Awards Pickup: Westwood’s Penske Media Corp. has announced the acquisition of GoldDerby.com, which showcases entertainment industry award predictions by fans and top journalists. GoldDerby will tie in with show-biz coverage provided by Penske properties Variety and Deadline Hollywood. The site will be operated by newly formed Gold Derby Media, which will be overseen by site founder Tom O’Neil. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Series A: Omaze, a Santa Monica fundraising platform, has raise $9 million in a Series A round led by Michael Eisner’s Beverly Hills entertainment and investment business, Tornante Co. Omaze’s platform helps charities run online fundraising contests, usually built around spending time with celebrities. Auctions include bidding for a seat at the taping of Jon Stewart’s final show as host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.”
Industrial Deal: Private investor Dana A. Skulsky has sold Gardena industrial property for $1.4 million to Bishop Family Trust. The 11,200-square-foot building is at 17500 S. Denver Ave.
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Building Honors: NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, has named City of Industry’s Majestic Realty Co. developer of the year. The award is the nonprofit industry association’s highest honor. Majestic completed nine new buildings in the past year, adding more than 6 million square feet and increasing its ownership portfolio to 78 million square feet.
Checking In: Apple Hospitality REIT Inc. of Richmond, Va., has acquired the SpringHill Suites by Marriott hotel in Burbank for $60 million just as R.D. Olson Development of Irvine completed the 102,075-square-foot property. The hotel, at 549 S. Fernando Blvd., has 170 rooms.
Apartments Purchased: IMT Capital has sold a Glendale multifamily complex for $20.4 million to Sikder Family Trust. The 55,240-square-foot apartment property, at 1630 Calle Vanguero, was built in 1968 and consists of three studio, 50 one-bedroom and 14 two-bedroom units
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Seed Round: HopSkipDrive, a downtown L.A. developer of a car-sharing app, raised $3.9 million in a seed round led by Santa Monica’s Upfront Ventures. HopSkipDrive’s app lets parents have their children picked up and delivered. Drivers are background-checked, have to have five years of child care experience and must go through a driving certification process. Parents can track their kids as they are ferried around town and can confirm pickup via the app.
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