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Streamys Recognizes Top Content Creators

BEVERLY HILLS – Top digital creators won awards, walked the red carpet, and took lots of selfies at the sixth annual Streamy Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. Host King Bach kept the energy going throughout the show. Yousef Erakat won the Entertainer of the Year, determined by audience online votes.  The Philip DeFranco Show won Show of the Year. Philip thanked...

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Hollywood in Pixels Awards: Snapchat, VR, AR, Programmatic Trending for Movie Marketing

CULVER CITY – Snapchat, VR, AR, and programmatic advertising are the movie marketing trends to watch, said former Sony Pictures Entertainment President of Domestic Marketing Dwight Caines at the second annual Hollywood in Pixels Awards, held at the Walter Maciel Gallery in Culver City. Caines described how he had been in marketing at Sony Pictures for nearly 20 years. When he started, most marketing...

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Silicon Beach Fest celebrates fifth anniversary!

MARINA DEL REY – Silicon Beach Fest  celebrated its fifth anniversary with three days of panels, parties, keynotes, mixers and a VIP yacht cruise at the Marina del Rey Hotel and other venues last week. The fest featured 85 sessions, more than 400 speakers who shared insights and experience sessions over five days of events, and 2,000 attendees attending some part of the festival. Panel topics...

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Podcasting @ PodShare Hollywood

HOLLYWOOD – Expert podcasters shared how to start, develop, release, market, and monetize their podcasts, at our first podcasting panel at PodShare Hollywood. Speakers said that we are at the beginning stages of a soon-to-explode podcasting indusry, akin to the early days of video before there was YouTube and video metrics standards. Thanks to Elvina Beck, founder of PodShare for the awesome pics! HIGHLIGHTS:...

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Social VR in Movies, Games, VR Events and VR Stars

SANTA MONICA – Social VR will be integrated into movies, games, live events, telemedicine, real estate, and there will soon be VR stars, said experts from Fox Studios, AltSpace VR, VR Chat and other VR startups at our standing-room only Social VR panel with Vrideo at ROC Santa Monica. Social VR experts said that adding social to VR will help increase VR adoption and...

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Phone Photography tips: Take better food, sunsets, selfie pics

HOLLYWOOD – Photography startups and Instagram experts shared their tips on how to take better food, sunset, and selfie pics to attract more likes and engagement at our Digital LA – Phone Photography Workshop at PodShare in Hollywood. Our annual photography event is held during April Month of Photography in LA. Speakers gave tips on how to take a good photo, and their favorite apps...

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BritWeek Panel: Growing Your Startup LA and UK

SANTA MONICA – Speakers from startups with experience in LA and UK stared their tips on doing business at our annual Digital LA – BritWeek event at ROC Santa Monica. See event PICS. HIGHLIGHTS – LA is attractive to do business as it’s on the rise, not saturated like Silicon Valley, said several speakers. Also: LA’s motivated workforce, weather, and wealthy millionaires make it attractive...

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Green High Tech: Seed to Incubator

SANTA MONICA – LA’s active medicinal cannabis advocates, healthy organic lifestyles, and tech and marketing savvy makes it ripe for medicinal marijuana startups, said speakers at our first Green High Tech: Seed to Incubator panel held at ROC Santa Monica on 4/20. Speakers shared how they built their startups, including how legislation, investor attitudes, and public opinion affects their business strategy. Startups include: –...

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Jedi, Stormtroopers, aliens lightspeed to Star Wars Celebration

ANAHEIM – Thousands of Jedi, Stormtroopers, and alien cosplay Star Wars fans attended panels and screenings at the eighth annual Star Wars Celebration, held at the Anaheim Convention Center on April 16-19. JJ Abrams release of the second Star Wars Episode 7 trailer on the opening day panel brought thousands of fans in the Arena to tears of joy with new scenes and Han...

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NAB Vegas: Bellagio fountains and VR Lounge

LAS VEGAS – We Instagrammed and Periscoped amazing Bellagio fountain views and talked to Reese Witherspoon in Fox Studios’ WILD Virtual Reality experience at our Digital LA – Digital Drinks at Hyde Bellagio. Attendees from startups, agencies, Fox, GE, Seed and Spark and more traded notes on the NAB and NMX panels, show floor and parties. We teamed up with the VR Lounge which...