

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Monday, April 8, 2013

OpenX Launches New Service Around Content Optimization, Ad Monetization

Los Angeles-based digital advertising technology developer OpenX has launched a new service today, which it says will combine content optimization and ad monetization for publishers. The firm said its new Revenue Intelligence service--aimed...

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Fullscreen Grabs $30M More For YouTube Network

Culver City-based Fullscreen, which operates a multi-channel youTube network, and is led by George Strompolos (formerly of YouTube/Google), has raised $30M in a new round of funding, according to reports today. The funding round reportedly ...

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

HYFN Acquired By LIN TV

Hermosa Beach-based digital agency HYFN has been sold to public firm LIN TV, which owns a number of television stations as well as mobile products, the firms said Thursday. Financial details of the buy were not disclosed. HYFN was founded i...

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Hulu Adds The Itchy & Scratchy Show

Taking a break from ordering the Google Nose? Los Angeles-based Hulu has devoted its April 1st homepage to the "Itchy and Scratchy" show--calling it the "most violent, beloved children's series of all time". Confused? The April Fool's takeo...

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Rhythm & Hues Acquired By Prana Studios

Visual effects and animation studio Rhythm & Hues has been acquired by Los Angeles-based Prana Studios, the firms said over the weekend. Prana is split between Los Angeles and Mumbai, India. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Rh...

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Amazon Betas Gets Greenlight

It looks like Ed Begley, Jr., is hanging out at Santa Monica technology coworking and tech hangout ROC--thanks to a new online series being piloted by Amazon.com. Amazon.com officially announced the greenlighting of a new, comedy pilot call...

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Playdek Gets $3.8M For iOS Games

Playdek, a Carlsbad-based mobile game developer, disclosed Thursday that it has raised $3.8M in a Series A funding round. The round was led by Qualcomm Ventures, and also included IDG Ventures, ff Venture Capital, Deep Fork Capital, Greycro...

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

SweetLabs Debuts New Game Network

Are you a game developer looking to get better distribution of your games? San Diego-based SweetLabs, the developer behind the desktop app marketplace software Pokki, is circling back towards its roots promoting and helping developers gain ...

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Hulu Sale Rumors Swirl, Again

The studio owners of Los Angeles-based video streaming site Hulu are looking to sell the streaming site (again), according to rumors yesterday, as News Corporation and Walt Disney continue to struggle over what to do with the site. Accordin...

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Monday, March 25, 2013

BuzzMedia Becomes SpinMedia

Los Angeles-based online entertainment, music, and advertising firm BuzzMedia is no more: it's just rebranded itself SpinMedia. The publisher, which owns such brands as Celebuzz, Sterogeom, Idolator, JustJared, and many other music-related ...

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Amazon Studios Greenlights Pilot From Sony Pictures Television

Amazon Studios, the original content development arm of e-commerce giant Amazon, said today that it has greenlighted a new pilot series, from Sony Pictures Television. Amazon--which has been getting into the business of content in a big way...

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Hulu Posts Every Episode Of Star Trek, For Free

Star Trek fans--book your weekend. Los Angeles-based Hulu said Friday that it is making every single Star Trek episode, from every Star Trek series available for free, until the end of the month. The move--which is sure to kick off a binge ...

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Hulu Redesigns Apple TV UI

Los Angeles-based video streaming site Hulu released a new, redesigned user interface to the Hulu Plus service on Apple TV Tuesday, saying that it has redesigned the app "from the ground up." Among the updates to the service, Hulu said it s...

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Life Imitates Art Imitates Life As Amazon Films Show At ROC

In one of those "only in Silicon Beach" moments, a pilot show from Amazon Studios--Betas--has apparently been filming its pilot show at Silicon Beach technology hangout Real Office Centers (ROC), off Arizona in Santa Monica. The show--a com...

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Hulu To Tap Forssell As Acting CEO

Los Angeles-based Hulu reported Thursday afternoon that it will appoint Andy Forssell as acting CEO of the company, when current CEO Jason Kilar leaves at the end of the month. According to Kilar, Forssell helped grow the company from 2 con...

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

EdgeCast Ties With Indonesian Partner

Santa Monica-based content delivery network (CDN) operator EdgeCast Networks is further expanding in Asia, saying Wednesday that it has linked with PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (TELIN) on powering a content delivery network in ...

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

PublishThis Enhances Content Curation Tool

PublishThis, the Los Angeles startup headed by Matt Kumin, has enhanced the firm's online, content marketing and curation management tool. The firm said the latest version of its platform is aimed at brands, retailers, media companies, an...

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Why The Growth Of The Internet Is Driving EdgeCast's Revenues

What is it about the content delivery network market which has enabled Santa Monica-based EdgeCast to go from startup to over $100M in revenues in only a few, short years? The company--which is in the business of operating a content deliver...

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

William Morris Invests in Mobile Development Firm

Beverly Hills-based talent agency and entertainment giant William Morris Endeavor looks to be busy with investments this week. The firm as backed a mobile application development company, Chaotic Moon Studios, as part of a strategic partner...

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Blizzard Debuts New StarCraft Expansion Title

Irvine-based videogame maker Blizzard Entertainment has launched a new StarCraft expansion title, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. According to Blizzard, the new game can be purchased at retail stores throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, R...

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

TotallyHer Media Snags Glam Media VP

Los Angeles-based TotallyHer, the women's lifestyle publishing arm of Evolve Media, said today that it has hired away a Glam Media veteran as its new Vice President fo Sales. Evolve Media said it has named Rachel Wintner as its new Vice Pre...

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Friday, March 8, 2013

NetDNA Targets Asian Content Delivery Network Services

Los Angeles-based content delivery network operator NetDNA is ramping up its efforts to provide CDN services in Asia, the company said Friday. NetDNA said it will provide accelerated traffic through its Singapore point-of-presence, for a fl...

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Fandango Debuts New Movie Buzz Indicator

Los Angeles-based movie ticketing site Fandango is debuting a new tool to predict interest in upcoming weekend movies, which it calls "Fanticipation". According to the company, the new tool measures moviegoer excitement and helps to predi...

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Fandango Debuts New Movie Buzz Indicator

Los Angeles-based movie ticketing site Fandango is debuting a new tool to predict interest in upcoming weekend movies, which it calls "Fanticipation". According to the company, the new tool measures moviegoer excitement and helps to predi...

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Video Game Maker Pulls In More Than $1.9M On Kickstarter

Think you need to find a venture capitalist or angel investor to help you fund your great new idea for a videogame? Think again. A Newport Beach-based videogame publishing firm, inXile, has just raised $1.9M (and counting) in funding on t...

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Amazon Greenlights New Kids' Pilot

Amazon Studios, the entertainment and production project being run by Amazon.com out of Los Angeles, said Wednesday that it has greenlighted another, new kids pilot for its Prime Instant Video service. According to Amazon, Sara Solves It is...

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Finding and Discovering New Music With Earbits

What's the best way to find and discovery new music? Los Angeles-based Earbits (www.earbits.com) has developed a service geared around new music discovery and streaming, making it easy for passionate music fans to find new bands, tracks,...

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Beats Electronics Gets $60M, Spins Out Daisy Streaming Music Service

Santa Monica-based Beats Audio, the headphone and audio equipment maker, has raised $60M in a funding round, to spin out its streaming music service 'Daisy', the firm said late Tuesday. The new funding was led by Len Blavatnik's Access Indu...

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Specific Media Taps Entertainment Exec As New CFO

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. Madden was most recently CFO of SFX Entertain...

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Xfire Launches PC Tournament Service, Battleground

Santa Monica-based Xfire is aiming to make it easier for PC game enthusiasts to find challengers, with the launch of a new tournament system, the firm announced this morning. Xfire said Battleground is a fully automated, competitive gaming ...

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Friday, March 1, 2013

How FilmBreak Is Bringing Data and Analytics To Hollywood, with Darren Marble

Hollywood's an old industry, used to doing business in traditional ways. However, there's a new generation of technology driven startups who are looking to apply software and technology in a way that will change how movies are made, and m...

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Earbits' New Service Trades On-Demand Music Access For Social Actions

Earbits, the online radio and music marketing startup headed by Joey Flores, announced today a brand new service, which lets fans of musicians access their favorite music from artists on-demand, and for free, in exchange for social actions....

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

EdgeCast Doubles Revenues, Tops 225 Employees

Santa Monica-based content delivery network (CDN) provider EdgeCast said this morning that it doubled its revenues in 2012, and now has more than 225 employees. The privately held firm did not disclose its revenues, however, the firm has pr...

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

THQ Sets Sale Of Remaining Games

Agoura Hills-based videogame maker THQ--or at least, what's left of THQ--released the details of how it plans to sell its remaining intellectual property late Tuesday, saying it expects to complete the bidding and sale of the properties by ...

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Tapiture Shows Growth Numbers, Engagement Metrics

Tapiture, the visual, social discovery site aimed at males (which has been billed "Pinterest for men"), says it is showing early traction and engagement monetum, and released some growth and engagement numbers today. The firm, which is led ...

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

CraveOnline Sharpens Focus With Relaunch

Los Angeles-based Evolve Media announced today tha/ it has relaunched CraveOnline, its flagship, male-oriented website. According to Crave, it has split the site into five categories, Entertainment, Gaming, Sports, Music, and Life & Style. ...

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Fandango Ties With Telemundo On Hispanic Movie Hub

Los Angeles-based movie ticketing and information site Fandango has tied with Spanish language broadcaster Telemundo, to launch a new online site aimed at Hispanic movie fans, Fandango Cine, the two announced Monday. The companies said the ...

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Monday, February 25, 2013

How Focus@Will Uses Music To Help You Concentrate Better

Can music help you concentrate (on school, work, or other tasks) better? That's the idea behind Focus@Will (www.focusatwill.com), a new Los Angeles music startup headed by Will Henshall. We caught up with Will to learn more about the comp...

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Digiboo Debuts At Boise Airport

Los Angeles-based Digiboo, which develops a kiosk-based, movie and television show rental service aimed at travelers, said Thursday that it has deployed its kiosks in Boise, Idaho. The firm said it installed four of its kiosks at the Boise ...

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Sony Online Entertainment Offers $10K Scholarship For Girls

Looking to inspire girls to joint he video game industry, Sony Online Entertainment said today that it has begun accepting applications for its annual $10,000 scholarship which encourages women to join the video game industry. Sony said it ...

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Lifescript Claims Growth

Mission Viejo-based Lifescript, which operates an online women's health site, claimed that it saw strong growth in 2012. The firm says it now has more than 28 million registered users, and saw a 38 percent increase in advertising and sponso...

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Demand Media Plans To Split Domain, Content Businesses

In a surprise move, Santa Monica-based Demand Media said Tuesday afternoon that it plans to explore separating its domain name and content businesses into two, independent, publicly traded companies. According to Demand, its board has has a...

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

RealD Names Minard Hamilton As EVP

Los Angeles-based 3D movie projection technology developer RealD said this morning that it has named Minard Hamilton--the former CEO of Six Degree Games--as Executive Vice President, Mobile and Consumer. RealD said that Hamilton will be res...

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Warner Launches Startup Accelerator In Los Angeles

It looks like there's a new startup accelerator in town today: MediaCamp, an entertainment-focused startup acceleration program backed by Turner Broadcasting, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment. According to Warner Bros., its Media Ca...

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Microsoft Opens Xbox Studio In Los Angeles

Santa Monica has just gotten yet another boost in its bid to become the capital of Silicon Beach, as Microsoft said this week that it is opening up a new, 125-person strong entertainment studio in the city as part of an effort to create int...

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Monday, February 11, 2013

CBS, Amazon Tie In Streaming Deal For Under The Dome

CBS and Amazon.com announced a deal this morning, which will bring exclusive access to the upcoming CBS "Under the Dome" series to Amazon Prime Instant Video, Amazon's video-on-demand service. Financial details of the deal were not disclose...

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Alchemy Networks Launches New Channels

Alchemy Networks, one of YouTube's Premium Channel partners, which is focused on African American consumers, said last week that it has launched a new set of premium channels. The company said its new YouTube channels are aimed at the hair,...

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Activision Ties With Nickelodeon On Mutant Turtles

Santa Monica-based videogame publisher Activision and Nickelodeon said Thursday that the two are in a deal to produce video games around Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Financial details of the deal between the companies were no...

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Tapiture Gets $825K

How do you capture the interest of male users, and not only capture their eyeballs--but drive some e-commerce revenues? In the case of Tapiture, you create a Pinterest-inspired, visual, social discovery service which surfaces photos of me...

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Monday, February 4, 2013

News Corp. In Repeat With Sale To Local Tech Firm

Does this sound familiar? News Corp. spends hundreds of millions of dollars on a media property, runs it for about seven years, and then decides to unload that same property for a fraction of the price it paid to a Southern California tech...

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Monday, February 4, 2013

j2 Global Buys IGN Entertainment

Los Angeles-based j2 Global, the provider of cloud-based business and telephony services, said today that it has acquired IGN Entertainment, the video game, entertainment, and men's lifestyle publisher, via is Ziff Davis subsidiary. Financi...

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Hulu Users Select Top Super Bowl XLVII Commercials

It looks like the serious commercials won the popularity contest during the Super Bowl, at least according to voting on Hulu, on its Super Bowl XLVII commercial site. Hulu--which again ran its Hulu Adzone section again this year to let pe...

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Legend3D Gains $8M For 3D Effects

Legend3D a developer of 3D visual effects and 3D conversion technology, announced this morning that it has raised $8M in a Series B funding round. The Carlsbad-based company said that the funding was led by Augustus Ventures Limited and Nor...

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Gravity Debuts Content Personalization API

Santa Monica-based Gravity, the developer of real-time personalization software headed by former MySpace COO Amit Kapur, is making a big push today with the launch of a new set of free APIs for publishers. The firm's tools allow web publish...

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Amazon Greenlights Five Children's Shows

Amazon Studios, the media and production arm of Amazon.com, said Thursday that it has greenlighted five children's shows as part of its Amazon Prime studio efforts. Amazon STudios said that the five shows will be developing pilots, which wi...

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Hulu Gears Up For Super Bowl Ad Season

It's not far from the kickoff of the Super Bowl--and best of all, the many advertisements expected to debut during the sporting event. However, fans of those advertisements can start getting their Super Bowl advertising fix now, according t...

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Stickam Shuts Down

Stickam, the live video streaming service, announced on its web site Thursday that it would be shutting down its services, effective 11:59PM PST. Reason for the shutdown was not disclosed. The Los Angeles-based company said that it "did ev...

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Fullscreen Names East Coast Sales VP

Culver City-based YouTube network Fullscreen said Tuesday that it has hired Justin Danko as Vice President of Sales and Brand Strategy, East Coast. Danko was previously VP of Branded Entertainment at Viacom Media Networks, working on MTVN M...

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Who'll Be The Next CEO of Hulu?

Jason Kilar, the CEO of Los Angeles-based Hulu, is due to leave the firm on April 1st--but Hulu has yet to find a successor, according to an AdAge report today. The streaming TV and movie service, which is set to hit nearly $1 billion in re...

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Beachfront Media Ties Into Connected TVs

Burbank-based Beachfront Media, which develops video publishing and syndication tools, and also runs the MeFeedia video discovery site, has extended its platform to support publishing video to connected TVs. The firm said it now supports pu...

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

BEASTMODE.FM Makes Following, Finding New Music Easy

Are you a fan of new music? Wish you could automatically hear and follow the latest tracks people are talking about on music blogs? That's the whole idea behind BEASTMODE.FM, the newest creation of Matthias Galica, the Los Angeles entrepren...

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Hulu Launches 2013 AdZone For Super Bowl Ads

Fans of the advertising which rolls out with the Super Bowl will be happy to see that Hulu has once again rolled out its Hulu AdZone, to highlight all of the Super Bowl advertising which will debut again this year at Super Bowl XLVII. Los A...

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

TVC Capital Backs Levels Beyond

San Diego-based TVC Capital, the growth equity investor which specializes in software companies, is the lead investor in a round of funding for Levels Beyond, the two announced today. Levels Beyond said it raised $4.5M in a Series A from TV...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

MediaPass Powers Weekly World News Paywall

In the quest to re-make the business of publishing and journalism, there's been a lot of hand wringing and debate over the merits and complexities of online paywalls. One Los Angeles startup is helping the industry to figure it all out, wit...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Lynda.com's Growth Trajectory: Revenues Doubled In Last 3 Years

The massive, $103M funding round for Carpinteria-based Lynda.com might have been a surprise for some, except perhaps readers of this publication, who over the years have gotten a glimpse of the growth rate of the company in recent years. ...

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Ross Levinsohn Named Head of The Hollywood Reporter

Ross Levinsohn, the former head of Yahoo and Fox Interactive Media, has just been appointed CEO of Guggenheim Digital Media, the parent firm of The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, Adweek, and other entertainment focused properties. According...

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Ross Levinsohn Named Head of The Hollywood Reporter

Ross Levinsohn, the former head of Yahoo and Fox Interactive Media, has just been appointed CEO of Guggenheim Digital Media, the parent firm of The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, Adweek, and other entertainment focused properties. According...

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Tongal Raises $15M For Crowdsourced Video

Los Angeles-based Tongal, an online platform which helps brands crowdsource video for their advertising, said this morning that it has raised $15M in a Series B funding. The funding came from Insight Venture Partners. Tongal, which was foun...

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Score Revolution Launches Marketplace For Film Music

Score Revolution, a new, Los Angeles-based startup, has launched an online marketplace for film music, the company said this week. The startup, founded by Ian Hierons, Seth Kaplan and Christine Russell, said it offers up an online platform ...

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Amazon's New AutoRip Converts CDs To MP3, Echoes AnywhereCD

Online e-commerce giant Amazon.com just announced a new service this morning, which looks to be one of the biggest moves the company has made in digital music recently: it is now automatically providing MP3 format tracks for CDs sold on i...

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Five Startups Revolutionizing Music, In Southern California

Southern California is the center of the entertainment industry, which not only includes the world of Hollywood, movies and film, and television, but is also the home of the music industry. Combine that with the growing startup community he...

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Video: FunnyorDie Gets 5M Twitter Followers

In the funny video of the day, FunnyorDie, the video humor site founded by Will Ferrell, just posted a hilarious video of Will Ferrell celebrating 5 million Twitter followers for the site. FunnyorDie is based in Los Angeles. Will F...

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Activision Sets New Downloadable Content For Call Of Duty: Black Ops II

Santa Monica-based game developer Activision Publishing said today that it has set the launch date for the first, downloadable content pack for its popular Call of Duty: Black Ops II title. The firm said the new content will be released on ...

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Beachfront Media Hits Three Billion Video Views

Burbank-based Beachfront Media, the developer of video distribution tools, applications, and other infrastructure--and operator of video discovery site MeFeedia.com--said this week that it has racked up 3 billion video views across its prop...

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Pipewave Acquired By Zefr

Pipewave, an online video marketing strategy firm headed by Paul Boruta, has been acquired by Zefr, the firms announced today. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Pipewave, which was founded by Paul Boruta and Jonathan Tushman, p...

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Friday, January 4, 2013

Hulu Losing CEO Jason Kilar, CTO Rich Tom

Los Angeles-based Hulu announced on its blog Friday afternoon that Jason Kilar, the firm's CEO, has decided to depart the company, along with CTO Rich Tom. Reason for the move was not given, however, Kilar said that the two will be working ...

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Friday, January 4, 2013

Baboo Sets Sights On Digital Marketing

A new, Los Angeles-based startup, Baboo is looking to help brands and marketers in the entertainment space reach consumers, and recently launched an alpha of its services. The startup, headed by Drake Sutton-Shearer, is offering up media co...

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Fandango: Best Year Ever

Los Angeles-based Fandango, the online and mobile movie ticketing service which is a unit of NBCUniversal, said today that its 2012 was its "best year in company history". The company said it had a 12-year record high in ticket sales, web a...

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Why Being Nimble Is The Key To Success In Games, with SGN's Josh Yguado

What's the key to success in the video game market today? We sat down earlier this month to talk with Josh Yguado, President of SGN (www.sgn.com), to learn more about the importance of being nimble in the game market, the company's platfo...

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Amazon Studios Sets Plans For Six Series Pilots

Amazon Studios, the Southern California-based effort by e-commerce giant Amazon.com to produce its own, original content for Amazon Instant Video, has just greenlighted six series pilots for production, the company announced this morning. A...

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Maker Studios Lands $36M More For YouTube Content

Culver City-based Maker Studios, which develops YouTube channels and content, said today that it has raised $36M in a funding round. The investment was led by Time Warner Investments, and also included Greycroft Partners, Downey Ventures (R...

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Sonos Gets Plug On Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Santa Barbara-based Sonos, the developer of the popular, whole home audio systems, got a big endorsement this week, when its SONOS PLAY:3 was featured on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. SONOS was featured on the annual gift-highlighting on th...

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Tubular Labs Finds $2.5M More

Tubular Labs, the developer of analytics tools for YouTube networks--which is backed by a significant number of Los Angeles angel investors--has added another, $2.5M to its warchest in a new funding. The firm--which was seeded by Allen DeBe...

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tapiture Raises $450,000

Venice-based Tapiture, an online, male-focused site which bills itself a "Pinterest for Men", has raised $450,000 in what looks like a convertible debt funding. The funding came via an SEC filing. Tapiture has not yet announced the funding,...

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Hulu Revenue Rise To $695M; Tops 3M Paying Subscribers

Hulu, the online video streaming site headed by Jason Kilar, detailed its 2012 numbers today, saying that it will close the year with approximately $695M in revenues, a growth of over 65% since 2011. The firm--which has been amazingly open ...

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Lynda.com Names New CTO

Carpinteria-based Lynda.com, the online video education and tutorial site, said this morning that it has named a new CTO. The firm said it has named Frits Habermann as Chief Technology Officer of the company, to help scale out the company's...

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Machinima Chops 10 Percent

High flying, YouTube network Machinima has laid off 10 percent of its staff, as part of a reorganization, according to reports Friday evening. News of the layoffs first trickled out via Twitter from many of the firm's former employees. Los ...

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Helinet Aviation Buys Shotover, Gets Funding

Helinet, a provider of flight services to the entertainment, media, and other industries which is based in Van Nuys, said Thursday that it has acquired Shotover Camera Systems, a developer of a gyro-stablized, camera systems used for shooti...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

MiTu Network Finds Funding For Latino YouTube Network

MiTu, a Los Angeles-based YouTube network focused on Latino content, said today that it has closed a round of funding. The funding was led by The Chernin Group, and also included Allen DeBevoise of Machinima, Juan Cristobal Ferrer of Ferrer...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Capturing Music, Life, and More With Vyclone, with David King Lassman

What's the best way to capture the important things in your life on video, and share them with friends? Los Angeles-based Vyclone (www.vyclone.com) has created a mobile application which lets users capture videos, and automatically edits an...

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Warner, MGM Back Game Maker Kabam

Warner Brothers Entertainment and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios have invested in massively multiplayer, online and social game maker Kabam, as part of the launch of several games centered around The Hobbit. Kama said today that it has launche...

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Vyclone Powers Documentary Effort

Los Angeles-based Vyclone, the developer of mobile video collaboration software, said it is powering a new effort to create a massive documentary on "the human experience". Vyclone--which creates a mobile app which makes it easy to co-creat...

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Frequency Debuts Video Search Tools On iPhone

Frequency, the developer of online video search services headed by former iFilm CEO Blair Harrison, has released new app for the iPhone, the company said this morning. The app lets users personalize and watch video channels, gathered from t...

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Mandalay Digital Buys Assets From Skyrockit

Los Angeles-based Mandalay Digital Group, a provider of mobile data services, said today that it has acquired the music label assets of Skyrockit, a venture-backed mobile entertainment studio providing content to AT&T Mobility, Sprint, T-M...

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Tops $1 Billion Sales Mark

Santa Monica-based videogame developer Activision Publishing, which is a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, reports that its newly launched title, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, just crossed the $1 billion mark in retail sales. Activision said...

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Cinedigm Sets Software Head

Los Angeles-based digital cinema technology developer Cinedigm said Tuesday that it has named Dan Sherlock as its President of Cinedigm Software. Cinedigm said that he will be responsible for production, technology, business development, sa...

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Ebyline Launches New Service For Publishers

Los Angeles-based Ebyline, the online marketplace which connects publishers with freelance journalists, has rolled out a new offering today, which it says can help publishers produce their own, custom news feeds. The service, called Ebyline...

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

ThisNext's Glossi Launches Public Beta

Glossi, an online magazine publishing tool being developed by Santa Monica-based ThisNext, has its debut today, aimed at letting users built and publish their own visual magazines. The new service lets users organize and lay out heavily vis...

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Warner Launches Multiplayer Game

Burbank-based Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today that it has launched a new multiplayer online battle game, Guardians of Middle-earth, in conjunction with film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The firm said the game ru...

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Triton Digital Powers Xbox Music Service

Los Angeles-based Trigon Digital, the provider of digital advertising anf other services to both the traditional and online radio market, is powering a number of features of the new, free music streaming service from Microsoft, Xbox Music, ...

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Calacanis Backs Red Tricycle

Prolific angel investor Jason Calacanis has backed the operator of an online service which provides parents with information about local activities, restaurants, stores, and more, Red Tricycle. Red Tricycle, which is based in Seattle, said ...

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Friday, November 30, 2012

SGN In Real Money Betting Deal With Betable

SGN, the developer of social and mobile games, said today that it is adding real money gambling to its games, via a partnership with legal gambling API provider Betable. SGN said a selection of its games will be powered by Betable in certai...

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

ZEFR Taps Levinsohn For Board

Venice, California-based ZEFR, the online content distribution startup founded by Zach James and Richard Raddon, has some new experience in its corner: Ross Levinsohn, the former interim CEO of Yahoo. Levinsohn apparently has joined ZEFR's ...

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Chill Debuts Premium Video Service, Chill Direct

Chill, the online video discovery service founded by Brian Norgard and Daniel Gould, has debuted a brand new service today, aimed at helping artists to distribute their premium videos to fans. Chill said its new service, Chill Direct, allow...

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Fourth Wall Studios Whacks Staff, Stops Production

Culver City-based Fourth Wall Studios, a developer of interactive content backed by LA billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, has laid off the majority of its staff, and stopped production, according to a report from the LA Times. The time said t...

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Monday, November 26, 2012

ZEFR Hits 1 Billion Monthly Views

Venice-based ZEFR, the online content provider headed by Zach James and Richard Raddon, has reached 1 billion monthly views of its content, the firm revealed Monday, as part of an invite to supporters to celebrate the milestone. The company...

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Monday, November 26, 2012

The Story Behind Machinima's Rise To The Top

What's the secret behind Machinima's rise to the top among YouTube's top channels with MachinimaPrime? Young, male, viewers, according to a report from the New York Times. In a profile, the Times talks with Machinima CEO Allen DeBevoise, ab...

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Hulu Plus Rolls Out On Wii U

Hulu, the online video streaming service, has rolled out on the new Nintendo Wii U console, the Los Angeles firm said Tuesday evening. Hulu said that the new Wii U console supports both the usual access to current TV shows, as well as a sec...

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Rubicon Project Powers Glam Media

Santa Monica-based Rubicon Project, the online advertising exchange operator, is powering female content network Glam Media, Glam Media said Tuesday. Glam Media said it is using REVV Connect, Rubicon Project's real time advertising trading ...

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Monday, November 19, 2012

NetDNA Connects CDN To Web Apps, Services

Los Angeles-based content delivery network (CDN) provider NetDNA is making it easier for web application developers to use its CDN services, saying Monday that it has launched a new service to embed web acceleration capabilities into their ...

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Hulu Highlights Video Games

Online video streaming site Hulu said Friday that it has launched a new section to highlight video game trailers, through its new Video Games hub on the site. The new hub shows HD trailers of games, game play videos, reviews, and more on re...

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Crackle Debuts PlayStation 3 App

Culver City-based Crackle, the online video streaming site owned by Sony, said today that it has debuted a new, Playstation 3 application, which lets users of that device gain access to its movies, television series, and original programmin...

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Call Of Duty: Black Ops II Sells $500M In First 24 Hours

Santa Monica-based Activision Publishing is estimating a sell-through of more than $500M in the first 24 hours of launching Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The newest Call of Duty title went on sale on November 13th. The company said the number...

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Curating The Web Using PublishThis, with Matt Kumin

If you're a web publisher, or even a brand developing your own outreach to customers through a newsletter or microsite, how do you efficiently gather and curate all of the news and information out there? Right now, it's a manual process--un...

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

MeFeedia Debuts New Mobile Discovery Features

Burbank-based Beachfront Media, which operates the online video discovery site MeFeedia, said it has added a number of new discovery features to its mobile website and apps. The firm said its updated software allows consumers to discovery v...

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Base79 Gets Funding From The Chernin Group

Los Angeles investment firm The Chernin Group, the media holding and investment group founded by Peter Chernin, has made an investment in European online video company Base79. According to Base79, the strategic equity investment included bo...

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Hits Stores

Activision's latest title from the Call of Duty franchise, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, hit the stores today, as Activision looks to set another record for sales for the combat game. Activision has consistently set sales records with the fra...

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Minitime Takes On Family Vacations

A new, Los Angeles-based startup, MiniTime launched today, looking to make it easier for families to plan their vacations. The company, headed by John Smelzer and founded by Nimrod Lev and Oleg Sandler, revealed that it has raised $1M in a ...

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Consumer Brands Finds Funding

Aliso Viejo-based Consumer Brands, a company that acquires domain assets and brands and develops them as individual properties, said today that it has scored a "multi-million" dollar financing. The funding came from Black Diamond Ventures. ...

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Monday, November 12, 2012

What Does Google's New YouTube Strategy Mean For SoCal Startups?

It looks like Google's YouTube intends to pull at least 60 percent of its programming deals for online content providers, a move that may have a huge impact on Southern California's emerging video content startups. In a report, AllThingsD s...

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Monday, November 12, 2012

j2 Global Buys Ziff Davis

In a surprise move, Los Angeles-based cloud communications provider j2 Global said this morning that it has acquired technology publishing firm Ziff Davis. j2 Global said it paid $167M for j2, out of cash on hand, for Ziff Davis, which owns...

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Friday, November 9, 2012

The Chernin Group Gets Strategic Investment

Los Angeles-based The Chernin Group, the media holding company and investor led by Peter Chernin, said Thursday afternoon that it has received a "significant" equity investment from Qatar Holding LLC. Size of that investment was not disclos...

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Call Of Duty: Black Ops II Includes Live YouTube Streaming

Players of the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops II title being released next week by Activision Blizzard will be able to stream their games directly to YouTube, according to Activision. Activision Publishing said Thursday that Xbox 360 and ...

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Hulu Launches Kids Section, Hulu Kids

Hulu, the online television and video streaming service based here in Los Angeles, has just rolled out a new section entirely devoted to children's shows, the company announced this morning. Hulu said its new Hulu Kids section showcases the...

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Demand Media Revenues, Profits Up

Demand Media, the online media publishing firm headed by Richard Rosenblatt, reported record revenues and profitability, the firm said Monday afternoon, as its released its third quarter results. The firm's total revenues grew to $98.1M, up...

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Monday, November 5, 2012

THQ Seeks Buyer As Sales Slip

Agoura Hills-based videogame maker THQ is looking for a buyer, after reporting less-than-stellar results on Monday afternoon. THQ said it has hired an investment banker to help it consider "strategic alternatives", in hopes of raising addit...

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Monday, November 5, 2012

JuntoBox Partners With IndieGoGo On Film Crowdfunding

Juntobox Films, the online startup social community focused on independent filmmakers, and which is chaired by director and actor Forest Whitaker, said today that it has partnered with online crowdfunding site indigogo, to help filmmakers g...

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Hulu Inks Deal With CBS

Hulu announced today that it has inked a multi-year license deal with CBS, to add library content from the network to Hulu Plus. According to Hulu, CBS content will start appearing on Hulu Plus in January 2013, and will include more than 2,...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Video: Darth Vader Goes To Disneyland

If you're Darth Vader, what do you do now that you are owned by Walt Disney Co.? A video just released by Walt Disney Parks imagines the result. (Burbank-based ...

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Disney Buys Lucasfilm

Burbank-based The Walt Disney Company has acquired Lucasfilm Ltd., the film company owned by George Lucas, in a deal worth $4.05 billion, Disney said Tuesday afternoon. Disney said it would pay stock and cash for Lucasfilm, with approximate...

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Disney Buys Lucasfilm

Burbank-based The Walt Disney Company has acquired Lucasfilm Ltd., the film company owned by George Lucas, in a deal worth $4.05 billion, Disney said Tuesday afternoon. Disney said it would pay stock and cash for Lucasfilm, with approximate...

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

BUZZMEDIA Revs Editorial Hires

Los Angeles-based digital media publisher BUZZMEDIA looks to be revving up its hiring on the editorial end of its business, saying Tuesday that it has hired nine staffers across its sites Celebuzz, and SPIN. The firm said the expansion of i...

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

BeachFront Media Adds Windows 8 Support

Burbank-based Beachfront Media, the firm which operates the MeFeedia video discovery site, has upgraded its tools and platform to support Windows 8. The firm said it now supports Windows 8 App creation, deployment, and management via its Be...

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

EdgeCast Expands Internationally

Santa Monica-based content delivery network operator EdgeCast Networks said today that it has expanded its global network, opening up new point of presence (PoP) locations in Vienna, Austria, Stockholm, Sweden, and Sao Paulo, Brazil. The fi...

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Amazon Studios Options Another Comedy Series

Amazon Studios, the content production arm of Amazon.com, said Monday that it has optioned another comedy series. Amazon said that it has optioned "Those Who Can't", a comedy show written by Andrew Orvedahl, Adam Cayton-Holland, and Benjami...

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Red 5 Studios Lands $15M More

Aliso Viejo-based videogame developer Red 5 Studios has just raised $15M in a debt funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the company. Details on the funding have not yet been announced by the company. Red 5 develops massively m...

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Adhesive Games Gets $18M For Massively Multiplayer Game

Adhesive Games, the Alhambra-based, independent game publishing studio which is part of Meteor Entertainment has just scored a big, $18M funding round from Rustic Canyon Partners, Chinese game publisher KongZhong, and others to help bring i...

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Decoding The Science Behind The Laughs, With Daniel Altman of Laffster

One of the major growth areas along Silicon Beach has been in the whole area of creating content for digital platforms. But, how do you figure out what actual content will resonate with online consumers? And in particular, if you're develop...

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Laffster Lands $750K

Venice, California-based comedy startup Laffster said this morning that it has raised $750,000 in a funding round, which came from Greylock Partners, Howard Lindzon, Adam Nash (LinkedIn), Chris Williams (Maker Studios), Samer Hamadeh (Vault...

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

SGN Names Yguado President

Los Angeles-based game developer >SGN announced this morning that it has named Josh Yguado as President of the company. Yguado is one of the co-founders of SGN, and was previously in charge of game development at the firm. He also served at...

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Demand Media Launches Channel With Arizona Republic

Santa Monica-based Demand Media announced today that it is powering a new Travel Channel for newspaper the Arizona Republic. According to Demand, it is launching the new brand on AZCentral.com, the online site for the Arizona Republic. Fina...

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Amazon Studios Options Two Comedies

The option deals are coming fast and furious at Amazon Studios, the effort being run here in Los Angeles to develop content for Amazon Prime and other platforms. Amazon Studios said this week that it has optioned two new comedy series, incl...

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Cinedigm Deploys In The Caribbean

Los Angeles-based Cinedigm, a developer of digital cinema products, said today that it has deployed its products in the Caribbean. The firm said the deal is its first large scale deployment outside the continental US and Canada. Cinedigm sa...

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Digiboo Adds Android Support, TV Content

Los Angeles-based Digiboo, a developer of retail kiosks where users can purchase movies and other content for digital download, said today that it has added support for Android devices, and also included a new set of television series. Digi...

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Variety Acquired By Penske Media

The bible of entertainment industry news, Variety, has been acquired by Internet entrepreneur Jay Penske, via his firm, Penske Media, the companies said today. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. Penske Media owns such ...

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Hulu Adds Nickelodeon Titles To Hulu Plus

A new deal by Los Angeles-based Hulu this morning will add content from Nickelodeon to Hulu's premium service, Hulu Plus. The Nickelodeon deal brings titles such as "iCarly," "Big Time Rush," "VICTORiOUS," "How to Rock," "Supah Ninjas," "S...

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Moviepilot Sets Up Office In Venice, Hires Two Execs

Moviepilot, which operates an online movie discovery site, said last week that it has opened up an office on Abbot Kinney in Venice, California, as part of its expansion into Los Angeles. The firm--which has been booting up operations in LA...

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Monday, October 8, 2012

YouTube Injects $200M Into More Content

In what can only be good news for the ecosystem of content providers and startup firms here in Southern California, Google's YouTube said Sunday that it is expanding into Europe, and adding more than 50 original channels to the 100 it intro...

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

ZEFR Picks Up Staff From BetterWorks, Expands In London

ZEFR, the online content provider formerly known as MOVIECLIPS, and which recently expanded into sports content, has picked up a contingent of engineers from BetterWorks, and opened up an office in London, the firm said Thursday afternoon. ...

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Sony Online Entertainment Takes PlanetSide 2 To Russia

Sony Online Entertainment, the developer of massively multiplayer games which is based in San Diego, said today that it has inked a deal with Innova Systems to take its PlanetSide 2 title to Russia and the the Commonwealth of Independent St...

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Learning The Ropes Of Internet Video With Michael Tringe and CreatorUp

You've got a great idea for a web video series, but how do you learn about how to make that happen, to get distribution, and monetize that video? Los Angeles-based CreatorUp (www.creatorup.com) wants to help aspiring online video producers ...

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Amazon Options Horror Novel

Amazon Studios, the Los Angeles production arm of Amazon.com, has further expanding its content efforts, saying this week that it has optioned a gothic horror novel called Seed. The horror novel, authored by Ania Ahlborn, is the first to be...

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Fandango Launches Original Video Effort

In a move into creating its own video content, Los Angeles-based Fandango, the movie ticketing and movie information site, said this morning that it plans its first ever, original video development slate. The company said its original video...

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Monday, October 1, 2012

EQAL Acquisition By Everyday Health Included $12.5M In Stock

A recent regulatory filing by Everyday Health, the digital media publisher, shows that its acquisition of Los Angeles-based EQAL included both cash and stock, with the stock portion worth $12.5M. The filing did not reveal the full price for...

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Playsino Buys Two Social Gaming Firms

Los Angeles-based Playsino, which develops social casino games, said today that it has acquired two social gaming firms, including Popover Games and Foghorn Games. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Popover Games develops social...

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Fandango Names Yanover President

Fandango, the online and mobile movie ticketing provider based in Los Angeles, has hired former Disney Online executive Paul Yanover as President, the company said today. Yanover was formerly xecutive vice-president and managing director of...

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Actv8 Gets $3.2M

Beverly Hills-based Actv8, a developer of mobile applications for Hollywood and the television industry, has raised $3.2M in a funding round, according to a recent regulatory filing by the firm. Source of the funding and details have not be...

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Mahalo's New Name, Pivot: Inside.com?

Is Santa Monica-based Mahalo, the startup headed by Jason Calacanis, just about to reveal a new pivot and new corporate name? According to a story from TechCrunch this morning, yes. The story says that many signs point to a rebranding of Ma...

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

BUZZMEDIA Ties For Brand, Influence Research

Los Angeles-based content publisher BUZZMEDIA said this morning that it has tied with a research firm, to help mine its network of properties to help brands understand influencers and consumers. According to BUZZMEDIA, the partnership with ...

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Movie Hackathon Combines Film, Technology, Prizes

In the latest "hackathon" to hit Southern California, the Film Independent Forum has just announced a new Movie Hackathon, hosted by Zach James' ZEFR, which will look to spur programmers to create new, engagement experiences and tools for f...

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

EQAL Acquired By Everyday Health

Los Angeles-based EQAL, the digital media and content developer founded by Miles Beckett and Greg Goodfried, has been acquired by Everyday Health, Everyday Health said this morning. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Everyday He...

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Monday, September 24, 2012

BUZZMEDIA Rises To Top In Traffic Ranking

Los Angeles-based BUZZMEDIA, the vast network of entertainment and music related blogs and websites, said that it is now number one in entertainment news, according to rankings from comScore. The company, which is run by Tyler Goldman, says...

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Hulu Plus Adds Content From WWE

Fans of the WWE have a new way to get content from the entertainment company--known for its professional wrestling personalities and contests--via Hulu Plus, the premium service of Los Angeles-based video site Hulu. The WWE said that it is ...

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Friday, September 21, 2012

SGN Snags VP From Zynga

Los Angeles-based SGN said today that it has snagged a Zynga executive to head up product development for the company. SGN, which develops cross platform social and mobile games, said it has hired Brian Kahrs as its Vice President of Produc...

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Los Angeles Companies Continue To Dominate Top YouTube Channels

The latest ranking of the top, YouTube Partner Channels from internet measurement firm comScore shows that the entire segment continues to be dominated by Los Angeles companies, with the region holding six of the top slots in the list. The ...

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Scopely Raises $8.5M

It looks like all that bacon paid off. Los Angeles-based Scopely, the startup co-founded by Eytan Elbaz, Eytan Elbaz, Walter Driver and Ankur Bulsara, which is developing social and mobile games, said this morning that it has raised $8.5M i...

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

StoryBots And The Future of Learning,With Gregg Spiridellis, JibJab

What would Sesame Street look like, if it was created in the world of smartphones, tablets, and YouTube? It might look a little bit like StoryBots (www.storybots.com), the new kids educational and entertainment service just launched by JibJ...

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Microsoft Details LA Production Studio Efforts

Technology giant Microsoft has detailed its new Los Angeles production studio, officially announcing that it has created a new production studio headed by former CBS Network Television Entertainment president Nancy Tellem. Microsoft said th...

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Hulu Pushes Television Window With Saturday Night Live In Japan

In what looks like even more pressure on Hollywood's system of "windowing" content, Los Angeles-based Hulu is pushing the window with a deal to show NBC's Saturday Night Live in Japan only hours after its U.S. broadcast. The deal--announced...

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Twentieth Century Fox Launches HD Streaming Program

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is aiming to boost digital streaming and downloading of its content, through a new program the firm announced this morning. The entertainment firm, which is a subsidiary of Twentieth Century Fox Film...

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

RealD Expands In Russia

Los Angeles-based RealD, the developer of 3D movie projection technology, said today that it has opened up a new office in Russia. The firm said its new Moscow office will help increase its presence in the country, and will provide sales, c...

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Two Bit Circus Takes On Hardware, Software Creations

A new, Los Angeles-based company, Two Bit Circus--headed by Brent Bushnell--has emerged, and announced it has finished its first few projects, including a series of videos created for Best Buy. Bushnell was previously founder of mobile game...

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Ze Frank Games Acquired By Buzzfeed

Ze Frank Games, the Los Angeles startup led by web video's Ze Frank, has been acquired by BuzzFeed, a social news publisher, the firm said Friday. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. According to BuzzFeed, Ze Frank has joined the...

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Friday Video: Storybots' Letter N

What do get when you combine the creative sensibilities of JibJab with children's educational content? You get this: the Letter N ABC Song, from StoryBots, the new project of JibJab's Evan and Gregg Spiradellis. (More video from Southern ...

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

JibJab's StoryBots Takes On Kids' Entertainment

What do you get when you take the creative minds behind JibJab.com, the Venice-based online humor content developers--known for its hilarious videos of everything from politics to everyday life--and apply that to kids entertainment? You g...

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Amazon Studios Releases Digital Comic

An effort in Los Angeles by Amazon.com to find screenplays has resulted in a new digital comic series, the firm said today, Blackburn Burrow. Amazon said the new venture from Amazon Studios will produce four issues of the comic, inspired by...

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Interview with Alec Meikle, MYMUSAIC

Tired of that same-old, boring photo slideshow? How do you create a better, more exciting presentation of your photos? MYMUSAIC (www.mymusaic.com), a Los Angeles startup, thinks it has figured that out, and recently launched a service which...

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Martha Stewart Now On Hulu

Hulu, the Los Angeles online video site, said this morning that Martha Stewart is the latest personality to add her content to the site. Details on the deal between Hulu and Martha Stewart Living were not disclosed, however, Hulu said it wo...

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Friday, September 7, 2012

SheKnows Bumps Into Largest 50 Web Properties

Online women's publishing site SheKnows has bumped into the 50 largest web properties in the U.S., the site said this week. Citing numbers from th ecomScore July 2012 report, the Los Angeles-based site--which is part of AtomicOnline--said i...

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Sony Online Entertainment Launches User-Generated Content Program

San DIego-based Sony Online Entertainment announced yesterday that it has launched a new program which allows users to create their own, in-game items for its popular EverQuest franchise. Sony said it has launched Player Studio, a new progr...

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Sony Online Entertainment Launches User-Generated Content Program

San DIego-based Sony Online Entertainment announced yesterday that it has launched a new program which allows users to create their own, in-game items for its popular EverQuest franchise. Sony said it has launched Player Studio, a new progr...

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

BUZZMEDIA Links With Suri's Burn Book

Los Angeles-based online celebrity media publisher BUZZMEDIA said Wednesday that it has linked with Suri's Burn Book, an online Tumblr blog focused on celebrity children and fashion mishaps. Financial details of the joint venture were not d...

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Fizziology Expands In The UK

Hollywood-based social media research company Fizziology said this morning that it has launched a new, U.K. research arm, which will help provide customers with tracking of online conversations in that country. Fizzilogy provides online soc...

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

NuvoTV Gets $40M For Latino TV

Los Angeles-based NuvoTV, a new, English-language cable network aimed at Latinos in the U.S., said it has raised $40M in a venture financing round. The round came from Columbia Capital and Rho Capital Partners, and also included Veronis Suh...

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

CraveOnline Snags AOL Vet As Sales VP

Los Angeles-based CraveOnline, the men's lifestyle site owned by Evolve Media, said today that it has snagged Drew Berkowitz, the former General Manager of AOL's Video Unit Goviral as its new Senior Vice President of Sales. Berkowitz also r...

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Monday, August 27, 2012

BUZZMEDIA Buys Four Punk Rock Blogs

Los Angeles-based BUZZMEDIA, the growing online music publisher, reported this morning that it has acquired four punk rock sites, which it will use to create a new punk music group called AbsoluteVoices. BUZZMEDIA said it acquired Under The...

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Mars Rover Hooks Up With Angry Birds Space

It looks like NASA's Curiosity rover has discovered something unusual on Mars: a videogame tie-in with the Angry Birds Space. NASA and Rovio, the maker of Angry Birds, announced a deal today where Rovio will release an update to the Angry B...

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Amazon Sets Santa Monica For Big Announcement: Hollywood Link?

The tech press is abuzz about an announcement from Amazon, set for September 6th in Santa Monica, speculating that the company is either planning a new Kindle announcement or something related to Hollywood. Apparently, Amazon has booked Bar...

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

SheKnows Taps Alanis Morissette For Video Blog

Los Angeles-based women's content site SheKnows, which is owned by Evolve Media Corp., said today that it has inked a deal with singer/songwriter Alanis Morissette, to include a video blog (vlog) from Morissette while on tour. SheKnows said...

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

My Damn Channel Raises $1.0M

Los Angeles-based My Damn Channel, the online comedy site headed by Rob Barnett and Warren Chao, has raised $1.0M as part of an ongoing, $3.0M funding round, according to a regulatory filing from the firm. Details on the new funding have no...

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Hulu Refreshes Site, Focuses on More Vivid, Graphic Experience

Hulu, the online video site, has made a major update to the site today, rolling out a more vivid, graphical interface which highlights scenes, TV shows, movies, and more on the service. Among updates made by Hulu, the site is now highlighti...

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Nirvanix Wins Fox Networks

San Diego-based cloud storage service provider Nirvanix has signed on Fox Networks Group, the television broadcaster, as a customer for its service, the company announced this morning. Size of the win was not announced. Nirvanix said Fox is...

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Rumor: Hulu's Kilar Set For $100M Payday

A report published Sunday by Variety says that Jason Kilar, the CEO of Los Angeles-based online video site Hulu, is set to cash out as much as $100M after the site's management buyout funded by Providence Equity Partners. The report also sa...

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Amazon Studios Options Children's Series

Amazon Studios, the Los Angeles production arm of Amazon.com, said Thursday that it has optioned two new children's series. The firm--which has been ramping efforts in Hollywood to produce content specifically for Amazon's streaming video s...

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Sleepy Giant Selects Joyent

Newport Beach-based Sleepy Giant, an online games developer, has selected cloud hosting firm Joyent for its infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) services, the two said this week. According to the companies, Sleepy Giant is using Joyent for it...

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Movieclips Becomes ZEFR, Raises $18.5M

Venice-based Movieclips, the online movie clips site and content site founded by Zach James and Richard Raddon, said today that it has raised $18.9M in a Series C funding round, and has rebranded itself as ZEFR. The new funding round was le...

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

SheKnows Launches Parenting Website, AllParenting

Los Angeles-based SheKnows, the online women's publishing site owned by Atomic Online/Evolve Media Corp., said today that it has launched a new site, AllParenting.com. The new site is focused on parents, and specifically mothers, with conte...

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

EdgeCast Powers Fruit Ninja Frenzy

Players of the mobile game "Fruit Ninja Frenzy"--the latest title from game developer Halfbrick--should be seeing faster load times with the game, thanks to a deal with Los Angeles-based content delivery network provider EdgeCast. EdgeCast ...

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

THQ Launches Sequel To Darksiders

Agoura-based videogame maker THQ said today that it has released its sequel to Darksiders, Darksiders II, for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows PCs. The firm said the new title costs $59.99 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation, and $49.99 fo...

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Activision's Pitfall Returns

Are you old enough to remember the popular Pitfall! adventure came on the Atari 2600? Well, Pitfall! is back, thanks to a reboot by Activision, which released a new version of the game yesterday for the Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. P...

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Stickam Debuts Premium Membership

Los Angeles-based live broadcasting site Stickam said this week that it has launched a new, VIP membership program, which will let users on the site better promote themselves. The site--which allows anyone with a web camera to broadcast the...

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Sonos Ties Into Amazon Cloud Player

Sonos, the developer of wireless, whole-home audio systems which stream music from the Internet or your computer, has further extended its music service support to Amazon Cloud Player, the cloud music service of Amazon.com. Amazon and Sonos...

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Pivotshare Raises $1M For Content Monetization

Irvine-based Pivotshare, a new startup offering up a service to help content creators publish and monetize their video or audio via subscription or pay-per-view, said today that it has raised $1M in a Series A funding. The funding came from...

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

AwesomenessTV Gets $3.5M For YouTube Content

A new, Los Angeles based startup focused on developing original media for YouTube, AwesomenessTV, announced Tuesday afternoon that it has raised $3.5M in a Series A investment round. The round was led by MK Capital, and also included Greycr...

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Demand Media Revenues, Pageviews Grow

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online content publishing firm run by Richard Rosenblatt, reported its second quarter 2012 financial results on Tuesday afternoon, saying that both its revenues and pageviews grew from year to year. Dema...

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Catching Up With Joanne Bradford, Demand Media

Santa Monica-based Demand Media (www.demandmedia.com) has seen its share of ups and downs as one of the highest visibility technology and media companies to come out of Southern California's technology ecosystem in recent years. The compa...

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Interview with John Mudge, iBN Sports

One of the big questions in the content world has been: what's the right formula to make content creation profitable on the Internet? And, how do programs like YouTube's recent push to help fund original content channels on the site helping...

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Hulu Sets New Season For Misfits, Booth At The End

Los Angeles-based Hulu, the online video streaming service, said Tuesday that it will air new seasons of two series, "Misfits", and "The Booth at the End". Misfits is a UK series, which is seeing its fourth season running on Hulu and Hulu P...

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Latest Amazon Studios Project: Orange Curtain

Amazon Studios, the original content effort run by Amazon.com out of Los Angeles, said today that the latest project added to its development slate is "Orange Curtain", focused on gun runners who live in Orange County, set against the backd...

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

NetDNA Snags UberTags

Los Angeles-based content delivery network (CDN) provider NetDNA reported today that it has been selected by online tag management company Ubertags. NetDNA said the customer deployment and co-marketing agreement will allow UberTags to distr...

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Hulu Plus Heads To Apple TV

Los Angeles-based Hulu said this morning that its Hulu Plus service just debuted on the Apple TV. Hulu said that users of the Apple TV can now start watching Hulu Plus shows via the device. The service requires users to be a current member,...

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Wonderville Takes On Educational Content For Kids

A new, Los Angeles startup, Wonderville has launched to take on curating educational content on the web, providing links and videos to different content on a wide range of educational content for K-8 education. The company said this morning...

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Wonderville Takes On Educational Content For Kids

A new, Los Angeles startup, Wonderville has launched to take on curating educational content on the web, providing links and videos to different content on a wide range of educational content for K-8 education. The company said this morning...

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Demand Media Ties Into Olympics With Content

Los Angeles-based online content publisher Demand Media is getting into an Olympics mood, saying Thursday afternoon that it has launched an Olympics-related series, Taking London, a special series which will be featured on the LIVESTRONG Wo...

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

iBN Sports Partners With YouTube For High School Sports

Lake Forest-based iBN Sports, which films and broadcasts high school football and other games online, said this morning that it has inked a deal to broadcast over 1,500 games over the next season on YouTube. The company--one of the premium ...

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Cie Games In Asian Expansion

Long Beach-based Cie Games, the developer of the social Facebook game Car Town, said this morning that it has partnered with Japanese automotive information company PROTO CORPORATION. According to Cie Games, the deal with Nagoya-based PROTO...

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

THQ Regains NASDAQ Minimum Bid Compliance

Agoura Hills-based videogame maker THQ reported this morning that it has regained compliance with the minimum bid price rule for continued listing on the NASDAQ Global Select Market. THQ had been hovering below the $1.00 per share mark, the...

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Monday, July 23, 2012

THQ Names Production VP

Agoura Hills-based THQ announced this morning that it has named Ron Moravek as its new Executive Vice President, Production. Moravek is the former co-founder and COO of Relic Entertainment, which he sold to THQ in 2004. He also served at El...

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Hulu Debuts New Video Player

Los Angeles-based video site Hulu rolled out its new video player on Saturday, saying that it now includes such features as a 10-second rewind, new pause features, browsing videos inside the player without stopping what you're watching, and...

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Warner Bros. TV In Deal With Amazon

Burbank-based Warner Bros. domestic Television Distribution, the arm of Warner Bros. which handles distribution to the domestic television marketplace, has inked a digital video license agreement with Amazon.com. According to Amazon, the de...

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Report: MovieClips Raises Series C

Venice-based MovieClips, the online site which allows people to share and view clips from movies, has raised a Series C funding round, according to reports. No details on the funding, which was first reported by Dan Primack at FORTUNE, have...

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Hulu Debuts Larry King Now

Fans of talk show host Larry King can now go to Hulu for their Larry King fix, thanks to a deal announced today between Los Angeles-based Hulu and Ora TV. According to the two, Larry King Now is premiering this week, starting with an interv...

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

NetDNA Turns To NGINX

Los Angeles-based content delivery network (CDN) provider NetDNA said late Monday evening that it has turned to the NGINX web server package for its web server software. NetDNA said it has standardized its NetDNA and MaxCDN services on NGIN...

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Activision Blizzard On Block, Says Report

Los Angeles-based videogame maker Activision Blizzard is on the block, with majority owner Vivendi looking to sell the video game business, according to reports this week. Reuters, citing five sources "close to the situation," said that the...

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Demand Media Expands Into eBooks

Los Angeles-based Demand Media has a new market on its sights: electronic books. The firm said today that it has launched two, new electronic book series, part of what the firm said is the "next chapter" of its Demand Studios efforts. The c...

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Poptent Raises $5.5M For Crowdsourced Video

Los Angeles-based Poptent, which is harnessing crowdsourcing to help brands and agencies to develop advertisements, said this morning that it has raised $5.5M in a funding round. The round was leds by MK Capital. Poptent, which is led by An...

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Break Media Launches iPad App

Los Angeles-based Break Media, the online content publisher focused on video for men, said this morning that it has launched a new Break.com iPad app. Break.com said it has revamped its application, and has specifically designed an app for ...

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

BUZZMEDIA Buys Spin

Los Angeles-based digital media and entertainment publisher BUZZMEDIA announced this morning that it has acquired venerable SPIN Media, the publisher of Spin Magazine, the 25 year old brand known for its coverage of music and culture. Finan...

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Hulu Heads To TV

In an interesting reversal of the flow of content from TV to Los Angeles-based Hulu, the online video site apparently has inked its first ever, deal to broadcast its original programming on TV, according to Variety today. Hulu has reportedl...

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Buffalo Studios Launches iOS Game

Los Angeles-based Buffalo Studios, a social gaming developer founded by former Electronic Arts (EA) executives, said today that it has released its first, mobile game, for Apple iOS. The company--which has been developing titles for Facebo...

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Beats Electronics Bargain: $14M For MOG

Los Angeles-based Beats Electronics, the maker of the Beats By Dr. Dre headphones, appears to have picked up online streaming music service MOG for a song. According to a regulatory filing by HTC, first uncovered by Unwired View, the deal f...

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Fandango Sets Record Quarter

Los Angeles-based Fandango said this morning that it has seen its best quarter in its company's history, with a 28 percent, year-over-year growth in its second quarter ticket sales. The firm, which did not disclose financial numbers, said t...

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Monday, July 2, 2012

THQ Plans Reverse Stock Split

Battered videogame developer THQ, which has been suffering from a downturn in its business, said today that it is planning a 1-for-10 reverse stock split, in order to raise its per share trading price so that it will regain compliance with ...

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Maker Studios Partners With Snoop Dog

Culver City-based Maker Studios, the startup which is one of the biggest producers of content for YouTube, said Friday that it has inked a content development deal with hip-hop star Snoop Dogg. Maker said that the two will develop a slate o...

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Monday, July 2, 2012

LA's Beats Electronics Buys MOG

Beats Electronic, the maker of the Beats By Dr. Dre headphones, is acquiring online music service MOG, the two firms said over the weekend. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. MOG, which was based in Berkeley, California,...

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Hulu In Deal With HBO On Japanese Distribution

Los Angeles-based Hulu said Thursday that it has entered into a multi-year agreement with HBO, to distribute American TV programming to Japan. Hulu said the deal will make select HBO shows available to Hulu subscribers in Japan, including "...

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Maker Studio Tops One Billion Monthly Views

What kind of audience can you possibly get with posting content to YouTube? Apparently, a very, very large one. Los Angeles-based Maker Studios, which produces content for publishing on YouTube, reports today that is has just reached more t...

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Eventful Reaches 20M Registered Users

San Diego-based Eventful, the online website which helps consumers find live entertainment and local events, reported this morning that it has reached 20 million members on its site. The firm claimed that the milestone makes it the largest,...

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Big Frame Lands $3M

Hollywood-based Big Frame, a new startup focused on providing content programming and marketing of YouTube talent, has raised $3M in a funding round, the firm said Tuesday. The round came from Anthem Venture Partners, Daher Capital, DFJ Fro...

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

EdgeCast Integrates Google PageSpeed Into Services

Customers of Los Angeles-based content delivery network provider EdgeCast are set to automatically have their content delivered faster today, after EdgeCast announced it had integrated Google PageSpeed, Google's page optimization algorithms...

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Amazon Studios Sets First Four Content Projects

Amazon Studios, the content development effort being run out of Amazon.com's Los Angeles arm, the People's Production Company, has set the first four projects being developed by the company. According to Amazon, it has selected one children...

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Friday, June 22, 2012

FilmFunds Launches Mobile Search App For Film Info

Los Angeles-based FilmFunds, a new startup focused on connecting aspiring and professional filmmakers with financiers and actors, said this week that it is launching a new, mobile search app which recognizes and provides information on movi...

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Report: Gaikai On The Block, May Bring More Than $500M

Aliso Viejo-based Gaikai, the venture-backed developer of videogame streaming services, is looking for buyers for the firm, in what is expected to be a sale worth more than $500M, according to reports today. The reports--from FORTUNE's Dan ...

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

THQ Axes Expansion Plans, Delays Saints Row Release

Agoura Hills-based videogame maker THQ is shifting its plans today to release an expansion for Saints Row: The Third. THQ said this morning that it will instead incorporate the formerly standalone expansion pack, Saints Row: The Third - Ent...

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Demand Media Shuffles CFO

Santa Monica-based online publisher Demand Media reported Thursday that it is shuffling its CFO, and is promoting its Senior Vice President, Finance and Treasurer Mel Tang to the CFO position. Current CFO Charles Hilliard becomes a Special ...

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

MGM Licenses Content To Amazon

MGM Studios is licensing its library of classic movie and television shows to Amazon.com, as part of Amazon's Prime Instant Video service, Amazon said today. Financial details of the deal, and exact titles covered by the license, were not a...

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Slacker Expands ESPN Radio Stations

San Diego-based online, personalized Internet radio service Slacker said Monday that it has launched a new set of ESPN stations on its service. According to the two, six new national, regional, and Spanish language ESPN stations have launch...

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

NetDNA Wins TheNextWeb.com

Los Angeles-based content delivery network provider NetDNA reports this morning that it has scored a customer win with news website The Next Web. Financial details of the win were not disclosed. NetDNA said that TheNextWeb has selected its ...

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Universal In Licensing Deal With Hark

Hark, the online service which lets users share sound bites from movies and films with their friends, and Universal are in a licensing deal, Hark said Thursday. The firm--which was co-founded by David Aronchick and Fouad ElNaggar, said the ...

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Cracked.com Launches New Advertising Format

Cracked.com, the online humor site which is owned by Santa Monica-based Demand Media, said this morning that it has launched a new advertising product which it says connects advertisers with content "the moment it goes viral." Cracked.com s...

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Slacker Radio Debuts On Xbox 360

San Diego-based Slacker has further extended its personalized online radio service, connecting the streaming audio service to Microsoft's Xbox 360, the firm announced at E3. Slacker said it will offer up the Slacker Radio application for fr...

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

THQ Sells Off UFC Rights To EA

Agoura Hills-based THQ said late Monday that it has sold off its rights to produce titles for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) brand, to Electronic Arts. Financial details of the sale were not disclosed. According to THQ, the sale r...

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Hulu In Video Deal With New York Times

Los Angeles-based video streaming and entertainment site Hulu has just inked a deal with the New York Times, to feature videos produced for the paper, according to a report today. The report, from the Nieman Journalism Lab, says that videos...

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Activision Blizzard Settles Infinity Ward Lawsuits

The various legal disputes over Activision's Call of Duty and Modern Warfare titles appears to have been put to bed, according to a statement by Activision Blizzard late Thursday. In a terse statement, Activision Blizzard said that all part...

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Thursday, May 31, 2012

BUZZMEDIA Buys Electronic Music Blog XLR8R

Los Angeles-based BUZZMEDIA, the venture backed entertainment and digital media publishing firm behind such sites as Celebuzz, Sterogum, and Buzznet, has acquired electronic music blog site XLR8R, the firm said today. Financial terms of the...

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

THQ Plans Next WWE Installment

Agoura Hills-based THQ announced the next installment of its WWE focused videogames, WWE '13 this morning, saying that it plans to release the latest WWE title on October 30th. The game, currently under development, will run on Xbox 360, Pl...

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

THQ Taps Naughty Dog's Rubin In Restructuring Effort

Agoura Hills-based THQ said Monday afternoon that it is in a "major" leadership restructuring, and has set Jason Rubin as President of the firm. Ribin is the co-founder of game developer Naughty Dog, and co-created that firm's popular “Cra...

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Friday, May 25, 2012

SheKnows Powers Site For Patti Stanger

Los Angeles-based SheKnows, the online women's publishing community and site which is part of Evolve Media Corp.'s AtomicOnline unit, reports today that it is powering a new web site for Patti Stanger, best known for hosting Bravo's The Mil...

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

GameFly Plans iOS, Android Mobile Games Effort

Los Angeles-based videogame rental service GameFly said Wednesday that it is planning to start publishing its own, mobile games for Apple iOS and Android, and will also open up a store for third party, Android games. As part of the effort, ...

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Fandango, Moviefone In Ticketing Partnership

Los Angeles-based Fandango and AOL's Moviefone, both of which provides movie information and tickets, announced today that the two are in a deal which will make Fandango the exclusive ticketing partner for Moviefone. The financial details o...

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Interview with Tobi Bauckhage, Moviepilot

How do a bunch of German moviemakers end up in Los Angeles, running a site helping studios to market and promote their films via their venture backed startup? That's the story we got from Tobi Bauckhage, the co-founder and CEO of Moviepilot...

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Xfire Partners With Southeast Asian Gaming Site

Los Angeles-based Xfire is continuing its expansion into Southeast Asia with a new partnership, the firm said today, with Southeast Asian games publisher SEA Gaming. According to the two, SEA Gaming will integrate Xfire's online gaming util...

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Hulu Announces Summer Series

Los Angeles-based Hulu announced late Sunday evening that it will launch a full slate of new original and exclusive TV shows on the site. The online video site said it will debut the ten shows on June 4th. The new shows include "Spoilers", ...

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

HitFix Launches iPad App

Los Angeles-based Hitfix, the entertainment news site co-founded by Jennifer Sargent and Gregory Ellwood, announced this morning that it has launched its first iPad app. The company said its new app, HitFix TV, allows television enthusiasts...

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Amazon Explains Studio Process, In Video

Are you wondering how Amazon Studios--Amazon.com's production studio--figured out whether or not it wants to make a movie from a script? In typical Hollywood fashion, it has explained it--with a YouTube video. Amazon has tapped Hollywood v...

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

JibJab Sues White Castle Over Ad Campaign

Los Angeles-based humor website JibJab has sued hamburger chain White Castle over use of its name to promote a food item, its chicken rings. According to a report from PaidContent, the lawsuit comes over a social media campaign called "Jib ...

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Moviepilot Gets $7M, Sets Up Shop In Los Angeles

Moviepilot.com, which runs a movie recommendation and discovery website aimed at covering movies before their release, said today that it has raised $7M in a Series B funding, to expand the German firm into the U.S. As part of the funding, ...

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Demand Media Raises 2012 Guidance On Registrar Growth

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online publishing business run by Richard Rosenblatt, announced its first quarter 2012 results yesterday, and also raised its fiscal 2012 financial guidance. The firm said it had total revenues of $86.2M...

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Friday, May 4, 2012

THQ Sets Saints Row Sequel

Agoura Hills-based THQ said Thursday that it is working on the next sequel of its Saints Row' series, Saints Row: The Third - Enter The Dominatrix. THQ said that it will ship the title in the fall, and will ship on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, ...

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Topspin Partners With TuneCore

Los Angeles-based Topspin, the developer of music marketing software and services for artists, which is led by former Yahoo Music GM Ian Rogers, has linked with music and video distribution company TuneCore, the firm said today. Topspin sai...

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

EdgeCast Launches Open Traffic Exchange Service

Santa Monica-based content delivery network (CDN) provider Edgecast Networks said Wednesday that it has launched its OpenCDN federation platform, which allows independent content delivery network (CDN) providers to exchange production traff...

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Amazon Ramps Studio Efforts, Looks For Comedy, Children's Series

Amazon Studios, the content creation effort which is part of Amazon.com and has major Southern California components, and which is headed by Joe Lewis, formerly of 20th Century Fox and Comedy Central, and Tara Sorenson, of National Geograph...

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Demand Media Launches Pet Channel On YouTube

Santa Monica-based Demand Media is expanding out its original content efforts on YouTube, saying Wednesday that it has launched a new, eHow Pets Channel on YouTube. Demand Media said it will feature everything from animal-related news, dog ...

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Warner Bros. Launches Cartoon Universe Online World

Burbank-based Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment said Wednesday that it has launched a new, free-to-play online world called Cartoon Universe. According to Warner Bros., the new online world is aimed at young kids, and features Looney T...

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

StageIt Gets Funding To Help Broadcast Musicians

Los Angeles-based startup StageIt, which operates an online web platform which lets musicians interact with their fans through live broadcasts from their laptop, has raised a round of funding. The funding came from DEV (Digital Entertainmen...

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Mobile Roadie Hits The iPad

Beverly Hills-based Mobile Roadie, the developer of tools which make it easy for artists and brands to create their own mobile apps, said today that it has launched a new native iPad app platform, along with a self-service mobile website pr...

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Monday, April 30, 2012

FamilyFinds Launches DailyFinds Email

Los Angeles-based FamilyFinds, the daily deal service headed by Matt Coffin, the founder of LowerMyBills.com, looks to running another experiment with the service this week, telling subscribers that it is launching a new product called Dail...

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Monday, April 30, 2012

Report: Demand Media Passed Up $1.2B Go Private Deal

Los Angeles-based Demand Media just passed up a deal to go private, according to a report over the weekend from the WSJ's AllThingsD, which says that the firm--headed by Richard Rosenblatt--ultimately decided to pass on the offer from priva...

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Monday, April 30, 2012

Mahalo Retools As Educational Content Apps Provider

Remember Santa Monica-based Mahalo, the startup headed by Jason Calacanis and backed by such investors as Sequoia Capital? The firm has been fairly quiet recently, but apparently in the last few months has retooled itself as an "educational...

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Monday, April 30, 2012

Mahalo Retools As Educational Content Apps Provider

Remember Santa Monica-based Mahalo, the startup headed by Jason Calacanis and backed by such investors as Sequoia Capital? The firm has been fairly quiet recently, but apparently in the last few months has retooled itself as an "educational...

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Private Equity Firm Set To Sell Hulu Stake, Says Report

A report today from Bloomberg says that Providence Equity Partners, the private equity firm which owns part of Los Angeles-based Hulu, is selling its stake to the firm's other owners in a deal valuing the firm at about $2 billion. Citing tw...

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Fandango Expands Mobile Movie Ticket Distribution

Los Angeles-based movie site Fandango is expanding its rollout of mobile ticketing, saying this morning that it has added more than 1,400 additional screens across the country to its paperless mobile ticket program. Fandango said that it ha...

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Playsino Gets $1.5M For Casino Games

Los Angeles-based Playsino--which, until recently, was known as Titan Gaming--said Friday that it has raised $1.5M in a new funding round. The firm said the firm will go to support building the largest, social casino game publisher on both ...

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Friday, April 20, 2012

RealD Launches Stock Buyback Effort

Los Angeles-based RealD, the developer of 3D movie projection technology, said Friday that it has authorized an up to $50M repurchase of its common stock, as it looks to boost its stock price. The firm's stock price has been languishing at ...

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Hulu Tops 50,000 TV Episodes, Plans New Original Series

Los Angeles-based streaming video site Hulu has been in New York this week pitching its service to advertisers at its Hulu Upfronts event, revealing today four new original series, plus some statistics on the service. Hulu said it has added...

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

THQ Raises Q4 Outlook

Agoura Hills-based THQ, the embattled videogame maker, is finally seeing some good news, reporting today that it is expecting to report non-GAAP net sales of $160 million to $170 million, above its previous outlook of $130 million to $150 m...

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Hulu Tops 2M Subscribers, Plans New Ad Structure

Los Angeles-based video streaming site Hulu reports this morning that it has now surpassed 2 million paid subscribers to its Hulu Plus service, as of Q1 this year. The company announced the milestone as it announced anew, advertising struct...

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Monday, April 16, 2012

MGM In Deal With YouTube

A new content distribution deal between Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and YouTube, announced over the weekend, will bring over 600 new titles for rent to YouTube and Google Play, the two firm said Sunday. YouTube and MGM said that the deal will bring...

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Friday, April 13, 2012

EndPlay Raises $21.5M For Content Management Systems

Los Angeles-based EndPlay, a developer of software-as-a-service offerings for content management, said today that it has raised $21.5M in total funding for the firm. The company said it recently closed a round of funding from VantagePoint C...

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Yabber Launches iPad Kids Magazine

Yabber, a new Los Angeles startup, said Thursday that it has launched a new, iPad-based kids magazine. According to Yabber, the founders of the firm were "inspired by the growing tech and startup communities of Santa Monica and Los Angeles"...

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Gaikai Delivers Console Games Via Facebook App

Streaming, cloud-based game service provider Gaikai has linked up its service to Facebook, the firm said Wednesday, launching a beta of a Facebook app which allows users to play console-quality games directly from the social networking site...

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Techtonic Games Names CEO

Santa Barbara-based Techtonic Games, a developer of mobile, tablet, and browser-based games, said Tuesday that it has named Scott Miller as the firm's new CEO. Miller was previously CEO of Snail Games USA, and also was founder and COO of Mo...

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Friday, April 6, 2012

USC Entertainment Technology Center Names CEO

The University of Southern California's Entertainment Technology Center, which is part of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, said this week that it has named a new CEO. The center--which promotes and runs projects between the entertainment a...

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Hunger Games Pushes Surge In Sales For Fandango

The popularity of "The Hunger Games" has apparently helped out Los Angeles-based Fandango, which sells online and mobile tickets to movie-goers, as the firm said Thursday that it had the best selling, first quarter in the company's history....

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Interview with Michael Schneider, Mobile Roadie

If you're a music artist or band, and you want to create your own fan app for the iPhone, Android, or iPad, you're looking at hiring an app development firm, spending six months, and $100,000--right? Actually, no---thanks to Santa Monica-ba...

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Ranker Finds More Funding

Los Angeles-based Ranker, the online rankings website where consumers can rank anything they like, has scored a new round of funding, in an inside round. Size of the round was not disclosed. The funding came from Siemer Venture Capital, Rin...

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Monday, April 2, 2012

SpiritClips Acquired By Hallmark

Los Angeles-based SpiritClips, an online video service and short film producer, has been acquired by greeting cards firm Hallmark. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. SpiritClips offers up an online, subscription service ...

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Hulu Swizzles Android UI

Los Angeles-based Hulu said Thursday that it has launched a brand new, Hulu Plus user interface for its Android tablet users, as it launches on to an additional, seven Android tablets supporting its premium video service. Hulu said that the...

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

My Damn Channel Going Live Today With YouTube Show

Los Angeles-based My Damn Channel, the online comedy video site backed by Intuitive Venture Partners, Okapi Venture Capital, and Sunshine Wireless Company, is debuting its live YouTube comedy show today at 1pm PST, the firm told its users t...

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

eHow Launches Technology Channel

Looking to attract more consumers interested in learning more about technology, Santa Monica-based eHow, the online how-to site run by Demand Media, said today that it has launched a new Tech Channel as part of the site. eHow said the new c...

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Mob Science Raises $1M For Social Gaming

San Diego-based Mob Science, a developer of social Facebook games, said this morning that it has raised $1M in a seed funding round. The round came from David Young, the CEO of Joyent, Mark Surfas of GameSpy Industries, along with other ang...

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Hulu Plus Expands Device Support

Los Angeles-based Hulu is continuing to build out its list of supported devices for its subscription, Hulu Plus service, the firm said late Thursday. According to Hulu, its service is now available on Toshiba 2012 Blu-ray players, Sharp 201...

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

My Damn Channel Launches Live YouTube Comedy Channel

Los Angeles-based My Damn Channel, the online comedy and video site run by Rob Barnett and Warren Chao, announced this morning that it has launched a new, live comedy channel on YouTube, and also completely redesigned its website. The firm ...

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Aggregage Inks Vertical Site Deal With Sales Group

Los Angeles-based Aggregage, the online content aggregation and publishing startup headed by Robert Flynn, has announced a deal with professional society The Sales Association, to run a targeted vertical site called SalesProCentral aimed at...

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Fandango Wins Yahoo Movies Deal

Los Angeles-based Fandango announced this morning that it has scored an exclusive deal with Yahoo, where it will be the exclusive ticket seller for Yahoo! Movies. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Fandango said the move will g...

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Crosscut Ventures Raising Second Fund

Los Angeles-based Crosscut Ventures, the early stage, venture capital investment firm run by Rick Smith and Brian Garrett, looks to be kicking off a new fund, according to an SEC filing this week. Details on the fund size were not included ...

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Topspin Ties With MTV On Artists.MTV

Los Angeles-based Topspin and MTV said Thursday at SXSW that the two are in a new partnership, on a new initiative called Artists.MTV. The new project taps Topspin's marketing platform, to provide artists with pages on MTV with ways to conn...

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Hulu Updates Video Player

Viewers watching their favorite TV show on Hulu today might notice a slight change: the site's video player is now bigger, due to an update on the firm's web site Thursday. Hulu said the company updated its video player with one which is 55...

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Avalon Ventures Might Reap Cash In Zynga Offering

San Diego-based Avalon Ventures, one of the venture capital investors in social gaming phenomenon Zynga, may be set to cash in on its shares of the newly public gaming firm, after Zynga said this week that it is planning a $400M, secondary ...

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Mark Burnett Invests In Youtoo

Los Angeles-based reality show producer Mark Burnett, and his company One Three Television LLC announced this morning that it has taken an ownership interest in startup Youtoo. Youtoo operates an online site which allows viewers to upload v...

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Slacker Offers Free NCAA Streaming Radio

The deal between streaming music service Slacker and ESPN, which the two brokered in September last year, is about to go into overdrive this week, as Slacker said it will provide free, streaming radio access to all 67 games of the NCAA Divi...

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Hulu Signs Global Distribution Deal

Los Angeles-based Hulu has inked a deal to distribute its original content to the international market, the firm said Monday, in a deal with FremantleMedia Enterprises. Hulu said the deal calls for FremantleMedia to handle distribution righ...

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Docstoc Launches New iPhone App

Are you an entrepreneur looking for funding or to help get your business started? Santa Monica-based Docstoc has a new iPhone app for you, focused entirely on how to raise venture capital and get a business started. The firm, which is heade...

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Friday, March 9, 2012

Funny or Die Launches iPad Magazine

Los Angeles-based Funny or Die, the online humor site, is trying its hand in the digital tablet publishing space, saying Thursday that it has launched a new, digital magazine for the iPad. The firm said its new magazine, The Occasional will...

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Triptrotting Raises $1M

Pasadena-based Triptrotting, which operates an online service to help connect travelers with local hosts, has raised $1M in a Series A funding, the firm said this morning.The funding came from Google Ventures, Mark Suster, 500 Startups, WI ...

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

CHNL Boosts Board

Santa Monica-based CHNL, a new, pre-launch startup which is focusing on social content and content curation, said this week that it has named Rod Perth to its board of directors. Perth is a television executive, who has worked on projects f...

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

CHNL Boosts Board

Santa Monica-based CHNL, a new, pre-launch startup which is focusing on social content and content curation, said this week that it has named Rod Perth to its board of directors. Perth is a television executive, who has worked on projects f...

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

JuntoBox Names Forest Whitaker Co-Chair

Santa Monica-based startup JuntoBox, a new startup social community focused on independent filmmakers, said today that it has named actor, producer, and director Forest Whitaker as its co-chair. The startup--which is headed by Rachael McLea...

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Breitbart.com's Andrew Breitbart Dies

Conservative commentator, and Internet publishing startup founder Andrew Breitbart has died, according to Breitbart.com, his publishing company, after dying unexpectedly from natural causes shortly after midnight this morning. Brietbart, wh...

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

JibJab, Toyota Settle Lawsuit

Los Angeles-based humor website JibJab and automaker Toyota have settled a lawsuit, filed in March of last year, which had claimed that Toyota had infringed on JibJab's copyrighted viral videos and trademark in a Presidents Day sale ad. Ac...

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Total Immersion Targets Game Developers

Los Angeles-based Total Immersion, the developer of augmented reality technology, is looking to apply its technology to the game development market, the firm said Monday. According to the firm, it is enabling game developers using game tool...

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Los Angeles Becomes YouTube's Content Hub With New Playa Vista Studio

The Los Angeles area is fast becoming the content hub for online video site YouTube, a position that takes advantage of both the LA region's long history in the entertainment business, and the rise of a slew of startups producing content sp...

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Milyoni Finds Funding, Sets Up LA Office

A Bay area developer of social entertainment applications for Facebook, Milyoni, said Friday that it has scored $11M in a funding round, in part to open up an office in Los Angeles. The firm said the Series B funding was led by Oak Investme...

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

BakeSpace.com Launches iPad Cookbook Publishing Service

Ever wish you had a better way of sharing your favorite recipes with family and friends? Wish that cookbook for your church, school, or club could enter the modern age? Los Angeles-based BakeSpace.com, the online social networking and reci...

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Greycroft, Local Angels Back Fight My Monster

Los Angeles- and New York-based venture firm Greycroft Partners has backed a UK-based developer of an online, card trading game called Fight My Monster, the firm said Thursday. Financial terms of the investment were not disclosed. Other inv...

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Backplane Snags Investors

The Backplane, a developer of online community software, which is best known for its work creating Lady Gaga's #Little Monsters website, said Thursday that it has raised $4.5M in a funding round. The round include Sequoia Capital, Greylock ...

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Hulu Plus Hits The Wii

Fans of shows on Los Angeles-based Hulu can get their content on yet another device--the Nintendo Wii--as of this morning, Nintendo and Hulu said today. According to the two, Wii owners can now subscribe to Hulu Plus, Hulu's premium service...

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

University of California Launches YouTube Channel

The University of California's television channel, University of California Television (UCTV), said Wednesday that it is launching a new, YouTube channel in partnership with the online video site. According to UCTV, its new YouTube channel ...

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Myspace Racks Up Registrations

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 ...

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Amazon Ramping Content Efforts In LA

Technology's big names appear to be rushing to tap into the wealth of talent and creativity in Los Angeles, with the latest firm being online e-commerce giant Amazon.com. According to reports today, Amazon is looking to ramp its efforts in ...

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

paidContent Sold To GigaOm

paidContent.org, the online news site started by Rafat Ali, and later sold to Guardian Media, has been sold to GigaOM, the online news and media site founded by Om Malik. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. According to p...

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

OVGuide Buys Live Matrix

Los Angeles-based OVGuide, the online video guide site backed by Baroda Ventures, said today that it has acquired Live Matrix, a provider of an online guide to live events on the web. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. A...

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

D3Publisher, DreamWorks Tie On Three Titles

Los Angeles-based D3Publisher, a developer of interactive entertainment software for the Wii, DS, and 3DS, Playstation, Xbox360, and the PC, said it has inked a deal with DreamWorks Animation SKG. D3Publisher said the deal gives its rights ...

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Monday, February 6, 2012

OK Go Super Bowl Video Illustrates Collision Between Content, Technology

What do you get when you mix the desert around Mojave, two months in a Van Nuys warehouse, an MIT engineer, and a band which has risen to prominence as a YouTube phenomenon? Not a tech startup, but one of the more intriguing ads debuted dur...

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Machinima, Lionsgate Renew Deal

Machinima, the online video entertainment firm focused on gamers, and studio Lionsgate, said today the two have renewed a deal around Machinima's zombie comedy series "Bite Me." The firms, both of which are located in Los Angeles, said the ...

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

THQ To Cut 240 Employees

Agoura-based THQ said Thursday that it is chopping 240 jobs as part of a "realignment" of its organization, as it exits the kids licensed video game market. The layoffs come after the firm missed Wall Street estimates, with revenues of $404...

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

StyleHaul Raises $4.4M

Los Angeles-based StyleHaul, an online video network focused on fashion and beauty, said today that it has raised $4.4M in a Series A funding round. The round was led by RezVen Partners, and also included Juvo Capital, Siemer Ventures, Tami...

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Report: THQ Cutting 170

Calabasas-based videogame developer THQ has reportedly cut 170 of its employees, according to reports Wednesday. According to reports on gaming sites, the cuts are expected to be announced along with THQ's earnings tomorrow. The report of t...

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

BUZZMEDIA Snags Sales VP From Break

Los Angeles-based BUZZMEDIA, the online music blog publisher and pop culture publishing firm which owns Celebuzz, Idolator, Stereogum, and other sites, is continuing a hiring roll today, saying it has named Michael Ziegler as Senior Vice Pr...

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

EdgeCast Doubles Revenues, Headcount

Santa Monica-based EdgeCast Networks, the content delivery network (CDN) provider headed by Alex Kazerani, said today that it doubled its annual revenues and headcount in 2011, over its 2010 numbers. The privately held firm--which did not d...

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Demand Media Sees Executive Exodus

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online content publisher headed by Richard Rosenblatt, has seen the exodus of three of the firm's EVPs and founders. The move was first uncovered by Paidcontent.org. Larry Fitzgibbon, Joe Perez, and Ste...

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

BUZZMEDIA Hires Music VP

Los Angeles-based BUZZMEDIA, the pop culture and music blog publisher which runs such sites as Celebuzz, Sterogum, Buzznet, and Idolator, announced today that it has hired Bill Jensen as Vice President/General Manager of Music. The company ...

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Internet Brands Buys The Frugal Travel Guy

Los Angeles-based Internet Brands is building out its travel vertical today, saying that it has acquired The Frugal Travel Guy, an online travel blog. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Internet Brands said the acquisiti...

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Monday, January 23, 2012

LA Studio Takes On Cute YouTube Pet Videos

Looking to corner the market on cute YouTube pet videos, a Los Angeles studio said this morning that it has launched a new YouTube channel called Petsami, entirely dedicated to pet videos. The studio, FishBowl Worldwide Media, said it was f...

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Evolve Media Buys RealityTea.com, WebEcoist.com

Los Angeles-based Evolve Media Corp., the parent firm of AtomicOnline, SheKnows, and a network of other digital media sites, announced this morning that it has acquired two sites--RealityTea.com, focused on reality entertainment, and WebEco...

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Friday, January 20, 2012

HitFix Closes Funding Round

Los Angeles-based HitFix, the online film, TV, and entertainment news site founded by Gregory Ellwood and Jennifer Sargent, said today that it has closed a funding round. Size of the round was not announced. Hitfix said the round included i...

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Friday, January 20, 2012

XAP Names Knepper CEO

Culver City-based XAP, a developer of online college information tools and electronic college application and transcript services, announced today that it has named Peter B. Knepper as its CEO. Knepper has previously served at International...

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Break Media Launches New Ad Unit

Los Angeles-based Break Media, the online content publisher which runs Break.com as well as a number of other sites, said it has launched a new advertising unit it is calling "Social Video Accelerator". The firm said that the unit provides ...

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Interview with Greg Borrud, Seismic Games

How do you take what you've learned, having been part of the growth and creation of the traditional, videogame industry, and apply that to the new world of social games? That's what Los Angeles-based Seismic Games (www.seismicgames.com) i...

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Rumors Swirl Around THQ

Rumors have been swirling around Agoura Hills-based THQ since this weekend, when a gaming industry analyst, Peter Skerritt, reported that the videogame maker was either looking for a buyer or shutting down its videogame development efforts,...

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Hulu Launches New Original Programming

Los Angeles-based Hulu said over the weekend that it has launched a new slate of original programming on the site. Hulu said it has launched a new, scripted series called "Battleground", a politics-themed series produced by JD Walsh, Hagai ...

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Hulu: $420M In Revenues, 1.5 Million Paying Subscribers

Los Angeles-based Hulu CEO Jason Kilar said Thursday afternoon that the company brought in approximately $420M in revenues in 2011, up 60 percent from 2010, and now has more than 1.5 million paying subscribers to Hulu Plus. According to Kil...

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

JewelMint Launches Online Series, National TV Ad Campaign

Santa Monica-based JewelMint, the jewelry service run by former MySpace co-founder Josh Berman and Diego Berdakin, said Thursday that it is launching an online "fashion film" series featuring Kate Bosworth, along with a national television ...

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Monday, January 9, 2012

EdgeCast Extends With Telecom Carriers

Santa Monica-based EdgeCast, the content delivery network (CDN) provider, said this morning that it has launched a "Licensed CDN" program, after it successfully built out a production content delivery network for a major carrier, and signed...

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Monday, January 9, 2012

NMA Group Sold To Corbis

Los Angeles-based NMA Group, which provides product placement into movies and television shows for electronics and other firms, is being acquired by Corbis, the digital media licensing firm owned by Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Financial t...

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Wemo Media Gets $2M For TheBlu

Los Angeles-based Wemo Media, the company led by Neville Spiteri which is developing the interactive ocean environment TheBlu, said today that it has raised $2M in a seed funding round for the firm. The firm did not announce the investors i...

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Monday, January 9, 2012

HitFix Snags VP From The Hollywood Reporter

Los Angeles-based film, TV, and entertainment site HitFix said today that it has snagged the former General Manager for Digital for The Hollywood Reporter, Alex Boyce, as its new Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategy. B...

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Insights and Opinions: Punk Rock Circa 2012

For this morning's Insights and Opinions section, where we feature useful and interesting articles from the community, investment banker Megan Lisa Jones talks about why today's world of content is like the Punk Rock revolution. Or...

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Online Holiday Sales Up 15 Percent, Hit $35.3 Billion

Online holiday sales this year were up 15 percent, hitting $35.3 billion, according to the latest tracking by Internet metrics firm comScore. comScore said that the e-commerce spending for the first 56 days of the holiday season was helped ...

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Fandango Adds PayPal To iPhone, Android Apps

Los Angeles-based Fandango said Wednesday that it has added support for PayPal on its iPhone and Android apps. Fandango's apps provide movie showtimes, information, and ability to purchase tickets from a mobile phone. Fandango said that cur...

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Interview with Cliff Boro, KidZui

Last week, San Diego-based Kidzui --the kid's website and kid-friendly browser developer, announced another round of funding, and also launched Zui Studios, a new effort to create original content for the portal. We thought it would be inte...

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Double Fusion Acquires NeoEdge Networks

Santa Monica-based Double Fusion, which operates an in-game advertising network, said Wednesday that it has acquired NeoEdge Networks, a social and casual in-game advertising firm. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. Doub...

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

KidZui Lands $2.4M More, Launches Original Video Efforts

San Diego-based KidZui, the developer of a service which provides kid-safe content via a search engine and browser, announced this morning that it has raised $2.4M in new funding, and will start creating its own, original video content. The...

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Legend3D Scores $19M

San Diego-based Legend3d, a developer of 2D to 3D movie conversion technology, has raised $19M in a Series E funding round. The firm said the round was led by Northwater Capital Management, and also included prior investors PAR Investment P...

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Hulu Launches Spanish Language Programming

Los Angeles-based Hulu reported this morning that it has launched its Spanish language programming service, "Hulu Latino", offering up Spanish language programs from Univision, Azteca America, Butaca, Caracol Televisión, Comarex, Estrella T...

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Machinima, THQ Team To Promote Nexuiz

Machinima, the Los Angeles animated videogame content developer and publisher, and Agoura Hills-based game developer THQ said today that they have teamed on a new, downloadable shooter game called Nexuiz. The firms said they will publish an...

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Tops $1 Billion In Sales

Santa Monica-based Activision Publishing said this morning that its new title, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, has just topped $1 billion in sales. Activision Publishing, which is a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, said it took only 16 da...

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Hulu Applies Face Matching To Shows

Have you ever wondered what the name of that actor is on your favorite show? Los Angeles-based Hulu has just rolled out a unique feature to the video streaming service today, saying that it is applying facial recognition techniques which wi...

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Deca's KinCommunity Debuts On YouTube

YouTube's foray into professionally produced, video channels has launched today, with the debut of a channel from Los Angeles-based Deca, called KinCommunity. Deca launched KinCommunity, and online, women's lifestyle "channel" featuring foo...

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Monday, December 5, 2011

RealD Lands Chinese Theater Chain

Los Angeles-based RealD, which provides 3D movie projection technology, said over the weekend that it has inked a deal with Chinese language film producer and distributor Mei Ah Entertainment Group Limited (MAEG), to install its 3D technolo...

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

RealD Wins Another Museum

Los Angeles-based RealD is reporting another large format, museum theater win today, this time with The Wildlife Experience, a museum focused on the world's wildlife and ecosystems based in Parker, Colorado. Financial details of the win wer...

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sweety High Launches Site for Tween Girls

Sweety High, a new startup based in Manhattan Beach, is hoping to reach tween girls with its new social gaming and entertainment site, saying this week that it has launched out of private beta. The site says it is hoping to create a social ...

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sonos Upgrades Software

Santa Barbara-based Sonos, the maker of the user-friendly, multi-room wireless music systems, has upgraded its product, saying it now supports Android tablets, Slacker Radio, new features on Spotify, in addition to a number of other improve...

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Fandango Sees Boost From Mobile Ticket Sales

Los Angeles-based Fandango, the online movie ticket and entertainment site, reported Tuesday that it is seeing a surge in sales of tickets via mobile phone. The firm said it saw a 60 percent, year-over-year increase in Thanksgiving holiday ...

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Nami Media Acquired By TV Broadcaster

Los Angeles-based Nami Media, a provider of online advertising technology, has been acquired by Providence, Rhode Island-based LIN TV Corp., a publicly traded operator of 32 broadcast television systems. According to LIN TV, it has acquired...

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Slacker Launches New Stations With ABC

San Diego-based personalized Internet radio service Slacker has teamed with ABC, to expand out its content, the firm said today. According to the company, it has launched new "Lifestyle" stations, covering things such as healthy living, rel...

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Interview with Neville Spiteri, TheBlu

Neville Spiteri is co-founder of Venice-based WEMO Media (www.wemomedia.com), a new, digital studio whose flagship product is TheBlu (www.theblu.com) an online, interactive experience focused on the world's oceans. WEMO Media is an intere...

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Paramount Sends Mission Impossible To Facebook

Los Angeles-based Paramount Pictures said Tuesday that it is making its entire line of Mission: Impossible movies available on Facebook. Paramount said that Mission: Impossible, Mission: Impossible II and Mission: Impossible III will all be...

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Call of Duty Elite Hits One Million Members

Santa Monica-based Activision reports that its Call of Duty Elite online networking service for players of Call of Duty has hit one million memberships, just six days after launch. The service--launched in conjunction with Call of Duty: Mod...

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Monday, November 21, 2011

ContentNext Up For Sale

Guardian News & Media, the firm behind web publisher ContentNext, is in discussions with potential buyers about a possible sale, according to a report from the firm's own site, paidContent. ContentNext--which had been founded by Rafat Ali i...

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Monday, November 21, 2011

GotCast Debuts Holiday Gift Package

Los Angeles-based GotCast, the online talent casting service, said today that it is offering up a new holiday gift package for its members and others. The offering--the first foray into added services for the site--will provide professional...

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Interview with Sara Bordo, NowLive

Despite the proximity to Hollywood and the entertainment world, in the world of Southern California startups, actually combining the two world is quite difficult. NowLive is trying to do just that, leveraging both technology and the enterta...

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 Tops $775M In Sales

Santa Monica-based Activision reports this morning that sales of its latest Call of Duty title, Modern Warfare 3, have topped $775M worldwide, in what it says is its record setting five day worldwide sell through. The firm said the sales to...

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Warner In Deal With Amazon's LOVEFiLM

Burbank-based Warner Bros. said today that it has signed a major, multi-year film distribution agreement with LOVEFiLM, the online DVD and game rental service owned by Amazon.com. According to the two, the deal will provide access to Warner...

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Google Launches Music Service

Throwing its hat into the streaming music market, Internet giant Google announced a new service, Google Music, today in Los Angeles. At a special event in Los Angeles, Google said its new service is an outgrowth of its Google Music Beta clo...

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Monday, November 14, 2011

StockTwits In Canadian Distribution Deal

San Diego-based StockTwits, the stock-focused micro messaging and discussion startup headed by Howard Lindzon, announced today that it has inked a distribution partnership with Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail. StockTwits said that the...

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Walt Disney Buys Mommy Blogger Empire Babble

Burbank-based Disney said this morning that it has acquired Babble Media, Inc., an online site features over 200 "mom bloggers". Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. Disney said that Babble will become part of the Disney Intera...

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 Hits $400M In Sales in 24 Hours

Santa Monica-based Activision reported Friday that it had an estimated sell through of more than $400M on its new title, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, in the first 24 hours of its release. The firm said it sold more than 6.5 million units...

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Funny or Die Launches Political Website

Los Angeles-based Funny or Die, the comedy video site started by Will Ferrell, has launched itself into the political arena today with a new, election-focused website. On its new Live Funny or Die section of the site, the video and comedy s...

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Mention Mobile Scores Funding From Mark Cuban

Los Angeles-based Mentoin Mobile, a developer of social gaming apps, said this morning that it has scored $250,000 in funding from Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. Mention Mobile said that Cuban gains a minority equity stake in the firm. ...

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Released

Santa Monica-based videogame maker Activision said today that it has officially released its latest title, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. The sequel to its popular Call of Duty war games has hit retail stores at midnight. The new title was...

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Demand Media Increases Revenues, Posts Loss

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online publishing firm headed by Richard Rosenblatt, announced its third quarter 2011 financial results on Monday, saying that it had a loss from operations of $3.3M, with a rise in revenues to $81.5M. R...

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Warner Brothers Interactive Cuts Staff In Seattle

Burbank-based Warner Brothers Interactive has chopped 60 people in its Seattle game studios, according to a report from Joystiq, which confirmed the cuts with Warner Brothers. It's unclear if Warner Brothers Interactive had cut any other po...

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Disney, YouTube Link In Original Video Effort

Glendale-based Disney Interactive Media and online video sharing site YouTube, which is part of Google, announced today that they are spending up to $15M on developing original videos series for the web. The content will be produced by Disn...

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Lumeo Launches Pro Video Learning Site

Santa Monica-based Lumeo, a new startup aimed at helping members learn how to shoot professional videos, said today that it has launched its service. The new site allows users to watch videos and learn from professionals, via short video tu...

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Monday, October 31, 2011

YouTube's New Content Partners A Who's Who Of SoCal Startups

Not suprisingly, the announcement by YouTube late Friday of a new initiative to provide original content programming channels on the site was a who's who of Southern California content and media startups. Among the list of dozens of partner...

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Disney-ABC, Netflix Extend Streaming Deal

Burbank-based Disney-ABC Television Group and DVD rental and video streaming business Netflix said this morning that the two have extended an existing, licensing agreement. The two said that the deal will allow Netflix to continue to stream...

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Monday, October 31, 2011

NetDNA Chops Pricing, Takes On Amazon CloudFront

Los Angeles-based content delivery network (CDN) provider NetDNA said today that it has chopped its pricing and is restructuring its business model, aiming at taking on competing services as Amazon CloudFront. The CDN provider said it is ch...

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Hulu Inks Deal With The CW

Los Angeles-based Hulu said Friday that it has inked a deal with The CW, the stream the current season of shows from the network on both Hulu and Hulu Plus. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. The CW is a network which targets...

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Friday, October 28, 2011

iStoryTime Launches Puss In Boots for iPhone, iPad

Santa Barbara-based zuuka, the publisher of the iStoryTime line of interactive children's books for the iPhone and iPad, said today that it has launched the Puss In Boots Movie Storybook, an interactive book for the iPhone, iPod touch, and ...

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Fastpoint Games Seeks Buyer, Winds Down Site

Los Angeles-baaed Fastpoint Games, the online fantasy game development shop headed by Kelly Perdew, is winding down its website, according to a notice on the firm's site, and is now looking for a buyer. According to the notice on the site, ...

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Hulu Rolls Out On Sony BRAVIA, PS3 In Japan

Los Angeles-based Hulu, the online television and film streaming site, has expanded its distribution in Japan, via a deal with Sony. According to Hulu, it has launched on Sony BRAVIA HDTV and Sony's PlayStation 3 gaming consoles, as the fir...

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Vuguru, Stan Lee's POW! Entertainment Tie On Digital Content Deal

Beverly Hills-based Vuguru, the online digital content production studio run by Michael Eisner, and POW! Entertainment, the entertainment and multimedia firm headed by comic book legend Stan Lee, said today that two have inked a deal to pro...

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Internet Brands Buys Five Auto Websites

Los Angeles-based Internet Brands is continuing its domain acquisition streak, saying Tuesday that it has acquired five, new enthusiast websites. Internet Brands said it has acquired 5series.net, CobaltSS.net, gtr.co.uk, DieselTruckResource...

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

TrueCar Sets Up In-House Studio

Santa Monica-based TrueCar, the online auto pricing and buying service headed by Scott Painter, said today that it has set up its own, in-house broadcasting studio, to allow its experts to provide live and taped interviews. The firm said th...

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Report: Trion World, Backed By Rustic Canyon, Planning IPO

One of the portfolio firms of Los Angeles-based venture capital firm Rustic Canyon, Trion World Network, is reportedly prepping for an IPO, according to reports over the weekend. According to an interview with CEO Lars Butler, the online ga...

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Hulu Plus Heads To Nintendo 3DS

Los Angeles-based Hulu is continuing to expand the distribution of its premium, Hulu Plus service today, as Nintendo announced that it will be bringing the service to the Nintendo 3DS and Wii. According to Nintendo, it will be adding Hulu P...

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Evolve Media Buys BabyandBump.com

Los Angeles-based Evolve Media Corp., the online media company that owns AtomicsOnline, Gorilla Nation, and SheKnows, continues to expand its empire, saying this morning that it has acquired pregnancy community BabyandBump.com. Evolve Media...

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

VIZIO Launches Free Hulu Plus Offer

Irvine-based VIZIO is dangling three free months of Los Angeles-based Hulu's premium service, Hulu Plus, to its tablet owners, the firm said today. VIZIO said it will provide three free months of Hulu Plus subscriptions to both current and ...

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Border Stylo Launches Trivia Game

Los Angeles-based Border Stylo is extending its lineup of mobile apps, with its first social gaming title, the firm announced this morning. The firm said its new game, Trivia Together, a trivia game for the iPhone which integrates Facebook,...

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

GRP Invests In Treehouse

Los Angeles-based GRP Partners, has invested in UK-based TreeHouse, an online, video-focused site for helping users learn web design and development. Other investors in the firm include Kevin Rose, Reid Hoffman, David Sze, Josh Elman, and C...

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

RealD Names Operations VP

Los Angeles-based RealD, the developer of 3D movie projection technology, said today that it has named Leo Bannon as its Executive Vice President, Global Operations. Bannon was most recently at Arisawa Manufacturing Co., and had previously ...

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Interview with Sam Rogoway, Near Networks

Do you remember those cheesy, late night local television commercials you used to watch (before you got Tivo?) Wondering how, as a small business, you can reach customers in the YouTube age? Well, Los Angeles based Near Networks (www.nearne...

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Hulu Aborts Sale Plans

The owners of Los Angeles-based video site Hulu have dropped plans to sell the business, according to a statement released by Hulu late Thursday evening. According to News Corporation, Providence Equity Partners, The Walt Disney Company, an...

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Netflix Drops Qwikster Plans

Online video streaming service Netflix, in a dramatic reversal, said this morning that it will not be splitting the company into two, and will continue to offer both DVDs by mail and streaming movies. In a statement, the firm said it "moved...

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Hulu Inks Deal With Univision

Los Angeles-based Hulu is reporting today that it has inked a deal with Univision, to carry "hundreds of hours" of Spanish language novelas and other content to the video streaming site. Financial details of the deal between Hulu and Univis...

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

RealD Drops As Sony Balks At 3D Glasses Cost

Los Angeles-based RealD was buffeted in the markets on Wednesday, after it was revealed that Sony is looking to shift the cost of RealD's 3D glasses to theater owners. Sony Pictures Entertainment told theater owners this week that it will n...

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

GotCast Goes To The Dogs

Santa Monica-based GotCast is used to connecting wanna-be actors, models, and other talent with producers and other opportunities for fame and fortune. However, the site hasn't spent much time on our four legged friends--until now. The comp...

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

THQ Gains Credit Facility

Agoura Hills-based videogame maker THQ today said it has entered into a new credit facility with Wells Fargo Capital Finance, worth up to $50M for working capital, plus increases to $75M during peak sales periods. The credit facility replac...

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Breitbart Raises $10M

Los Angeles-based Breitbart.com, the sometimes-controversial publisher of a network of online news sites, has raised $10M in a funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm Tuesday. The filing did not indicate the source of fu...

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

RealD Eyed As Takeover Target

Los Angeles-based RealD, the provider of 3D movie projection technology, was suggested as a takeover target Tuesday by Merriman Capital analyst Eric Wold Tuesday, sparking a jump in RealD's stock price. Wold suggested that the firm--whose s...

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Livestrong.com Launches Redesign Of Site

Santa Monica-based LIVESTRONG.com, the health and fitness site run by Demand Media, is launching a redesign of the site today, splitting content into verticals focused on men and women. In an interview, Dan Brien, General Manager of the sit...

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

HitFix Hits Android

Los Angeles-based HitFix, the entertainment news publisher headed by Jen Sargent, said today that it has launched its first Android app, called Find Your Fix. According to HitFix, the new app ap=llows users to access its event calendar, acc...

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Twentieth Century Fox Inks Deal With Amazon

Twentieth Century Fox has inked another streaming media deal, this time with Amazon.com. Amazon.com said this morning that it has licensed a selection of Twentieth Century Fox's movies and TV shows to stream to its Amazon Prime customers. F...

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Edmunds.com Updates Android App

Santa Monica-based Edmunds.com, a provider of online car pricing information and other automotive content, said Friday that it has updated its Android application. The company said the app now includes used car pricing information, and allo...

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Hulu Connects With Facebook

Los Angeles-based video streaming site Hulu was one of the many firms announcing new Facebook application yesterday at Facebook's F8 conference. According to Hulu, its new Hulu on Facebook app integrates Hulu with Faceboook, to make watchin...

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Slacker Launches New Facebook App

Among the dozens of companies announcing new Facebook applications at Facebook's F8 Developer Conference today was San Diego-based Slacker, the personalized music and Internet radio operator. Slacker said it has launched a new social app ca...

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

GotCast Powers Cosmetics Casting Call

Santa Monica-based GotCast reports today that it is powering a casting call for cosmetics line Smoak, to help that firm find a co-star of its next campaign. GotCast, which offers up an online platform to find talent and models, did not anno...

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Hulu Extends Android Rollout

Los Angeles-based streaming media site Hulu said last night that it has extended its Hulu Plus Android app to run on nine more devices. The firm said its app now runs on eight more Android phones, including the Motorola Droid Bionic, Motoro...

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

UberMedia Powers App For The Economist Group

Pasadena-based UberMedia, the developer of Twitter client applications, said Thursday that it has partnered with the publisher of The Economist to power a new desktop application and curated channel Idea People Media, The Economist Group's ...

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Mefeedia Adds Vevo

Burbank-based MeFeedia, the online video guide suite, said today that it has added video site Vevo as its newest content provider. MeFeedia did not disclose any business terms between the companies, but said that Vevo's music videos and new...

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

HitFix Partners With Entertainment Blog

Los Angeles-based HitFix, the entertainment news site headed by Jennifer Sargent and backed by angel groups the Tech Coast Angels and Golden Seeds, said today that it is in a strategic partnership with film and awards blog In Contention. Ex...

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Calacanis: Yahoo Should Buy Mahalo For $150M

How much is Santa Monica-based Mahalo worth? According to Jason Calacanis, in a blog post, $75M to $150M. In a list of 10 acquisitions he suggested Yahoo make "on day one", Calacanis--not one to shy from self promotion--said that Yahoo coul...

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Row 44 Inks In-flight Video-On-Demand Deal

Westlake Village-based Row 44, the developer of in-flight wireless broadband access equipment, has inked a deal to stream in-flight video on demand from Disney, Warner Bros., Universal, and Twentieth Century FOX, the firm said Monday. Accor...

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

GameSalad Powers Indian Anti-Corruption Takeoff Of Angry Birds

Los Angeles- and Austin-based GameSalad, the iOS game creation software firm founded by Michael Agustin, Dan Treiman, Tan Tran, and Joshua Seaver, has an unlikely hand in the anti-corruption issues facing the country of India, and Indian ac...

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

JibJab Launches Kids Books Line

Venice-based JibJab, the online entertainment site known for its humorous animated videos, has expanded into the children's book market, saying this week that it has launched a new brand which will create interactive children's books. JibJa...

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Hulu Launches In Japan

Los Angeles-based Hulu said late Wednesday that it has officially launched its subscription services in Japan, the first international launch for the company. Hulu said that its Japanese service has secured licensing deals with CBS, NBCUniv...

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Row 44 Inks In-Flight, MLB Streaming Deal

Westlake Village-based Row 44, the supplier of in-flight entertainment and broadband equipment to the airline industry, said Tuesday that it has partnered with MLB Advanced Media, to deliver live streaming video and audio in-flight. Row 44 ...

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

EdgeCast Joins Google, Others On DNS Effort

Santa Monica-based content deliver network provider EdgeCast Networks said today that it has joined with OpenDNS and Google, as well as a number of other CDNs, to speed up the handling of domain name system (DNS) request on the Internet. Ac...

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Dreamworks In Online Distribution Deal In China

Glendale-based Dreamworks Animation SKG said today that it has inked its first, online distribution agreement ever in China, to distribute its KungFu Panda films in Mainland China via Internet TV firm Youku.com. DreamWorks said the deal wil...

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Friday, August 26, 2011

RealD, Disney In Lion King 3D Glasses Promotion

Los Angeles-based 3D movie technology provider RealD, and Walt Disney Pictures said today that the two are in an effort to provide limited edition 3D glasses in conjunction with the 3D release of "The Lion King". The two said they are provi...

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Funny or Die Partners With Klout

Los Angeles-based Funny Or Die, the online comedy video site, and social media influence site Klout said Wednesday that they are in a strategic partnership. According to the two, Funny or Die has become the exclusive comedy publisher offeri...

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

3ality Digital Buys Element Technica

Burbank-based 3ality Digital, the provider of 3D production technology and services, said Wednesday that it has acquired Element Technica, a manufacturer of motorized 3D camera rigs. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. 3a...

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

VIZIO Ties Tablet To Hulu Plus

Irvine-based VIZIO, the maker of LCD HDTVs and other electronics products, said today that it has linked its new VIZIO 8" Tablet with the Hulu Plus subscription service. VIZIO said its tablet can now stream TV and film content from Hulu's p...

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Demand Media Spends $707K On Spanish Language Firm

Santa Monica-based Demand Media has issued $707,254 in stock as part of the acquisition of a company, according to a regulatory filing from the firm Monday. According to the filing, the firm issued $707,254 in equity, in conjunction with a ...

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Machinima, Demand Media, Maker Studios Among Top YouTube Channels

A new analysis of the most popular, YouTube channels, shows that the Los Angeles area continues to lead the world in content production, even as the medium shifts to the web. According to a new report from comScore, measuring the popularity...

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Interview with Graham Farrar, iStoryTime

Earlier this month, Santa Barbara-based zuuka Group, the publisher behind the iStoryTime (www.istorytimeapp.com) line of children's books on the iPhone, announced a first round of funding. We thought it would be interesting to hear from co-...

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Hulu Debuts A Day In The Life

Los Angeles-based Hulu has debuted its first, long form, original content effort, A Day In The Life from Morgan Spurlock today, posting an episode on Richard Branson. Hulu had announced the effort at the beginning of the month. Spurlock is ...

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Shamrock Capital Invests $25M In Video Licensing Firm

Los Angeles-based private equity firm Shamrock Capital has invested $25M in Thought Equity Motion, a provider of video footage licensing services, Thought Equity Motion said today. Shamrock focuses on investment in the media, entertainment,...

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Hulu Plans Launch In Japan

Los Angeles-based Hulu said Wednesday that it is planning to head to Japan, in the first international launch of the video service. According to Hulu's SVP of International, Johannes Larcher, the service plans to launch a subscription offer...

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Demand Media Buys Two Firms, Renews Google Ad Deal

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online publishing empire run by Richard Rosenblatt, said Tuesday afternoon that it has acquired two companies, plus renewed a deal with Google. According to Demand Media, it acquired IndieClick, a Los An...

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

MovieClips Gets $7M, Partners With YouTube

Venice, California-based MOVIECLIPS, the online provider of licensed movie clips headed by Richard Raddon and Zach James, is announcing today that it has scored $7M in a Series B funding round, and also partnered with Google to feature its ...

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

iStoryTime Gets $2M

Santa Barbara-based zuuka Group, the firm behind the iStoryTime line of mobile children's books, said today that it has raised $2M in a Series A investment round. According to the company, the investment came from Corporate Finance Partners...

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Hulu Plus Hits Panasonic TVs

Los Angeles-based Hulu said Monday that its Hulu Plus service has launched on Panasonic TVs and Blu-ray Players. The company said its Hulu Plus service will be available to any of its subscribers, who pay $7.99 a month for access to the ser...

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Break Media, Reveille Link On New Original Series

Los Angeles-based Break Media and production firm Reveille, the company behind The Office and The Biggest Loser, said Monday that the two have inked a development deal. The two companies said that Reveille will develop a slate of original, ...

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Docstoc Ramps Video Content Effort

Santa Monica-based Docstoc, the online business documents site headed by Jason Nazar, has quietly been ramping a video content effort at the site. In a new section on Docstoc's web site, the firm has been sharing dozens of video segments fe...

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Friday, August 5, 2011

PopTent Powers Crowdsourced Video Contest For HomeAway

Los Angeles-based Poptent, which operates an online site focused on crowdsourcing commercials and videos for brands and advertisers, is powering a new effort from home rentals marketplace HomeAway. HomeAway said this week that it is partner...

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

GotCast Powers Sony's The Tester Casting Call

Santa Monica-based GotCast is again powering the online casting call for Season 3 of Sony Computer Entertainment's "The Tester" reality series. The series--geared around video game testing--has contestants competing for a production job in ...

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Twentieth Century Fox In Angry Birds Plush Toys Deal

Fans of the popular smartphone game Angry Birds, developed by videogame maker Rovio, can indulge their passion for the game through a new line of plush, stuffed toys, according to Century City-based Twentieth Century Fox this week. Twentiet...

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Hulu Rolls Out Documentary Series

Los Angeles-based Hulu is rolling out its first, long-form, original content series, the firm said today, with a new documentary series, "A Day in the Life" from filmmaker Morgan Spurlock. Hulu said the series will include episodes feature ...

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

RealD Adds 1,000 Screens At AMC Entertainment

Los Angeles-based 3D movie projection technology provider RealD has inked an agreement to expand the number of 3D screens at AMC Entertainment by a thousand screens, the firms said Thursday. According to RealD, it will equip up to 1,000 add...

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Monday, July 25, 2011

THQ Sets Deepak Chopra Title Release

Agoura Hills-based videogame maker THQ is diverging from the usual, first-person-shooter and action games genre with its latest title, saying Monday that it will be publishing a new title from author Deepak Chopra. THQ said that the new tit...

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Livestrong.com Trumpets Apps Milestone

Santa Monica-based LIVESTRONG.COM, the health and wellness site run by Demand Media, is trumpeting two pieces of app news today. The firm said that 10,000 people have quite smoking using its MyQuit Coach application, a smartphone app to hel...

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Monday, July 25, 2011

EdgeCast Reports Customer, Traffic Growth

Santa Monica-based EdgeCast, the content delivery network provider, is reporting this morning that it now has more than 3,000 customers using its services. The company said it is now carrying 4 percent of global Internet traffic, serving ar...

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Diversion Gets Series B For Social Games

Los Angeles-based Diversion Inc., a developer of social games, said today that it has scored a Series B strategic funding round. Size of the round was not announced. The firm said the investment was led by TomorrowVentures, hearts Corporati...

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Apple Bids For Hulu, Says Report

In the latest rumor swirling around Los Angeles-based video streaming site Hulu, a number of reports last night say that Apple Computer is now bidding for the firm. The report came from Bloomberg, which cited "two people with knowledge of t...

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

RealD Expands Win With Cinemark

Los Angeles-based RealD, the provider of 3D movie projection technology, reports this morning that it has expanded its 3D deal with movie theater operator Cinemark. RealD said it is adding an additional, 1,5000 3D enabled screens for the th...

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Interview with Jennifer Sargent, HitFix

Earlier this month, Los Angeles-based HitFix (www.hitfix.com) an online news site focused on entertainment, announced it had raised $2M in a funding round. The firm's CEO and co-founder, Jennifer Sargent, has an interesting background, mos...

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Angry Birds Maker Eyes Hollywood

The latest, videogame firm looking to get into Hollywood looks to be Rovio, the maker of the popular videogame Angry Birds, according to a report today. According to publication Eurogamer, which tracks the video game industry in Europe, Rov...

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

JMI Equity Backs BrightLine

San Diego-based private equity firm JMI Equity has backed a provider of marketing services for the interactive TV market. According to New York-based BrightLine, it has scored a strategic growth investment from JMI Equity, with JMI Equity's...

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

THQ Revives 80's Cartoon Voltron

Agoura Hills-based videogame maker THQ has announced today that it is reviving 1980's cartoon hero Voltron, in a new video game called Voltron: Defender of the Universe. The firm said it is releasing the game in October on Xbox LIVE Arcade ...

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Columbia Pictures Taps Into Foursquare For Film Promo

Culver City-based Sony Pictures Entertainment said today that its Columbia Pictures unit it tying the release of its new film, 30 Minutes or Less, into a foursquare promotion. According to Sony, it is using foursquare to create a badge-base...

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Hulu Plus Extends On Android

Los Angeles-based video site Hulu said late Wednesday evening that it has extended rollout of its Hulu Plus Android application to four more smartphones. Hulu said it now supports the HTC Evo 4G, HTC ThunderBolt, HTC myTouch 4G and G2 with ...

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

StockTwits Inks Deal with Bing

San Diego-based StockTwits, the finance discussion and microblogging site headed by Howard Lindzon, has inked a deal with Microsoft's search engine, Bing, the power parts of the search engine's Bing Finance site. According to Microsoft, it ...

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Break Media, Scripped.com Name Contest Winner

Los Angeles-based Break Media, the online digital video site run by Keith Richman, and Scripped.com, the online screenwriting site headed by Sunil Rajaraman, have named a winner in a contest sponsored by the two companies. According to the ...

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Internet Brands Buys Two Women's Sites From eHarmony

Los Angeles-based Internet Brands said Monday that it has acquired two web sites aimed at women, Weddingbee.com, and JustMommies.com from Pasadena-based eHarmony. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Weddingbee is an onlin...

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Friday, July 8, 2011

King.com Launches New Android Game

Los Angeles- and London-based King.com, the mobile and social games developer, said this week that it has launched a new Android game called Miner Speed. The game is already available on Facebook, King's own game portal, and Apple iOS. The ...

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

HitFix Adds $2M

Los Angeles-based HitFix, an online entertainment news site, announced today that it has closed on a $2M investment round. The new round was led by Golden Seeds, and also included prior investors the Tech Coast Angels. The company said it w...

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Hulu Approaching 1M Hulu Plus Subscribers

Los Angeles-based Hulu, the online video streaming site headed by Jason Kilar, released some detailed subscriber numbers Wednesday, as the firm continued to be . According to the firm, it is approaching 1 million paying subscribers to its H...

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Google Reportedly In Talks To Buy Hulu

A report Friday from the Los Angeles Times says that Google is in preliminary talks to buy Los Angeles-based Hulu. According to the LA Times--citing "people familiar with the situtation"--Hulu has also been shopped to Microsoft Corp. and Ya...

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Avalon Ventures, Jeffrey Katzenberg To Benefit From Zynga IPO

San Francisco-based social games maker Zynga, the firm behind the popular FarmVille Facebook game, filed for an IPO Friday, with several Southern California investors potentially beneficiaries of any future IPO success. According to Zynga, ...

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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Interview with Howard Marks, Gamzee

Earlier this month, Los Angeles-based Gamzee (www.gamzee.com), a new game company founded by Howard Marks, the co-founder of Activision and Acclaim Games, announced a seed round of funding. We caught up with Howard to hear about what Gamz...

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Justin Timberlake Backs Myspace Acquisition

Irvine-based Specific Media, the Internet advertising network run by Tim Vanderhook, has released further details on the company's acquisition of Myspace, saying that Justin Timberlake is taking an ownership stake and major role in the acqu...

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Demand Media Partners With REI

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online publishing empire run by Richard Rosenblatt, has inked a partnership with outdoor retailer REI. The companies announced the deal today. According to the two, they are in a three-year partnership, ...

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Friday, June 24, 2011

MindJolt's SGN Launches New Game

Los Angeles-based MindJolt, the social gaming firm run by former MySpace founder Chris DeWolfe, said today that SGN, its newly acquired mobile, social gaming business, has released its first title since being acquired by the company in Apri...

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Hulu Plus Hits Android

Los Angeles-based Hulu, the web video site, said Thursday that it has rolled out its Hulu Plus application on Android. Hulu said the Hulu Plus application will run on six phones, including the Nexus One, Nexus S, HTC Inspire 4G, Motorola Dr...

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Report: Hulu Retains Morgan Stanley, Guggenheim In Sale

Further details on the potential sale of Los Angeles-based video streaming site Hulu continue to emerge, with the firm reportedly retaining investment bankers Morgan Stanley and Guggenheim Partners to represent it in a sale. The names of th...

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

MindJolt Names Mobile Development Head

Los Angeles-based MindJolt, the social gaming firm headed by former MySpace founder Chris DeWolfe, announced this morning that it has hired Ulf Waschbusch as head of its internal social mobile game development. Ulf was most recently Chief P...

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Report: Hulu Up For Sale

A number of reports Tuesday afternoon says that Santa Monica-based streaming video site Hulu is up for sale. According to the Wall Street Journal, the firm was approached by an unsolicited offer to be acquired. Details on potential buyers h...

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

AngelVision Eyes Investments In Entertainment, New Media

A new Los Angeles investment group, AngelVision Investors, said this morning that it has launched, and is looking to invest in startup and emerging growth-oriented companies, in the entertainment, marketing and new media. The firm did not s...

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Tecca Bolsters Board, Executives

Venice, California-based Tecca, the online and mobile, consumer information and review service backed by Best Buy, said today that it has bolstered its board and added a slew of executives to the company. The firm said it has added Rich Bat...

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Hulu Plus Gets South Park

South Park, the animated TV series created by Trek Parker and Matt Stone, has inked a deal with Los Angeles-based streaming video site Hulu, to feature nearly every episode of South Park on Hulu Plus. According to Hulu, Hulu Plus subscriber...

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

King.com Snags VP From Bebo

Los Angeles-based social and casual games firm King.com said today that it has bolstered its executive team, adding Mark Charkin as Executive Vice President of Global Business Development and Ad Sales. Charkin is based in King.com's London ...

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Interview with Eric Frankel, StarGreetz

Last week, Los Angeles-based StarGreetz (www.stargreetz.com) debuted its celebrity-powered, personalized message service to the public, allowing both brands and artists to send highly personalized messages to their fans. We caught up with C...

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

StarGreetz Powers Syracuse University

Los Angeles-based StarGreetz, the personalized, celebrity video messaging startup headed by Eric Frankel, said this morning that it has signed on the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. According to the sc...

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Car Town Links With NASCAR

Car Town, the automotive-themed, Facebook social game developed by Long Beach-based Cie Games, has inked a deal with NASCAR, where NASCAR will launch the NASCAR Pro Championship presented by Sprint, a social gaming event within Car Town. Ac...

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Break Media Ties With Zachary Levi on "Nerd HQ"

Los Angeles-based Break Media, the online video content publisher, said today that it has partnered with actor Zachari Levi, on a set of original videos and events. According to Break, it will product three, original videos starring Levi, a...

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

EdgeCast Launches File Distribution Software

Santa Monica-based EdgeCast Networks said Thursday that it has launched a new, file distribution product called Download Manager. The new software--aimed at software developers, including desktop games and antivirus software firms--makes it...

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

MovieClips Gains $6.0M More

Santa Monica-based MovieClips, which provides access to a collection of license movie clips from major studios, has raised $6.0M out of an ongoing, $7.0M funding round. The funding was revealed via a regulatory filing Thursday. No details o...

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

WebVisible Ties With Publisher Media General

Los Angeles-based WebVisible, which helps small and medium sized businesses place online advertising, said this week that it has inked a deal with newspaper and television publisher Media General. According to WebVisible, the partnership wi...

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Paramount Promotes Super 8 With Twitter

Paramount Pictures has kicked off a promotion of the upcoming movie SUPER 8 with Twitter, the two announced today, by running a special sneak preview promotion only available to Twitter users. According to Paramount, Twitter users will be a...

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Gaikai Boosts UI Chops

Los Angeles-based cloud streaming firm Gaikai has bolstered its creative side, saying today that it has hired Brendan Iribe as its Chief Creative Officer and Senior Vice President of User Experience. Iribe was previously the co-founder, Pre...

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Monday, June 6, 2011

TopSpin Ties For Facebook Ecommerce

Los Angeles-based TopSpin Media has inked a deal with Facebook music page application provider RootMusic, to offer up an e-commerce app for musicians on the popular social networking site. According to the two, the deal will allow artists t...

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Gaikai Powers Game Site

Los Angeles-based Gaikai, the cloud-based game streaming service backed by Benchmark Capital, TriplePoint Capital, Rustic Canyon Partners, Limelight Networks and Intel Capital, said Thursday that it is powering a game site, "The Escapist". ...

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Border Stylo's Glass Hits Safari

Los Angeles-bsaed Border Stylo, the developer of web content sharing software headed by Oscar Guido, said today that it has launched its Glass application on the Safari browser. Glass is the firm's browser add-on which allows users to share...

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Sony Plans PlayStaton Network Restoration Today

Sony said today that it expects to begin full restoration of its PlayStation Network services starting today, in the Americas, Europe, and Asia, excluding Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea. The firm also said it expects to resume its Music ...

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Cie Games Names COO

Long Beach-based Cie Games, the social games developer behind Car Town for Facebook, said today that it has named Carey D'Souza as its new Chief Operating Officer. D'Souza was most recently at online games maker Nexon America, and also has ...

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Hulu Debuts Miramax Films On Hulu Plus

Los Angeles-based video streaming site Hulu said this morning that it has debuted 27 titles from Miramax on its Hulu Plus service, after inking a deal to include "hundreds" of Miramax films through the site's premium services. According to ...

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Qualcomm Expands Flash Support, Pushes Games

San Diego-based Qualcomm said today that it has expanded its support of Adobe Flash across Qualcomm-enabled smartphones, allowing for video playback of Flash-based content on mid-tier and high end Snapdragon smartphones and tablets. Separat...

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Amos Content Group Gets Angel Funding

Santa Monica-based Amos Content Group, a provider of editorial and video content services, said today that it has scored a round of angel funding. The firm, which provides online video creation for such firms as SodaHead, Fox, SPIKE, and ot...

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Mad Catz Launches Game Studio

San Diego-based Mad Catz Interactive announced this morning that it has launched a new, game studio, ThunderHawk Studios, which will focus on massively multiplayer, online, flight simulation games. The new studio, also based in San Diego, i...

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Friday, May 27, 2011

JibJab Powers MLB Baseball Campaign

Los Angeles-based JibJab Media, the online, humorous content producer and personalized electronic greeting cards, has inked a deal with MLB Advanced Media, the companies said Thursday. The two said they have partnered on a "Starring You" ca...

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Friday, May 27, 2011

THQ Signs Turtle Rock Studios

Agoura Hills-based videogame publisher THQ said Thursday that it has signed Turtle Rock Studios, a game development studio, for an upcoming, un-named title. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. Turtle Rock Studios develops the ...

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

E3 Expo Expected To Boost LA By $25.1M

The upcoming E3 Expo, the tradeshow and convetion focused on the computer and video game industry which is running June 7th through the 9th, is expected to have a $25.1 million impact on Los Angeles. According to LA INC., The Los Angeles Co...

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Ashton Kutcher Backs Airbnb

Actor Acton Kutcher is further extending his influence in the technology world, and has invested in San Francisco startup Airbnb. The Los Angeles actor has made a "significant investment" in Airbnb, an online vacation rental site. Kutcher a...

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Mobile Roadie Partners With Rockstar Digital

Los Angeles-based Mobile Roadie, the developer of mobile applications, said this week that it has partnered with digital agency Rockstar Digital. Rockstar Digital helps artists create and manage their digital content, engage with fans, and ...

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Break Media Taps Doyle, Subar as CFO, CTO

Los Angeles-based Break Media, the online video and content publisher headed by Keith Richman, said today that it has tapped Andrew Doyle as its Chief Financial Officer, and David Subar as Chief Technology Officer. Subar was most recently C...

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

THQ Inks Distribution Deal

Agoura Hills-based THQ said Wednesday that it has inked a distribution deal with Codemasters, to distribute four games for that firm. THQ said it will distribute DiRT 3, operation Flashpoint Red River, BODYCOUNT, and F1 2011 for Codemasters...

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Ebyline Signs Scripps TV, Adds Audio/Video

Los Angeles-based Ebyline, a startup which helps publishers find and manage freelancers, said today that it has added Scripps Television Station group as a customer, and the addition of audio/video capabilities to the service. The firm said...

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Activision Sets Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Release

Santa Monica-based game publisher Activision said Tuesday that it has set the worldwide release date for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 for November 8th. The new title is being developed by Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games....

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Interview with Vic Caretti, Loudvine

Southern California--and particularly, Los Angeles--has always been a center of the music business, which makes it unsurprising that there are many, music-focused startups which end up starting here. One of them is online music events site ...

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

EQAL Raising $3.5M

Santa Monica-based EQAL, the producer of online content known for LonelyGirl15 and KateModern, is in the midst of raising $3.5M in a funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm Monday. The filing indicates the firm has so fa...

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Hulu Plus Bundles With TiVo Premiere

The Hulu Plus, premium subscription offering of Hulu, is now available on the popular Tivo digital video recorder, Tivo said today. According to Tivo, beginning today, Hulu Plus will be available via subscription to Tivo subscribers using t...

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Dreamworks Ties With Zynga's Cityville

Glendale-based DreamWorks Animation SKG and social games maker Zynga announced this morning that they are launching the first ever, in-game integration within the CityVille Facebook game. According to the two, the integration comes in conju...

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Evolve Media Buys WholesomeBabyFood.com

Los Angeles-based Evolve Media, the parent firm of Gorilla Nation and AtomicOnline, said this morning that it has acquired WholesomeBabyFood.com, an online site focused on homemade baby food recipes. Financial terms of the acquisition were ...

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Friday, May 20, 2011

RealD's Greer Resigns

Los Angeles-based RealD, the developer of 3D movie projection technology, reported Thursday that co-founder Joshua Greer has resigned as President, but will remain on the company's board of directors. Greer and RealD said the move would giv...

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

eHow Launches Beauty Video Series

Santa Monica-based eHow, the online advice site owned by Demand Media, said this morning that it has further boosted its content efforts by launching a new video series. The site said its new "Beauty Lab" video series is being hosted by bea...

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Miramax, Netflix Ink Streaming Deal

Santa Monica-based Miramax and video rental service Netflix said today that the two have inked a multi-year agreement, which will allow Netflix members to instantly stream motion pictures from the Miramax film library. Financial details of ...

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Monday, May 16, 2011

RealD Inks Technology Deal With Samsung

Los Angeles-based 3D technology provider RealD reported today along with Samsung Electronics, that the two have entered into a license agreement to develop full resolution, 3D panels for the PC and TV market. Financial details of the joint ...

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Sony Online Entertainment Restarts Game Services

San Diego-based Sony Online Entertainment said over the weekend that it has begun restoring its online game services, after the massive hack of the firm's services. Sony said Saturday that it has begun returning "nearly all" of its portfoli...

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Report: Hulu Near Network Deal

A report today says that Los Angeles-based Hulu is close to inking a new deal with its network owners. According to AllThingsD, the deal will keep programs from NBC, Fox and ABC on the video site. There had been some rumors that the network...

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Anti-AgingGames.com Launches Brain Fitness Site

Los Angeles-based Anti-AgingGames.com, a new startup offering up brain fitness games, has launched today, aiming at healthy people looking to help their memory, concentration, and focus. The site--whose games were designed by Atari founder ...

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Google Follows MP3tunes With Music Locker Service

Mountain View-based Google has followed the lead of San Diego-based MP3tunes, and debuted its own "music locker" service today at its Google I/O developer conference. Google's new "Music Beta by Google" is only available to a limited number...

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

RealGravity Ties With Metacafe

Los Angeles-based RealGravity, which provides online video distribution and syndication, said today that it has partnered with online video sharing site Metacafe. RealGravity said that Metacafe is using its platform to syndicate its short-f...

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Monday, May 9, 2011

YouTube Adds Movie Rentals

Google's online video sharing site YouTube, said today that it has inked a deal to add around 3,000 movie titles for rent through the site, as it looks to broaden its offerings from the amateur, web-based videos its is known for towards mor...

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Stocktwits Inks Content Deal With CNNMoney

San Diego-based Stocktwits, the stock-focused, online social media site headed by Howard Lindzon, has inked a new content deal with CNNMoney, the firm said today. Financial detail fo the deal were not disclosed. According to StockTwits, the...

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Friday, May 6, 2011

Sony To Provide $1M Identity Theft Protection For Users After Attack

Howard Stringer, the CEO of Sony, said in a letter released Friday to Sony's Playstation Network that the firm will provide a $1M identity theft insurance policy per user for its U.S. PlayStation Network and Qrocity customers, after a devas...

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Demand Media Launches Long Form Article Effort

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online publisher which runs such sites as eHow.com, typeF.com, and LIVESTRONG.COM, said Thursday afternoon that it is launching a new effort focused on long-form web content. The firm said it is looking ...

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Demand Media Revenues Up In Q1

Santa Monica-based Demand Media reported its results Thursday, saying that it had a net loss of $5.6 million on revenues of $79.5M. Revenues were up 48 percent compared to the $53.6M in revenues the firm reported in Q1 of 2010. Demand Media...

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Loudvine Partners With Eventful

Redondo Beach-based Loudvine, which operates an online service to help artists connect with their fans, told its users today that it has inked a partnership with event listings site Eventful. Loudvine said all of the events on its site will...

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Warner Bros. Buys Flixster

Burbank-based Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group said this morning that it is acquiring Flixster, the movie site which also runs Rotten Tomatoes. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. According to Warner, both sites will contin...

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

DIRECTV, Panasonic Fund 3D Films

El Segundo-based satellite TV operator DIRECTV and consumer electronics firm Panasonic said Tuesday that the two will be funding six 3D films, as part of an effort to train filmmakers on 3D equipment. According to the two, they will fund si...

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Sony Online Entertainment: 24.6 Million Accounts Stolen

San Diego-based Sony Online Entertainment has tallied the number of accounts which have been compromised by hackers on the firm's online game service, saying that it has found that personal information from approximately 24.6 million SOE ac...

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

CraveOnline Launches Comedy Channel

Los Angeles-based CraveOnline, an online site focused on male lifestyles, said today that it has launched a new comedy channel. the site said that the comedy channel will provide funny lists, reviews, and interviews, as well as comedy relat...

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Sony Online Entertainment: Customer Data Stolen

San Diego-based Sony Online Entertainment, the developer of massively multiplayer online games, has provided details of the intrusion on the firm's systems, saying that hackers may have stolen its customer information. Sony--which shut down...

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Monday, May 2, 2011

GotCast Plans Spinoff Website For Social Media Contests

Santa Monica-based GotCast, the online casting site run by Alec Shankman, told its users today that it is gearing up to launch a new, spin-off website for its social media contest platform. GotCast said the platform--MediaBlastr--is the sof...

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Technicolor Backs Video Search Firm

Technicolor, the provider of services to the motion picture, television, and media industry, has backed a North Carolina technology firm developing video search and discovery products. Durham, N.C.-based Digitalsmiths said that it has close...

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Topspin Adds Discounts For Multiple Accounts

Los Angeles-based Topspin, the developer of online marketing and commerce software for musicians and music labels, announced this morning that it is now providing discounted, multiple account software for record labels, marketing agencies, ...

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

MindJolt Buys Two Firms

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. According to the New York Times, MindJolt has acquired Hallpass ...

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Demand Media Defends Fiscal Outlook

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online publishing firm headed by Richard Rosenblatt, said Sunday that it is reaffirming its financial outlook for fiscal year 2011. The firm said its estimates, provided February 22nd, still stand, despi...

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Demand Media Hands Out Big Bonuses

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online content publishing empire of Richard Rosenblatt, has handed out some big bonuses to executives, three months after the firm's successful IPO. According to a regulatory filing from the firm, uncove...

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Friday, April 15, 2011

UberMedia, 50 Cent Launch UberSocial Theme

Pasadena-based UberMedia, the Twitter client applications firm backed by Idealab, said this week that it has rolled out a new, branded "theme" for the firm's UberSocial for BlackBerry application, crafted by music artist 50 Cent. According ...

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Friday, April 15, 2011

GeekChicDaily Launches LA Newsletter

Los Angeles-based GeekChicDaily, the pop culture newsletter publisher founded by Peter Y. Levin, Mandalay Entertainment Group CEO, former Sony Pictures Chairman and CEO Peter Guber and Wizard World founder Gareb Shamus, said Thursday that i...

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Edmunds Launches iPhone App

Santa Monica-based Edmunds, the publisher of automotive information, said Thursday that it has launched a new application for the iPhone. Edmunds said its InsideLine.com application for the iPhone provides automotive information and enterta...

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

YouTube Sensation Annoying Orange Goes Hollywood

The Annoying Orange, the animated YouTube series, is the latest YouTube sensation to go mainstream in Hollywood, according to a report today. According to Deadline.com, the animated series is being financed by management/production company...

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

3ality Digital Gets Funding

Burbank-based 3ality Digital, a developer of 3D production technology and services, has scored a new funding from Clearlake Capital Group. According to Clearlake, it led and sponsored a recapitalization of 3ality, acquiring the majority of ...

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Avatar's James Cameron Boots Up New 3D Technology Firm

3D filmmaker James Cameron of Avatar fame announced Monday that he has launched a new, technology firm based in Burbank focused on creating 3D technology. According to Cameron, he has launched the CAMERON - PACE Group with fellow 3D technol...

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Monday, April 11, 2011

RealD In Deal With Avid

Los Angeles-based RealD, the developer of 3D movie projection technology, announced this morning that media editing technology firm Avid has licensed its RealD format. financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. RealD said that its tech...

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Monday, April 11, 2011

THQ's RIO Debuts On April 12th

Agoura Hills-based THQ has set the launch date for its new series of videogames based on the RIO movie. The firm said it will debut its new RIO video game on April 12th, on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, and Nintendo DS. THQ and Twentiet...

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Monday, April 11, 2011

GreenScreen Animals Gets Funding, Hires PriceGrabber Exec

Los Angeles-based GreenScreen Animals, a firm developing a library of digital animal footage and stills for Hollywood, announced this morning that it has received a Series A funding round. Size and source of the funding was not announced. A...

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Friday, April 8, 2011

NXTM Finds Funding

Culver City-based NXTM, a company developing social media and e-commerce tools for the music industry, has raised funding, according to lead investor Spring Mountain Capital. Size of the funding round was not disclosed. Spring Mountain Capi...

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

MySetLife Adds Content From Hollywood Reporter, FilmContact.com

Los Angeles-based MySetLife, developer of an iPhone application that allows filmmakers to network with other industry contacts, and also manage things like invoices, timecards, and more, said Tuesday that it has partnered with the Hollywood...

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Break Media Launches Screenwriting Contest With Scripped

Los Angeles-based Break Media, the online content publisher headed by Keith Richman, said today that it has partnered with Scripped.com, an online community for screenwriters, on a new screenwriting contest. Break said the contest will give...

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Hulu: Nearly Half A Billion In Revenues in 2011

Los Angeles-based video streaming site Hulu is set to earn half a billion dollars in revenue this year, according to an update from CEO Jason Kilar posted last night on its company blog. According to Kilar, it did $263M in revenues for all ...

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Gaikai, Bigfoot Tie On Games Acceleration

Los Angeles-based Gaikai, the developer of cloud-based game streaming services which is venture backed by Benchmark, TriplePoint Capital, Rustic Canyon, and Intel, has tied today with Bigfoot Networks. According to the firms today, the two ...

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Moriarty Joins Triton Media Group Board

Sean Moriarty, formerly the CEO of Ticketmaster, and currently Entrepreneur in Residence for venture capital firm Mayfield Fund, has joined the board of Los Angeles-based Triton Media Group. Triton is a provider of digital services and tool...

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Monday, April 4, 2011

LIVESTRONG.COM Inks Video Series Deal With Michelob

Santa Monica-based LIVESTRONG.COM and beer brand Michelob, owned by Anheuser-Busch, said Monday that Michelob ULTRA has teamed with LIVESTRONG.COM on a new, original five-part video series. According to the two, the new series will feature ...

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Katzenberg Joins Board At Zynga

Jeffrey Katzenberg, the CEO of Glendale-based DreamWorks Animation, has joined social game maker Zynga's board of directors, Zynga said Monday. Zynga is the maker of Farmville, the very popular Facebook game, along with many other titles. ...

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Monday, April 4, 2011

THQ Ties With Random House Publishing

Agoura-based THQ, the videogame maker, reported today that it has linked with publisher Random House Publishing Group, where the two will co-develop intellectual property. No financial details of the deal were announced. Random House and TH...

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Friday, April 1, 2011

Hulu's April Fool Joke: 1996 Web Design

Visitors to Los Angeles-based video streaming service Hulu Friday were greeted with a surprise "redesign" of the web site, as part of a Hulu April Fool's gag. Users who logged into Hulu of Friday saw a Geocities-inspired, framed browser vie...

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Friday, April 1, 2011

GotCast Gets More Funding

Santa Monica-based GotCast, the online casting and talent site run by Alec Shankman, told its supporters this morning that it has raised a new round of venture capital funding. In an email, Shankman said that the firm closed a round of addi...

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Friday, April 1, 2011

Hulu Updates Roku Software

Los Angeles-based Hulu said last night that it has updated its Hulu Plus on the Roku software. According to Hulu, the updated software adds improved playback reporting, UI tweaks, as well as a number of bug fixes. Roku is a hardware device ...

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Sony Online Entertainment Cuts Jobs

San Diego-based Sony Online Entertainment, which develops massively multiplayer online games, has made cuts at three of its studios, the firm said Thursday. Sony Online Entertainment said 205 of its staff in Seattle, Denver, and Tucson were...

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

BitTorrent Starts Distributing Novel

Peer-to-peer distribution network BitTorrent said Thursday that it has started distributing books through its network, with the free download of a book from Los Angeles author Megan Lisa Jones. BitTorrent said it has made Jones' novel, Capt...

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

GameSalad Raises $6M More

Los Angeles- and Austin-based GameSalad, the iPhone creation software firm, has raised $6M in another round of funding, the firm is announcing today. The round was led by Steamboat Ventures, and also included Greycroft Partners, DFJ Mercury...

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Clearstone Backs Games2Win

Santa Monica-based Clearstone Venture Partners has upped its investment in Mumbai, India-based Games2Win, an online developer of casual and other games. According to Games2Win, it has raised $6M in a Series B financing round, which also inc...

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Monday, March 28, 2011

FastSoft Names New Marketing VP

Pasadena-based FastSoft, the developer of content acceleration software and appliances, said today that it has named Jerry Hall as Vice President of Marketing at the firm. Hall was most recently a consultant at Forge Strategic Marketing, an...

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Warner Adds Harry Potter, Inception To Facebook Test

Warner Bros. said over the weekend that it is expanding its test of renting movies on Facebook, adding five new titles to the firms' online social networking rental experiment. According to Warner Bros, it is adding Harry Potter and the Sor...

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Monday, March 28, 2011

SheKnows Launches Social Media Feature

Los Angeles-based SheKnows, the women's media site run by Evolve Media, said this morning that it has launched a new social media, community features for the service. The company said its new SheKnows Connect social media platform connects ...

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

FastPoint Games Scores With Major League Soccer

Los Angeles-based FastPoint Games, the developer of white label fantasy and other games for sports and entertainment firms which is run by Kelly Perdew, said Thursday that it has delivered two games for Major League Soccer. Financial detail...

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

CitizenGlobal Lands Wiki Inventor As CTO

Venice-based CitizenGlobal, a startup working on crowd-sourced video content, has landed the inventor of the web wiki as Chief Technology Officer. Ward Cunningham, who is known for his creation of the first wiki software, WikiWikiWeb, which...

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Demand Media Applies Content Strategy To eNom

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the Internet content publishing company run by Richard Rosenblatt, is applying its crowdsourced content model to eNom, the domain name registrar it owns. According to eNom, it has put up a new content portal...

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Demand Media, Getty Images In Licensing Deal

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online content firm headed by Richard Rosenblatt and which runs such sites as LIVESTRONG.com and eHow, said today along with image licensing firm Getty Images, that the two are in a joint licensing deal....

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

MasterImage 3D Gets $15M From Samsung

Hollywood-based MasterImage 3D, a developer of 3D technology tools, announced today that it has raised $15M in a strategic investment from Samsung Ventures. MasterImage said it is developing technology for auto-stereoscopic 3D displays and ...

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Peer Media Technologies Merges With Bay TSP

Los Angeles-based Peer Media Technologies, the anti-piracy firm which was formerly ArtistDirect, and content tracking and protectiom firm Bay TSP.com said Monday that they have signed an agreement to merge. Peer Media Technologies is headed...

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

EdgeCast, Media Temple Team On CDN Service

Los Angeles-based EdgeCast, the content delivery network firm headed by James Segil, and fellow Los Angeles web hosting provider Media Temple, run by Demien Sellfors, are announcing today they are launching a new content delivery network of...

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Hulu To Donate $250K In Revenue, Ads To Japan Relief

Los Angeles-based Hulu, the online streaming video site for television, movie, and other content, said last night that it is donating $50,000 its revenues plus donating $200,000 in ad inventory toward relief for victims of the Japanese eart...

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Break Adds Greg Siegel As SVP

Los Angeles-based Break Media, the online publisher of video content, announced this morning that it has added Greg Siegel as its Senior Vice President, Entertainment Development. Siegel was most recently founder and CEO of VidMe, and also ...

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

X Prize Foundation Adds James Cameron To Board

Playa Vista-based X PRIZE Foundation, the group which runs the prize-based innovation competitions, said this week that it has added filmmaker James Cameron to its Board of Trustees. The group--which was behind the Ansari X Prize, which spu...

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

THQ Releases Homefront Sales Figures

Agoura Hills-based THQ said Wednesday afternoon that it has shipped approximately 375,000 units of its new Homefront first person shooter in its first day, in north America. THQ's title is set in the u.S. after a fictional invasion by North...

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Activision, ABC To Release Wipeout Game

Santa Monica-based Activision Publishing and ABC Entertainment Group announced today that they are in a deal to publish a new Kinect for Xbox 360 game based on the show Wipeout. The two said they will release Wipeout In The Zone, based on t...

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

THQ's Homefront Hits Retailers

Agoura Hills-based THQ said today that its newest gaming title, Homefront, has hit retail stores. The war game--set in the U.S. after an imagined invasion by North Korea--was developed by Kaos Studios, and runs on Xbox 360, Playstation 3, a...

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Monday, March 14, 2011

GotCast To Donate Revenues To Red Cross Relief Effort

Los Angeles-based GotCast.com, the online casting startup headed by Alec Shankman, said that it will donate all of its membership fees tomorrow, Tuesday, March 15th, to the Red Cross. According to the firm, it will donate 100 percent of its...

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Friday, March 11, 2011

ShareSquare Rolls Out SXSW Contest

Los Angeles-based ShareSquare, the QR code startup headed by Matthias Galica, said Friday that it has launched a contest at SXSW. The firm said that it will be tracking all of the scans of its ShareSquare QR codes at SXSW, and will award th...

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Topspin Releases Ticket App To App Store

Venice, California-based Topspin Media, the venture backed developer of music marketing software and applications, has released its venue ticketing software to the Apple App store. The app allows music venues to scan paper and smart-phone t...

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Fourth Wall Studios Gets $15M

Culver City-based Fourth Wall Studios, a firm developing massively multiplayer online games in the virtual reality area, has raised $15M in funding, the firm said Tuesday. The funding comes from LA biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong. T...

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Sonos Connects To MOG

Santa Barbara-based Sonos, the developer of the user friendly, multi-room, wireless music systems, said today that it has connected up the MOG music service to its products. MOG said it will offer up high quality, 320kbps streamed music to ...

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Warner Bros. Starts Renting Movies On Facebook

Burbank-based Warner Bros. said Monday that it is beginning to test renting movies via Facebook, using Facebook Credits, allowing consumers to watch movies directly from the social networking site. According to Warner, its first title is Th...

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Friday, March 4, 2011

Clicker Acquired By CBS Interactive

Los Angeles-based Clicker.com, the provider of a guide to online video, has been acquired by CBS Interactive, the firms said Friday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. According to CBS Interactive, Jim Lanzone, co-founder and C...

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Interview with David Aronchick, Hark

Last week, we talked with Fouad ElNaggar of Redpoint Ventures about some of the interesting companies in Southern California. One of those he mentioned was Hark (www.hark.com), an online site which allows users to find and share sound bites...

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Demand Media Buys CoveritLive

Santa Monica-based Demand Media said this morning that it has acquired CoveritLive, a developer of a live blogging platform used to provide real time commentary, reader polling, and questions and answers on live events. Financial terms of t...

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

CraveOnline Partners With The Ring

Los Angeles-based CraveOnline, the male lifestyle content site owned by Evolve Media, said today that it has partnered with SEP, Inc, owner of boxing publication The Ring Magazine. CraveOnline said it will create a new boxing site for the p...

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Aggregage Launches Two New Sites

Los Angeles-based Aggregage, the content aggregation and publishing startup headed by Robert Flynn, has launched two new sites, the firm said this week. Aggregage said that it has launched Leadership Digital, a new site focused on leadershi...

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

J.R. Johnson On Critical Mass and Communities

Today, Lunch.com (www.lunch.com), the startup headed by J.R. Johnson, announced a move to allow other sites to host and show content via a new Lunch Network effort. We caught up with J.R. Johnson, founder and CEO of Lunch to better understa...

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Demand Media, Rachel Ray Partner

Los Angeles-based Demand Media, the online publishing firm headed by Richard Rosenblatt, along with food and cooking celebrity Rachel Ray, said this morning that they are in a multi-year, exclusive partnership to develop co-branded content ...

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Monday, February 28, 2011

Paramount, Nickelodeon Tie Into Zynga On Rango

Los Angeles-based Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies have tied into social gaming giant Zynga, in a cross promotion with the new Rango film, the firms said this morning. According to the firms, they will integrate into a new quest fo...

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

THQ, Twentieth Century Fox Tie On RIO

Agoura Hills-based videogame maker THQ said today along with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products that they are releasing a new set of games based on the recent RIO movie. RIO is set to debut on April 15th. THQ said it will ship the RIO ...

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Clearstone Backs CupidsPlay.com

Santa Monica-based venture capital firm Clearstone Ventures has backed a developer of an online social dating and games firm, CupidsPlay. Financial details of the investment were not disclosed. CupidsPlay said it received seed funding from ...

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Break Media Plans New Video Series

Los Angeles-based Break Media is continuing to roll out new, original video content for the site, saying today that it plans to roll out five new web series on Break.com. Break Media said is launching For the Win, Awesome America, Thinking ...

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Demand Media Reports Profit

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the internet publishing firm headed by Richard Rosenblatt, reported its fourth quarter and fiscal 2010 results today, the first as a public company. Demand Media said it had revenues of $73.6M for Q4 of 2010...

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Ashton Kutcher Backs SeatGeek

Actor Ashton Kutcher has backed a New York-based sports, concert, and theater tickets site, SeatGeek, the firm said today. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The funding also included A Grade investments. SeatGeek helps users f...

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Amazon Enters Video Streaming Market

Online retailing giant Amazon.com is joining the online movie and TV streaming market this morning, saying that it has started offering up its Amazon Prime users unlimited, commercial-free, instant streaming of 5,000 movies and TV shows. Am...

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Friday, February 18, 2011

King.com Extends To Facebook

Los Angeles- and London-based online games developer King.com said this morning that it has extended its games system to Facebook. King.com, which develops tournament-based casual games, said the firm is now linking to Facebook, with a set ...

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Oakley, RealD Certify 3D Glasses

Foothill Ranch-based sunglasses maker Oakley, and Los Angeles-based 3D technology firm RealD said Wednesday that Oakley's 3D glasses have been certified by RealD. The firms said the official certification means that Oakley's certified glass...

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

THQ Revives Korean BBQ Truck

Agoura Hills-based videogame maker THQ has revived its North Korean-themed food truck, the Pyongyang Express, as it gears up for the release of its first person shooter game Homefront. THQ said it will be serving up heavily subsidized food ...

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Specific Media Bolsters Advisory Board

Irvine-based Specific Media, which operates an Internet advertising network, announced today that it has added three new members to its advisory board. The firm said it has added Larry Goodman, Bill Burke, and Ed McCarrick as advisors to it...

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Demand Media, Tyra Banks Announce Fashion Site TypeF

Los Angeles-based online publisher Demand Media and celebrity Tyra Banks said Tuesday that they have officially named the new fashion and beauty site the two are working on together, as TypeF. Demand Media said the new site launches on Marc...

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Interview with Jed Simon, FastPay

Last week, Los Angeles-based FastPay (www.fastpaypartners.com) announced a round of funding and its services for providing advanced payment to online publishers, application developers, and game developers. We spoke with Jed Simon the firm'...

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Outdoor Channel Buys MyOutdoorTV.com

Temecula-based Outdoor Channel Holdings, the media firm that runs the Outdoor Channel, said today that it has acquired online web site MyOutdoorTV.com, an online site focused on hunting, fishing, and shooting. MyOutdoorTV.com features vides...

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Topspin Co-founder Gotcher To Benefit From Pandora IPo

Peter Gotcher, the Chairman and co-founder of Los Angeles-based Topspin Media, looks to reap a big harvest, if Pandora Media pulls off its IPO. Pandora filed for an IPO Friday, saying in a filing with the SEC that it is looking to raise up ...

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Friday, February 11, 2011

BUZZMEDIA Buys The Frisky

Los Angeles-based BUZZMEDIA, the publisher of entertainment related blogs and websites, said Friday that it has acquired The Frisky, an entertainment news, celebrity, and fashion site, from Turner Broadcasting Systems. Financial terms of th...

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Friday, February 11, 2011

RealD Goes To The Opera

Los Angeles-based RealD, the developer of 3D theater and movie technology, said this week that it has inked a marketing and promotional deal with Toshiba Corporation around the upcoming feature film Carmen in 3D. RealD said that Toshiba wil...

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

CrownPeak Rolls Out Major CMS Software Upgrade

Los Angeles-based CrownPeak, the developer of software-as-a-service, web content management tools headed by Jim Howard, said today that it has rolled out a major upgrade to its platform. The firm said it spent nine months on a re-architectu...

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Topspin Preps Updated iPhone Ticket App

Venice, California-based Topspin, the online music marketing software firm headed by Ian Rogers, said today that it is prepping an update to the firm's iPhone application for ticketing. The software is used by Topspin's customers to scan ti...

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Riot Games Acquired By Tencent

Los Angeles-based Riot Games, the online videogame developer headed by Brandon Beck, said late Friday that Tencent Holdings has acquired a majority stake in the company. Tencent is one of the biggest Internet services providers in China. Fi...

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Friday, February 4, 2011

RealD Revenues Rise To $57.8M

Los Angeles-based RealD, the developer of 3D movie projection technology, released its results Thursday, saying its Q3 2011 revenues rose to $57.8M, up 91 percent from Q3 of of 2010, when it reported revenues of $30.2M. The firm had a net G...

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Colbert Report, Daily Show Return To Hulu

Los Angeles-based online video site Hulu.com said Wednesday evening that it has reached a content partnership with Viacom, which will return "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report" to Hulu. Financial terms of the deal wer...

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

GotCast Wins Playboy

Los Angeles-based GotCast, the online casting site run by Alec Shankman, said Wednesday that it has scored a casting by Playboy. According to the firm, it is helping to promote a casting call for Playboy's Miss Social, an effort which inclu...

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

United Talent Agency Backs MediaMorph

New York-based MediaMorph, a developer of technology used to track media rights for film, television, games and other publishers, said today that it has inked a strategic deal with Beverly Hills-based United Talent Agency, and also scored $...

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Yardi Systems Buys RealTown

Santa Barbara-based Yardi Systems announced Tuesday afternoon that it has acquired San Diego Real Estate Electronic Publishing Company (REEPCO), which operates InternetCrusade, an online site focused on training real estate professionals, a...

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Film Fresh Finds $2M In Funding

Los Angeles-based Film Fresh, which operates an online, film download, rental, and purchase service, said this week that it has raised $2M in an equity investment. The firm said the funding came from an unidentified private investment group...

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Interview with Robert Flynn, Aggregage

In the quest to own the world of Internet content, there has been a huge amount of focus given to the world of consumer Internet content. However, one area has mostly been ignored, which is vertically focus, business-to-business information...

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Monday, January 31, 2011

Twentieth Century Fox Inks Angry Birds Game Deal

Los Angeles-based Twentieth Century Fox has inked a videogame deal with mobile games developer Rovio Mobile, which ties Rovio's popular Angry Birds videogame with the studio's upcoming Rio feature film. According to the two, they will creat...

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Joost Inks Deal With Paramount, MTV

Santa Monica-based Joost, the online video distribution firm recently spun out of Adconion, has inked a deal with Paramount Digital Entertainment and MTV, to premier JACKASS 3.5, the latest project of the popular MTV franchise. Financial de...

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

RealD, Regal Entertainment In Expanded 3D Rollout

Los Angeles-based RealD, the provider of 3D movie projection technology, and Real Entertainment Group said today that the two have made a major expansion in their 3D rollout plans. The two said that they have agreed to add up to 1,500 addit...

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Demand Media Up 32 Percent In IPO

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, which debuted on the NYSE as DMD t...

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Demand Media Prices IPO, Begins Trading Today

Santa Monica-based Demand Media said late Tuesday evening that it has priced its IPO, as well as increased its IPO offering size, and will sell 8,900,000 shares of its common stock at $17.00 per share. Demand Media, which operates an online...

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Disney Interactive Makes Cuts

Glendale-based Disney Interactive Studios, the videogame unit of Walt Disney Company, has cut a number of jobs, according to the firm. According to Disney, it made a number of cuts as part of a "restructuring process" for Disney Interactive...

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Gaikai Bolsters Exec Lineup

Los Angeles-based cloud-based game streaming service Gaikai has bolstered its executive staff, saying today that it has named Robert Stevenson as Senior Vice President of Interactive Entertainment, and Tim Wilson as Executive Vice President...

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

GeekChicDaily Gets New Funding

Los Angeles-based GeekChicDaily, a newsletter publisher focused on pop culture, said today that it has scored a strategic investment round. The round came from Revolution Studios' Joe Roth, Seattle investor Mike Slade, as well as Gamespy fo...

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Playcast Raises $10M For Video Game Streaming

Los Angeles-based Playcast Media Systems said this morning that it has raised $10M in a new, Series B funding round, for the firm's cloud based video game streaming service. Playcast said the new round was led by MK Capital, and also includ...

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Monday, January 24, 2011

UberMedia Buys Mixx

Pasadena-based UberMedia, the newly renamed Twitter advertising and application provider, announced today that it has acquired Mixx. Mixx operates an online site which allows users to find social content. Financial terms of the acquisition ...

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Friday, January 21, 2011

SRS Labs Names Exec

Santa Ana-based SRS Labs, a developer of surround sound, audio, and voice technology, said this week that it has named John Kellogg as the firm's Executive Director of Corporate Strategy. Kellogg was most recently General Manager of Content...

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Demand Media Expected To Hit Market Next Week

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online publishing firm headed by Richard Rosenblatt, is expected to hit the public markets late next week, according to a report today from AllThingsD. Citing "numerous" sources, the report says that Dem...

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

TheWrap Buys Itsonthegrid.com

Santa Monica-based The Wrap News, an online news site covering entertainment and media, said this week that it has acquire ItsontheGrid.com, an online, subscription service providing information on ongoing movie projects. Financial terms of...

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

mygameIQ Ties With Women in Games International

mygameIQ, the digital distribution and content management platform for gaming firms developed by Westlake Village-based Pragmatic Solutions, said today that it is in a promotion with Women In Games International. According to Pragmatic Solu...

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

3ality Links With UK Partner

Burbank-based 3ality Digital, which provides technology used for 3D movie production, said today that it has linked with UK-based ARRI Media in a partnership. According to 3ality, the deal allows ARRI Media to supply its 3D systems to TV, c...

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Julie Schoenfeld On Perfect Market's New Funding

This morning, Pasadena-based Perfect Market (www.perfectmarket.com) announced a new, $9M round of funding for the firm's technology, which is used to help publishers monetize their content. We caught up with Julie Schoenfeld, the firm's CEO...

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Perfect Market Raises $9 Million More

Pasadena-based Perfect Market, which provides tools for publishers to better create value from their content, is announcing today that it has raised $9M in a new funding round. The round was led by Comcast Interactive Capital, and also incl...

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Verve Wireless Names New CEO

Encinitas-based Verve Wireless, the developer of mobile publishing software used by newspapers and the Associated Press, said today that it has named a new CEO. Verve said it has named Tom MacIsaac, most recently CEO of ExtendMedia, as CEO ...

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Avalon Funds Internet Comedy Site Cheezburger

San Diego-based venture capital firm Avalon Ventures has boosted an Internet web site publisher known for its humorous, captioned pictures of cats and use of Internet memes, Cheezburger. According to Cheezburger, Avalon was one of a number ...

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Monday, January 17, 2011

MeFeedia Ties Into Bebo

Burbank-based MeFeedia, the online video guide site headed by Frank Sinton, said Friday that it has partnered with social networking site Bebo. According to MeFeedia, users of Bebo can now watch videos from MeFeedia directly from the site, ...

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

MySpace Chops 47 Percent

Amid rumors for weeks that Los Angeles-based MySpace has been planning massive layoffs, the firm said today that it is cutting 47 percent of its staff globally, or roughly 400 employees. In a statement attributed to CEO Mike Jones and publi...

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

World of Warcraft Cataclysm Hits New Sales Records

Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment released its latest sales numbers for its new title, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm yesterday, saying that it has sold more than 4.7 million copies of the title in its first month of release. The firm said ...

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Friday, January 7, 2011

EdgeCast Trumpets Customer Gains

Santa Monica-based content delivery network provider EdgeCast Networks said Friday that it now has more than 2000 customers, or more than double the number of customers from the previous year, as of the close of 2010. The firm said those cu...

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Friday, January 7, 2011

Fastpoint Games Launches Game With Sony Online

Los Angeles-based Fastpoint Games, the online games development firm headed by Kelly Perdew, said today that it has launched a game developed from a partnership with Sony Online Entertainment. Fastpoint said it has taken Sony's massively mu...

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Friday, January 7, 2011

Hulu Plus Headed To Android, VIZIO HDTVs

Los Angeles-based Hulu said last night that its Hulu Plus service is headed to Android mobile phones, and also to Vizio's HDTV platform. According to Hulu CEO Jason Kilar at CES last yesterday, Hulu is looking to bring Hulu Plus to Android ...

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Move Networks Acquired by Echostar

Move Networks, the venture backed developer of high definition streaming technology for Internet video, has been acquired by Echostar, the firms said Thursday afternoon. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Move, which briefly was...

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

RealD Launches 3D TV Eyewear Technology

Los Angeles-based 3D technology firm RealD said today at CES, that it is launching technology to power 3D eyewear which is compatible with 3D high definition televisions sold by most major consumer electronics brands. RealD said it has deve...

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

VIZIO Adds Hulu Plus, BLOCKBUSTER On Demand

Irvine-based VIZIO, which makes HDTV products, said today that it has added Hulu Plus, the premium subscription service of Los Angeles-based Hulu, as well as BLOCKBUSTER On Demand, to its connected television line. Vizio said that both vide...

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Call of Duty Black Ops Hits $1B in Sales

Santa Monica-based Activision disclosed yesterday that Call of Duty: Black Ops has surpassed over $1 billion in sales worldwide. Activision said, according to its internal estimates, its sell through of the title since November 9, it has ra...

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Fandango Launches iPad App

Los Angeles-based Fandango, which operates an online website focused on new movies and buying movie tickets, said this morning that it has launched a new application for the Apple iPad. According to Fandango, the new app allows users to pul...

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Report: Hulu Drops IPO Effort

Los Angeles-based Hulu, the online television streaming site, is dropping its plans to pursue an IPO, according to a report today from from the WSJ. Hulu had been among the Southern California companies looking to file an IPO. The WSJ cited...

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

GotCast Launches Casting For Mercedes-Benz

Santa Monica-based GotCast, the online casting site headed by Alec Shankman, said today that it has launched a new social media campaign with Mercedes-Benz. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Mercedes-Benz posted the campaign t...

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Clicker Connects To Facebook Personalization

Los Angeles-based Clicker, the Internet TV guide run by Jim Lanzone, said this morning that it has launched an update to its service, which includes such features as site-wide integration with Facebook and personalized recommendations. Clic...

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

RealD Expands In Hong Kong, Shanghai

Los Angeles-based RealD, the provider of 3D movie projection technology, reported today that it has opened up new offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai. The firm said the new offices will handle sales, customer service, and operations for grate...

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Blizzard: World of Warcraft Cataclysm Sells 3.3M Copies In 24 Hours

Irvine-based game developer Blizzard Entertainment reports this morning that its newest title, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, has sold 3.3 million copies through its first 24 hours of release. The firm said the sales record makes it the fast...

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Monday, December 13, 2010

THQ In Deal With Hellboy Director

Agoura Hills-based THQ announced today that it is in a multi-year deal with the writer and director of Hellboy, Guillermo del Toro, to develop a new trilogy of videogames. THQ said that it is working with Volition Inc. on a new game trilogy...

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

EdgeCast Targets Web Applications With New Service

Santa Monica-based EdgeCast Networks, the content deliver network (CDN) provider, said today that it is targeting the performance of web applications with a new delivery service. The firm said its has announced a beta of a new, Application ...

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

3ality Names Founder To CEO Post

Burbank-based 3ality Digital, a developer of 3D camera rigs used for filming 3D movies, said Tuesday that it has named Steve Schklair as CEO of the firm. Schklair is a founder of the company. Schklair was formerly at Digital Domain, R/Green...

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Xfire Launches Game Wagering

Los Angeles-based Xfire, the online gaming site headed by John Maffei, said Wednesday that it has launched a beta of Xfire Arcade, the firm's virtual game wagering service today. Xfire--which is owned by Titan Gaming--said the Xfire Arcade ...

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Netflix, Disney-ABC TV In Streaming Deal

Netflix and Disney-ABC Television Group announced this morning that the two are in a new, licensing agreement, which will allow Netflix to stream episodes from the ABC Television Network, Disney Channel, and ABC Family over the Internet. Ac...

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

World of Warcraft Cataclysm Hits Stores

Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment's latest World of Warcraft sequel, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, hit stores at midnight early this morning, Blizzard said. The title is the third expansion of Blizzard's massively multiplayer online role ...

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

THQ, ngmoco Ties On Star Wars Title

Agoura Hills-based THQ said today that it has tied with mobile game developer ngmoco, on a new Star Wars title, Star Wars Imperial Academy. THQ said that the new title will run on iPhone and iPod touch. Financial details of the publishing d...

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Interview with Bruce Nash, OpusData

Last month, Beverly Hills-based Nash Information Services, the firm behind The Numbers--one of the most extensive database of financial information about movies--announced a new service which allows third party software applications and web...

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Monday, November 22, 2010

RealD Files For Secondary Offering

Beverly Hills-based RealD, the developer of 3D movie projection technology, has filed for a secondary offering worth $242.16M. According to the firm's filing, it is looking to offer up 7,815,001 shares of its common stock, with proceeds goi...

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

In-Three Acquired By Digital Domain

Westlake Village-based In-Three, a developer of 3D conversion technology and services for the movie industry, has been acquired by visual effects house Digital Domain, according to reports. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. I...

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Call of Duty Black Ops Sales Hit $650M

Santa Monica-based Activision Publishing has updated sales figures for its latest blockbuster release, Call of Duty: Black Ops, saying that the title has now grossed more than $650M in worldwide sell through in the last five days. Activisio...

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Stacking Up The Online Film Submission Sites

Last night, Amazon.com jumped into the movie business, with its own, online film submission site, Amazon Studios, backed by the help of a number of notable USC Film School advisors. Amazon is not the only company looking to make a business ...

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Interview with Zach James and Rich Raddon, MOVIECLIPS.COM

Last week, Los Angeles-based MOVIECLIPS.COM (www.movieclips.com) announced the firm's Series A funding round, worth $3M, from Shasta Ventures, First Round Capital, and a number of Silicon Valley angels. We caught up with Zach James and Rich...

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Hulu Plus Officially Launches

Los Angeles-based Hulu, the Internet video streaming site, announced today that it has officially launched its premium service, Hulu Plus. Hulu said the service will cost $7.99 a month--$2 less than what the company had originally launched ...

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Amazon.com Takes On the Movie Business

Amazon.com said Tuesday evening that it is launching a new online business, which looks to help find new talent and develop motion pictures from online submissions. According to Amazon.com, its new business--Amazon Studios--will award a tot...

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

BUZZMEDIA Partners With Photo Sharing Site Plixi

Hollywood-based BUZZMEDIA, the online publisher of entertainment focused blogs and web sites, said today that it has linked with photo sharing site Plixi, which until recently was known as TweetPhoto. According to the two, they are in an ex...

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

RealD Inks Deal With Chinese Movie Theatre Chain

Los Angeles-based RealD, the developer of 3D movie projection technology, reports today that it has inked a deal with Chinese movie theater chain Wanda Cinema, to deploy up to 500 screens with its technology. Financial impact of the deal wa...

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Sony Connects Dash To Hulu Plus

Sony said Friday that it has connected Los Angeles-based Hulu's new premium service, Hulu Plus, to its Dash Personal Internet Viewer. According to Sony, the connection means that subscribers to Hulu Plus can access TV episodes, movies, and ...

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Voomerang Enters Local Deals Fray

Beverly Hills-based Voomerang, a new daily local deals site, has entered into the crowded group and local deals market today, saying it has officially launched its daily deals service. The firm--which was co-founded by Pat Sajak, the host o...

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Activision Blizzard's Take On Call Of Duty Black Ops: $360M

Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard reports today that it saw about $360 million in sales Tuesday, in the first 24 hours of the release of its new title, Call of Duty: Black Ops. Activision said the sales totals, which included both Nort...

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

OpusData Takes On Movie Data APIs

Beverly Hills-based Nash Information Services, the company behind The Numbers, a data information service providing the latest movie industry box office information, said today that it has launched a new service, OpusData. According to Nash...

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Hulu Expects $240M In Revenues In 2010

Los Angeles-based television streaming site Hulu expects to make $240M in 2010, according to Jason Kilar, the firm's CEO. Kilar, who revealed the numbers at today's NewTeeVee conference in San Francisco, also said the firm had $108M in reve...

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

RealGravity Finds $3.2M

Los Angeles- and San Francisco-based RealGravity, a newly launched firm focused on online video distribution and syndication, announced today that it has raised $3.2M in a funding round. The Series A round was led by Kohlberg Ventures, and ...

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Call of Duty Black Ops Hits Stores

Santa MOnica-based Activision Publishing has launched its latest title, Call of Duty: Black Ops to retail stores, the firm said this morning. The title--a follow-on to its Call of Duty series--runs on Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii, ...

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

MovieClips Raises $3M

Santa Monica-based MOVIECLIPS.com, a firm which allows users to share and license official movie scenes from the major studios, announced today that it has raised $3M in a Series A funding round. The funding came from Shasta ventures, First...

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Hulu Opens Up Hulu Plus Distribution

Los Angeles-based Hulu, the online television streaming site, said today that it has opened up access to its Hulu Plus services . The firm--which had previously been restricting the service to a preview subscriber base--said anyone can now ...

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

MeFeedia Adds MGM Co-CEO As Advisor

Burbank-based Mefeedia, the online video guide site run by Frank Sinton, has bolstered its roster of advisors, saying today that it has added Bedi A. Singh, the Co-CEO of Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) as an advisor to the company. ...

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

DreamWorks, Zynga Tie On Megamind Promotion

Glendale-based DreamWorks Animation SKG and social games maker Zynga announced this morning that the two are in a new promotion, which will tie DreamWorks new Megamind feature film into the popular FarmVille social game. According to the tw...

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

RealD Revenues Up

Los Angeles-based RealD, the provider of 3D movie projection technology, has reported its quarterly results today, saying it had net revenues of $65.3M for its quarter ended September 24, 2010. The revenues were up by 69 percent from its se...

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Monday, November 1, 2010

THQ, WWE Expand Marketing Efforts

Agoura Hills-based videogame maker THQ, and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), said this morning they are in a new marketing agreement. The two companies said that WWE-branded video games developed by THQ will be integrated into events, p...

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Demand Media Sets IPO Offering Size, Boosts Traffic

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 million shares of its common stock in its IPO. The firm, which has not yet set a pricing range, has applied...

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Yahoo Confirms Ross Levinsohn Hire

Internet portal Yahoo confirmed Wednesday afternoon that it has hired Ross Levinsohn, former head of Fox Interactive Media, and current venture capitalist at Fuse Capital, as its new Executive Vice President of Americas. According to Yahoo,...

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Spotlight Ticket Management Gains $2.5M

Woodland Hills-based Spotlight Ticket Management, a developer of web-based software for managing sports and entertainment tickets, said this morning that it has raised $2.5M in a funding round. The round came from Point Judith Capital. Spot...

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Monday, October 25, 2010

MeFeedia Snags Eytan Elbaz As Advisor

Burbank-based MeFeedia, the online video guide site run by Frank Sinton, said today that it has added Eytan Elbaz to the firm's advisory board. Elbaz is one of the co-founders of Appled Semantics, the firm which developed Google AdSense. El...

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Monday, October 25, 2010

EdgeCast Gets Into Cloud Storage

Santa Monica-based EdgeCast said Friday that it has entered into the cloud storage market. EdgeCast said that it is offering up cloud-based storage using its content delivery network as a beta service, and would start offering its service a...

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Friday, October 22, 2010

GameSalad Boosts Users

Los Angeles- and Austin-based GameSalad, the developer of software tools for creating iPhone and other Apple iOS games, said this week that it has had its most successful week ever for the company, signing up more than 1,200 new users in th...

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Cocodot Rolls Out Printed Cards

Hollywood-based Cocodot, the online invitation card site headed by former MySpace exec Shawn Gold, has rolled out new, printed invitation cards, according to the firm's website. According to Cocodot, it has started offering printed version ...

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Poptent Confirms $3M Funding

San Clemente-based Poptent, an online site for crowdsourced video content for advertisers, has raised $3M in a Series A investment round, it new investor has confirmed. According to Los Angeles-based MK Capital, it made the investment in Po...

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Poptent Raises $3.0M

San Clemente-based Poptent, a firm which operates an online site which allows brands to source crowd-generated commercials, web videos, and other video content from users, has raised at least $3.0M in a recent funding, according to a regula...

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

SheKnows Launches City Guides

Los Angeles-based SheKnows, the unit of AtomicOnline focused on creating online sites for women, said today that it has expanded into city guides. According to SheKnows, the new site--the SheKnows City Guide--will provide information on des...

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Break Launches Hispanic Site

Los Angeles-based Break Media, the online video and content firm headed by Keith Richman, said this morning that it is targeting Hispanic males with a new site, TuVez.com. According to Break, the new site will provide content focused on ent...

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Rustic Canyon Boosts Social Gaming Firm PlayFirst

Santa Monica-based venture capital firm Rustic Canyon Partners has upped its investment in social games firm PlayFirst, which is based in San Francisco. According to PlayFirst, Rustic Canyon, Mayfield Fund, Trinity Partners, and DCM--all cu...

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

GameSalad Rolls New Publishing Service

Los Angeles- and Austin-based GameSalad, which develops software to easily create iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad games, said today that it has released a new publishing service and product. The firm said it has launched GameSalad Studio, whic...

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Topspin Backs High Def MP3 Format

Venice-based Topspin, the music marketing and software firm headed by Ian Rogers, said today that it has inked a deal with Technicolor to distribute its music catalog in a new, high definition, MP3 format. The firms said that Topspin's arti...

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Friday, October 8, 2010

More Details Swirl Around Hulu IPO Plans

More rumors have emerged around possible IPO plans for Los Angeles-based Hulu, the online video streaming site backed by the major entertainment studios. According to the latest rumors, via a report from Reuters, the firm's plan is for a $2...

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Interview with John Maffei, Xfire, On 17 Million Users, Plans

John Maffei is CEO of Los Angeles-based Xfire (www.xfire.com) an online community focused on online gamers, which is now owned by Titan Gaming. The firm is announcing today that it has just reached its 17 millionth registered user, having a...

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Qualcomm Confirms FLO TV Shutdown Plans, Layoffs

San Diego-based Qualcomm confirmed Tuesday evening that it is considering shutting down its FLO TV, mobile television service, after reports that the firm is planning to shut off the service. In a statement, Qualcomm said it has been "exami...

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Calacanis Plans Competitor To TechCrunch

Jason Calacanis, the CEO of Mahalo, is planning some direct competition to Michael Arrington's technology blog empire, TechCrunch, according to a report today from the Guardian. According to the report, Calacanis is developing a property ca...

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Blizzard Sets World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Release Date

Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment said that its third expansion for World of Warcraft is expected to debut in stores on December 7th. The firm--which has been running a invite-only beta of the expansion pack for World of Warcraft since Ju...

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Qualcomm To Shut FLO TV, Says Report

San Diego-based Qualcomm is shutting its FLO TV video streaming service, according to report today. According to paidContent, Qualcomm's mobile TV service is shut down by the end of the year, after failing to find a buyer for the business. ...

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Break Media Scores With NFL.com

Los Angeles-based Break Media, the online video site run by Keith Richman, has scored a win with NFL.com, the firm said Friday. According to the two, they have launched a new, NFL.com channel on Break, which will feature content that is con...

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

FIM, Break Rank In Top Video Properties, Hulu Tops Video Ads

Fox Interactive Media and Break Media both ranked highly in comScore's August 2010 list of top U.S. Online Video Properties, although both were dwarfed by Google's continued dominance of online video via YouTube. According to the latest n...

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

FastSoft Launches Testing Network

Pasadena-based FastSoft, the Caltech spinout which develops web acceleration software, said today that it has launched a testing network for its clients. According to FastSoft, the network includes 30 nodes "around the globe" which can be u...

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Hulu In Deals With Roku, Tivo

Los Angeles-based Hulu said Tuesday that the video site is in new distribution partnerships with both Roku and Tivo. According to Hulu, its Hulu Plus service will be available through both platforms, extending its coverage beyond existing d...

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Verve Wireless Raises $7M For Mobile News Apps

San Diego-based Verve Wireless, the developer of mobile publishing tools for the Associated Press, McClatchy, Belo Interactive, and other publishers, said this morning that it has raised $7M more in additional funding. The round was led by ...

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Monday, September 27, 2010

SVnetwork Hires Bizdev VP

Los Angeles-based SVnetwork, the brand advertising network and operator of SocialVibe, said this morning that it has named Chris Rooke as SVP of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships. Rooke was most recently SVP of Interactive Med...

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Netflix, NBC Universal Ink Streaming Deal

Beverly Hills-based NBC Universal Domestic Television DIstribution and DVD rental provider Netflix said Friday that they have expanded a license agreement covering streaming of NBC TV shows. According to the two, the deal allows Netflix c...

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Report: MySpace Names Entertainment Head

A report today from the Hollywood Reporter says that MySpace has named Andy Marcus, the firm's Senior Vice President Business and Legal Affairs, head of its entertainment business. According to the report, Marcus will become Senior Vice Pre...

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Foundation 9: We're Number One On Xbox Live Arcade

Irvine-based Foundation 9 Entertainment, the videogame developer headed by James North-Hearn, said Thursday that it is now the leading developer of games for Xbox Live Arcade. Foundation 9 bragged that it has nearly 15% of the more than 300...

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

CrownPeak Raises $1.75M in Series C

Los Angeles-based CrownPeak, a developer of web content management systems (CMS), has raised $1.75M in a Series C funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm today. Jim Howard, CEO of CrownPeak, told socalTECH that the fundi...

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Hulu Updates PS3 Support

Los Angeles-based video streaming site Hulu...

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Break Media Ties With Toyota On Web Series

Los Angeles-based Break Media is launching a new web series, in a branded content deal with Toyota, the firm said today. Break said it is launching Standup Stories "My First Ride", a web series featuring six comedians sharing their "first c...

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Demand Media Sweetens Executive Pot

Ahead of its IPO, Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online domain name and media publishing business run by Richard Rosenblatt, updated its IPO filings Thursday, saying that it has granted $30.8M in additional, stock-based compensation t...

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Hulu Plans Seattle Office

Los Angeles-based Hulu, the online video streaming site, said today that it is planning to open up a new Seattle office by the end of the year. According to Hulu, the new development center will work with the firm's development teams in Los...

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

MySpace, American Idol Kick Off Online Auditions

Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace announced Wednesday that it is kicking off an effort with American Idol, the audition people through the web site. American Idol's Ryan Seacrest had announced the effort on the season finale ...

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Hulu Pumps Fall Premieres

Los Angeles-based streaming media site Hulu said today that it is launching its third annual, Fall Premiere effort which will highlight online premieres of primetime television shows. The site said it will show premieres of shows like Glee,...

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

LA Times Vets Launch Ebyline, Gain Angel Funding

Los Angeles-based Ebyline said today that it has launched a new online marketplace targeted at news publishers and professional journalists, which helps publishers manage freelance writers. The firm said it is backed by un-named Los Angeles...

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Friday, September 3, 2010

Vicente Capital Partners Funds SportsMEDIA

Los Angeles-based venture capital firm Vicente Capital Partners has invested $12.5M in a funding for sports statistics and information provider SportMEDIA Technology Corp., SportsMEDIA said today. Vicente Capital's investment was led by Jay...

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Rubicon Project: Q2 Advertising Grows

Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project, the online advertising firm which helps web publishers optimize their ad network revenues, reported this week on the latest online ad spending, saying that ad spending tracked at its customers grew 47 perc...

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

GameFly Looks To Spur Signups With Giveaway

Los Angeles-based GameFly, the provider of online video game rentals, is looking to spur subscriber signups, saying today that it is looking to give away one year, free memberships to a new subscriber every day this month. The firm said it ...

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Friday, August 27, 2010

CitizenGlobal Lands $6.0M

Venice-based CitizenGlobal, an online web site which allows producers to crowd-source video content, has raised $6.0M in a funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm Friday. No details on the funding have been announced. Th...

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Friday, August 27, 2010

GotCast: 30,000 Registrations For The Tester

Los Angeles-based GotCast, the online casting website run by Alec Shankman, reported this week that it had nearly 30,000 people register for the online casting of Sony PlayStation's "The Tester" series. The producers of the series, 51 Minds...

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Clicker Launches iPhone App

Los Angeles-based Clicker, the online video viewing guide firm backed by Benchmark Capital, JAFCO American Ventures, and Redpoint Ventures, said Tuesday that its iPhone application is now available on the Apple App Store. The new app allows...

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Sonos Slips On iPad Release

Santa Barbara-based Sonos, the developer of the whole-house digital audio systems, said this morning that it has slipped its schedules on its iPad release. The firm, which had said in June that it would ship the product sometime in August, ...

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Interview with Patrick Kennedy, Sidebar

For this morning's interview, we thought we'd talk with Los Angeles-based Sidebar (www.sidebar.com), a venture backed startup in the mobile space, to learn more about what they are up to. We caught up with CEO Patrick Kennedy. What is Si...

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

BUZZMEDIA Gets Competition From MOG

Hollywood-based BUZZMEDIA, the venture-backed publisher of music content, information, and community sites, is getting some new competition this week from Berkeley-based MOG. According to MOG, it has launched a new "editorial hub" called th...

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

FastSoft Aims At Web Retailers

Pasadena-based FastSoft, the Caltech spinout which develops web acceleration software, said today that it has released a version of its products aimed at Internet retailers and web properties. According to the firm, the upgrade includes cus...

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Clicker Launches Comments, Partnership With Showtime

Los Angeles-based Clicker, the online video guide site run by former Ask.com CEO Jim Lanzone, said today that it has launched a new comment feature, and also partnered with Showtime on a new promotion. Clicker said that as part of its site,...

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Hulu Eyes IPO

Los Angeles-based Hulu, the online video streaming site, is apparently in efforts to file for an IPO, as a long line of Southern California firms heads towards the public markets. According to a report in the New York Times, Hulu is in disc...

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Friday, August 13, 2010

GotCast: 10,00 Job Postings To-Date On Site

Los Angeles-based GotCast, the online casting call and talent site run by Alec Shankman, said it now has now reached nearly 10,000 job postings to-date on the site. GotCast--which allows anyone to submit their photo, profile, and other rele...

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

GameFly Eyes Blockbuster Games-By-Mail Program

Los Angeles-based video game rental service GameFly is seeing more competition from video rental firm Blockbuster this week, after its competitor announced that it is expanding its online movie rental service to include video games. Blockbu...

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Local.com Enhances Technology

Irvine-based Local.com, which operates a network of local search sites, said today that it has upgraded the technology behind its sites. The firm said that it expects the enhancements to improve its search advertising relevance across its L...

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Monday, August 9, 2010

My Damn Channel Raises $4.4M

Los Angeles-based My Damn Channel, an online site which features professionally produced, humorous and other video content, announced a $4.4M funding round today. The new funding was led by Intuitive Venture Partners, and also included prio...

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Demand Media Files For IPO

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online media firm run by Richard Rosenblatt, has finally filed for its long awaited IPO. According to the firm's filing, filed late Friday, the firm is looking to raised up to $125M in its IPO. The firm'...

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Gorilla Nation Wins Premiere.com

Los Angeles-based Gorilla Nation, which provides advertising representation to mid-sized online publishers, announced today that it has been selected by Premiere.com, an online site focused on movie enthusiasts. Premiere.com is owned by Hac...

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Friday, August 6, 2010

Demand Media Launches New Content Channels

Santa Monica-based Demand Media announced Thursday that it has launched a new product, called Content Channels. According to Demand, the new product is aimed at online publishers, and will provide them with original content focused on attra...

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

ValueClick Buys Investopedia

Westlake Village-based ValueClick announced this morning that it has acquired Investopedia.com, an online site focused on financial information and education. The deal was worth $42M in cash. Investopedia was previously owned by Forbes, Inc...

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Blizzard: StarCraft II Wings of Liberty Breaks Sales Records

Irvine-based videogame maker Blizzard Entertainment sold 1 million copies of its new title, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, the firm said, in its first 24 hours of availability. The firm said those number would make it the best-selling PC g...

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Report: Newsweek To Go To Southern California Business Mogul

Reports this morning say that news magazine Newsweek apparently is being sold to Dr. Sidney Harman, the founder of Southern California's Harman International, which now owns the Harmon/Kardon, Infinity, JBL, and other audio equipment brands...

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Discovery Launches On FLO TV

Discovery Communications, the firm behind the Discovery Channel, said today that it has launched a new, dedicated mobile channel on Qualcomm's FLO TV. According to Discovery, its new Discovery Mobile Channel allows users to watch the channe...

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Disney Acquires Playdom

Burbank-based Walt Disney Company said today that it has acquired social gaming firm Playdom, in a deal worth $563.2M, plus earn-out of up to $200M. Playdom develops games such as Social City, Sorority Life, Market Street and Bola. Disney s...

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Break Media Goes 3D

Los Angeles-based Break Media, the online entertainment site run by Keith Richman, said today that it has launched a new, 3D video channel--and will also produce its own, original 3D series. Break said the channel, which will roll out over ...

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

SDNN Ceases Publishing

The San Diego News Network (SDNN), the local media venture run by Barbara Bry and Neil Senturia, appears to have ceased its publishing efforts, according to a note posted by the staff Wednesday. According to the note, the site is "exploring...

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Qualcomm Eyes Sale Of MediaFLO

San Diego-based Qualcomm is apparently looking to sell its MediaFLO business, the firm's digital mobile television venture, according to CEO Paul Jacobs. On a conference call discussing the firm's quarterly results Wednesday, Jacobs said th...

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Pragmatic Solutions Launches Gaming Content Management Product

Westlake Village-based Pragmatic Solutions, which develops data analytics software for the computer gaming market, said Monday that it has launched a new product called mygameIQ. The firm said the product provides digital distribution and c...

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Perfect Market Unveils New Content Monetization Tool

Altadena-based Perfect Market, the Idealab startup which develops software which helps traditional publishers monetize their archival and current content, said today that it has unveiled a new tool it is calling The Vault. According to the ...

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Friday, July 16, 2010

RealD Closes Up 22 Percent Despite Market Drop

The stock of Los Angeles-based RealD, the provider of 3D movie projection technology, was up in its first day of trading on Friday, despite a big drop in the overall markets. RealD closed at $19.51, up 22 percent from its open price of $16....

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Interview with Quinn Curtis, BrightCloud

One of the questions we get most from entrepreneurs is how companies reach an exit event, and the thinking that goes into acquisitions. Last week, San Diego-based provider of web content classification and security services developer Bright...

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

RealD Prices IPO

Los Angeles-based 3D movie technology provider RealD said late Thursday evening that it has priced its IPO, offering 12.5M shares of its common stock at $16.00 per share. The firm said it expects to start trading Friday on the NYSE as "RLD"...

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

RealD Prices IPO

Los Angeles-based 3D movie technology provider RealD said late Thursday evening that it has priced its IPO, offering 12.5M shares of its common stock at $16.00 per share. The firm said it expects to start trading Friday on the NYSE as "RLD"...

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Four Companies Where Hollywood Is Intersecting With Technology

Despite a perpetual belief that the presence of both high tech companies and Hollywood should be spawning out hundreds of entertainment and technology related startups, it actually happens much less than one might think. However, here are f...

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Gendai Games Raises Funding

Los Angeles- and Austin-based Gendai Games, a publisher of iPhone game development software, has raised a round of funding, according to the firm. Amount of the funding was not disclosed, however the firm said the funding was somewhere over...

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Sonos Ties Into Music Streaming Service Wolfgang's Vault

Santa Barbara-based Sonos, the developer of user-friendly, multi-room wireless music systems, said today that it has has linked with Wolfgang's Vault, a music streaming service provider focused on live concerts. According to Sonos, it is no...

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Activision Taps Advertising Agency For Publishing Chief

Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard announced today that it has named Eric Hirschberg as CEO of its Activision Publishing arm. Hirschberg joins the firm from marketing and advertising firm Deutsch LA, where he was CEO and Chief Creative ...

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

RealD, Marchon In Eyewear Deal

Beverly Hills-based RealD, the developer of 3D movie technology, and eyewear maker Marchon Eyewear announced this morning that the two are in a licensing agreement. According to the companies, Marchon will use the RealD brand for sales of a...

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Good News For Content Creators: $5M Available From YouTube

The good news for content creators in Hollywood and elsewhere trying to make it on the Internet: YouTube, the video sharing site owned by Google, said today that it has just launched a new program which will invest five million dollars for ...

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Metaplace Acquired by Playdom

San Diego-based Metaplace, the virtual worlds software firm started by Raph Koster and John Donham, has been acquired by social gaming firm Playdom, Playdom said Thursday afternoon. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Koster and ...

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

BandCon Acquired By Highwinds

Costa Mesa-based BandCon, a provider of content delivery network and related Internet infrastructure, has been acquired by Highwinds, an Internet services provider based in Florida. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. As part of ...

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Blizzard Launches Beta of World of Warcraft Cataclysm

Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment said last night that it has launched a closed beta test of its new expansion for World of Warcraft, Cataclysm. The firm said the invite-only beta will provide the firm with feedback, find bugs, and addres...

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Image Metrics Buys Avatar Technology Firm

Santa Monica-based Image Metrics, a publicly held developer of facial animation technology for the entertainment industry, said today that it has acquired Character-FX, a firm which develops avatar creation technology. Financial terms of th...

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Demand Media Ties With Tyra Banks On Beauty, Fashion Site

Los Angeles-based Demand Media, the online media firm headed by Richard Rosenblatt, announced today that it has inked a partnership with celebrity model Tyra Banks, to create a new site focused on fashion and beauty. According to Demand, Ba...

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

BUZZMEDIA Snags Editors From PopEater, TMZ

Hollywood-based BUZZMEDIA, the venture backed online entertainment content network, has snagged two editors for a new, yet-to-be launched celebrity site, the firm said today. According to BUZZMEDIA, it has hired on Mike Hess, formerly Manag...

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

RealD Sets IPO Pricing Range

Beverly Hills-based RealD, which develops 3D projection technology used in the showing of 3D movies, has set its estimated IPO pricing range at between $13.00 and $15.00 per share, according to an updated S-1 by the firm. RealD, which is lo...

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Worlize Names CTO

Los Angeles-based Worlize, the user-generated social gaming firm headed by Brian McKelvey, has added a new Chief Technology Officer, the firm is announcing tomorrow. Worlize is adding Sabri Sansoy, former CTO for Animax Entertainment, to th...

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Monday, June 28, 2010

HitFix Raises $1.6M

Los Angeles-based HitFix, an online web site focused on entertainment news and information, has raised $1.6M in a new funding round, according to investor the Tech Coast Angels. According to the TCA, it joined in a second round of funding w...

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Border Stylo Launches Web Content Sharing Software

Los Angeles-based Border Stylo, a new startup headed by Oscar Guido, said today that it has launched a new software add-on called "Glass", focused on sharing of web content. According to the firm, Glass allows users to offer a real-time fee...

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

VidMe Gets Funding, Launches Private Video Sharing Service

Los Angeles-based Vidme has launched its services this week, saying that it is offering a private video sharing service, and has gotten funding from Applied Minds and Will Hearst. The firm offers a service which allow users to share their v...

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

GotCast Powers Video Gaming Reality Series

Los Angeles-based online talent casting startup GotCast is powering the casting efforts for a video game reality series, The Tester, the firm said today. According to GotCast, it is launching a casting challenge for Sony Computer Entertainm...

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

GotCast Powers Video Gaming Reality Series

Los Angeles-based online talent casting startup GotCast is powering the casting efforts for a video game reality series, The Tester, the firm said today. According to GotCast, it is launching a casting challenge for Sony Computer Entertainm...

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

GotCast Powers Video Gaming Reality Series

Los Angeles-based online talent casting startup GotCast is powering the casting efforts for a video game reality series, The Tester, the firm said today. According to GotCast, it is launching a casting challenge for Sony Computer Entertainm...

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Break Media Expands Into New Ad Verticals

Los Angeles-based Break Media, the online media and advertising firm run by Keith Richman, announced this morning that it is in a major expansion in its advertising network, and has added 23 new verticals to its network. The firm said the a...

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Bing Focuses On Entertainment With New Features

Microsoft's search engine, Bing, is enhancing its searches for an area of interest to lots of Southern California firms--entertainment and media content. According to Bing, it has released a new version of its site which focuses on music, g...

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Music Reports Ties With Rdio

Woodland Hills-based Music Reports, the provider of music copyright, royalty accounting, and rights administration which is owned by private equity firm ABRY Partners, reported today that it is working with social music service Rdio. Rdio i...

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

RealD Powers Toy Story 3

Los Angeles-based RealD, which develops 3D theater projection systems, reported today that it delivered approximately $47M of the $109M in domestic box office from Disney-Pixar's Toy Story 3 title, which opened this weekend. RealD said that...

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Gaikai In Licensing Deal With EA

Los Angeles-based cloud-based videogame streaming firm Gaikai said Thursday that it has inked a multi-year, licensing deal with Electronic Arts. The venture backed firm, which is funded by Benchmark Capital, TriplePoint Capital, and Rustic ...

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Alelo Wins Australian Defence Force

Los Angeles-based Alelo, the USC spinout which uses computer game technology to teach foreign languages, said this week that the firm has been awarded a contract from the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The firm said that the ADF has acquir...

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Machinima.com Raises $9M for Entertainment Content

Los Angeles-based Machinima.com, an online entertainment site focused on video gamers, has raised $9M in a investment from Redpoint Ventures, the firm said this week. The firm said the Series B funding round will go towards accelerating fur...

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

RealD Rolls Out Kids Glasses

Los Angeles-based RealD, the provider of 3D movie projection technology, said today that it has rolled out new, kid-sized 3D glasses. According to RealD, the new glasses are designed to fit children 8 years of age and under, and will be ava...

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Activision Turns To Name Brand Musicians

Santa Monica-based Activision said today that it is turning to a number of well known recording artists for the soundtracks to its upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops, DJ Hero 2, Guitar Hero: Warrior of Rock, and True Crime: Hong Kong. The fir...

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Monday, June 14, 2010

THQ Drastically Lowers Sales Guidance

Agoura Hills-based videogame maker THQ has drastically lowered its sales guidance, saying early this morning that it has updated fiscal guidance for its fiscal first quarter ending June 30th and fiscal year ending March 31, 2011, due to "lo...

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Friday, June 11, 2010

GotCast Reports User Numbers

Los Angeles-based GotCast, the online casting and talent site run by Alec Shankman, announced Friday that it has reached 400,000 users on its site. The firm said it has now hosted over 6,000 castings on the site. GotCast allows anyone to su...

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

RealD, Sonic Link On 3D Format

Los Angeles-based RealD, a developer of 3D projection technology for movies, said yesterday along with Sonic Solutions that the two are in a strategic alliance. The firms said that Sonic will integrate RealD's 3D format into its RoxioNow en...

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Mogreet Powers Pretty Little Liars Mobile Campaign

Los Angeles-based Mogreet, the mobile marketing and greeting card firm headed by James Citron, said today that the firm was behind a mobile video messaging campaign with ABC Family, for its Pretty Little Liars premier this evening. Details ...

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Demand Media Highlights Entertainment Personalities

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online content network headed by Richard Rosenblatt, said today that it has launched a new "Talent and Expert Network," which will highlight entertainment personalities through its site. Demand said it w...

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

TweetUp Adds Topix

Pasadena-based TweetUp, the Twitter advertising play of Idealab's Bill Gross, said today that it has added news site Topix to its network. TweetUp allows Twitter users to bid on keywords to bring their tweets to the top when users search fo...

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

WOWIO Gets Funding, Buys WEvolt

Los Angeles-based WOWIO said this morning that it has raised $1.7M in a funding round, and acquired online social networking site WEvolt, focused on comic books and creative content. WOWIO said the funding was led by CEO Brian Altounian. WE...

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Report: San Diego News Network Seeks Buyer

A report last night from the San Diego Union Tribune says that San Diego News Network (SDNN), the local news effort run by entrepreneurs Neil Senturia and Barbara Bry, is looking for a buyer. According to the San Diego Union Tribune, SDNN h...

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Grind Networks Powers MSN's theBubble

Los Angeles-based Grind Networks, which develops online comedy programming, is powering a new comedy channel on MSN called theBubble. According to MSN, the new site will highlight online comedy alongside MSN's original programming, and was ...

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

RealD Revenues Grow To $189M For Year

Los Angeles-based RealD, the developer of 3D projection technology which is waiting in the wings for an IPO, revealed its latest year's result in an updated S-1 filing with the SEC last night. According to RealD, it had gross revenues of $1...

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

FastSoft Targets Internet Retailers

Pasadena-based FastSoft, a developer of web acceleration technology, said today that it has rolled out a new product targeted at Internet retailers, web companies, and CDNs. According to the firm, its new Dynamic Site Acceleratoin (DSA) sol...

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Monday, May 24, 2010

AudioMicro Acquires Audioo

AudioMicro, the Los Angeles-based online marketplace for royalty-free music and sound effects, said today that it has acquired Manhattan Beach-based Audioo, an online voicemail sharing service which was founded by Ben Padnos. Financial term...

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Friday, May 21, 2010

ContentNext's Rafat Ali Steps Down

Rafat Ali, the founder and editor of Santa Monica-based ContentNext, which is now owned by Guardian News & Media, has stepped down, according to a statement from the firm. ContentNext--which publishes Paidcontent, mocoNews, and contentSutra...

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tsavo Media Sold For $75M

Los Angeles-based online media firm Tsavo Media, which was founded by Mike Jones, founder of Userplane and current co-President of MySpace, has been sold for $75M to a Canadian firm. According to Toronto-based Cyberplex, it is acquiring Tsa...

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Demand Media Gets New Competitor, Yahoo, After Associated Content Buy

Los Angeles-based Demand Media, the user-generated content venture of Richard Rosenblatt, has new competition this afternoon, from Yahoo, after Yahoo announced it would acquire content publishing firm Associated Content. Financial terms of ...

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Clicker Adds People Pages

Los Angeles-based Clicker.com, the online video programming startup backed by JAFCO Ventures, Benchmark, and Redpoint, said Thursday afternoon that it has added a new "People Page" feature to the site. The firm said the feature allows users...

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Hulu Makes Major Upgrades To Video Player

Los Angeles-based video site Hulu has just rolled out a number of major upgrades to the service and its video player, the firm announced this morning. Hulu said it would be releasing the updated player today, with features such as new, adap...

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

ZAM Media Buys Tankspot

Los Angeles-based ZAM, a firm which operates an online community of Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) gamers, said Tuesday afternoon that it has acquired Tankspot, an online site focused on World of Warcraft videos. Financial terms of the ...

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Napster Integrates With Facebook, YouTube, Flickr

Los Angeles-based Napster, the online music service now owned by Best Buy, has just rolled out a number of major improvements this morning to the site, including social networking integration with Facebook, YouTube, and Flickr. Napster said...

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Gorilla Nation Renews eBaumsWorld.com

Los Angeles-based Gorilla Nation, which provides advertising sales for web site operators, reported today that it has renewed an agreement with eBaumsWorld.com, where it will continue to represent all of the site's ad inventory. The two hav...

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

EcoMom Launches Green Shopping Site With Backing From Dave McClure

Los Angeles-based EcoMom.com, a new site focused on "green" parenting and shopping, launched this morning, saying it will offer environmentally friendly products, community resources, and expert advice. The firm--which was originally known ...

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Livestrong Looks To USC For Chief Medical Advisor

Santa Monica-based LIVESTRONG.COM, the online health information site run by Demand Media and the Lance Armstrong Foundation, said today that it has named Dr. Leslie Anne Saxon as its Chief Medical Advisor. Saxon is Professor of Medicine, C...

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Blizzard Sets Launch Date For StarCraft II

Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment said Monday afternoon that it will release its sequel to StarCraft, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, on July 27th. According to firms, the title will be available in stores throughout the United States, Ca...

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Friday, April 30, 2010

Docstoc Adds 100K Books, 150K Docs To Marketplace

Santa Monica-based Docstoc, the online professional document sharing site run by Jason Nazar, is announcing this morning that it has added around 100,000 books and 150,000 documents to the site, as part of a deal with Overdrive.com. Accordi...

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Friday, April 30, 2010

lynda.com Hires Content VP

Carpinteria-based lynda.com, which operates an online training and education site for computer skills, announced Thurday that it has added Michael Ninness as the firm's Vice President of Content. Ninness re-joins the company from Adobe, whe...

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

LA Times Adds In-Text Ads In Bid For Revenue

In the newest bid for revenue at the Los Angeles Times, the paper said this week that it will begin adding green, affiliate revenue links within its news stories. The paper said it will put in-text links to sites such as Amazon and TicketNe...

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Activision, Bungie Tie In Distribution Deal

Santa Monica-based videogame developer Activision has inked a deal with Bungie, the videogame firm behind Halo, Myth, and Marathon, the two firms said today. According to the two, they are in an exclusive, 10-year partnership which will giv...

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Total Beauty Relaunches BeautyRiot.com

Los Angeles-based Total Beauty Media, the online beauty site run by Emrah Kovacoglu, said today that it has relaunched BeautyRiot.com, the celebrity hairstyle and beauty site it acquired in 2009. The firm said it has given the site a "compl...

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Internet Brands Buys ExpertHub, Shopping Sites

Los Angeles-based Internet Brands is continuing its strategy of buying up vertical web properties, saying today that it has acquired ExpertHub, which operates a network of websites which connect consumers with attorneys. as well as two shop...

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Mail.com Buys BGR.com

Los Angeles-based Mail.com Media Corporation (MMC), which operates the Mail.com email service and portal, as well as its own network of content-focused web sites, said today that it has acquired BGR.com, a mobile/gadget review and news site...

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Monday, April 26, 2010

TheWrap.com Gets $2M

Hollywood-based TheWrap.com, an online blog focused on the business of Hollywood, has raised $2M in a second round of funding, according to the company. TheWrap said that the funding was led by Maveron, along with other investors. TheWrap w...

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Monday, April 26, 2010

RealD Rolls iPhone App

Los Angeles-based RealD, a developer of 3D projection technology for the 3D movie business, announced today that the firm has rolled out an application for the Apple iPhone, iTouch, and iPad. According to RealD, its new RealD Professional S...

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Warner Bros. Buys Turbine

Burbank-based Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group said yesterday that it has acquired Massachusetts-based videogame developer Turbine, maker of the online games The Lord of the Rings Online, Asheron's Call, and Dungeons & Dragons Online: ...

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Monday, April 19, 2010

RealD In 3D License Deal With Chip Firm

Los Angeles-based RealD, which develops 3D projection technology for the movie business, has inked a licensing deal with systems-on-a-chip firm Sigma Designs, the two firms said Monday. According to the companies, they will jointly deliver ...

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Openfilm To Offer Up Film Financing

Los Angeles-based Openfilm, an online web community focused on independent filmmakers, said yesterday that it will award $1 million to independent filmmakers who submit films on the website. According to the site, it is looking to award tha...

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Interview with Lolita Carrico, Gloss Network

Our interview this morning is with Lolita Carrico, founder of Gloss Network for Women (www.mygloss.com), an online network of sites focused on women. Lolita was founder of ModernMom.com, which she sold to Lisa Rosenblatt, wife of Demand Med...

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Yahoo Links With Producer Of The Office For Web Series

Online web portal Yahoo has inked a deal with Reveille, producer of The Office, Ugly Betty, The Biggest Loser, and other shows, for a new online series, the firms said today. According to Yahoo, the new original web series, Who Knew? will f...

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Respawn Entertainment Launches New Game Studio

Jason West and Vince Zampella, the developer of video game Call of Duty and co-founder ofs Infinity Ward, have set up shop as Respawn Entertainment, and inked a deal with Electronic Arts to distribute its games. Financial terms of the deal ...

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Monday, April 12, 2010

EdgeCast Networks Raises $10M

Santa Monica-based EdgeCast Networks, a content delivery network (CDN) provider, is announcing today that it has raised $10M in a Series C funding round. EdgeCast said the round was led by Menlo Ventures, and also includes an investment fro...

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Monday, April 12, 2010

AtomicOnline Signs Destructoid

Los Angeles-based GameRevolution, the online gaming unit of AtomicOnline/Evolve Media, said today that it has signed on online gaming site Destructoid.com, an online gaming blog site. According to GameRevolution, it will exclusively represe...

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Friday, April 9, 2010

RealD Files For IPO

Beverly Hills-based RealD, which develops 3D technology used in projecting 3D movies, has filed for an IPO, saying in a filing Friday that it is looking to raise up to $200M on the NYSE. The firm is hoping to list on the exchange as RLD. Th...

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Friday, April 9, 2010

Demand Media Powers USA Today Site

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online publishing and content firm run by Richard Rosenblatt, has scored a win with USA Today, the firm said Thursday. According to Demand Media, it has teamed up with USA Today to launch a new section o...

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Break Media Launches Ad Server Effort

Los Angeles-based Break Media, which operates a network of Internet entertainment properties focused on men, said today that it has launched its own, in-house advertising server for its ad network. The firm said its new Apex proprietary ad ...

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Friday, April 2, 2010

Disney Jumps Onto iPad Bandwagon

Burbank-based Walt Disney Company announced late Thursday that the studio will be debuting a number of applications for Apple's iPad, as Apple gets set to deliver the devices to stores this weekend. Walt Disney said that Marvel Comics, ABC...

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Break.com, Total Beauty Partner On ModernMan.com

Los Angeles-based Break.com and Santa Monica-based Total Beauty Media announced Wednesday afternoon that the two firms have partnered on the launch of a new site, called ModernMan.com. According to the two firms, the new site will focus on ...

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Taltopia Launches iPhone, Android Apps, Seeks Funding

Los Angeles-based Taltopia, an angel backed, online social networking site focused on Hollywood, said today that it has launched both Apple iPhone and Google Android applications. According to the firm, the application allows users to apply...

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

EdgeCast Powers ClickStream TV

Santa Monica-based content delivery network provider EdgeCast Networks announced Wednesday that it has tied with ClickStreamTV, to power ClickStreamTV's pay-as-you-go CDN service. Financial impact of the deal was not disclosed. EdgeCast sai...

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Interview with Brandon Hance, Audiolife

Van Nuys-based Audiolife (www.audiolife.com), a new startup focused on providing e-commerce tools to musicians, recently raised $1M in angel funding. For today's interview, we spoke with Brandon Hance, the firm's founder, about how his star...

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Break Media Ties With BlueKai, exelate

Los Angeles-based Break Media, which operates a number of Internet media and entertainment properties focused on men, said late Tuesday evening that it has partnered with BlueKai and exelate, two firms providing online advertising data. Bre...

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Verimatrix Wins New Zealand Telecom Firm

San Diego-based Verimatrix, a developer of DRM software used in IPTV and set top boxes, said today that it has added New Zealand telecom TelstraClear Ltd. as a customer. Verimatrix said that TelstraClear will be using its Video Content Auth...

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Red 5 Studios Gets $20M Investment

Aliso Viejo-based Red 5 Studios, a developer of online games, and Chinese game developer The9 Limited, said today that Red 5 has received a $20M investment from The9. The investment gives The9 a majority interest in Red 5. Red 5's executive...

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Gorilla Nation, AtomicOnline, Double Helix, Springboard Merge Brand Efforts

Online marketing firms Gorilla Nation, Atomiconline, Double Helix, and Springboard said this morning that the firms have joined their brands under parent firm Evolve Media. Los Angeles-based Gorilla Nation provides online ad sales for brand...

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Jacked Acquired By Roundbox

Santa Monica-based Jacked, a developer of second-screen, companion applications for TV broadcasts, has been acquired by Roundbox, a New Jersey-based developer of mobile broadcast software. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Brya...

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Fandango Rolls Out Mobile Ticketing Product

Los Angeles-based Fandango, which operates an online movie ticketing service, announced today that it has rolled out a mobile phone ticketing option. The firm, which is a unit of Comcast Interactive, said its mobile ticket program allows us...

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Friday, March 12, 2010

FLO TV Adds CNN Mobile

San Diego-based FLO TV, the mobile television arm of Qualcomm, said today that it has inked a deal with Turner Broadcasting to add CNN Mobile to the service. FLO TV said that it will add content from CNN/US, CNN International, HLN, and CNN....

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Sometrics Signs IGG

Los Angeles-based Sometrics has teamed up with IGG, an online gaming site, to offer advertiser offers and surveys to gamers on IGG;s games, the firms said this morning. The firms said that Sometrics will offer advertiser-sponsored opportuni...

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Image Metrics Releases Facial Animation Software

Los Angeles-based Image Metrics said Monday that it has launched its facial animation technology product, FACEWARE. The new software is based on existing services the firm offers to game developers. The company also said the new package is ...

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Testronic Labs Targets Casual, Social Gaming

Burbank-based Testronic Labs, a provider of provider of quality assurance services for the video game, home entertainment, and other industries, has launched a new division specifically focused on casual and social games. According to an ex...

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

RotoHog Launches Game With US Weekly

Los Angeles-based RotoHog, the online fantasy game developer run by Kelly Perdew, said this week that it is in a strategic partnership with US Weekly. The firm said it is launching a "Celebrity Fantasy League" game on US Weekly's web site. ...

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Hollywood Scores Win Over RealNetworks RealDVD

A group of Hollywood studios has scored a win over RealNetworks today, as the firm settled a lawsuit which targeted a DVD copying and ripping service called RealDVD, which RealNetworks was attempting to launch into the market. According to ...

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

GotCast Launches Effort For Streamy Award, HollyScoop

Los Angeles-based GotCast.com, the online casting site run by Alec Shankman, said today that it has launched two talent searches for on-camera roles, for The Streamy Award, and HollyScoop, a syndicated TV show and site focused on celebrites...

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Perfect Market Confirms $6M Fundraising

Altadena-based Perfect Market, which is developing technology to help publishers monetize their long tail content, confirmed today that it has raised $6M in a Series C funding round. The firm said the round was led by Tribune Company, and a...

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Perfect Market Gets $6.0M

Pasadena-based Perfect Market, a provider of software which enables monetization of long tail content of publishers such as newspapers, has raised $6.0M in a funding round, according to a recent regulatory filing by the firm. No details on ...

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Perfect Market Names Chief Strategy Officer

Altadena-based Perfect Market, which is backed by Idealab, said this morning that it has hired on Robertson Barrett as Chief Strategy Officer at the company. Barrett joins from Tribune Interactive, where he was Executive Vice President head...

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Movieclips.com Opens Up API, Goes International

Santa Monica-based Movieclips.com, an online site which allows users to search for scenes from major movies, and embed them on Facebook, MySpace, and other web sites, said today that it has opened up its service to users worldwide. The firm...

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Break Enhances Video Ads

Los Angeles-based Break Media said Wednesday that it is expanding the number of video advertising options the site offers. The publisher of entertainment sites aimed at men, said it has added new HD-quality options, interactive pre-roll opt...

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Internet Brands 2009 Acquisition Total: $24.2M

Los Angeles-based Internet Brands revealed it spent $24.2M in acquisitions, earnout, and holdbacks during 2009, as part of its 2009 fiscal results release. The firm--which just this morning said it bought seven consumer websites for its hea...

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

My Damn Channel Links With Fox

Los Angeles-based My Damn Channel, the online original video site run by Rob Barnett, said Thursday that it has been selected by Fox as a premium distribution partner for the network's original web series. According to My Damn Channel, it w...

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Internet Brands Buys Seven Consumer Web Sites

Los Angeles-based Internet Brands said Thursday that it has acquired seven consumer websites, as part of an expansion of its health and home vertical markets. Internet Brands said it has acquired DentalFind.com, InfertilitySpecialist.com, S...

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Clicker Tunes Into $11M More

Los Angeles-based Clicker Media, the firm developing online video programming guides for the Internet, said today that it has raised $11M more in a Series B investment round. The new funding was led by JAFCO Ventures, and also included prio...

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Friday, February 12, 2010

THQ Deal With Syfy Takes de Blob to Screen

Agoura Hills-based video game developer THQ and television channel Syfy said Thursday they will be jointly creating new concepts and intellectual property based on THQ's video games. According to the firms, the first move by Syfy will be th...

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Break Media Buys FileFront

Los Angeles-based Break Media announced this morning that it has acquired FileFront, an online site focused on gaming news and downloads. According to Break Media, it will be investing "significantly" in the editorial on FileFront, and will...

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Napster Wins Coca Cola

Los Angeles-based Napster, the online music subscription service which is now owned by Best Buy, has been selected by Coca-Cola as part of a loyalty program. Coca-Cola announced that it would use Napster on Wednesday, as part of a itss My C...

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Ace Metrix Rates Super Bowl Ads

Los Angeles-based Ace Metrix, the online advertising rating and analytics firm run by Steve Goldman, has applied the firm's ad rating service to the Super Bowl XLIV ads. The firm, which is backed by Hummer Winblad and Palomar Ventures, said...

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Hulu Gets 1M Votes On Super Bowl Commercials

Los Angeles-based video site Hulu reports this afternoon that the firm has received more than one million votes in its Super Bowl commercial rankings on its Hulu Adzone, where the firm has posted all of the ads from Sunday's Super Bowl. The...

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Sony's Free Realms Hits 8M Players

Sony Online Entertainment, which is based in San Diego, said today that it now has over eight million players on its virtual world Free Realms. Sony's virtual world, which allows users to network with other people, and is also connected to ...

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Ranker Gets $750K

Los Angeles-based Ranker, an online web site which allows users to create their own lists, and share them with friends, said Thursday evening that the firm has raised $750,000 in a seed investment round, part of a planned $1M funding effort...

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Rotohog Signs NASCAR

Los Angeles-based RotoHog, the fantasy sports game development firm run by Kelly Perdew, said Thursday that the firm has entered into a strategic partnership with NASCAR.COM. According to Rotohog, it will build a fantasy exchange game for t...

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

THQ Reorgs Studios, Cuts Staff

Agoura Hills-based video game maker THQ said Wednesday afternoon that it is laying off around 60 employees, as part of a reorganization of its Juice Games and Rainbow Studios development studios. According to the firm, it has "refocused" th...

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Emergent Game Technologies Sees Growth, Profits

Calabasas-based Emergent Game Technologies, developer of the computer game development software Gamebryo LightSpeed, reported today that it had a 35 percent increase in revenues year-over-year, and a 58 percent increase in its profitability...

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Clicker.com Links With UCLA

Los Angeles-based Clicker Media, the online video guide service funded by Benchmark Capital and Redpoint Ventures, said that it has linked with the University of California, Los Angeles, with a branded version of the service specifically fo...

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Demand Media's Rosenblatt On IPO, Exits

Richard Rosenblatt, the CEO of Los Angeles-based Demand Media said today at the Twiistup conference in Los Angeles, that he sees an IPO as a possible opportunity for the firm. Rosenblatt, who confirmed the firm has revenues of around $200M ...

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

SightCine Gets Seed Funding

Los Angeles-based SightCine, a developer of digital overlay projection technology, told socalTECH today that the firm has raised an initial round of seed funding. Amount of the funding and source was not disclosed. According to the firm, it...

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

MySpace Music Launches New Playlist Service

Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace has launched a beta of a new social playlist service, My Music 2.0, the firm said Tuesday. According to MySpace, the music playlist hub will allow users to build and manage their own social p...

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Monday, January 25, 2010

MySpace In Royalty Deal With SoundExchange

Los Angeles-based MySpace is in a deal with SoundExchange, which collects music royalties, to help deliver unclaimed royalties to artists, MySpace CEO Owen Van Natta said over the weekend at the MIDEM conference in Cannes. According to Van ...

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Break Expands Into Online Games

Los Angeles-based Break Media, the online media firm run by Keith Richman, said this morning that it is expanding into social gaming, with the launch of its own game studio. The firm said it is opening up a studio located in Shanghai, China...

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Demand Media Wins Toyota

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online media firm run by Richard Rosenblatt, disclosed today that the firm has signed on auto manufacturer Toyota as a customer. Demand Media said it has partnered with Toyota and ad agency Saatchi & Saa...

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Taltopia Aggregates Casting Calls, Entertainment Jobs

Hollywood-based Taltopia.com, an online social networking site for artists, said today that it is launching a new tool which aggregates casting calls and job postings in the entertainment and arts industry. The firm said the new service pul...

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

AudioMicro.com Expands Track Library

Los Angeles-based AudioMicro, the online marketplace for stock music and sound effects headed by Ryan Born, is announcing today that it has added another 20,000 tracks to its marketplace. The firm--which is allows users to access music clip...

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

RoyaltyShare Links With London Firm

San Diego-based RoyaltyShare, a web-based provider of royalty tracking for the music industry, has inked a deal with UK-based Consolidated Independent Ltd., the firms said this morning. According to the two companies, Consolidated Independe...

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

3ality Digital Wins BSkyB

Burbank-based 3ality Digital, a developer of live-action 3D camera and related technology, said Thursday that it has inked a deal with UK entertainment and communications firm BSkyB. According to the two companies, they are collaborating on...

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

EdgeCast Expands In Singapore, Paris

Los Angeles-based EdgeCast, which operates a content delivery network (CDN) focused on rich media content, is announcing today that the firm is opening two new points of presence in Singapore and Paris. According to the firm, the two POPs a...

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Break.com Rolls iPhone App

Los Angeles-based video site Break.com said today that the firm has launched a new, iPhone application, which allows its users to view its various video channels. According to Break, the app was launched December 31st on the App Store, and ...

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Friday, January 8, 2010

Slacker Radio Links With ABC News

San Diego-based Slacker, the online personalized radio service backed by Mission Ventures, Austin Ventures, Centennial Ventures, Rho Ventures, and Sevin Rosen Funds, said Thursday that it is adding ABC News to its Slacker personal radio ser...

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Fandango Launches Blackberry, Android Apps

Los Angeles-based Fandango, the online movie information and ticketing firm now owned by Comcast Interactive Media, has rolled out two mobile applications this week at CES. According to Fandango, it launched a new movie information, showtim...

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

RealD Links With Sony, JVC, Samsung, Toshiba, Panasonic, DIRECTV

Beverly Hills-based 3D technology provider RealD said today that it has signed agreements with Sony, JVC, Samsung, Toshiba, Panasonic, and DIRECTV, around support of its RealD format on new, 3D televisions. RealD said the agreements include...

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

DIRECTV Planning 3D Broadcasts

El Segundo-based satellite broadcaster DIRECTV said Wednesday at CES that it is in a deal with HDTV manufacturer Panasonic, to broadcast 3D television starting in June of 2010. According to DIRECTV, its customers will receive a free softwa...

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Napster's Gorog Departs Firm

Chris Gorog, the CEO of Los Angeles-based Napster, said Wednesday in a blog post that he is leaving the firm. According to Gorog, he will turn the reins of CEO over to Christopher Allen, who will serve as General Manager. The move comes 16 ...

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Napster Rolls Out API

Los Angeles-based music service Napster, which is now owned by Best Buy, announced today that it has released a new application programming interface, targeted at consumer electronics and web developers. According to Napster, the new API al...

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

GaiKai Gets $5M In Funding

Aliso Viejo-based Gaikai, a startup developing technology to play computer games online in a web browser, has raised $5.0M in a funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm Tuesday. Source of the new funding was announced, ho...

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Monday, January 4, 2010

RealD In Win With Samsung

Los Angeles-based 3D technology provider RealD and Samsung Electronics announced today that the firms are integrating RealD's 3D technology into a new line of 3D TVs. According to the two, Samsung will support RealD's format for the deliver...

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

THQ, WWE, JAKKS In Settlement

Agoura Hills-based video game maker THQ, WWE, and JAKKS Pacific said late Tuesday that the firms have reached a settlement of their legal dispute covering a THQ/JAKKS Pacific joint venture and licensing of WWE video games. According to the ...

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

RealD: Behind 50 Percent of Domestic Avatar Take

Los Angeles-based RealD, a developer of 3D movie projection technology, said last night that the firm's 3D technology was behind over 50 percent of the weekend domestic gross on Twentieth Century Fox's AVATAR film. The firm said its screens...

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Metaplace To Shut Virtual Worlds Service

San Diego-based Metaplace, a developer of virtual world software, told its users Monday that it is shutting down its service, effective January 1st. The firm, which is headed by Raph Koster, told its users that its service is "not gaining e...

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Six Degrees Partners For Moderation Software

Marina Del Rey-based Six Degree Games, which runs the Action AllStars online virtual world for tweens and teens, said today that it is tapping a software product from Crisp Thinking to help moderate its online environment. Six Degree said t...

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Hulu Adds Captions Search

Los Angeles-based online video site Hulu announced today that the firm has added a new feature which allows users to search the captions of the shows on its service. According to the site, users can search from the captions on show, through...

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Friday, December 18, 2009

EA Mobile Ships Need For Speed SHIFT

Los Angeles-based EA Mobile, the mobile apps division of Electronic Arts, said Friday that its driving simulation game Need for Speed SHIFT debuted Friday on the Apple App Store. The game, which runs on the iPhone and iPod touch, includes m...

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Deadline.com Trumpets Readership Numbers

Los Angeles-based entertainment news blog Deadline.com is trumpeting its readership numbers today, saying that the site had 1,111,000 unique visitors in November, more than industry publications Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. The site,...

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

RealD, Sony Link On 3D TV Effort

Los Angeles-based RealD, a supplier of hardware for projecting 3D movies, and consumer electronics giant Sony are in a pact to bring 3D television to the market, the firms said Thursday. According to Sony and RealD, their technology partner...

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Break Media Inks Video On Demand Deal

Los Angeles-based Break Media, which operates a number of male-oriented video and other content sites, announced Thursday that the firm has inked a deal with IPTV firm Clearleap. According to Break, the deal calls for Clearleap to include a...

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

RealD Part of AVATAR Premiere

Los Angeles-based RealD said Tuesday afternoon that the firm is powering the U.S. premiere of James Cameron's AVATAR, at the Grauman Chinese Theatre. The firm, which develops 3D movie projection technology, said the premiere will be the fir...

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Paramount Opens Online Movie Clip Licensing Site

Los Angeles-based Paramount Digital Entertainment said Tuesday that it has launched a new site, ParamountClips.com, which will offer B2B licensing of clips from the studio's films. According to the studio, the new site will allow users to s...

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Vuguru Nabs LivePlanet's Tanz

Los Angeles-based Vuguru, the digital production studio founded by Michael Eisner, has snagged former LivePlanet CEO Larry Tanz as its new President, the firm said today. Tanz was most recently co-founder and President of digital entertainm...

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Insights and Opinions: When the Cloud Goes Poof...

Paul Resnikoff, publisher of the Digital Music News, which provides news, information, and analysis of the digital music industry, published this editorial Thursday, and gave us permission to reprint it here in our Insights and Opinions sec...

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Lottay Launches Bad Gifts Site

Los Angeles-based Lottay, the online gifting firm recently funded by DFJ Frontier, has launched a new site today focused on highlighting bad gifts. The firm's new site--MyWorstGiftEver.com--highlights and allows users to submit pictures and...

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Rippol Removes Logins, Rolls Lightweight Site

San Diego-based Rippol, a startup which is looking to use social networking information to help users discover new videos and online shows, has quietly rolled out a new "lightweight" version of its site, and has removed requirements to logi...

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Variety.com Puts Up Pay Wall

Los Angeles-based entertainment trade publication Variety has decided to put the firm's content behind a pay wall, telling its readers today that it will start restricting access to its articles to print and digital subscribers, starting Th...

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

MySpace Completes Imeem Deal

Los Angeles-based MySpace said Tuesday that it has closed its acquisition of social media site imeem. The firm did not disclose any further financial details related to the acquisition. Owen Van Natta, the firm's CEO, said it would use the ...

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Interview with Aaron Crayford, Rippol

Recently, San Diego-based Rippol (www.rippol.com) launched its web site, a service which uses social networking to help people find and discover interesting videos related to their interests. We caught up with CEO Aaron Crayford to learn ab...

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Mochila Raises $1.0M

Carlsbad-based Mochila, which operates an online content marketplace for publishers, has raised $1.0M in an ongoing $2.0M funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm. No details on the funding have been announced by the comp...

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

RealD Adds Australian Theatres

Los Angeles-based RealD, a provider of 3D projection technology for the movie business, has signed on two Australian theater companies, the firm said this morning. RealD said that it has agreements with Amalgamated Holdings, which runs the ...

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Monday, December 7, 2009

RealD Links With NAMCO On 3D Games

Los Angeles-based RealD, a developer of 3D technology for the movie theater industry, announced today that it has linked with video game publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games. According to RealD, NAMCO BANDAI is using a proprietary, St...

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

THQ Opens Up Shop In Montreal

Agoura Hills-based THQ announced Thursday afternoon that it has opened up a new studio in Montreal, Quebec, which it says will employ over 400 new people. According to THQ, the new facility is part of an effort to develop new games in a "co...

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Withoutabox Targets Film Festivals

Los Angeles-based Withoutabox, which is now a part of Amazon.com's IMDB.com division, said this week that it has launched a new service targeted at film festivals. According to the site, it has created a new "Secure Online Screeners" offeri...

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

THQ Hires Back Alumni As Licensing VP

Agoura Hills-based video game maker THQ reported earlier this week that it has hired on Germaine Gioia as its Senior Vice President, Licensing and Merchandise. According to THQ, Gioia was most recently Senior Vice President, Licensing for C...

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Clicker Links With Boxee

Los Angeles-based Clicker.com, the newly launched video and TV indexing and search site which is headed by former Ask.com CEO Jim Lanzone, told its users today that it has linked the site to Boxee, which is developing products which connect...

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Movieclips.com Launches Online Video Site

A new startup, Santa Monica-based MOVIECLIPS.COM, said late Wednesday evening that it has launched a new online video site featuring movie clips and scenes. The Movieclips site allows users to search for scenes from major movies, and embed ...

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

THQ, DreamWorks Animation In Licensing Deals

Agoura Hills-baed THQ has inked a number of new licensing deals with Dreamworks Animation SKG, the firms announced this morning. According tothe two firms, they are in multi-year, multi-property licensing agreements giving THQ exclusive wor...

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Hulu Adds Advanced Search Page

Los Angeles-based video site Hulu has launched a new advanced search site, the firm announced today. According to the site, the new search page allows users to search for shows using advanced boolean searching, including use of "and", "or"...

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Ace Metrix Gets $1.7M

Los Angeles-based Ace Metrix, which operates a service to help television advertisers judge the effectiveness of their creative, has raised $1.7M in a debt funding round, according to a regulatory filing from the firm Monday. Details on the...

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Hulu Adds User Tagging

Los Angeles-based Hulu, which streams major television shows and other videos to users, announced this morning that it has launched a new user tagging function. The firm said that users of the site can now create custom keywords or category...

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Topspin Media Adds VP

Santa Monica-based Topspin Media, the developer of music and band marketing software headed by former Yahoo Music GM Ian Rogers, said over the weekend that it has added Andrew Mains as its new VP Artist Relations and Services. Mains was Hea...

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Monday, November 23, 2009

CrownPeak Expands Into Online Marketing Tools

Los Angeles-based software-as-a-service developer CrownPeak has expanded the breadth of its offerings, saying this morning that it has launched a set of content management and marketing tools. CrownPeak said its new offering, the Online Mar...

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Rippol Launches Video Discovery Service

San Diego-based Rippol, a new startup looking to help people discovery and find online videos, is launching today at the TechCrunch Real-Time CrunchUp in San Francisco. The new site uses social networking features, including links to Facebo...

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Autobytel Extends Deal With Kelley Blue Book

Irvine-based Autobytel and Kelley Blue Book Co. said Thursday afternoon that the two have expanded an existing agreement, where Autobytel will get access to Kelley Blue Book's vehicle pricing information, specifications data, and editorial ...

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Digiboo Gets Funding For Digital Film Rental Venture

Los Angeles-based Digiboo, a new startup focused on allowing consumers to rent films on flash drives, at retail kiosks, has scored funding from Revelations Entertainment, the production firm owned by actor Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary. ...

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

EA Shutters Pandemic Studios

Electronics Arts is shutting down Los Angeles-based Pandemic Studios, according to an internal note leaked to gaming news site Kotaku. According to the note, Electronic Arts has laid off around 200 employees, and transitioned the rest to El...

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Break Partners With Sony, Others

Los Angeles-based Break Media, which operates a network of online content properties targeted at the male demographic, said today that it has signed up a slate of new content partners for its sites. The firm said it has added Sony Music, FE...

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

FlipGloss Acquired By Forbes

Santa Monica-based FlipGloss, which develops online photo publishing software for the magazine industry, has been acquired by Forbes. Forbes Media announced the deal Thursday afternoon, but did not disclose any financial terms of the deal. ...

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Clicker.com To Launch Public Access

Los Angeles-based Clicker Media, a provider of an online programming guide to Internet television, said today that it is publicly launching its site, Clicker.com today. The startup, which is venture backed by Benchmark Capital and Redpoint ...

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Six Degrees Games Raises $7M

Marina Del Ray-based Six Degrees Games, which runs the ActionAllStars.com virtual world focused on six to 14 year olds, has raised $7M in an additional funding round. The round was led by Time Warner, and also included prior investors Clear...

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Monday, November 9, 2009

EdgeCast Links With Cloud Hosting Provider

Los Angeles-based EdgeCast Networks, a provider of content delivery network services, said Monday that it has linked with cloud infrastructure hosting service GoGrid, to deliver a new offering called GoGrid CDN. The firm said the new offeri...

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Monday, November 9, 2009

RealD: 50 Percent of Disney's Christmas Carol

Los Angeles-based RealD, a developer of 3D movie technology used by movie theaters to project 3D movies, said over the weekend that it delivered 50 percent of the $31M, opening weekend gross for Disney's A Christmas Carol. The firm said it ...

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Friday, November 6, 2009

Break.com, Yoostar In Joint Promotion

Los Angeles-based Break Media, which operates a network of male-centric content web sites, said today that it has linked with home entertainment system company Yoostar in a promotion. According to Break,it is teaming up with Yoostar for a s...

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Clicker.com Adds Blake Krikorian To Board, Investors

Los Angeles-based Clicker Media, which operates an online service to index Internet television, said today that it has added Blake Krikorian, founder and former CEO of Sling Media, to its board of directors. Krikorian is also investing in t...

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Verve Wireless, AP Roll Out Mobile Publishing Tool

San Diego-based Verve Wireless and the Associated Press are announcing today that they have created a new product which will allow publishers to create their own, mobile applications based on AP Mobile. According to Verve and the AP, the wh...

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Funny or Die Hits YouTube

Los Angeles-based Funny or Die, the online comedy video site started by Will Ferrell, said today that it has launched its own, branded YouTube channel. The firm said the channel will feature videos from the firm's own site. According to Fun...

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Break Lands Deal For Webisode Series

Los Angeles-based Break Media, an online site which caters to males, announced today that it has signed a deal with liquor maker Southern Comfort to develop a branded content project, "Social Sportz Net". Break said the series of webisodes ...

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Kingston, Paramount Tie On Movies Via Flash Memory

Fountain Valley-based memory maker Kingston Technology, and Paramount Digital Entertainment said Monday afternoon that the two are in a deal to deliver full-length, motion pictures on Kingston's flash memory products. According to Kingston ...

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Total Beauty Gets $800K More

Beverly Hills-based Total Beauty Media, an online site providing beauty advice, product reviews, and other information, has raised $800,000 more in funding, according to last week's PricewaterhouseCoopers/NVCA MoneyTree report. The firm had...

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

RealD, Eyewear Firm in Deal

Los Angeles-based RealD, a developer of 3D projection hardware for movie theaters, has inked a deal with an Australian eyewear firm to create premium, stylish glasses, the firms said today. According to RealD and Look3D, they are in a licen...

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Eisner Spins Off Digital Studio Vuguru

Michael Eisner's Vuguru, the new media production studio started by Michael Eisner as an offshoot of Tornante Company, is being spun off as part of an investment deal with Rogers Media, the firms said Monday. Financial details of the spinof...

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Break.com Launches Horror Channel

Los Angeles-based Break.com, an online site focused on entertainment for men, said it has launched a new Horror Channel this morning. The site said the new channel includes both original content and user generated videos focused on Hallowee...

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Monday, October 26, 2009

RealD Signs Hollywood Theaters

Los Angeles-based RealD, which manufactures 3D cinema equipment, has signed on another theater chain, Hollywood Theaters. According to the two firms, they are in a partnership to equip a minimum of 100 screens across the country and oversea...

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

MySpace Rolls Out Music Videos, Artist Tools

Los Angeles-based MySpace said Wednesday evening that it has rolled out a new phase of the firm's music site, adding new music videos to the site, as well as tools targeted at artists. According to MySpace, its MySpace Music Videos feature ...

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Demand Media Offering Health Care Benefits To Freelancers

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the new media venture of former MySpace chairman Richard Rosenblatt, said today that it has just published its one millionth piece of original content, and is launching an effort to extend health care benefi...

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Lionsgate Kicks Off User Generated Content Effort

Santa Monica-based entertainment studio Lionsgate reported this afternoon that it has linked with Massify, an online community for the film industry, to help develop feature film projects for the studio. According to Lionsgate, it will tap'...

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Be Jane Sold

Burbank-based Be Jane, the angel funded, online home improvement site focused on women, told its users that it has sold the web site to an undisclosed buyer, according to reports. The firm said in a newsletter to users that the buyer was a ...

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Tubefilter Buys Tilzy.TV

Los Angeles-based TubeFilter, a provider of news and information about the online entertainment industry, said today that it has acquired Tilzy.TV, a provider of web TV entertainment reviews and news. Financial details of the acquisition we...

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

EdgeCast: We're In The Black

Los Angeles-based content delivery network firm EdgeCast Networks, announced today that the firm is now profitable. The firm said it became profitable in Q3, and has been EBITDA positive since Q2. The privately held company said it has been...

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

GOOD Gets Funding Round

Los Angeles-based GOOD, a media firm which operates Reason Pictures, GOOD Magazine, and GOOD Digital, announced this week that it has raised a Series A funding round. Amount of the funding was not disclosed. Investors included angels and Ni...

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

EdgeCast Partners With Turkish Firm

Los Angeles-based EdgeCast Networks, a provider of content delivery network (CDN) services, reports today that it has signed on a Turkish provider of telecommunications services, Dogan Telekom. EdgeCast said that Dogan is offerings its cont...

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Sophoi Acquired By Oracle

Los Angeles-based Sophoi, a developer of media IP mananagement software, has been acquired by Oracle, Oracle said Monday. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Oracle said that Sophoi's products will become available as Oracle Medi...

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Monday, October 12, 2009

THQ Launches New Disney/Pixar Game

Agoura Hills-based game developer THQ has launched another video game today based on Disney/Pixar's Cars movie, Cars Race-O-Rama. The firm said the videogame, for the Wii, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, and PSP, is its...

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Ready At Dawn Takes On Game Development

Irvine-based Ready At Dawn Studios reported this morning that it has developed an integrated, console game development platform focused on the Sony PS3, Microsoft Xbox 360, and Pony PSP. The firm said it will provide its own code along with...

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Friday, October 9, 2009

Mzima Selected For NetDNA's Content Delivery Network

Los Angeles-based Mzima Networks, a provider of network services, said earlier this week that content deliver network firm NetDNA--also based in Los Angeles--has selected the firm's low-latency, 10 Gigabit backbone. Financial details of the...

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Hulu Launches Publishing Tool, Linux Support

Los Angeles-based video streaming firm Hulu told its users today that it has launched two new, experimental projects in its Hulu Labs section. According to Hulu, it has launched a new publishing tool--Hulu Publisher Tool--which helps report...

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Slacker Integrates With Twitter

San Diego-based Internet radio service Slacker has integrated its service with micro-blogging service Twitter, the firm said this morning. According to Slacker, it has added the ability for users with Twitter accounts to automatically tweet...

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Suddenly Darling Launches Teen Fashion Site

San Diego-based Suddenly Darling announced today that it has launched a new site focused on online fashion for teen girls and young women. The firm--started by 17-year old Katelyn Rose--features fashion, style, and hair tips, as well as cel...

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Monday, October 5, 2009

AEG Buys Webcasting Firm

Los Angeles-based AEG, which is a producer of music, sports, reality and special event programming, said Monday that it has acquired Incited Media, a provider of webcast management, production and media services. Financial terms of the acqu...

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Napster Inks Deal With Dell

Los Angeles-based music service Napster--which is now owned by Best Buy--said Friday morning that it has inked a deal with computer maker Dell to include 12 months of the service on Dell computers. According to Napster, the deal includes bo...

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Friday, October 2, 2009

RealD Upgrades El Capitan

Los Angeles-based RealD, which develops 3D movie projection hardware, disclosed this morning that it has installed an upgraded cinema systems at the El Capitan. Financial details of the win was not disclosed. According to RealD, the Hollywo...

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

JumpStart Expands Virtual World

Torrance-based Knowledge Adventure, which owns the JumpStart brand of educational software titles, said Thursday that it has launched a new virtual world targeted at 5 to 8 year olds. According to the firm, the world--called MarineLand--is ...

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Break Ramps Branded Content, Growth

Los Angeles-based online publisher Break Media said today that the firm has more than tripled its branded content projects this year, and expects that it will grow 18 percent this year, despite the economy. Break, which operates a series of...

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Interview with Brian Garrett, Crosscut Ventures

Los Angeles-based Crosscut Ventures (www.crosscutventures.com) is one of the newest venture capital funds in the area, and has quietly been working on funding local companies over the last year. The fund--started by Brian Garrett and Rick S...

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

True Games Opens New Studio

Irvine-based True Games Interactive is opening up a new studio in Austin, Texas, the firm announced this morning. According to True Games, the new studio will be headed by Frank Lucero, who was previously at Midway. True's first online game...

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Ace Metrix Enhances Advertising Testing Service

Los Angeles-based Ace Metrix, which is venture backed by Hummer Winblad Venture Partners and Palomar Ventures, said today that it has rolled out a number of enhancements to the firm's service for the advertising market. The firm, which prov...

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

TravelTrac Aims At Sharing Travel Experiences

Irvine-based TravelTrac has launched today, one of several Southern California startups showing their companies off at DEMOfall. The service--split across sites TrekTrac, MotoTrac, and SailTrac depending on types of trip--allows users to sh...

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Activision Delays Game, Reaffirms Estimates

Santa Monica-based Activision Publishing announced this morning that it has delayed the release of one of its highly anticipated titles, Blur, but reiterated its calendar ear 2009 outlook. Activision said it has moved the release of Blur, w...

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Friday, September 18, 2009

CrownPeak Adds URL Shortening To CMS

Los Angeles-based CrownPeak, a developer of software-as-a-service for web content management, is jumping into the URL shortening craze, with its own URL shortener. URL shorteners, such as Bit.ly, take very long URLs and translate them into ...

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

3ality Inks 3D Production Deal

Burbank-based 3ality Digital is ramping its efforts in the 3D entertainment market, saying that it has inked a deal with digital entertainment distribution firm Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. on a number of 3D entertainment projects. Accordi...

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Veoh Claims Win Over Universal Music

Los Angeles- and San Diego-based video sharing site Veoh is claiming a major win today over Universal Music group, saying that a federal judge has thrown out a copyright infringement lawsuit against the firm. Veoh said that a federal court ...

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Riot Games Raises $8M

Los Angeles-based Riot Games, a developer of online video games, announced today that it has raised a new, $8M round of financing. The round came from Benchmark Capital, FirstMark Capital, and Chinese online services firm Tencent. Riot Game...

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

DivX Buys Streaming Firm

San Diego-based DivX, a developer of media encoding and decoding software, said late Tuesday that it has acquired AnySource Media LLC, a developer of streaming media software which can be used to enable on-demand playback of video on HDTV, ...

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

RoyaltyShare Extends Canadian Services

San Diego-based RoyaltyShare, a provider of digital royalty accounting for music publishers, said today that it has expanded its royalty services for Canadian music labels. The firm said it now can process mechanical royalties owed to the C...

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Two Southern Californians In Amazon Commercial Contest Finals

Two Southern Californians are in the running for $10,000 for their entries into a user generated advertising effort from e-commerce site Amazon.com. According to Amazon.com, it has selected five finalists to compete for the $10,000 in Amazo...

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Report: Slacker Loses CEO

San Diego-based music startup Slacker has apparently lost its CEO, according to a report from VentureWire. VentureWire said it confirmed the departure of Dennis Mudd with an investor in the company. Slacker is venture backed by Austin Ventu...

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Interview with Sherry Gunther, Masher Media

Last Week, Calabasas-based Masher Media announced it had received a round of angel funding from the Tech Coast Angels to fund its development of MyMiniPeeps (www.myminipeeps.com), a virtual world for children. We spoke with Sherry Gunther, ...

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Capcom Interactive Hails "Cash Cab"

Los Angeles-based Capcom Interactive, the mobile development arm of game developer Capcom, said Thursday that the firm has signed into a licensing agreement with Discovery Communications, to launch a new mobile game based on Discovery's "Ca...

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Studios Get Preliminary Injuction Against RealNetworks In DVD Case

A consortium of Hollywood studios, including Disney, Paramount, Sony, Twentieth Century Fox, NBC Universal, Warner Brothers, and Viacom, has scored a preliminary injunction against RealNetworks in a DVD copying software case. According to a...

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Loudvine Goes Live

Los Angeles-based Loudvine.com, a new, Web 2.0-style, online community site focused on music fans, said today that it is now live in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orange County, and San Diego. The online site allows music fans to find bands, ...

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Emergent Ties With 3D Animation Firm

Calabasas-based Emergent Game Technologies, a provider of video game development tools, said this morning that it has integrated its Gamebryo LightSpeed product with 3D game animation firm Mixamo. The two firms said that LightSpeed develope...

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Masher Media Gains Angel Funding

Calabasas-based Masher Media, which is developing the online virtual world MyMiniPeeps.com for children, has received a round of angel funding from the Tech Coast Angels. According to the TCA, Masher Media has received $300,000 from the ang...

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

FlipGloss Ties With Variety

Santa Monica-based FlipGloss Media, a developer of visually driven, photo-centric web technology aimed at the fashion and news industry, announced today that it has launched a new web site for entertainment news provider Variety. According ...

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

GameStop Looks To LA For Digital Media Head

Video game and entertainment software retailer GameStop has snagged Chris Petrovic, former VP of Digital Media at Playboy Enterprises, as its new digital media head, setting up Petrovic and a team in a corporate office here in Southern Cali...

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

King.com Links With Lifetime

Los Angeles- and London-based King.com, which operates an online casual games site, said today that it has linked up with Lifetime Digital Media on an online games effort. According to the two, King.com will be the exclusive provider of a c...

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Monday, August 3, 2009

Disney-ABC Television Links With Netflix On Lost, Other ABC Shows

Disney-ABC Television and movie rental service Netflix reported this morning that they are in a deal, which will make "Lost," "Desperate Housewives," "Grey's Anatomy," and other ABC television series available via streaming to Netflix custo...

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

EQAL Launches Social Publishing Tool

Los Angeles-based EQAL, said this morning at Twiistup that the firm is launching a new, social publishing tool it is calling Umbrella, focused on independent producers, celebrity talent, and online personalities. According to EQAL, its new ...

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Internet Brands Traffic Up, Revenues Flat

Los Angeles-based Internet Brands reported its quarterly results Wednesday afternoon, reporting that it saw 50 million monthly unique visitors to the firm's websites in June, up 35 percent from 37 million uniques in June of last year. Howev...

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

THQ Gains On UFC Title

Agoura Hills-based THQ has swung back into the black, saying Tuesday evening that it had net income of $6.4M on sales of $243.5M for its fiscal first quarter, on the strength of the firm's new UFC 2009 Undisputed title. The positive results...

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Knowledge Genie Launches Publishing Tool

Los Angeles-based startup Knowledge Genie is launching a new, online site today which allows people to publish, share, and sell their knowledge online. The startup, headed by authors and husband-and-wife team Milo and Thuy Sindell, allows b...

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

AudioMicro Expands Sound Effect Library

Los Angeles-based AudioMicro.com, which operates an online marketplace for royalty-free music and sound effects, said Tuesday morning that it has added another 55,000 sound effects in a licensing deal with The Hollywood Edge. AudioMicro sai...

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Monday, July 27, 2009

THQ Prevails In Spat With JAKKS Pacific

Agoura Hills-based THQ disclosed this morning that it has prevailed in a binding arbitration with JAKKS Pacific, over WWE video games sold under a license granted by World Wrestling Entertainment. THQ said that the arbitrator has establishe...

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Demand Media Claims Billions Of Video Views

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the Internet publishing and content effort run by Richard Rosenblatt, reported today that the firm has seen more than one billion video streams across its network of sites and branded YouTube channels. The f...

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Blizzard Scores Sam Raimi On Warcraft Movie Deal

Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment, which operates the popular World of Warcraft online, massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORG), has signed on director Sam Raimi for an upcoming movie based on the game. According to Blizz...

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

SheKnows Cracks Top 10 Gaining Web Properties

Los Angeles-based SheKnows, the online women's media site owned by AtomicOnline, has shown up in the top 10 list of gaining properties, based comScore's latest ranking of web visitors today. comScore's monthly analysis for June 2009 finds t...

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Future Ads' PlaySushi Sees Growth

Irvine-based Future Ads, which runs the casual games sites Gamevance.com and PlaySushi.com, said that the firm's new PlaySushi site has seen what the firm described as "dramatic growth" since going live three months ago. The company claimed...

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Topspin In Distribution Deal With INgrooves

Topspin Media, the high profile, Santa Monica-based music startup headed by former Yahoo Music GM Ian Rogers, has inked a deal with independent music promoter INgrooves. INgrooves and Topspin said that Topspin will provide its marketing sof...

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Spot Runner Looks To Dismiss WPP Suit

Los Angeles-based Spot Runner, which operates an online service to help businesses place television advertising, has filed to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the firm by one of its investors, WPP. In a legal filing, Spot Runner said that am...

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Break.com, G4 In Content Deal

Los Angeles-based Break.com, which operates a video and entertainment web site focused on men, reports today that it has inked a partnership with G4's "Web Soup" television series, where "Web Soup" will feature a Break.com segment. Accordin...

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

King.com Releases Mobile Games

Los Angeles- and London-based King.com, which operates an online casual gaming web site, said this morning that it has released 20 games for mobile phone platforms. According to the firm, the skill games run on simple feature phones manufac...

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

VMIX Adds Reseller

San Diego-based VMIX, which provides a platform for publishing and managing online video, reports today that it has signed on an ad agency and reseller, which has resulted in more than 30 customers for the firm. The firm said that South Car...

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Riot Games Announces First Online Game

Los Angeles-based Riot Games, a venture-backed developer of online video games, announced Tuesday that it is will be releasing its first title--a free, online, multiplayer game called League of Legends. According to the firm, the new game w...

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Monday, July 13, 2009

ManiaTV Founder Buys Assets

Drew Massey, the founder of ManiaTV, has reportedly purchased the assets of defunct Internet web content firm ManiaTV, says the New York Times. Details on the buyback were not disclosed, but the Times says that the acquisition did not inclu...

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Gorilla Nation Renews Fangoria

Los Angeles-based Gorilla Nation, which represents online publishers for advertising sales, reports today that the firm has extended an agreement with The Brooklyn Company, which owns horror site Fangoria.com, FangoriaGoreZone.com, and Star...

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Interview with Steve Goldman, Ace Metrix

Los Angeles-based Ace Metrix (www.acemetrix.com) launched its software-as-a-service, TV advertising rating service last month, and we spoke with the firm's CEO and co-founder, Steve Goldman, recently to learn more about the firm. In particu...

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Saban Capital Hires Managing Director

Los Angeles-based Saban Capital, the investment group of Haim Saban, disclosed this morning that it has hired on Elie Dekel as a Managing Director at the firm. Saban is an investor in media, entertainment, and communications companies, and ...

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Livestrong.com: 1.5M Registered Users, 4.2M Uniques

Los Angeles-based Livestrong.com, the online, fitness site run by Demand Media and the Lance Armstrong Foundation, reported Monday that the firm has more than 4.2 million unique monthly visitors and now has over 1.5 million registered users...

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Bid4Spots Reports Progress On Cable TV Ads

Encino-based Bid4Spots, the online radio and TV advertising firm headed by Dave Newmark, said this week that the firm has seen a 40 percent increase in ad revenues in its online marketplace for cable television advertising since its launch ...

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Break.com Lampoons Twitter

Los Angeles-based Break.com has launched a new lampoon of the micro-messaging service Twitter, saying Wednesday afternoon that it has launched Tweet Boxx, a weekly online web series hosted by "Man in the Box" star Mike Polk. In the premier ...

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Big Stage Targets Content Creators

Los Angeles-based Big Stage Entertainment, which develops avatar creation technology for turning photos into animated, 3-D likenesses, said Wednesday that the firm has launched a new effort targeted training content creators on the firm's p...

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Mail.com Buys Entertainment Blog

Los Angeles-based Mail.com Media Corporation, which operates the email service Mail.com, said today that it has acquired an entertainment focused blog, DeadlineHollywoodDaily.com. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. DeadlineHoll...

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Global Fitness Media Launches New Fitness Site

Los Angeles-based Global Fitness Media has officially launched its fitness web site FitOrbit, focused on helping users connect with fitness trainers and track their fitness training and meal planning online. According to Global Fitness, its...

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Monday, June 22, 2009

RealD Releases Install Numbers

Los Angeles-based RealD, a developer of 3D movie projection equipment, has released its latest install numbers, saying over the weekend that it now has over 8,700 screens contracted, and over 3,200 screens installed with its technology. In ...

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Break Media Launches New Site

Los Angeles-based Break Media, which operates a number of web sites focused on the young male demographic, announced this morning that it has launched a new website, MadeMan.com. According to Break, the new site will focus on product review...

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Pragmatic Solutions Powers America's Army Release

Westlake Village-based Pragmatic Solutions, a developer of server-side software for online computer games titles, said today that the firm is powering the deployment client for America's Army 3, the PC action game distributed by the U.S. Ar...

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Verimatrix Gains Another Latin American Win

San Diego-based Verimatrix, a provider of digital content security technology and products for pay TV, said this week that the firm has gained another Latin American customer. The firm said that CANTV, which is looking to offer IPTV service...

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Report: Ripe Digital Entertainment Shuts Doors

Los Angeles-based Ripe Digital Entertainment, a producer of digital video entertainment, has shut down, according to Deadline Hollywood Daily. Details on the shutdown are sketchy, however, the firm is reportly looking for buyers. Ripe Digi...

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Ace Metrix Targets TV Advertising

Los Angeles-based Ace Metrix is looking to apply analytics to the television advertising market, saying this morning that it has launched a service which helps advertisers measure persuasion and watchability of their advertising. The firm, ...

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Tsavo Loses Macadaan

Santa Monica-based Tsavo, the online media company which owns Manolith, Twirlit, Kidglue, and Nibbledish, has lost its Vice President of Product and Design, Mike Macadaan. Macadaan is well known in the Los Angeles technology community for c...

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Monday, June 15, 2009

RoyaltyShare Expands Service To The UK

San Diego-based RoyaltyShare, a developer of software-as-a-service for tracking online music royalties, said today that the firm has expanded its service to handle tracking of royalties in the UK. RoyaltyShare said that it now supports mech...

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Monday, June 8, 2009

EdgeCast Inks Patent Licensing Deal, Adds Customers

Los Angeles-based EdgeCast Networks, a provider of content delivery networking services, is announcing today that it has inked an intellectual property licensing agreement with Web.com. According to EdgeCast, the IP deal grants the firm a l...

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Monday, June 8, 2009

RotoHog Wins Sporting News

Los Angeles-based RotoHog, which develops fantasy sports games, announced Monday that the firm has signed on Sporting news, to create fantasy games for the brand. According to RotoHog, it will build free and paid online fantasy games for fo...

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Verimatrix Deploys In Mexico

San Diego-based Verimatrix reported this week that the firm is deploying its content security technology in Mexico, as part of an install at cable operator Cablemas. According to Verimatrix, its products are being used as part of a enhanced...

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Emergent Game Technologies Scores Win With THQ

Calabasas-based Emergent Game Technologies, developer of the Gamebryo game engine, disclosed today that the firm has signed on THQ through a master licensing agreement. Emergent said that THQ will use its Gamebryo and Gamebryo LightSpeed so...

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Monday, June 1, 2009

Shopflick.com Acquired By Sugar, Inc.

Los Angeles-based Shopflick.com, an online video fashion marketplace, has been acquired by San Francisco publisher Sugar Inc., Sugar said Monday afternoon. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. According to Sugar, Shopflick...

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Monday, June 1, 2009

Disney Completes Kaboose Buy

North Hollywood-based Disney Online announced today that the firm has completed its purchase of a number of web sites from Kaboose, including Kaboose.com, BabyZone.com, AmazingMoms.com, and ParentZone.com. The acquisitions, which were first...

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

CrownPeak Opens Office In NYC

Los Angeles-based software-as-a-service firm CrownPeak reports today that it has opend up an office in Manhattan. The developers of content management software said that the office will focus on East Coast creative and interactive agency pa...

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

THQ Loses Publishing VP

Agoura Hills-based THQ reported late Tuesday that the firm's Executive Vice President of Publishing, Scott Guthrie, has resigned. The firm said that Guthrie--who was responsible for the firm's North American sales, distribution, and marketi...

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Loop'd Network Gains $800K

San Diego-based Loop'd Network, an online site focused on action sports, announced this morning that it has raised $800,000 in additional funding. According to Loop'd, the funding came from its existing investors, along with new investor th...

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

EdgeCast Signs Latin America Partner

Los Angeles-based content delivery network provider EdgeCast Networks is announcing today that it has signed on a new, Latin American partner. According to EdgeCast, it has signed a deal to interconnect Samba Tech, a provider of rich media ...

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Friday, May 15, 2009

AtomicOnline Relaunches GameRevolution

Los Angeles-based AtomicOnline, which operates a number of online content sites, said this morning that it has relaunched its online gaming site, GameRevolution. AtomicOnline said it has completed a "major website redesign" and partnered wi...

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Slacker Raises $9.6M

San Diego-based online music provider Slacker has raised $9.6M in a funding round, based on a regulatory filing from the company. Slacker said in the filing that it raised just over $9.6M of a $10.2M round. Details on the funding have not b...

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Hulu Goes Bollywood

Online video service Hulu has started carrying Bollywood movies, and has signed digital distributor Saavn to show a number of Bollywood films from India. According to Saavn, it will offer five titles from India, including "Sarkar", a 2005 v...

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Evolver Launches Avatar Site

Aliso Viejo-based Evolver, a firm developing avatar creation technology, launched an alpha of its web site this week, focused on helping consumers create their own virtual avatars. Evolver is headed by former Vicon Motion Capture CEO Brian ...

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

60Frames Shuts Down

Los Angeles-based 60Frames, an online entertainment studio developing professionally produced, online content, has reportedly shut down, according to The Hollywood Reporter. 60Frames had raised $3.5M in funding in 2007, from Tudor Investmen...

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

THQ Reports Loss

Agoura Hills-based video game maker THQ reported its yearly results Wednesday afternoon, reporting that it saw a net loss of $431.1M on sales of $830.0M. The losses were significantly higher than the $35.3M the firm lost on sales of $1,030....

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

RealD Ships New 3D Projector

Los Angeles-based RealD, a provider of 3D projectors for movie theaters, said this morning that it has shipped a new, 3D projector targeted at the small screen. According to RealD, the new product--its RealD LP--is aimed at use in conferenc...

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Monday, May 4, 2009

Demand Media: Man Delivers Baby Using Video

Santa Monica-based Demand Media reports that a man in the United Kingdom used a instructional video on the firm's site, Expert Village, to deliver his wife's baby. Instead of rushing his wife to the hospital, the firm said that engineer Mar...

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

View2Gether.com Gains Funding

Los Angeles-based View2Gether.com, which is developing a product which will allow users to watch and share video content in real-time, said this week that it has raised a Series A investment round. Size of the round was not disclosed. Accor...

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Disney Invests In Hulu

The Walt Disney Company is the latest firm to invest in online video aggregator Hulu, saying this morning that it has agreed to join NBC Universal, New Corporation, and Providence Equity Partners as a joint venture partner in the site. Acco...

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Internet Brands Buys Two Websites, Targets Money and Finance

Los Angeles-based Internet Brands is expanding its network of vertically focused web sites, saying Wednesday that the firm has acquired two new websites in the money and finance area, and has officially targeted "Money and Business" as one ...

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Buzz Media Trims Staff At Idolator

Hollywood-based Buzz Media the venture backed content, media, and community site, has made more cuts, this time at the firm's Idolator blog. According to a post by one of its editors earlier this month, the site has cut "pretty much all" of...

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Demand Media's Cure For The Daily Grind: Puppies

Demand Media, the well funded online media firm run by former MySpace chairman Richard Rosenblatt, has a new solution to the recent doom, gloom, and stress brought on by the economy: a new iPhone app it is calling "The Daily Puppy." Accordi...

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

ZAM, Sony Tie In Game Information Deal

Los Angeles-based ZAM, and San Diego-based Sony Online Entertainment announced Wednesday that the two companies have tied on a new online site focused on information from Sony's EverQuest II massively multiplayer online game. According to t...

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

RotoHog, RazorGator Partner

Los Angeles-based RotoHog, a developer of fantasy sports games, disclosed this morning that it has signed an exclusive partnership with RazorGator. According to the firm, the deal covers the 2009 Baseball season, and will give RotoHog's Fan...

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Big Stage Adds New Content From GGL Global Gaming

Pasadena-based Big Stage Entertainment, the startup which uses photos to create animated, 3-D facial avatars of users, has added new content from a game from GGL Global Gaming. Big Stage told its users yesterday that they could now insert t...

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Katalyst Media Ties With Ustream, Sets Season Finale

Hollywood-based Katalyst Media, the content production firm of Ashton Kutcher, announced a live streaming deal with Ustream, and release of the firm's KatalystHQ season finale. According to Ustream and Katalyst Media, the two firms will use...

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

VMIX Ties With TV Stations

San Diego-based VMIX, a provider of software used by web sites to manage online video publishing, said Thursday that the firm has inked a deal with television broadcasting firm Post-Newsweek Stations. VMIX said that Post-Newsweek--a divisio...

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

MeFeedia Trumpets Visitor Numbers

Los Angeles-based MeFeedia, which operates an online video search engine, said earlier this week that it is seeing more than 7.6 million unique visitors a month. The firm, which indexes and searches for online video across different web vid...

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Crownpeak Revs Content Management Software

Los Angeles-based CrownPeak, a developer of content management software, said Tuesday that the firm has rolled out a suite of new features for its CMS tools. The firm--whose tools are available as software-as-a-service--said that it has add...

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Monday, April 6, 2009

Planetwide Games Raises $3.67M

Los Angeles-based Planetwide Games, a publisher of entertainment software and web sites, has raised $3.6M of a $4.0M funding round, including equity, debt, and warrants, according to a regulatory filing by the firm. The firm has not yet ann...

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Friday, April 3, 2009

ARTISTdirect Acquires MediaSentry

Los Angeles-based ARTISTdirect, which operates an online consumer music portal, along with operating MediaDefender, a business which helps prevent media piracy of content from motion picture studios, record labels, and others, said Thursday...

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

THQ Completes Cost Cutting

Agoura Hills-based video game maker THQ announced this morning that it has "substantially completed" its latest business realignment, which will save the firm $220M in annual costs. THQ announced in February that it was cutting 600 people, ...

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Report: Veoh Planning Major Layoffs

San Diego- and Los Angeles-based online video site Veoh is reportedly in the midst of a "major restructuring," according to a report from VentureBeat. Quoting a "source close to the company" VentureBeat said that the layoffs would be "drast...

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Slacker Adds Lyrics

San Diego-based Slacker, a venture-backed, personalized online radio service, told its users this morning that it has launched a new feature which adds complete lyrics to the firm's services. According to Slacker, its premium Slacker Radio ...

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Disney Online Acquires Sites From Kaboose

North Hollywood-based Disney Online, the online publishing arm of Disney Interactive Media Group, announced this morning that it has acquired a number of assets from Canadian firm Kaboose, in a deal worth approximately $18.4M. Disney said t...

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Take180.com Launches Web Series

Burbank-based Take180.com announced Tuesday that the firm has officially launched a web site which looks to create original web series based on audience participation. The site--which is owned by The Walt Disney Company--said it has created...

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Monday, March 30, 2009

EQAL Hits Japan

Los Angeles-based EQAL, the production firm behind Youtube sensation lonelygirl15, said this morning that it has inked a licensing agreement in Japan. According to EQAL, entertainment company Shinto Tsushin will distribute lonelygirl15 and ...

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Monday, March 30, 2009

DTS In Strategic Alliance

Agoura Hills-based DTS Digital Cinema disclosed this morning that it is in a strategic alliance to co-brand products along with Qube Cinema. The firm, which develops surround sound audio technology, said that the two firms will develop and ...

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Verimatrix Closes Deals In Russia

San Diego-based Verimatrix, a venture-funded provider of IPTV security technology, said this week that the firm has signed on three TV operators in Russia. According to Verimatrix, it has signed on Iskratelecom, Tattelecom and Bashinformsvy...

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

RealD Adds AMC Entertainment

Los Angeles-based RealD, a provider of 3D theater projection technology, has signed on theater firm AMC Entertainment as a customer of the firm. According to AMC and RealD, AMC is set to deploy up to 1,500 RealD 3D screens in the US and Can...

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Hulu Rises In Video Rankings

Hulu, the online video service which is a joint venture of NBC Universal and News Corp., saw a big bump in viewership, bringing it into the top 5 video sites, according to the latest traffic rankings from comScore. According to comScore's V...

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

MySpace Music Names Execs

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. According to the firm, it has hired on Jamie Kantrowitz as Senior Vice President o...

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Interpolls Signs Twentieth Century Fox

Los Angeles-based Interpolls, a provider of rich media advertising technology, announced this morning that Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is using the firm to promote the Blu-ray and DVD release of "Slumdog Millionaire." Financial...

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Citysearch Launches Food Site

West Hollywood-based Citysearch said this morning that it has launched a new, online blog site called 3BuckBites, focused on "cheap eats" costing less than $3.99. The firm said that the site will feature content from its own editors, blogge...

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Activision Names Rosensweig CEO of RedOctane

Santa Monica-based video games developer Activision has tapped former Yahoo! COO Dan Rosensweig as CEO of the firms's RedOctane business unit--the unit which is in charge of its Guitar Hero franchise. According to Activision, Rosensweig wil...

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Topspin Rolls Out Music Marketing Software, To Some

Venice, California-based Topspin, a developer of software focused on helping musicians market and distribute their work, launched an upgrade to its product Wednesday at the SXSW festival. The firm said that it has commercially released its ...

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Buzznet Raises $12.5M More

Los Angeles-based Buzznet, which operates a network of web sites focused on celebrities and pop culture, announced this morning that it has raised $12.5M and will rename itself Buzz Media. According to the company, the funding round was led...

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Topspin Links With College On Online Music Courses

Santa Monica-based Topspin Media, the online music startup of former Yahoo Music GM Ian Rogers, said today that the firm has inked a deal with Berkleemusic.com, the online continuing education division of the Berklee College of Music, to pa...

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Stickam.com Lands Adam Carolla

Los Angeles-based live video camera streaming firm Stickam.com appears to the beneficiary of CBS Radio's switch of local Los Angeles radio station KLSX-FM to a new format, saying that the company has an exclusive to stream Adam Carolla's li...

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Emergent Game Technologies Signs Square Enix

Calabasas-based Emergent Game Technologies and game developer Square Enix said today that the two have reached an agreement where Square Enix will license Emergent's video game development engine. Financial impact of the agreement was not a...

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

GoodFoodNearYou Expands Listings

Los Angeles-based GoodFoodNearYou, an online site that allows users to find healthy eating options at restaurants, is expanding its listings of restaurants and menus, the firm said today. The site--created by Global Fitness Media--said it i...

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Clearstone Ventures Into Apture

Santa Monica-based Clearstone Venture Partners is the lead investor in a Northern California firm focused on the blogging and publishing industry, Apture. Apture said this morning that Clearstone was the lead investor in a $4.1M, Series A i...

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Autobytel, Edmunds.com Settle Patent Suit

Irvine-based Autobytel and Santa Monica-based Edmunds.com said late Monday that the two have entered into a settlement over a patent lawsuit filed by Edmunds against Autobytel. According to the two firms, the two have entered into a settlem...

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Verimatrix Scores Win In India

San Diego-based Verimatrix, a developer of content security technology for the IPTV market, said Monday that the firm has signed on Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), an Indian IPTV operator, as a customer. Financial impact of the deal was no...

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Image Metrics Targets Video Game Customers With New Services

Los Angeles-based Image Metrics, a developer of facial animation technology, disclosed this morning that it has created a new "rigging" service for the video game and film markets. According to the firm, the new service will allow video gam...

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Friday, March 13, 2009

Make It Work Gets Into Radio

Santa Barbara-based Make It Work, which operates an in-home, computer and electronics help service, said Friday that it has signed a multi-year contract to host a radio show on KNX 1070. According to Make It Work, the show will be hosted by...

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Friday, March 13, 2009

ARTISTdirect Signs Ad Rep Agency

Los Angeles-based ARTISTdirect, which operates an online site focused on music and film, has signed on a group to represent the firm in advertising and sponsorship sales. According to ARTISTdirect, it has tapped Traffic Marketplace for its ...

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Steamboat Invests In Greystripe

Burbank-based Steamboat Ventures, the venture capital arm of Disney, is one of the investors in Bay Area-based mobile games advertising firm Greystripe, which raised a $5.5M Series C funding today. Greystripe said the funding round was led ...

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

9 Gets Funding Round

Los Angeles-based 9, a startup offering consulting and production for brands, entertainment, media, internet and retail companies, has raised a small round of funding from private investors. Details on the amount of funding were not release...

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

EQAL Launches HarpersGlobe.com

Los Angeles-based online production firm EQAL disclosed today that it has launched the web site it is codeveloping with CBS, HarpersGlobe.com, the companion site to the new CBS mystery Harper's Island. According to EQAL, the "social show" i...

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Knowledge Adventure Launches Virtual World

Torrance-based Knowledge Adventure, a publisher of educational software titles, said this morning that it has officially launched its JumpStart virtual world targeted at 3 to 10 year olds. Knowledge Adventure--which opened a beta of the wor...

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

THQ To Ship Title Based On Disney Film

Agoura Hills-based THQ is reporting today that the firm will create a video game based on the upcoming Disney-Pixar movie UP. According to THQ, the video game--being developed by its Heavy Iron Studios unit--is based on Disney's upcoming co...

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Monday, March 9, 2009

Teresis Enhances Mac Support

Santa Ana-based Teresis Media Management, a provider of workflow and digital asset management products for the entertainment and broadcast industry, said this morning that it has enhanced support for Mac users. According to the firm, the fi...

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Friday, March 6, 2009

RotoHog Teams On Volleyball Fantasy Game

Los Angeles-based RotoHog, which operates online sports fantasy games, said today that the firm is in a partnership with the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour on a new fantasy game. According to RotoHog, it will operate a fantasy game for the t...

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Pluggedin Media Looks For Buyer

Los Angeles-based Pluggedin Media, which operates a web site focused on streaming of high quality, music videos in HD and broadcast quality, is looking for a buyer. The firm's chairman, Brett O'Brien, told socalTECH that, contrary to other ...

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

ManiaTV Shuts Down

Los Angeles-based ManiaTV has shut its doors, after failing to find a buyer, according to the firm. The firm was in the business of creating original web content and video shows, and had been looking to find a buyer for the firm in the last...

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Steamboat Invests In Celebrity Site

Los Angeles-based Steamboat Ventures has set its sights on the celebrity web space, and is the lead investor in a new round of funding for Fanzter, which operates the celebrity products site Coolspotters.com. According to Connecticut-based ...

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Image Metrics Gets Win In UK

Santa Monica-based Image Metrics, a venture-funded developer of facial animation software, announced Tuesday that the firm has signed on a UK-based studio as a client. According to Image Metrics, Double Negative is a beta client for the fir...

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Monday, March 2, 2009

Comcast Interactive Snags VP From Glam

Comcast Interactive Media announced Monday that it has appointed Scott Schiller as the new Senior Vice President of Advertising Sales, heading up sales for the firm's Fandango, Fancast, Movies.com and Plaxo units. Fandango, Movies.com, and ...

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Monday, March 2, 2009

EQAL In Deal With Creator of 'CSI'

Los Angeles-based EQAL said this morning that it has signed up 'CSI' franchise creator Anthony E. Zuiker on a new multimedia project. According to EQAL, which was behind the lonelygirl15 and KateModern web series, Zuiker and the firm will c...

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Report: ManiaTV Axes Staff

Los Angeles-based ManiaTV has reportedly laid off 15 of the firm's 33 employees, according to a report in The Deal, as the firm prepares to sell the company. The Deal said Revision3 is rumored to be a possible buyer for the firm. ManiaTV is...

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

PlaceVine Scores Seed Funding

Los Angeles- and New York-based PlaceVine, which operates a web-based service to connect brands and agencies to product placement opportunities in film, television, and new media, said Wednesday that it has scored a round of seed financing ...

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Crave Entertainment Acquired By New York Firm

Newport Beach-based Crave Entertainment, a video game firm owned by Handleman Company, has been acquired by New York-based Fillpoint LLC, a provider of online distribution, fulfillment, and e-commerce services to the video game industry. Fi...

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

DailyFill Takes On Celebrity News

Santa Monica-based Slingshot Labs, the startup incubator headed by MySpace co-founders Josh Berman and Colin Digiaro, officially rolled out its first web site this morning, DailyFill. According to the firm, which is a division of News Corpo...

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Monday, February 23, 2009

RealD Adds UK Theater Chain

Los Angeles-based RealD, which provides technology for projecting 3D movies on digital theater screens, announced this morning that it has signed up another theater chain as a customer. RealD said that Vue Entertainment, which operates mult...

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Break Launches NASCAR Site

Los Angeles-based Break Media, which operates a network of online content sites focused on men, said today that it has launched a new NASCAR-themed site called All Left Turns. Break said the new site will offer news, race analysis, driver i...

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Report: ManiaTV On The Block

Los Angeles-based ManiaTV, which produces and distributes online content, is reportedly looking for a buyer, and has hired investment bank Updata Advisors. According to a report in TVWeek, the firm is hoping to find a buyer by the end of th...

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Global Fitness Media Names CTO

Los Angeles-based Global Fitness Media, which is developing a number of fitness-related online web sites, has hired on a new Chief Technical Officer, according to the firm's search agency, NeoHire. According to the firms, Daniel Auld has be...

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

OVGuide.com Gets $5M

Beverly Hills-based OVGuide.com, an online site focused on video discovery and search, disclosed today that the firm has received $5M in funding from Baroda Ventures LLC, the investment firm of former GeoCities founder David Bohnett. Accord...

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

CrownPeak Targets Landing Pages With New Product

Los Angeles-based CrownPeak, a developer of software-as-a-service for web site management, announced this morning that the firm has launched a new product targeted at landing page management. CrownPeak said its new product--CrownPeak Landin...

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Emergent Game Technologies Scores $12.5M

Calabasas-based Emergent Game Technologies, a supplier of video game development software, said Monday that it has raised $12.5M in a new round of funding. According to Emergent, the round was led by new investor Hopewell Ventures, and also...

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Friday, February 13, 2009

Disney Online Launches Tweener Site

North Hollywood-based Disney Online said Friday that it has rolled out a new site, DisneyXD, targeted at the "tween" market. The Disney unit said that the online and mobile site would target kids and tween boys with action-based games, full...

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Google Shuts Radio Advertising Efforts

Search engine giant Google said Thursday that it is exiting from the radio advertising business, putting an end into the firm's attempt to leverage its online advertising success into other media. Google--which pulled the plug on its newspa...

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Boingo Ties Into Mobile Video Site

Los Angeles-based Boingo Wireless, which operates a network of Wi-Fi hotspots, has launched a promotion with Web 2.0 live video streaming firm Qik. According to the firms Tuesday, Qik will offer Boingo's services in a trial for 30 days, in ...

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

GoTV Networks Launches Music Channels On T-Mobile G1

Sherman Oaks-based GoTV Networks, which develops original programming for the mobile market, said today that the firm has launched a number of music channels on the T-Mobile G1 handset. GoTV Networks said it has launched a number of music c...

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

ValueClick Signs Health Publishers

Westlake Village-based ValueClick has added a trio of new publishers to the firm's health and wellness advertising network, the firm disclosed this morning. According to ValueClick, it has added eMedTV, HealthCastle.com, and Hearthstone Com...

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Monday, February 9, 2009

Break Taps Quantcast For Demographic Data

Los Angeles-based Break Media, which operates a online network of web properties focused on men, announced this morning that it is teaming up with Quantcast to collect demographic information about its sites. Financial arrangements of the d...

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Microsoft Rolls Out Celebrity News Site

Microsoft's MSN, and Santa Monica-based media firm BermanBraun Interactive said today that they have rolled out a new celebrity news site called WonderWall, which will feature information on what the companies described as the "hottest" pop...

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Warner Buys Independent Game Developer

Burbank-based Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group announced late Wednesday evening that it has acquired an independent game development studio, Snowblind Studios. Snowblind is the developer of game titles Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance, Cha...

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

THQ To Lay Off 600

Agoura Hills-based THQ, a developer and publisher of video games, said Wednesday that it is making "additional cost reduction actions" which includes the layoff of approximately 600 people, or 24 percent of the company's workforce. THQ said...

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

ARTISTdirect Names Villard CEO

Los Angeles-based ARTISTdirect, which operates a music focused information website and runs MediaDefender, which looks for copyright violations on the Internet, said Wednesday that it has appointed interim CEO Dimitri Villard as its permane...

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

EdgeCast Gets Win With NaviSite

Los Angeles-based EdgeCast, a provider of content delivery network (CDN) services, is in a partnership with NaviSite, a provider of enterprise application hosting, to deliver NaviSite's services to customers, the firms said Wednesday. Finan...

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Slacker Ships BlackBerry App

San Diego-based Internet radio firm Slacker has shipped a BlackBerry Storm version of the company's Internet radio services, the firm said today. The new application--which the firm said is available for free--comes just a few weeks after t...

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Katalyst Teams With Slide On KatalystHQ Distribution

Hollywood-based Katalyst Media, the online content production firm headed by Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg, said Tuesday that the firm has inked a partnership with social media firm Slide to publish the firm's original web series throug...

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Interview with Peter Hoskins, ManiaTV

The convergence of the Internet and the entertainment business has made Los Angeles a hotbed of activity in the online entertainment industry, attracting companies from all over the country interested in connecting Hollywood with the Intern...

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Monday, February 2, 2009

Emergent Game Technologies Gets $4M

Calabasas-based Emergent Game Technologies has taken $4M in funding for the firm's game development software, according to numbers released last week in the PricewaterhouseCOopers/NVCA Venture Capital survey. Details on the funding have not...

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Friday, January 30, 2009

THQ Lays Off 100 Employees, Closes San Diego Office

Calabasas-based THQ, which develops computer game titles, is closing its San Diego, UK, and Germany offices, and has laid off 100 employees, according to an email to employees from CEO Brian Farrell. The move is part of a restructuring of t...

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

eHow: Users Looking For Financial Advice

Santa Monica-based eHow, an online "how to" site owned by Demand Media, said Wednesday that the firm is seeing an increase in economy and personal finance related articles, due to the economy. According to the site, in the last six months, ...

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Break Develops Creative Lab

Los Angeles-based Break Media, an online video and entertainment site focused on men, said Tuesday that it has tapped a new team of writers, directors, and producers for a new "Creative Lab", which the firm said will create original content...

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Webb Alert Shuts Down

Webb Alert, the high tech news focused video podcasting venture of G4 X-Play host Morgan Webb, is going offline, according to host Webb. According to Webb in a post on the site, the video blog is going offline after X-Play went to taping fi...

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Edmunds.com Adds New Car Inventory

Santa Monica-based automotive information site Edmunds.com is adding new car inventory to its web site, after brokering a deal with AutoTrader.com, the firm reported today. Edmunds.com did not disclose the financial deals of the deal, but s...

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Monday, January 26, 2009

TheWrap Takes On Hollywood News

Hollywood-based TheWrap.com, a new online news site focused on entertainment and media, said it launched today, backed by venture capital firm Maveron. Maveron is a Seattle-based venture capital firm headed by Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz a...

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Access 360, Endemol Partner On Series

Los Angeles-based Access 360 and production company Endemol USA said Thursday that the two firms have partnered on a new series, which will run on Access 360's media network. Access 360, develops content for in-store, retail media displays ...

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

KlickSports.com Debuts Sports Prediction Site

Los Angeles-based KlickSports has quietly launched a new, online sports game focused on allowing sports fan to make predictions and interact with others. The Los Angeles-based startup, which is backed by angel investors, is hoping that spor...

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

EQAL Licenses Lonelygirl15 in Poland

Los Angeles-based EQAL, the online entertainment firm behind lonelygirl15, announced Wednesday that the firm has signed a license agreement with a Polish production firm. EQAL said the deal will allow Agora and A2 Multimedia to create a new...

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Interview with Miles Beckett and Greg Goodfried, EQAL

Los Angeles-based EQAL (www.eqal.com) launched into the online world in 2006 with the creation of the YouTube sensation "lonelygirl15," the fictional video blog of a teenage girl. Since the, EQAL has inked a number of deals--the most recent...

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Monday, January 19, 2009

Sony Online Entertainment Buys Game Studio

San Diego-based Sony Online Entertainment announced Monday that it has acquired PoxNora, an online collectible strategy game, and other assets, from Octopi LLC. Octopi is based in Tucson, Arizona. Sony said that the members of Octopi's deve...

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Monday, January 19, 2009

RoyaltyShare Launches Digital Asset Management Offering

San Diego-based RoyaltyShare, which provides digital royalty tracking to independent music labels, said Monday that it has expanded its offerings to digital asset management. The firm, which is venture backed by Trident Capital, Bertelsmann...

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Monday, January 19, 2009

MySpace Partners On Web Reality Show, Launches Presidential Pledge Effort

MySpace said today that it has launched a new web reality show with reality entertainment producer Endemol, and separately, has launched a promotion along with Ashton Kutcher's Katalyst Media linked to the upcoming Presidential Inauguration...

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

MySpace Music Inks Deals With Independents

Los Angeles-based MySpace said Thursday that the firm has inked deals with several independent music providers, to distribute their music through MySpace Music. the firm said it has inked agreements with Nettwerk Music Group, INgrooves, IRI...

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Slacker Releases iPhone App

San Diego-based digital music service Slacker released a new, iPhone version of the firm's Internet radio service this morning through Apple's App Store this morning, making the firm's Internet radio service available through the iPhone and...

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

ActionAllStars.com Signs Up 100K Users For Sports Site

Marina Del Rey-based Six Degree Games is off to a rapid start with its new Action AllStars virtual world, the firm tells socalTECH, with more than 100,000 registered user in the first two weeks of public availability. The site--which counts...

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Friday, January 9, 2009

MySpace, WSJ Look To Send Users To Davos

Los Angeles-based social networking web site said late Thursday that it has kicked off a competition to send a MySpace user to the Davos World Economic Forum. The site said the effort--run in partnership with the Wall Street Journal--will a...

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

DECA Raises $10M More

Santa Monica-based DECA has raised $10M in a new round of funding, according to a regulatory filing. The funding was led by new investor Rustic Canyon Partners, with participation from Series A investors Atomico, General Catalyst Partners, ...

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

kidthing In Distribution Deal With Children's Site

Los Angeles-based kidthing, which makes digital media software focused on children, has inked a deal with MrsP.com, a children's entertainment site focused on reading and books. Mrs. P. and kidthing said that Mrs. P's video will be availabl...

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

JibJab Raises $7.5M

Venice, California-based JibJab, the online comedy site known for their politically-oriented, musical animations, said this morning that it has raised $7.5M in a Series C funding round. The round came from Overbrook Entertainment and Sony P...

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

MySpace Connects To TV

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. According to MySpace, the new MySpace Widget For TV was co-dev...

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Monday, January 5, 2009

Interview with Mike Starkenburg, Image Metrics

Los Angeles-based Image Metrics (www.image-metrics.com) recently landed a $6.5M, Series B funding round for the firm's facial animation products. We spoke with CEO Mike Starkenburg -- a former venture capitalist at the Sprout Group and long...

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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

EdgeCast Scores Customers

Los Angeles-based content delivery network provider EdgeCast said yesterday that it now has more than 300 customers, saying that it has signed Twistage, a provider of video publishing services; Parallels, maker of virtualization software; P...

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Monday, December 29, 2008

RotoHog.com Snags GoDaddy.com

Los Angeles-based RotoHog.com has snagged domain name registrar GoDaddy.com as a sponsor, the firm said last week, as part of a new Fantasy Football game on the Facebook social networking site. Financial impact of the customer win was not d...

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Mogreet Links Deal With Fox Searchlight

Venice Beach-based Mogreet, a provider of mobile video greeting cards, said today that it has inked a deal with Fox Mobile Entertainment to provide greetings based on Fox Searchlight movies. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. M...

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Friday, December 19, 2008

GoTV Networks Launches Country Music Channel

Los Angeles-based GoTV Networks, which develops mobile content, disclosed earlier this week that it has launched a new mobile channel focused on country music. The firm said the channel--True Country--will include country music, live perfor...

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Box Office Mojo Acquired By Amazon

Los Angeles-based Box Office Mojo, an online site which provides information and tracking of box office receipts for the movie industry, has been acquired by Amazon.com's IMDB.com subsidiary. The firm's founders announced the sale to users ...

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Kingston Rolls Out Free Mobile Games

Fountain Valley-based memory manufacturer Kingston Technology is aiming at the mobile phone market, saying this week that it has launched a free daily game download offering on its Mobile Phone Village microsite. According to Kingston, it w...

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Livestrong.com Releases Traffic Stats

Santa Monica-based Demand Media has released traffic statistics for its LIVESTRONG.COM web site, its joint venture with cyclist Lance Armstrong, saying that the site now has more than 4 million monthly visits and over 650,000 registered mem...

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Midway Games Cuts In San Diego

Midway Games, a Chicago-based video games developer, announced Tuesday afternoon that it has cut 25 percent of its staff, in a move that also affects the firm's San Diego locations. Number of San Diego employees affected by the move was not...

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Image Metrics Gains $6.5M

Los Angeles-based Image Metrics, which is developing facial animation products for the entertainment industry, announced Tuesday that it has raised $6.5M in a Series B funding round. The firm said the round came from Saffron Hill Ventures, ...

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Channel M Signs Another Customer

Los Angeles-based Channel M, which operates in-store TV networks for retailers, announced Monday that it has signed on Money Mart, a subsidiary of Dollar Financial, as a customer. According to Channel M, it has launched a custom in-store TV...

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Monday, December 15, 2008

maniaTV Makes A Slew Of New Hires

Los Angeles-based maniaTV, which develops video content for the web, said today that it has hired six new executives at the firm. According to the firm, it has hired on Daniel Paul as VP of Business Develompent, Michael Klein as VP of Sales...

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Monday, December 15, 2008

My Damn Channel Bolsters Advertising Experience

Los Angeles- and New York-based My Damn Channel, a producer of online, original video, has bolstered its executive ranks, hiring on a new Vice President of Advertising Strategy & Partnerships for the firm. The company said that Sahaila Suhi...

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Verve Wireless Signs More Media Firms, Launches Coupon Offering

San Diego-based Verve Wireless, which develops products to help newspapers publish their content to mobile phones, has signed on another set of newspapers, and rolled out a new coupon offering, the firm said late Wednesday. According to Ver...

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Big Stage Partners With GGL Global Gaming

Pasadena-based Big Stage Entertainment, which develops 3D avatar technology, said today that it has partnered with video game company GGL Global Gaming, to provide free game content on its web site. According to Big Stage, the deal will all...

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

RealD Inks Digital Cinema Deal

Los Angeles-based 3D technology provider RealD has inked a deal with a digital cinema server firm, the company said Wednesday. RealD said that Doremi Cinema LLC will integrate the firm's 3D EQ technology into Doremi's digital cinema servers...

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Friday, December 5, 2008

Emergent Signs Game Studio

Calabasas-based Emergent Technologies, a developer of tools for developing video games, said this week that it has been selected by STickmen Studios for a Wii title. According to Emergent, Stickmen Studios will use the firm's Gambryo softwa...

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

MP3tunes Steps Up Battle Against EMI

San Diego-based MP3tunes, the online music storage service headed by former MP3.com founder Michael Robertson, is stepping up its legal battle against EMI. In an email, Robertson said this morning that it has submitted a legal response in t...

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Blizzard Taps Massive For Game Advertising

Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment, operator of the massively multiplayer online game "World of Warcraft," has selected Microsoft's in-game advertising subsidiary Massive fors its web sites and Battle.net online game service. According to ...

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

MySpace Launches Mobile Video Effort

Los Angeles-based social networking website MySpace said late Tuesday night that it has launched a new mobile video service, MySpace Mobile, which will allow users to view MySpace video content from mobile devices. According to MySpace, the...

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Monday, December 1, 2008

Interview with Richard Yen, Saban Ventures

In what looks to be a challenging funding climate for entrepreneurs, we thought it would be interesting to talk to one fund which is still making investments--Saban Ventures (www.saban.com)--a new, digital media focused venture capital fund...

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Jacked Inks Deal With NBA

Santa Monica-based Jacked, a provider of second screen information for sports broadcasts, said Monday that the firm has inked a deal with the NBA. According to Jacked, it will provide an interactive, second screen companion to a number of N...

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Monday, November 24, 2008

THQ, Massive In Game Advertising Deal

Calabasas-based video game publisher THQ has inked a deal with Microsoft's Massive subsidiary, to include in-game advertising from Massive, the firms said today. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. According to the firms, Massiv...

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Report: Buzznet Chops Staff

Hollywood-based, music-related blog and content firm Buzznet has reportedly cut employees, according to a report from Digital Music News. According to the publication, citing a representative of the firm, Buzznet has eliminated 10 employees...

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Eventful Signs Deal With Billboard

San Diego-based Eventful, a provider of an online site for finding local events, and music publication Billboard said Thursday that the two have launched two new charts based on Eventful data. Eventful--which has focused in on musicians and...

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

CinemaNow Acquired By Sonic Solutions

Marina Del Rey-based Internet video-on-demand firm CinemaNow has been acquired by Sonic Solutions, Sonic said late Wednesday afternoon. According to Sonic Solutions, it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire CinemaNow, which wil...

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

RealD Opens European Offices

Los Angeles-based 3D theater projection firm RealD is expanding in Europe, saying Tuesday that it has hired on Bob Mayson as Managing Director of RealD Europe. RealD said that Mayson will lead the firm's European team, overseeing sales, cus...

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Gorilla Nation Extends Gawker Deal

Santa Monica-based Gorilla Nation, which provides ad sales for web publishers, said today that it has extended its deal with Gawker Media to cover advertising sales throughout the UK. The firm had inked an earlier deal with Gawker to repres...

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Big Stage Partners With VIDiGREET

Los Angeles-based Big Stage Entertainment, a USC spinoff developing avatar technology, announced a new effort to provide its technology to third parties. Big Stage said it has created BackStage, which will offer its 3D face modeling technol...

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Channel M Extends Ad Reach

Los Angeles-based Channel M, which operates and develops programming for in-store and retail television networks, said Thursday that it has opened up advertising in its network at Ashley Furniture HomeStores and ecko locations. According to...

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Transpera Takes $8.25M In Second Round

Santa Monica-based Transpera, a provider of mobile video advertising technology, announced Thursday that it has raised $8.25M in a Series B funding round. The round was led by Flybridge Capital Partners, and included new investor Labrador V...

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

DECA Launches New Show Focused On Mothers

Los Angeles-based digital entertainment studio DECA announced today that the firm has launched a new show, Momversation, focused on the "mom" demographic. The firm said the new show and site features video conversations between several popu...

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

MySpace Links To Hulu With Widget

Los Angeles-based MySpace said Wednesday that the firm has launched a new application which links user profiles on the social networking site to the Hulu video site. According to MySpace, the new MySpace Primetime Application allows users t...

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Agility Studios Launches, Gets Private Equity Backing

Los Angeles-based Agility Studios said Wednesday that the firm has launched a new entertainment studio focused on digital media. According to the firm, it was founded by Scott Ehrlich, Larry Tanz, and Keith Quinn, and will focus on transfor...

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

UltiZen Bolsters Chinese Operations

Shanghai, China- and Los Angeles-based UltiZen Games Ltd., which provides game development and outsourcing, is investing $3.5M in its game studios in China, the firm said Wednesday. UltiZen said it would open a new $1.5M studio in Suzhou, C...

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Activision Buys Budcat Creations

Santa Monica-based Activision Publishing, a publisher of video games, announced this morning that it has acquired Budcat Creations, a video game developer based in Iowa City, Iowa. Financial details of the buy were not disclosed. Budcat Cre...

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Monday, November 10, 2008

RoyaltyShare Expands In Europe

San Diego-based RoyaltyShare is expanding its efforts in Europe, saying Monday that it has added executives in the region plus added support for multiple currencies in its software. The firm, which develops software used to track digital ro...

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Friday, November 7, 2008

Ashton Kutcher's Blah Girls Get Distribution Deal With MySpace

Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace, and Katalyst Media, the content production firm co-founded by Ashton Kutcher, said Thursday that MySpace will promote and syndicate the second season of Katalyst's "Blah Girls" title. Financ...

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

GetBack Media Snags $1.7M

Los Angeles-based GetBack Media, an online community focused on pop culture, said Thursday that it has raised $1.7M in a Series A funding. The firm said the funding was led by Beringea, along with high net worth individuals and entertainmen...

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

RealD Inks Deal With LEGOLAND

Beverly Hills-based RealD, a developer of 3D projection technology for the movie industry, said today that it has inked an agreement with LEGOLAND California for a new feature. RealD said the agreement calls for LEGOLAND to present presenta...

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Veoh Cuts 20 Percent

Los Angeles- and San Diego-based Veoh, an online video sharing site, has laid off 20 people, or roughly 18-20 percent of the firm's employees. A spokesperson for Veoh told socalTECH that the changes affected every group in the firm, and was...

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Demand Media Launches Content Widget

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the media firm run by Richard Rosenblatt, former Chairman of MySpace, said Wednesday that it has launched a new service which automatically pulls up and links to related content on web pages. According to De...

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Machinima.com Raises $3.85M

Los Angeles-based Machinima.com, an online web site focused on video games and entertainment, has raised $3.85M in a round of venture capital, the firm said today. Machinima said the round came from MK Capital and other private investors, a...

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Mogreet Rings Up $5M

Venice, California-based Mogreet, which operates a service to send video greetings via SMS and MMS, announced today that it has raised $5M in a Series B funding round. The funding came from Ascend Ventures, Black Diamond Ventures, and Spygl...

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Point.360 Buys Video Box Studios

Burbank-based Point.360, a provider of audio and video post production services, said earlier this week that it has acquired the assets of Video Box Studios, Inc., a provider of 3D animation, visual effects, motion design, and digital finis...

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Livestrong.com Rolls iPhone App

Santa Monica-based Livestrong.com, the online health site effort of the Lance Armstrong Foundation and Demand Media, said this morning that the site has rolled out a new application for the iPhone and iPod touch. According to Livestrong.com...

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

RealD Signs Another Theater Chain

Los Angeles-based RealD is continuing to sign up theaters for the firm's 3D projection technology, saying Monday that the firm has inked an agreement with Dickinson Theatres to deploy its products in 100 screens. Financial impact of the win...

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Interview with Sunil Rajaraman, Scripped

We're always interested in how technology is influencing the business of Hollywood, and recently ran across Los Angeles-based Scripped. Scripped (www.scripped.com) is applying the world of Web 2.0 to the business of script writing, and is l...

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Blizzard Releases World Of Warcraft Numbers

Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment, which operates on the online, massively multiplayer online game World of Warcraft, has released user numbers for the game, saying that it now has more than 11 million players worldwide, including subscri...

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Eventful Teams With Billboard On Concert Promotion

San Diego-based Eventful is gearing up its music efforts with a new relationship in the music business, with Billboard, saying Wednesday that the two are collaborating on an effort to give music acts an award for "Best Concert Tour of the Y...

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Interview with Bruno Uzzan, CEO of Total Immersion

Our interview this morning is with Bruno Uzzan, CEO of Total Immersion (www.t-immersion.com), a firm developing interactive video technology. The firm's technology inserts interactive video into a live camera feed, so that a user can litera...

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

RealD Installs In Japan

Beverly Hills-based RealD, which provides technology for projecting 3D movies, has installed a system in Japan. According to Japanese post-production service provider Q-tec, it installed the first RealD system in Japan. Financial impact of ...

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

MySpace Partners With IODA

Los Angeles-based MySpace said today that independent music distributor IODA will provide its catalog to MySpace music. According to MySpace, the partnership with IODA--the Independent Online Distribution Alliance--will add over one million...

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

K2 Network Upgrades Game Site

Irvine-based K2 Network, which published video games, said late Wednesday that it has launched an improved version of the firm's GamersFirst.com game site. The site provides downloads, chat forums, and other information about K2's various g...

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Ripple Partners With Sales Group

El Segundo-based Ripple, which operates a network of retail digital displays featuring content and advertising, said earlier this week that the firm has partnered with On The Go Media Network. According to Ripple, On The Go Media Network is...

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Buzznet Joins With The Superficial

Hollywood-based Buzznet, an online site focused on entertainment and pop culture, has linked up with entertainment site The Superficial, the firm said today. Buzznet said that The Superficial will become part of Celebuzz.com, the firm's ent...

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Interview Ian Rogers, TopSpin Media

Ian Rogers is the CEO of Topspin Media (www.topspinmedia.com), a venture backed, Santa Monica-based startup developing web applications for the music industry. Topspin is backed by Redpoint Ventures and The Foundry Group. Rogers is the form...

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

DivX Signs Warner Bros.

San Diego-based DivX, a provider of coding and decoding technology for consumer electronics devices, has added Warner Bros. Entertainment as a licensee of its DivX format, the firm announced this morning. According to DivX and Warner Bros.,...

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Stickam.com Goes Mobile

Los Angeles-based live video streaming site Stickam.com said Monday that it has launched a new mobile offering called Stickam Mobile. According to Stickam, the new mobile version of the site allows members to stream live video to their Stic...

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Monday, October 13, 2008

MySpace Launches New Ad Platform

Los Angeles-based MySpace said Monday that it has opened a beta of a new self-serve, advertising platform is it calling MySpace MyAds. According to the social networking site, the new ad platform is targeted at individuals and small busines...

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Monday, October 13, 2008

DECA Finds Talent On YouTube

Santa Monica-based DECA, a venture-backed, digital entertainment studio, said this morning that it has become the exclusive business and production partners for teen brand SMOSH, a leading provider of humorous videos on YouTube. According t...

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Pragmatic Solutions Upgrades Game Software

Westlake Village-based Pragmatic Solutions, which develops the back end infrastructure for the U.S. Army's "America's Army" video game, said Thursday that the firm has rolled out a new software distribution system. According to Pragmatic So...

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Activision Appoints Chief Creative Officer

Santa Monica-based Activision Publishing said this morning that it has appointed Brad Jakeman as the firm's Chief Creative Officer. Jakeman joins the video game publisher from Macy's, where he was EVP of Corporate Marketing. According to Ac...

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Friday, October 10, 2008

EdgeCast Signs YesMail

Los Angeles-based EdgeCast, a provider of content delivery network (CDN) services, has signed on email marketing firm YesMail as a customer, YesMail disclosed earlier this week. YesMail said it has partnered with EdgeCast to provide faster ...

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Boingo Wireless Teams With MLB On Playoff Games

Los Angeles-based Wi-Fi hotspot operator Boingo Wireless has inked a deal with MLB Advanced Media, the interactive media arm of Major League Baseball, to stream playoff games at its airport locations, the firm said late last night. Boingo W...

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

GumGum Partners With Glam Media

Santa Monica-based GumGum said Wednesday that the firm has inked a partnership with Glam Media and Splash News. According to GumGum, it will provide Glam's publishing network with free access to entertainment from Splash News, which is a ma...

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

MP3tunes' Robertson Claims Legal Win

Michael Robertson, the former f