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SAM Client Influential Raises $12 Million in Series B Financing Round

influentialStubbs Alderton & Markiles client Influential, an AI social data and activation technology company, announced Thursday that it has raised $12 million in a Series B financing round. With the fresh capital, the company plans to take their A.I. platform, designed to match brands with influencers who have relevant followings, to market. The funding came from existing investors Capital Zed, ECA Ventures, Paradigm Talent Agency, ROAR and Tech Coast Angels, as well as from Hollywood agency WME .

To read the full article visit here.

Stubbs Alderton attorneys representing Influential in this deal are Greg Akselrud and Nick Feldman.

About Influential
Influential is an A.I. influencer technology and developer partner of IBM Watson. Influential’s patent-pending app is on the hip pocket of more than 25,000 of the most highly engaged influencers on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and YouTube, reaching over 5 billion users. Brands and agencies are able to make a digital media buy on social via Influential’s in-demo impression guarantee, which mirrors traditional or digital media spends. Influential conducts all campaigns through a brand-safe vetting process and provides robust recaps via 3rd party analytics partners. Influential and IBM Watson have also co-created technologies that allow brands and agencies to identify psychographic data on influencers, as well as three first-to-market A.I. products. Influential runs campaigns for Fortune 100 companies including Coca-Cola Company, Nestlé, General Mills, Kia Motors, Fox TV, Sony Pictures and more. Influential has offices in Beverly Hills, New York City, and Las Vegas.

For more information about the Internet, Digital Media & Entertainment practice, contact Greg Akselrud at gakselrud@stubbsalderton.com or Nick Feldman at nfeldman@stubbsalderton.com.

 

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Two SAM Attorneys Featured Panelists at Digital Hollywood Spring 2018

Two Stubbs Alderton & Markiles’ Partners Greg Akselrud and Dan Rozansky are both featured as speakers at Digital Hollywood Spring this month.

Greg Akselrud will be speaking on “ICOs, Financing, Packaging & Investment: From Entertainment & Indie Project to Technology & Startups” at Herscher Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 303-304 on Thursday, May 24th.

Dan Rozansky will be speaking on “Hollywood and Cybercrime: from Privacy to Piracy, Theft and the Dark Net” at Herscher Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 305 on Thursday, May 24th.

The event will be from May 22-24th, 2018 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. For the complete three day agenda visit here.

 

Greg Akselrud is a founder and partner of the Firm. He chair’s the Firm’s Internet, Digital Media and Entertainment practice group. Greg advises a wide range of public and private clients across a number of industries, including companies in the entertainment, digital media, Internet, technology, consumer electronics and apparel industries. Greg is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, teaching Business Planning I: Financing the Start-Up Business and Venture Capital Financing.Greg is the author of Hit Man: The Fourth Circuit’s Mistake in Rice v. Paladin Enters., Inc., 19 Loy. L.A. Ent. L.J. 375 (1999).

For more information about the Internet, Digital Media & Entertainment practice, contact Greg Akselrud at gakselrud@stubbsalderton.com.

 

Daniel Rozansky is a Partner of the Firm in the Business Litigation Practice. Dan concentrates his practice on entertainment, privacy, First Amendment and complex business and real estate disputes. In addition to his diverse litigation experience, Dan also counsels a broad array of clients on developing the best strategies to avoid disputes. For entertainment clients, he regularly reviews television pilots, screenplays and other material in development to assist those clients in identifying and avoiding potential liabilities. Dan’s areas of focus are entertainment finance, anti-SLAPP motions, unfair competition, trade secrets, intellectual property, surreptitious tape recording, reality television, profit participation, rights of privacy and publicity, real estate, partnership disputes and First Amendment issues. He represents clients both at the trial and appellate levels in state and federal court on a wide array of issues.

For more information about the Business Litigation practice, contact Dan Rozansky at drozansky@stubbsalderton.com 

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SAM Partner Greg Akselrud Featured in CREATV Media’s Digital Media Update

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles’ Partner Greg Akselrud contributed a chapter to Peter Csathy’s new book Media 2.0(18) on Investments and Mergers & Acquisitions. The chapter entitled “Tech & Digital Media Investment and M&A- Issues to Be Considered on Both Sides”  was featured on CREATV Media’s Digital Media Update.

To read the full article visit here. 

Greg AkselrudGreg Akselrud is a founder and partner of the Firm and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. He chair’s the Firm’s Internet, Digital Media and Entertainment Practice Group. Greg advises a wide range of public and private clients across a number of industries, including companies in the entertainment, digital media, Internet, technology, consumer electronics and apparel industries. Greg is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, teaching Business Planning I: Financing the Start-Up Business and Venture Capital Financing. Greg is the author of Hit Man: The Fourth Circuit’s Mistake in Rice v. Paladin Enters., Inc., 19 Loy. L.A. Ent. L.J. 375 (1999).

To learn more about our Mergers & Acquisitions Practice or  Internet, Digital Media & Entertainment Practice, contact Greg Akselrud at gakselrud@stubbsalderton.com

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SAM Partner Greg Akselrud Featured in Peter Csathy’s New Book ‘Media 2.0(18)’

Today marks the launch of Peter Csathy’s new book, “Media 2.0(18): An Insiders Guide to Today’s Digital Media World & Where It’s Going.”  Stubbs Alderton & Markiles’ Partner Greg Akselrud authored Chapter 24 of the book on Investments and Mergers & Acquisitions.  Media 2.0 has received excellent reviews from Variety, Forbes and several other major publications.

Purchase your copy here.

About Media 2.0(18) 
Media 2.0 (18) is renowned media/tech expert Peter Csathy’s critically-acclaimed new book that takes you on a journey of how technology has transformed the worlds of media and entertainment — including Internet-driven OTT video, streaming music, virtual reality, augmented reality, and eSports. Csathy identifies today’s leading players and innovators in Media 2.0, analyzes their strengths and risks, and names his “Fearless Five” companies that made the boldest moves in 2017. Csathy also lays out his “Top 10” predictions for digital media in 2018 and beyond — and identifies concrete strategies and actions that readers can take to thrive amidst these new disruptive market forces.

Greg Akselrud Greg Akselrud is a founder and partner of the Firm and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. He chair’s the Firm’s Internet, Digital Media and Entertainment Practice Group. Greg advises a wide range of public and private clients across a number of industries, including companies in the entertainment, digital media, Internet, technology, consumer electronics and apparel industries. Greg is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, teaching Business Planning I: Financing the Start-Up Business and Venture Capital Financing. Greg is the author of Hit Man: The Fourth Circuit’s Mistake in Rice v. Paladin Enters., Inc., 19 Loy. L.A. Ent. L.J. 375 (1999).

 

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SAM Represents Lead Investor The Venture Reality Fund in Torch 3D’s Series Seed financing

Venture Reality Fund Stubbs Alderton & Markiles represented lead investor The VR Fund in Torch 3D’s investment round. Torch 3D has raised $3.5M to build out an augmented and virtual reality prototyping platform meant to help designers to develop and design in 3D with no prior knowledge of game or software development.

Additional investors include Seven Peaks Ventures, GVR Fund, Presence Capital, Antipodean Ventures, Jerome Capital, and TWB Investment Partnership.

The VR Fund brings expert guidance and resources to promising and early stage VR, AR and MR startups. The VR Fund seeks innovative companies across a wide variety of sectors – from infrastructure and development tools to content and applications. They are eager to help entrepreneurs bring industry-defining technology to market faster, and to positively impact their growth path by providing the capital, insights and strategic relationships needed at this critical time.

To read the full article click here.

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP attorneys representing The Venture Reality Fund in the transaction were Greg Akselrud and Nick Feldman.

Greg Akselrud is a founder and partner of the Firm and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. He chair’s the Firm’s Internet, Digital Media and Entertainment Practice Group. Greg advises a wide range of public and private clients across a number of industries, including companies in the entertainment, digital media, Internet, technology, consumer electronics and apparel industries.

 

Nick C. Feldman is an associate of the Firm. Nick’s practice focuses on corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, private equity transactions and general corporate matters for both public and private clients, focusing on middle-market and emerging growth companies. In addition, Nick counsels companies in connection with entity formation, corporate governance, federal and state securities laws and compliance, joint ventures, employee incentive plans, executive employment agreements and other executive compensation matters.

To learn more about our Internet, Digital Media & Entertainment Practice, contact Greg Akselrud at gakselrud@stubbsalderton.com

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SAM Partner Greg Akselrud Featured as Speaker at Digital Hollywood Event

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles’ Partner Greg Akselrud featured as a speaker at Digital Hollywood Spring “Financing, Packaging, & Investment: From Entertainment & Indie Project to Technology & Startups.” The event will be May 23-25, 2017 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Other panelists include:

  • Steven Masur, Senior Partner, MG+
  • Diane McGrath, Managing Director Media and Technology, Streicher, J Streicher Capital
  • Jennifer Post, Partner, Raines Feldman LLP
  • Nick Davidov, Co-Founder, Gagarin Capital
  • Jason Scoggins, President & COO of Slated, Inc.
  • Joey Tamer, President, S.O.S. Inc., Moderator

 

Greg Akselrud is a founder and partner of the Firm. He chair’s the Firm’s Internet, Digital Media and Entertainment practice group. Greg advises a wide range of public and private clients across a number of industries, including companies in the entertainment, digital media, Internet, technology, consumer electronics and apparel industries. Greg is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, teaching Business Planning I: Financing the Start-Up Business and Venture Capital Financing.Greg is the author of Hit Man: The Fourth Circuit’s Mistake in Rice v. Paladin Enters., Inc., 19 Loy. L.A. Ent. L.J. 375 (1999).Greg received his B.A. from University of California at Los Angeles and his J.D., cum laude, from Loyola Law School. He is admitted to practice law in the State of California.

For more information about the Internet, Digital Media & Entertainment practice at SAM, contact Greg Akselrud at gakselrud@stubbsalderton.com or (818) 444-4503.

 

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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles and CREATV Media Featured in L.A Biz Article Regarding Preccelerator Expansion

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles and CREATV Media were featured in a L.A. Biz Article outlining the two firms’ strategic alignment to grow the Preccelerator Program and seek out potential investments in promising startup companies in the digital media and technology space.

To view the full article, click here.

For more information about the Preccelerator Program, contact Heidi Hubbeling at hhubbeling@stubbsalderton.com or (310) 746-9803.

 

 

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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles Featured in Variety Article Announcing Strategic Alignment with CREATV Media

Greg Akselrud of Stubbs Alderton & Markiles and Peter Csathy of CREATV Media were featured in an exclusive article in Variety today discussing the strategic alignment between the two firms to foster the growth of the Preccelerator Program and seeking out potential investments in promising young startups.

To read the full article click here.

For more information about the Preccelerator Program, contact Heidi Hubbeling at hhubbeling@stubbsalderton.com or (310) 746-9803.

For more information about the Internet, Digital Media & Entertainment practice at SAM, contact Greg Akselrud at gakselrud@stubbsalderton.com or (818) 444-4503.

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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles LLP Expands Preccelerator® and Brings CREATV Media’s Peter Csathy on Board to Oversee Investments

Peter Csathy to join Board of Directors of Preccelerator®, lead its investment strategy, and oversee anticipated investments

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles and CREATV Media Announce Strategic Alliance to Provide Comprehensive Service Offering to Digital Media and Technology Companies

SANTA MONICA, CA – JANUARY 24, 2017 – Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP, a leading Southern California business, technology and digital media law firm, today announced that it will expand its successful early stage accelerator, the Preccelerator®, to accept a larger group of digital media and technology companies, significantly expand benefits to incoming startups, and look to make strategic investments in these companies and others.  Peter Csathy, Chairman of CREATV Media, a leading digital media strategic advisory and business development firm, will join the Board of Directors of the Preccelerator to lead its investment strategy and oversee anticipated investments.

“By partnering with Peter, we will grow the firm’s industry leading Preccelerator® into a full-service platform that not only mentors young companies, but also provides smart venture capital and paths to strategic business development and consulting via CREATV Media,” said Scott Alderton, Chairman of the Preccelerator and Managing Partner of Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP. “While the Preccelerator has seen a lot of success, we want to continue to foster the growth of our early stage companies.  By adding more companies, formalizing our class structure, expanding benefits and providing initial seed capital, we will give them a greater shot at success.  With Peter’s vast experience and industry leadership, he will lead the investment strategy for these companies.”

To date, the Preccelerator Program has graduated five classes with the majority of the twenty-two companies being accepted into larger accelerator programs and incubators or successfully raising their seed funding round. Stubbs Alderton & Markiles launched the first-of-its kind program to provide select start-ups with co-working space, education, networking, mentorship and sophisticated legal services, with the objective of helping grow a founder’s idea from business concept to a funded company. To apply to the Preccelerator, visit www.preccelerator.com/application.

“Stubbs Alderton’s reputation, entrepreneurial approach and shared vision in growing today’s digital media and technology market, what I call “Media 2.0”, is one of the many reasons we made this happen,” said Peter Csathy, Chairman of CREATV Media.  “We deeply believe the growing convergence of content and technology is a worldwide addressable market that requires leading business and legal advisors who think “outside the box”, are deeply connected, move at entrepreneurial speed, and provide access to respected thought leaders and ultimately to smart capital.  We aim to bring all of this to our collective client base, and to build CREATV Media and the Preccelerator as launchpad platforms for the world’s next digital media and technology stars.”

The partnership will also look to expand the overall service offering to clients – making available CREATV Media’s deep network of relationships and suite of business development and strategic advisory services and Stubbs Alderton’s deeply-rooted and expanding scope of legal services, led by Greg Akselrud, Chairman of the firm’s Internet, Digital Media and Entertainment practice, and Scott Alderton, Chairman of the Firm’s Venture Capital and Emerging Growth practice.

Stubbs Alderton also announced that Greg Akselrud would join the Board of Directors of the Preccelerator, that Louis Wharton, a law firm partner and current Director of the Preccelerator, would be appointed to President of the Preccelerator, and that Heidi Hubbeling, the law firm’s Director of Marketing and current Director of Operations for the Preccelerator, would be appointed to Chief Operating Officer of the Preccelerator.

About Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP is a Southern California based business law firm with robust corporate, public securities, mergers and acquisitions, entertainment, intellectual property, brand protection and business litigation practice groups focusing on the representation of, among others, venture backed emerging growth companies, middle market public companies, large technology companies, entertainment and digital media companies, investors, venture capital funds, investment bankers and underwriters. The firm’s clients represent a broad range of industries with a concentration in the technology, entertainment, videogame, apparel and medical device sectors. The firm’s mission is to provide technically excellent legal services in a consistent, highly-responsive and service-oriented manner with an entrepreneurial and practical business perspective. These principles are the hallmarks of the firm. For more information, visit https://stubbsalderton.com.

 

About the Preccelerator® Program

The Preccelerator® is a novel platform offered to select start-up companies out of the Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP Santa Monica office that provides interim office space, sophisticated legal services, education, networking, mentorship and $250,000 in usable perks from Google Cloud for Startups, Amazon Web Services, and HubSpot among others, with the objective of helping grow a founder’s idea from business concept to funded startup. The program also retains more than 50 active strategic mentors providing free office hours and discounted services, and provides over 50+ educational workshops and networking events each year. The expanded program will accept a greater number of companies in more formalized classes, depending upon where the companies are in their evolutionary growth, expand benefits to accepted companies, and will look to make strategic investments backed by strategic angel investors. To apply to the Preccelerator, visit www.preccelerator.com/application.

 

About CREATV Media

CREATV Media is a leading digital media and technology focused advisory, consulting and business development firm with offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, New York City, Austin and Germany.  The firm’s clients span the digital media and tech ecosystems – from the most innovative startups, to the most storied media companies and brands.  The firm uses proven, proprietary methodologies – together with exclusive insights, access and market intelligence – to accelerate Media 2.0-related opportunities and transformational growth.  The firm also frequently works with buyers and sellers to maximize M&A – positioning them to achieve the best possible outcomes, identifying potential targets and connecting them to key decision-makers, helping to structure and diligence potential transactions, and advising them every step of the way both pre and post transaction.  The firm also organizes, programs and leads customized workshops, live events, pilot programs and start-up innovation labs and demo days.  The firm’s ethos of fearless innovation is best summed up by its slogan “Media. Unboxed.”  For more information, visit www.creatv.media.

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Contact:

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP
Heidi Hubbeling
(310) 746-9803
hhubbeling@stubbsalderton.com

CREATV Media
Andrea Nunn
(323) 363-9932
andrea@creatv.media

 

 

 

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SAM Client Laugh Radio Raises $2.25M in Series Seed Financing

Laugh Radio Stubbs Alderton & Markiles’ client Laugh Radio, creators of Laugh.ly a stand up comedy streaming service, announced this month that it has raised $2.25 million in their Series Seed financing round. Laugh.ly had previously raised funds through a SAFE note (the less complicated replacement for a convertible note.) The note included $750,000 from the founders, and $1.5 million from investors. Investors included  New York Angels, Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran, the Wharton Alumni Angel Network, Social+Capital, Backstage Capital, Treehouse Capital, Accelerator Ventures and Atlas Holdings. Congratulations Laugh Radio on this success !

To read the full press release click here.

Stubbs Alderton attorneys representing Laugh Radio in this transaction were  Nick Feldman  and Greg Akselrud.

About Laugh Radio
Laugh Radio is changing the way people experience stand up comedy. Their mobile app, Laugh.ly, launched in August 2016 and it will allow big and small name comedians to grow and monetize their fan base. The company has lined up more than 400 comedians whose content will stream on its app, and a total of 20,000 individual tracks. Described as something of a Pandora for comedy, the app can create personalized “radio” stations of comedy, in addition to offering on-demand listening. To check out the app and download Laugh.ly click here.

For more information about our Internet, Digital Media & Entertainment practice, contact Greg Akselrud at gakselrud@stubbsalderton.com.

 

 

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