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Howard University and Amazon Studios Announce Continuation of Howard Entertainment Program

Howard University and Amazon Studios announced a second year of the Howard Entertainment program, an experience designed to diversify the entertainment industry by creating a pipeline for African-American students and other underrepresented populations to train and study alongside entertainment executives. Applications will open Monday, Sept. 28, with the program set to restart in January 2021, with increased slots available for current Howard students. "The continuation of Howard Entertainment is a testament to the…

NTN Buzztime Enters Asset Purchase Agreement to Sell Entertainment and Advertising Assets

NTN Buzztime, Inc. signed a definitive asset purchase agreement to sell its social entertainment, customer engagement, and advertising technology assets to eGames.com Holdings LLC (eGames.com) for $2.0 million in cash. The proposed transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2020 subject to the satisfaction or waiver of closing conditions in the purchase agreement. Marketing Technology News: Outbrain Launches Carousel, A New Interactive Smartad eGames.com is a game publishing business. Founder Aram Fuchs…

SoundExchange Appoints Entertainment Industry Leader Esther-Mireya Tejeda as Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

SoundExchange announced the appointment of Esther-Mireya Tejeda as chief marketing and communications officer, strengthening the company's executive team as it works to reshape and modernize the music industry. Tejeda will report to SoundExchange President and CEO Michael Huppe. Tejeda will oversee the company's brand strategy and marketing, global communications and public relations, industry relations, and public policy groups as well as a team of nearly two dozen marketing and communications professionals, multiple…

Veritas Entertainment and Anzu.io Bring Real-life Brand Ads Straight Into Video Games and Esports in New Partnership

Veritas Entertainment, a company that develops physical esports and gaming venues across the globe named LVL, and Anzu.io, the world’s leading in-game advertising platform, have announced a new partnership. Together, the two companies, both innovators in the bustling gaming and esports industries, will team up to offer advertisers unprecedented opportunities to connect with hyper-engaged audiences in games, in esports tournaments, and in live streams. Meanwhile, the gamers will benefit from the enhanced user interface…

NAB Show Launches NAB Amplify, Serving Global Media and Entertainment Community

Year-Round Digital Platform Supports Networking, Discovery, Education and Commerce NAB Show, the world's leading convention for media, entertainment and technology professionals, is launching NAB AmplifyTM, a dynamic year-round digital platform designed to extend the impact of NAB Show throughout the year by providing opportunities for networking, discovery and education. Launching in November 2020, NAB Amplify will engage and grow the global NAB Show community through an innovative and interactive online experience.…

Universal Filmed Entertainment Group and Microsoft Azure Announce Partnership to Accelerate Live-Action and Animation Productions

Companies pledge to bring together cloud and production expertise to create production asset platform for Universal and DreamWorks Animation films Universal Filmed Entertainment Group and Microsoft Corp. on Friday announced a strategic partnership to cloud-optimize live-action and animation productions. The partnership aims to empower the creative community with cloud-based production workflows that enable frictionless remote collaboration and content creation. Working together, the teams will extend DreamWorks…

Degy Entertainment Hires “Director & World Operations Coordinator” to Run New Virtual Events Platform

Degy Entertainment (Degy Booking International, Inc. and Degy World LLC.) announced the hiring of Natalie Sitter as “Director & World Operations Coordinator,” and Adam McMichael, “World Support Coordinator” following the recent launch of Degy World, an immersive and customizable virtual event platform. With the innovative new offering, Degy World delivers a variety of online event spaces including expo halls, stages, ballrooms, team suites, auditoriums, classrooms, and more. The two hires are a direct reflection of Degy…

Technomedia Wins Three 2020 Thea Awards From the Themed Entertainment Association

Mood Media’s specialty division, Technomedia, celebrated for their excellence and innovation in the international visitor attractions industry Mood Media, the world’s leading in-store media solutions company dedicated to elevating the Customer Experience, announced that its specialty division Technomedia has won three 2020 Thea Awards from the  (TEA). The 26th Annual Thea Awards credit Technomedia, an advanced AV systems integrator that develops large-scale immersive audio-visual experiences globally, among the…

Sony Music Entertainment’s The Thread Shop Launches New Jimi Hendrix E-Commerce Store

First Time Music Legend's Music and Merchandise to be Available in One Place The Thread Shop, the merchandising division of Sony Music Entertainment, in partnership with Authentic Hendrix LLC and Experience Hendrix L.L.C., has launched an online Jimi Hendrix store, offering exclusive, authorized merchandise of the legendary artist worldwide. This launch is a result of an agreement signed by the companies in 2019. The new Jimi Hendrix online store offers unique merchandise—including clothing, accessories, and…

SiriusXM Appoints Entertainment Industry Executive, Jonelle Procope

Sirius XM Holdings Inc., the leading audio entertainment company in the US, announced the appointment of Jonelle Procope as a new independent member of its Board of Directors. Ms. Procope brings to the SiriusXM Board significant entertainment industry, legal and business experience. She serves as the President and CEO of the Apollo Theater Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization that operates the Apollo Theater in New York. She is also an active member of many civic and community organizations in New York City.…

VENN Announces The Largest Live Entertainment Slate On Television

Launching in Beta With Over 20 Hours of First Run Programming Per Week, Expanding to 50+ Hours in 2021, VENN Will Have More Weekly Live Original Entertainment Than Any Other Network VENN Sets August 5th Launch Date, Lineup of Original Shows to be Helmed by Some of the Biggest Names and Creators in Gaming and Pop Culture VENN, the Video Game Entertainment and News Network, is proud to unveil Part One of an in-depth look at its creative programming and broadcast talent, debuting live on August 5th. More shows and talent…

Priya Dogra appointed President, WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks, EMEA and APAC

WarnerMedia, a division of AT&T Inc., has announced the appointment of Priya Dogra as President, WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks, EMEA and APAC. For the time being, Dogra will continue her responsibilities as Executive Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Development for WarnerMedia. With her added responsibilities, Dogra will report to Gerhard Zeiler, Chief Revenue Officer, WarnerMedia & President, WarnerMedia International Networks. She replaces Giorgio Stock who stepped down at the end of June.…

Updated VIZIO SmartCast Now Available on Company’s 2021 TV Line-Up for Endless Entertainment

VIZIO's Smartcast Experience Is Faster and More Responsive, With More Free Channels and Popular Apps Built-In, and Wireless Streaming Features for the Ultimate Smart Home Experience VIZIO, Inc., the #1 American-based TV brand, known for delivering incredible value and performance, continues to improve the award-winning SmartCast platform. With faster navigation, more content than ever before, versatile work from home features and improved smart home functionality, it is easier than ever to stream and interact with your…

Caesars Entertainment and Scientific Games Extend Sports Betting and iGaming Partnership

Partners Extend Agreement as They Launch Digital Sports Betting and iGaming in Pennsylvania and the Launch of Sports Betting in Indiana Scientific Games Corporation and world-class gaming operator Caesars Entertainment, have extended their existing digital sports betting partnership in preparation for the relaunch of the 2020/21 major league sports seasons. The move comes following recent mobile sports wagering launches in Pennsylvania and Indiana and the launch of online casino gaming in Pennsylvania. "We're delighted…

Cinesite Studios and Qumulo Keep the Entertainment Flowing

Qumulo on Amazon Web Services enables Cinesite to produce computer-generated films and meet production deadlines Qumulo, the leading provider of cloud file data services, today announced that Cinesite Studios, a global producer of special effects and feature animation, has selected Qumulo’s file software to support its extensive rendering workloads. Cinesite is a leading digital entertainment studio with credits including the Avengers, James Bond movie franchises, The Witcher, Locke and Key, and Raising Dion television…

Victory Square Portfolio Company FansUnite Announces Merger with Askott Entertainment

Victory Square Technologies Inc. portfolio company FansUnite Entertainment Inc. and Askott Entertainment Inc. (“Askott”) announced entering into a definitive agreement on June 22, 2020 (the “Agreement”) to combine in an at-market merger, creating one of Canada’s leading gaming companies. Under the terms of the Agreement, FansUnite will acquire all of the outstanding securities of Askott by way of a three-cornered amalgamation (the “Transaction”) pursuant to which Askott and a newly incorporated subsidiary of FansUnite will…

Yolanda T. Cochran Joins ViacomCBS Kids & Family Entertainment Group as Senior VP

ViacomCBS has named Yolanda T. Cochran as Senior Vice President, Live-Action Long-Form Production, ViacomCBS Kids & Family, responsible for managing all aspects of live-action physical production for the Nickelodeon brands – Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., TeenNick and Nicktoons – and for Gen Z-focused brand Awesomeness. Based in Hollywood, Cochran will report to Megan Ring, Executive Vice President of Production, ViacomCBS. Marketing Technology News: CyberScout Hires Global Marketing Executive Jeremy Barnett as Chief…

Learn “How Voice Technology is Shaping Education and Entertainment” in VOICE Talks Presented by Google Assistant

Bamboo Learning, CoolGames, Sony, VoiceBrew and Voicebot.ai Featured VOICE Talks Presented by Google Assistant announces its third episode themed, "How Voice Technology is Shaping Education and Entertainment." Each episode is hosted by Google Assistant's Sofia Altuna and brings together the most innovative technologists, researchers, community builders and developers in the voice ecosystem. This upcoming premiere episode will feature interactive discussions with executives, engineers and developers from Bamboo Learning, …

DatVietVAC – Vietnam’s Leading Entertainment Group Announces the Launch of Its Modern Streaming Platform ‘VieON’

The Most Complete Streaming Library Curated for Vietnam - Giving Users Easy Access to New Titles Everyday - Any Time, Anywhere On 15th Jun 2020, DatVietVAC launches its new streaming service VieON following 4 years of development, marking the beginning of a new era for Vietnam's largest media, entertainment, and technology group. Born out of a partnership with BCG Digital Ventures (BCGDV), the global corporate venture incubation and investment arm of Boston Consulting Group, the platform has positioned itself as…

Parks Associates: Subscription Model Dominates Consumer Entertainment Services, but Transactional Video is on the Rise

Parks Associates joins Vlocity, Salesforce, and Accenture for webinar on subscriber lifecycle management Parks Associates will join industry experts from Vlocity, Salesforce, and Accenture for the upcoming webinar discussion "Subscriber Lifecycle Management vs. Subscriber Billing" on June 11. The research firm's latest data from its Q1 2020 survey of 10,000 US broadband households shows overall video viewing grew by a dramatic 45% from Q3 2018 to Q1 2020, with a continued rise in transactional (TVOD) services. TVOD…