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.

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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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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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Last month, several news outlets picked up the story of Derek Low, an entrepreneur who cashed out a haul of airline miles to be one of three passengers (of twelve possible) in the Singapore Airlines Suites Class. His article has sparked some discussion of exorbitant air travel. When it was launched in 2008, the Suites Class offered the most luxurious air travel experience ever conceived, complete with Dom Pérignon, a Ferragamo amenity kit, Bose headphones, Givenchy blankets and nightwear, and world class multi-course meals. Given that a (literally) golden ticket costs $18,400, one might expect this flight to be the peak of luxury. For the record I’ve never flown it but who wouldn’t want to.  This is the ultimate expression of the experience economy. After all, you don’t have anything at the end of a flight other than a story, a memory and some good Instagrams. Read more here

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