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INTERNET: Studios take direction from rising YouTube stars to expand accommodations for digital productions.YouTube boom spurs studios to recast themselves as production sites for digital content.

By Omar Shamout August 23, 2015 midnight   Share
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Scopley Launches ‘Walking Dead’ Mobile Game

Culver City’s Scopely has launched its mobile game based on the popular “Walking Dead” zombie comic book series that inspired two top-rated television shows.

Cornerstone’s Venture Arm Invests in Four Startups

Santa Monica human resource software company Cornerstone OnDemand has made its first investments out of its venture arm, the Innovation Fund.

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Ashley Madison Parent Made Pass at Gay Dating App Grindr

The parent company of beleaguered affair website Ashley Madison considered buying a majority stake gay men’s dating app Grindr for as much as $70 million, according leaked documents.

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Prepping for IPO, Snapchat Hires Vice President of Finance

With more than $1 billion in venture capital investment, more than $128 million in losses last year and a plan for an initial public offering, Snapchat has tapped a public company veteran to run its bookkeeping team.

Maker’s $105 Million Disney Bonus Short of Target

After falling short of its first set of performance goals, Maker Studios will receive a $105 million payment from parent Walt Disney Co., shy of the $198 million it could have received under the terms of its 2014 acquisition.

L.A. Tech Event Calendar: Aug. 24 – Sept. 6

Roundup of L.A. tech events in the next two weeks.

Dodgers Launch First Accelerator Class

The Los Angeles Dodgers and advertising agency R/GA of New York have selected 10 companies for the inaugural L.A. Dodgers Accelerator.

Ranker Adds Video Content, Former Yahoo Exec

Everything is better in video form.

Elon On ‘Late Show’

If Stephen Colbert’s first-week guests are anything to go by, it looks like David Letterman’s successor has an interest in the tech world – or at least in its biggest personalities.

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Co-Working Finds Space in Tech Scene

REAL ESTATE: Flexibility, price points prove good fit for startups.

Co-working spaces share in growth of technology scene.

Silicon Beach Deal Flow: Aug. 21

A weekly roundup of must-read L.A. tech investments and acquisitions.

Silicon Beach Launch List: Aug. 21

A weekly roundup of L.A. tech company and product launches.

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Snapchat Grabs Ex-Fullscreen Exec as 2014 Losses Are Exposed

In the wake of leaked documents showing Snapchat hemorrhaged nearly $130 million last year, the Venice ephemeral photo app has scooped up another top media executive, solidifying its team of senior executives with experience forging revenue-generating deals.

Santa Monica Solar Developer to Build Major Plant in Chile

SolarReserve, a Santa Monica developer of large-scale solar projects has received environmental approval for a 260 megawatt plant in Chile.