The Rise of Virtual Influencers

John ZozzaroAdvocacy, Innovation1 Comment

Virtual influencers started to get noticed on the North American viral marketing buzz scene in 2017 with the large Instagram following of Lil Miquela from the creative studio, Brud. These virtual characters have their roots in Asia, which go back to the 2000’s. Virtual idols are computer animated celebrity singers. The world’s most popular virtual idol is Hatsuni Miku from … Read More

Awarding the Games of 2019

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Geoff Keighley‘s global celebration of video games and Esports, The Game Awards‘, nominees were announced just before a bit of a holiday in the United States (Thanksgiving), in advance of the December 12th award show. As I sit with family, kids, and countless reasons to be thankful, I smiled at how we’ve cycled together through the Xbox, the Nintendo, and … Read More

Immersive Memories

PaulEngagement, Opportunity5 Comments

Many of the most horrific aspects of humanity are being lost to time; and the greatest risk to one and all, and particularly our future, is that we’re losing the opportunity to really learn from our past. Historians, authors, podcasters, and film makers are racing at preserving the stories of our past, but the written word, or even a film … Read More

Spotlight: The University of Southern California in Media Technology Innovation

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This November, the first Infinity Festival is taking place in Beverly Hills. At this festival, the leading Silicon Valley innovators are coming together with Hollywood’s Storytelling professionals for a weekend of discussion about media and technology. As a current USC student, not too far away from where this festival is taking place, what is going on at school that engages … Read More

SXSW 2019 Hackathon Details and Opportunity

PaulEducation, Engagement, Opportunity

[2018 Hackathon photo by Randy & Jackie Smith] We’re weeks away from media innovation from throughout the world, descending on Austin, as it does every spring, for SXSW. If you’re on your way to Texas, make sure we connect; our team is involved in SXSW Pitch, supporting SXSW EDU, and hosting dozens of venture capitalists and startups at Funded House.  … Read More

Video Didn’t Kill the Radio Star, It Just Gave It a New Platform

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Every startup has a plethora of obstacles standing between itself and funding. Competition is high, and getting noticed is a big hurdle to jump. Recently, we got together to discuss video and how it relates to startups. We brought together a panel of video production professionals to discuss how startups can utilize video, from where they can bring them the … Read More