Investment Company News
T-Mobile announces the acquisition of TV tech pioneer, Layer3 TV, Inc.
December 13, 2017
T-Mobile announces the acquisition of TV tech pioneer, Layer3 TV, Inc. The Un-carrier will enter the $100+ billion pay TV market in 2018, bringing consumers real choice. Read More »
INSIDE THE NEW FRED SEGAL FLAGSHIP OPENING IN L.A. THIS WEEK
September 26, 2017
The highly anticipated new Fred Segal flagship — boasting an enormous 13,000 square feet of shopping space at the junction of La Cienega Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard — is opening this week with an experiential offering that plays up Los Angeles as a destination for discovering niche and new fashion. Read More »
CLIO AWARDS ACQUIRED BY GLOBAL INVESTMENT FIRM EVOLUTION MEDIA
September 1, 2017
The Clio Awards, a 58-year-old mainstay of the ad industry awards circuit, announced today that it has been acquired by investment company Evolution Media. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed. The Clio company’s primary offering, its annual show honoring the best in creative advertising around the world, will continue to operate as it has since its founding in 1959 with no significant leadership or structural changes. Read More »
STEM RAISES $8M TO GET MUSIC ARTISTS PAID MORE SEAMLESSLY
June 10, 2017
While music streaming has become more and more commoditized, artists still have a wide array of places to distribute their songs like Spotify, YouTube and Apple Music — but getting paid properly can start to complicate things. That problem gets even more difficult when there are multiple people collaborating on the same song and it’s not clear who is getting how much of a cut from the revenue share from those services. Read More »
IFLIX SECURES US$90 MILLION IN NEW FUNDS TO ACCELERATE GLOBAL EXPANSION
March 10, 2017
Leading subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) service provider, iflix, has secured US$90 million to support its international expansion. The financing includes new investors – Liberty Global plc, major distributor of TV entertainment, sports and other programming; Zain, a leading mobile and data services operator in the Middle East and Africa; and a private investment management firm with interests across Africa. Read More »
THE WORLD’S MOST INNOVATIVE COMPANIES
February 21, 2017
Scopely is a mobile game publisher that partners with studios and producers to create free-to-play mobile games such as The Walking Dead: Road to Survival and Wheel of Fortune. The company’s model is borrowed from the entertainment industry, where creatives focus on creating, and studios provide the infrastructure and resources to execute their vision. Read More »
THE WORLD’S MOST INNOVATIVE COMPANIES
February 21, 2017
If there’s a virtual reality film project you’ve seen and enjoyed, there’s a good chance it was made by Venice, California-based Wevr, a startup that, to date, has raised more than $25 million from a variety of well-known investors, including VR heavyweight HTC. Read More »
APPOINTMENT TO VIEW: THE FUTURE OF MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT & INVESTING
November 21, 2016

Rick Hess, David Bonderman, TPG Chairman and founding partner, and Mark Britt, iflix founder and CEO discuss how the media we consume, the platforms we favor, and the screens we use, are about to change all over again thanks to the changing roles of creators, distributors, and investors.  

GAMETIME RAISES $20 MILLION FOR LAST-MINUTE SPORTS TICKETS
September 26, 2016
Gametime is announcing that it has raised $20 million in funding to make it easier for sports fans to buy last-minute tickets to sporting events. This funding proves that the “economy of now,” also termed the “moments economy,” is still hot. Read More »
HEARST EXEC GEORGE KLIAVKOFF BECOMES CEO OF VIRTUAL REALITY STARTUP JAUNT
September 16, 2016
Jaunt has picked a new CEO: The Palo Alto-based virtual reality (VR) startup Jaunt has picked Hearst executive George Kliavkoff as its new CEO. The appointment comes as Jaunt is switching its focus from being a VR camera maker to becoming a VR publishing platform. Read More »
MOBILE GAMING COMPANY SCOPELY RAISES $55M
July 26, 2016
Scopely is announcing that it has raised a $55 million Series B round of funding. The Los Angeles-based company offers tools for promoting and monetizing mobile games — some of those games are developed in-house, others are created by outside studios. Read More »
POLITICAL MEDIA STARTUP ATTN: INC. RAISES MORE THAN $18 MILLION
March 30, 2016
Attn: Inc. of West Hollywood, a politically liberal news and advocacy site, has raised $18.6 million. The digital content company will use the infusion of cash to hire more video creators and editors, add more technology to its audience development efforts and expand onto new video platforms. Read More »
SKY MAKES $45M STRATEGIC INVESTMENT IN ASIA-BASED NETFLIX RIVAL IFLIX
March 23, 2016
UK broadcaster Sky is putting focus on emerging markets and online streaming after it made a $45 million investment in iFlix, a one-year-old company that rivals Netflix in Southeast Asia. Sky said that the deal is strategic and it will see the two parties “work together to identify areas of future collaboration.” Read More »
WEVR RAISES $25 MILLION TO LAUNCH THE YOUTUBE OF VIRTUAL REALITY
February 9, 2016
Venice, Calif.-based startup Wevr is building what it hopes will become the YouTube of virtual reality. The company has raised over $25 million from strategic investors to help make Wevr Transport a reality. Read More »
SWRVE COMPLETES $30 MILLION FINANCING ROUND AND ACQUISITION OF ADAPTIV.IO
November 12, 2015
Swrve, a leader in the mobile marketing engagement space, today announced that it has closed a $30 million funding and acquisition round. Swrve has acquired adaptiv.io, a data automation platform for mobile. These two announcements come on the heels of a period of significant growth for the company, including reaching one billion installs of the product. Read More »
JAUNT RAISES ADDITIONAL $65 MILLION TO MAKE VR A REALITY FOR AUDIENCES WORLDWIDE
September 24, 2015
Jaunt, the leading company pioneering cinematic virtual reality (VR), today announced a $65 million series C round of funding led by The Walt Disney Company*; Evolution Media Partners – a partnership of CAA-backed Evolution Media Capital, TPG Growth and Participant Media; and China- based China Media Capital (CMC). The new investors will greatly expand Jaunt’s global reach, providing significant resources and relationships to help make VR the next mainstream content medium. Read More »
ADAPTIV.IO AND APSALAR FORM STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP TO PROVIDE OMNI-CHANNEL MOBILE DATA INTELLIGENCE
January 13, 2015
adaptiv.io and Apsalar today announced a partnership that will offer adaptiv.io’s next generation cross-channel and cross-platform data automation system for online and mobile marketing within Apsalar’s enterprise-grade mobile measurement and intelligence platform. This powerful addition to Apsalar’s current offering provides marketers with the ability to intelligently send their user data to widely used marketing systems, such as Google Analytics, Adobe Analytics, and Marketo, and to create real-time automation actions and measure user behavior. Read More »
SCOPELY SECURES $35 MILLION IN SERIES A FINANCING LED BY EVOLUTION MEDIA PARTNERS AND HIGHLAND CAPITAL PARTNERS
November 13, 2014
Scopely has closed a $35M Series A financing round led by Evolution Media (Evolution), and Highland Capital Partners. In addition, former AT&T CEO David Dorman’s Knoll Ventures participated in the financing alongside existing investors Greycroft, The Chernin Group, Sands Capital Ventures and Double M Capital. The raise will be used to advance Scopely’s mission of establishing the world’s premier touchscreen entertainment network, expanding and diversifying Scopely’s successful lineup of mobile game titles across original and globally celebrated entertainment properties. Read More »
SLEEPY GIANT RE-LAUNCHES AS ADAPTIV.IO, ANNOUNCES NEXT GENERATION MOBILE MARKETING AUTOMATION SYSTEM
November 6, 2014
Today, Sleepy Giant announced the re-branding of the company as adaptiv.io with a new focus on its next generation cross-channel and cross-platform marketing automation system for app publishers and marketers. The “former” Sleepy Giant had been serving game publishers including Disney and Activision for more than seven years. Read More »
THE FRED SEGAL COLLECTIVE TO OPEN AT SLS LAS VEGAS ON AUGUST 23
August 18, 2014
Iconic Southern California lifestyle brand Fred Segal® today announced it will open The Fred Segal Collective, an exclusive multi-store retail experience, at SLS Las Vegas as part of the hotel’s highly anticipated opening on Saturday, August 23. Representing the first time a single brand will occupy all of the retail space in a resort, Fred Segal will be infused throughout the entire SLS experience, creating unique shopping opportunities from the pool to the casino and dining areas. Read More »