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Judge clears AT&T purchase of Time Warner, creating entertainment colossus

June 13, 2018 |

A federal judge Tuesday cleared the way for AT&T Inc.’s $ 85.4-billion purchase of Time Warner Inc., creating an entertainment colossus that promises to reshape the media business.

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon’s ruling in the biggest antitrust case of the century is expected to pave the way…


L.A. Times – Business

Entertainment studios turn to virtual reality to entice movie fans

June 4, 2018 |

Sometime far into the future, Phillip Barrigas is a Colonial Marine on a hostile planet, sent on a doomed rescue mission. Swarms of 7-foot-tall aliens chase him as he flees, firing as he goes, watching his ammunition tick down to zero.

In reality, Barrigas, 24, is a school crossing guard standing…


L.A. Times – Business

L.A.-area office rental market holds steady as tech, entertainment companies expand

April 14, 2018 |

Growth among Los Angeles-area companies, especially those in fields related to technology and entertainment, kept the office rental market stable last quarter.

Neighborhoods such as El Segundo and the Westside are most popular with such creative tenants, according to real estate brokerage CBRE.


L.A. Times – Business

Duke porn star no longer wants to be associated with adult entertainment industry

March 12, 2018 |

In the winter of 2014, Duke University’s student body was buzzing: A freshman among them had a side hustle appearing in porn films.
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PR: LiveTree – the Beginning of the End of the Centralized Entertainment Industry

February 25, 2018 |

LiveTree - Decentralized Entertainment Industry

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Over the decade, our approach to content has changed drastically. There was a time when VHS was the source of entertainment and household fights revolved around “Who taped over the birthday with the basketball?” Subscription and Video-On-Demand services like Netflix changed things for the better by providing much better access to content. With time, we have come to realize that this digital model of entertainment is full of loopholes. These Internet behemoths are so centralized regarding operation that they have done nothing but replace Hollywood’s age-old opaque practices. With so many technological changes happening around us every other day, it is time to resist this abnormal behavior.

Entertainment has always been a dominant force in shaping the society. Catchphrases and epic scenes from movies or TV shows often become almost natural parts of the cultural fabric as a frame of references and collective cognizance. Our values, our culture, and sometimes even our future is guided by entertainment.

By breaking down the ages of the Internet, let’s take a look at what the future holds for entertainment and how to take the high road that leads to a fairer, better and decentralized entertainment industry.

Web 1.0: Hyperlink and email came into being internet was not too fast in the year 2005. Getting internet connectivity involved a cumbersome task of handling the modems and then waiting to get a connection.

All it required was patience. Lots of it.
For anyone who experienced this, they will understand what patience meant. For everyone else who wasn’t there, revel at the level of spunk we offered.

Our world used to revolve around fuzzy-to-clear pictures, bulletin boards, and Gopher. An email in your inbox was a joyful event. The vision of Sir Tim Berners-Lee led to the creation of an internet based on democratic principles and full of positivity, opportunity, and optimism.

Winamp (I was lucky enough to work with the founder) was our version of media streaming, and Netflix was just a DVD rent-and-post service. Selling, buying and renting of DVDs took place over mail and Blockbuster was at the top of this game in 2004.

Web 2.0: Internet giants use your centralized data to dominate markets
I have a background in Computer Science, but Artificial Intelligence was not a dominant premise while I was still at school. The way you had to process heaps of data just to make machines smart enough was the reason behind this. Computers are doltish. Regardless of how much processing power or algorithms you punch in, a computer still needs to figure out things that matter. There’s a lot of processing involved, and a lot of patterns need to be studied to figure out key features.

Information is the one of the treasured commodity we human beings possess. It is the key to everything. Cloud computing may have become a part of our lives today, but it didn’t exist before 2005. Big data was something entirely unheard of, and Google became a data pioneer before the launch of Google File System.

Gradually, Web 2.0 sprouted faster internet speeds, unlimited data storage, and unlimited processing power. We are living in the age of giant data centers, Amazon, Facebook and Netflix, the prime of Web 2.0. AI is being used over big data to dominate and manipulate the markets, and this is one of the many ugly consequences of Web 2.0

Moore’s law states that total computing power doubles up every two years. It still holds true, and industry giants have been keen on taking advantage. They are using age-old AI approaches to hook up a network of machines with ample storage and power to impersonate intelligence. The same intelligence is then used to ‘assist’ you into buying what they want you to buy.

Web 3.0: The future of decentralized entertainment
Web 2.0 is established on the concept of centralized trust. Consumers are expected to hand over data to corporations and trust them entirely only to get a service in return. The bad news is that we seem to have no option than to put our trust in these powerful centralized organizations.

In the entertainment industry, these corporate giants hold so much power that they call out the creativity in lieu of money. Hollywood is being converted to a centralized system, and these corporations have done nothing but replace the old ways of Hollywood executives with algorithms.
Is there a way out?

I genuinely believe there’s a way to bow out and this belief led to the foundation of LiveTree. Our only mission is to create a transparent, fair, community empowered TV, film and content network. I have dedicated LiveTree to Aaron Swartz, the great, late computer activist (I will have a blog soon about how his spirit lives on.)

Blockchain has emerged as a technology that is ready to lock horns with centralized systems all over the world. We will no longer be forced to hand over our security and even our life onto the hands of greedy centralized entities just for the sake of getting services and content delivered. Decentralized organizations are the way forward, and they are the key to build peer-to-peer trust. It eliminates the need for an intermediary and allows you to create a direct contract with someone. This could be the end of Netflix, Google or Facebook- who are nothing but third-parties managing contracts and earning profits out of it. The blockchain is immutable, inflexible and shareable. There’s nothing to hide, everything is transparent and helps build confidence.

LiveTree ADEPT (Advanced Decentralised Entertainment Platform for Transparent distribution) is pro-digital rights management. Our platform facilitates a direct connection between creator and allows them to create contracts amongst themselves. This marks a once-in-a-lifetime paradigm shift. ADEPT lets you hold the leash and control what kind of content gets made. This contradicts how Hollywood and the content gatekeepers like Netflix traditionally work. Whatever material or community you help create, you will be rewarded for it. You have the freedom to control the algorithms. The complete process is open source and fully-transparent. Shifting control back to your hands from centralized behemoths, your earnings will be in the form of our digital token- LiveTree Seed.

You get to control what content is created and how it gets created. In short, you get to control your entertainment, and the future lies in your own hands.

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PR: StarChain – Reshaping the Entertainment Industry Using Blockchain

February 7, 2018 |

StarChain Entertainment on the Blockchain

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Benefit from policy, internet and funding, the Chinese Culture & Entertainment industry is currently booming with the expectation of beating North American market. Amid the dizzying boom, global leading artists from Taylor Swift to Ian Somerhalder are trying to attract more Chinese audiences by setting up a Sina Weibo account. This is still not enough to help them build a great connection with fans considering the fact that their Weibo accounts are actually in the charge of Chinese managers. How can celebrities reach out to their overseas fans directly without a third-party? How can fans give more support to their idols without an agent? That’s how StarChain enters the picture.

What is StarChain?
StarChain is one-of-a-kind entertainment blockchain platform that aims to gather idols, playwrights, filmmakers, production companies and fans in the same ecosystem. StarChain covers such services as copyright marks, IP projects, global IP equity exchanges, global distribution of IP derivatives, content platforms. The public chain will integrate the IP copyright, developers, and traders to create an IP asset exchange where all users can invest and trade.

Why the StarChain token?
The total volume of StarChain token is 1,000 million, of which 50% wilL be allocated to angel investors and ICO investors, 20% will be kept to the StarChain team for sustainable development and the rest 30% will be used for marketing and operation. The token growth is supported by constant demand on it.

XingZhuYe (literally Webpage of Stars), the first application on StarChain, offers users a clear guidance on the stars and projects at the platform. If you see great potential in a celebrity or a project, you can invest StarChain tokens in them, and gain dividends and profits when the project is successfully hatched. If you are a common person who has a great idea but with no resources, you can raise tokens at the platform and withdraw them to turn your idea into a reality.

Who is behind StarChain?

The StarChain team represents one of the earliest entertainment companies in Shenzhen, Guangdong province. Liang Yu, CEO of the company, is an influential public figure in the Chinese entertainment industry who is also an advisor for multiple blockchain investment funds in China. The company covers services from film producing to artists training. 332 films have so far been produced by the company with the joint hands with famous directors and actors both at home and abroad.

Back in 2016, the team produced the first feature film about Bitcoin in China—Bitcoin Storm, but failed to launch because State Administration of Radio,Film and Television defined it as “politically sensitive”. This January, the company invited famous Hong Kong star Simon Yam to attend the 2018 Finwise Blockchain Summit, which caused a real social sensation. In the coming months the company is to hold diverse cultural activities like The Rap of China.

For more information, please visit our website: http://starchain.one
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Official Email: starchain@starchain.one
Facebook:@starchaincommunity
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Hugh Jackman Introduces ‘Greatest Showman’ Singer at Party for Sports and Entertainment Stars

January 7, 2018 |

Hugh Jackman, a bunch of movie stars, and past and present Olympians were treated to an early ‘Golden Globes’ preview … a live performance of “This is Me.” Jackman gave an impassioned speech about women in sports and entertainment before…

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Japanese Entertainment Giant DMM Unveils Details of Crypto Exchange to Launch Next Month

December 21, 2017 |

Japanese Entertainment Giant DMM Unveils Details of Crypto Exchange to Launch Next Month

Japanese entertainment conglomerate DMM Group, the operator of popular e-commerce site DMM.com with 27 million members, is preparing to launch a cryptocurrency exchange. 7 cryptocurrencies, 14 trading pairs, and margin trading will be offered.

Also read: South Korea Clarifies Position After Reports of Possible Ban on All Crypto Transactions

DMM’s Crypto Exchange Opening January

Japanese Entertainment Giant DMM Unveils Details of Crypto Exchange to Launch Next MonthJapanese e-commerce and internet giant DMM Group has unveiled the details of its upcoming cryptocurrency exchange set to launch on January 11 of next year. The new exchange will be called DMM Bitcoin. According to the company:

DMM Bitcoin will launch a new service site for virtual currency trading on January 10, 2018, and we plan to start accepting account opening applications on January 11.

Japanese Entertainment Giant DMM Unveils Details of Crypto Exchange to Launch Next MonthDMM Group previously operated a small crypto trading platform called Tokyo Bitcoin Exchange Inc. This platform was approved by the Japanese Financial Services Agency (FSA) on December 1. It became one of the only 15 exchanges in Japan which the agency has approved so far. Tokyo Bitcoin Exchange has been renamed to DMM Bitcoin and has suspended its services.

Launching With 7 Cryptocurrencies

DMM Group described:

There are 7 virtual currencies that can be traded, 3 currency pairs for spot trading and 14 currency pairs for leveraged transactions.

Japanese Entertainment Giant DMM Unveils Details of Crypto Exchange to Launch Next Month

Japanese Entertainment Giant DMM Unveils Details of Crypto Exchange to Launch Next Month
Screenshots of DMM Bitcoin.

The 7 supported cryptocurrencies are bitcoin (BTC), ether (ETH), nem (XEM), ripple (XRP), litecoin (LTC), ethereum classic (ETC), and bitcoin cash (BCH). Spot trading is available for trading pairs – BTC/JPY, ETH/JPY and ETH/BTC. Leverage of 5x is available for 14 trading pairs. While there is no transaction fee, the leverage fee is 0.04% per day.

In comparison, rival GMO Internet’s exchange, GMO Coin, currently supports 5 cryptocurrencies – BTC, ETH, LTC, XRP, and BCH. This exchange offers 5x, 10x, and 25x leverage at a fee of 0.05% per day.

Japanese Entertainment Giant DMM Unveils Details of Crypto Exchange to Launch Next Month
DMM Bitcoin apps.

Trading on DMM Bitcoin is available on iOS, Android, and PC. Trading tools will also be available similar to those offered to foreign exchange (FX) trading customers on DMM FX, the company’s FX trading platform. Deposits and withdrawals are available in Japanese yen, bitcoin, and ether.

In September, DMM Group established a virtual currency subsidiary and also announced its plans to become “one of the 10 largest mining farms in the world” next year.

What do you think of DMM launching a crypto exchange? Would you use it? Let us know in the comments section below.


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Amazon Suspends Entertainment Chief Roy Price

October 13, 2017 |

Amazon suspended the head of its entertainment studio, Roy Price, in the wake of allegations of mismanagement and sexual harassment and criticism of his close business relationship with Harvey Weinstein.
WSJ.com: US Business

Legoland’s owner may want to buy some SeaWorld Entertainment parks

October 6, 2017 |

For the second time in as many months, there is talk of a possible purchase of SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. parks by Legoland’s owner, Merlin Entertainments.

News of the revived interest, reported Wednesday by Bloomberg, comes amid continued struggles by SeaWorld to reverse slumping attendance and…


L.A. Times – Business