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It’s an exciting day for Studio Ghibli fans — fans in the United States and Canada, that is. The majority of Studio Ghibli’s film catalog has just been released to…

Studio Ghibli films just became available to rent on major digital platforms Apple TV, Amazon and more

Netflix will be giving its spy thriller “The Gray Man” its own universe. The film was just released on the platform last week and is already a global hit, garnering…

Netflix gives ‘The Gray Man’ its own universe with a confirmed sequel and spin-off

Disney+ strays farther from its family-friendly image with the addition of “Deadpool,” “Deadpool 2” and “Logan” arriving to the streaming service today, July 22. Alongside Disney’s announcement yesterday, the company…

Disney+ US goes R-rated with ‘Deadpool,’ ‘Deadpool 2’ and ‘Logan’

Nintendo has entered an agreement to acquire CG animation company Dynamo Pictures in order to develop visual content using Nintendo IP. The gaming company is buying 100% of outstanding shares…

Nintendo acquires CG animation studio and renames it Nintendo Pictures

Kelly Graziadei and Joanna Lee Shevelenko, general partners at f7 Ventures, were inspired by Sheryl Sandberg and her advocacy for women having a seat at the table. 

Sheryl Sandberg a source of inspiration for f7 Ventures’ general partners as they deploy first fund

Synthetically generated versions of real people that can be can be programmed to say anything sounds like a scenario from the latest episode of “Black Mirror.” But in fact, production-grade…

Here’s why we’re about to see an explosion of hyperreal artificial humans online

Spotify’s first project from its multiyear deal with Warner Bros. and DC Comics for scripted podcasts, “Batman Unburied,” will arrive on the heels of the latest Batman movie release. “The…

Podcast series ‘Batman Unburied’ set to premiere on Spotify after ‘The Batman’ heads to HBO Max

His firm has been injecting capital into an eclectic group of companies lately, and we wanted to find out what he’s been up to.

Jeffrey Katzenberg, WndrCo flex funding muscles with string of new deals

Netflix’s Korean drama “Squid Game” was one of the most-watched dubbed series of all time, proving the massive potential for foreign-language programming to become a hit in overseas markets. Now,…

Deepdub raises $20M for AI-powered dubbing that uses actors’ original voices

SoftBank-based digital creation platform Picsart, which recently hit uniciorn status, announced today it’s acquiring the research and development company DeepCraft. The deal is a combination of both cash and stock…

Picsart acquires R&D company DeepCraft in seven-figure deal to aid video push

Avatar startups have come and gone over the past few years, but the future that many of the entrepreneurs behind them originally imagined has proven more or less accurate. Apple…

Twitter invests in avatar startup Facemoji

Yesterday, the team behind the parody Amazon Dating delivered us Postdates. It’s like Postmates, but for getting your stuff back from your ex. Postdates looks like the actual Postmates website…

If you pay an emotional labor fee, Postdates will get your stuff from your ex

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Flush with $42M, hot AI startup Faculty plans to hoover up more PhDs… and steer clear of politics

In the wake of the news that U.K.-based AI startup Faculty has raised $42.5 million in a growth funding round, I teased out more from CEO and co-founder Marc Warner on what his plans are for the company. Faculty seems to have an uncanny knack of winning U.K. government contracts, after helping Boris Johnson win…

1:50 pm PDT • May 24, 2021
Flush with $42M, hot AI startup Faculty plans to hoover up more PhDs… and steer clear of politics

Over the past several years I’ve covered my fair share of upstart avatar companies that were all chasing the same dream — building out a customizable platform for a digital…

Avatar startup Genies scores $65 million in funding round led by Mary Meeker’s Bond

Roblox announced today that it’s buying a digital avatar startup called Loom.ai. Purchasing a company that has focused singularly on creating more realistic human avatars is an interesting play for…

Roblox buys digital avatar startup Loom.ai

The Federal Trade Commission has announced a settlement with Zoom, after it accused the video calling giant of engaging in “a series of deceptive and unfair practices that undermined the…

Zoom settles with FTC after making ‘deceptive’ security claims

Genies, has updated its software development kit and added Giphy and Gucci as new partners to enable their users to create personalized Genie avatars. The company released the first version…

Genies updates its software development kit and partners with Gucci, Giphy

Mojiit, the Los Angeles-based company behind the popular avatar generation service Mojichat, has landed one of its highest-profile users with the launch of Odell Beckham Jr.’s live stream over the…

Odell Beckham Jr. turned to Mojichat’s advertising features during his inaugural live-stream

The U.S. Space Force obviously won’t be able to train most of their service people in actual space, so the relatively new arm of America’s defense forces has tasked Slingshot…

US Space Force is getting an immersive space sim training tool built in part by the VFX studio behind ‘The Mandalorian’

I’ve found a new object of desire which, once acquired, I would probably never use. It’s this OB-4 “magic radio” from Teenage Engineering, a design group that creates tech with…

Teenage Engineering’s OB-4 ‘magic radio’ is a weird and beautiful wireless speaker

Nature, a Japanese hardware startup that focuses on IoT home devices, announced the launch of Nature Remo 3, its home appliance smart remote, in the United States and Canada today.…

Japanese startup Nature launches Remo 3, its home appliance smart remote, in the US and Canada

Many of us are still more or less confined to our own homes and limited social spaces for the foreseeable future, and for a lot of you, that has led…

The Lumos Matrix is the ideal urban bike helmet for a smarter, safer day trip

“Teenage Bounty Hunters” has one of the most memorable — if not entirely appealing — titles of any new show on Netflix. As we explain on the latest episode of…

Original Content podcast: ‘Teenage Bounty Hunters’ is more interested in relationships than bounty hunting

From CryptoKitties to the NBA, Dapper Labs has paved the way for blockchain popularity beyond speculation that’s purely monetary and now with Dr. Seuss Enterprises another collectible application arises. Featuring…

Dr. Seuss comes to the blockchain thanks to the maker of CryptoKitties

Frank Patterson, president and CEO of Pinewood Atlanta Studios, said that in March, its 1 million-plus square feet of studio and office space were “utterly full” with two major films…

Pinewood Atlanta Studios outlines safety measures as it prepares to restart movie and TV production

Imagine Impact, the entertainment accelerator launched by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard to try and bring Silicon Valley-style mentorship and project development techniques to Hollywood, has inked a development deal…

Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Impact entertainment ‘accelerator’ inks deal with Netflix

My birthday was last month (still accepting belated greetings in the comments below). I was sick and sheltering in place, and my sister kindly gifted me a Cameo of Kids…

You can set up a Zoom call with Tony Hawk or Sinbad using Cameo’s latest feature

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‘The money is still there,’ says APX managing director Jörg Rheinboldt

APX is an early-stage accelerator in Berlin, but it’s not quite your average accelerator — it’s essentially a joint venture between giant European publishing house Axel Springer and Porsche, the German automaker. Earlier this month, we sat down with APX managing director Jörg Rheinboldt to discuss what makes APX different and how it’s weathering the…

1:17 pm PDT • June 12, 2020
‘The money is still there,’ says APX managing director Jörg Rheinboldt

Quibi founder Jeffrey Katzenberg is admitting that the short-form video service’s launch hasn’t gone the way he’d hoped — and he knows what to blame for its issues. “I attribute…

Quibi founder Jeffrey Katzenberg blames coronavirus for the streaming app’s challenges

Last month, it was reported that digital locker service Movies Anywhere was working to launch a movie-sharing feature called “Screen Pass.” At the time, the feature was only available in…

Movies Anywhere launches movie-sharing feature ‘Screen Pass’ into open beta