These days the power of celebrity is often measured by their social media strength, and E! takes a unique, hilarious look at that reality with the network’s first scripted digital comedy series “Hashtaggers.” Starring Kimberley Crossman, Peet Guercio, Patty Guggenheim and Carl Tart, the series features a completely dysfunctional group of people who work together at a social media agency geared to celebrity clientele – but their actions consistently wreak havoc on the stars involved. On Tuesday, February 8th, E! News will sneak peek an episode of “Hashtaggers,” and then all nine episodes will be available on E! online and across E!’s social media platforms and distribution partners.
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Tyler The Creator is ready to release another collection with Vans. The rapper previewed the shoes on his Golf Wang website.

The Old Skools will be available in four styles: pink with black and white checkerboard; orange with blue and green checkerboard; blue with red and white checkerboard; and yellow and blue with a red wave.

The collection is expected to be available for purchase August 29.

So proud of @nathaniel__leshem selected by #tylerthecreator to help launch the new #golfwang × #vans collab.


Excited to have Protagonist’s CSO Mary Forrest moderating a panel on On Demand Services at Silicon Beach Fest this Thursday, June 25th. The panel will discuss how new apps are letting users use their phones to order food, groceries, valets, gas and pet walkers near them.

CEOs and senior execs of these On Demand startup will discuss with Mary how to build an “on demand” business, from developing a user friendly app, to managing fulfillment and delivery resources, to covering LA’s large geographic area.

This new business category, completely driven by mobile technology, has the potential to change the way consumers choose products and services.

Even my Tom Ford sneakers get doctorinsole customizable orthotics. Change the way you walk!doctorinsole-mattileshem

In an evening that mixed Hollywood glamour with serious intellectual conversation, the UCLA Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies celebrated its five-year anniversary Tuesday with a gala that raised nearly $900,000.

he sold-out event at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, welcomed 500 supporters of the Nazarian family and the Nazarian center, an independent, nonpartisan forum that promotes scholarly research and education about “Israel as it is, with all its achievements and challenges.”

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#natalieportman presents #amosoz #nazariangala prize

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So long, rummage bins. Goodwill is transforming some of its stores into trendy boutiques. Read more

When it comes to shark movies, the high bar remains Steven Spielberg’s Jaws, which despite the arcane mechanical shark, holds up remarkably well because of the character interplay between Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss, and the sheer terror of a new monster that ushered in the blockbuster business as we know it. Read more

Sony Pictures has just won an auction for screen rights to the Scott Selby book The Axmann Conspiracy, which was published in 2012 by Berkley. The package came with Black List scribes Jacob Crane & Jonathan Stewart to adapt the book, and for Lynn Harris and Matti Leshem to produce through their Weimaraner Republic Pictures banner. SPE production co-prexy Hannah Minghella led the charge. Read more

thirtylabsTo get its studio of video projects off the ground, Thirty Labs has raised $2 million in funding from a group of investors that know video and media. Investors in the company include Elisabeth Murdoch, David Karp, BDMI, Bloomberg Beta, MTG, Broadway Video, Matthew Anderson, Jed Simmons, Gil Fuchsberg, Luminari Capital, Anthony Orsten and Matti Leshem.

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It has been a difficult year for a number of brands, ranging from newer companies like American Apparel to stalwarts like McDonald’s.

Fortunately for these companies, nothing is permanent. Business Insider spoke with three branding experts to get their take on which struggling business and personal brands are poised to come back strong next year.


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