AFAIK: Yahoo!’s Young Media Stars, ShareThis, Woven Digital, CraveOnline, Organic


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The deadline to apply to Yahoo!’s Young Media Star program, which recognizes rising talent in the advertising world, has been extended to Sunday, May 5. Young digital media professionals still have a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in June by entering here. For more information, visit Yahoo!’s Advertising Blog.

The Cintrifuse Early Stage Capital Fund I, LLC, managed by Tim Schigel (pictured), founder and chairman of ShareThis, has now closed $51 million total. American Financial Group, Castellini Management Company, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, The Kroger Co., and Messer Financial Services are new investors in the venture capital fund of funds, joining Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Duke Energy, The Procter & Gamble Co., the University of Cincinnati and Western & Southern Financial Group. Cintrifuse closed $40 million in December and an additional $11 million this week. Cintrifuse will invest in regional and national early-stage venture capital funds with a focus on life sciences, consumer goods and services, technology and energy. Schigel said he expects to begin some of these investments later in the year.

Woven Digital, LLC (Woven), an LA-based digital media and production company that specializes in creating and distributing original and branded content for its premium alliance of men’s lifestyle properties that encompasses more than 50 million UMV, today announced its acquisition of leading men’s lifestyle publisher, Guyism.  This is the second purchase in the last six months for Woven after completing the acquisition of BroBible last November. The deal comes as Woven looks to continue to grow its owned-and-operated publisher platform in addition to its original content division, “Woven Originals.” As part of the acquisition, Guyism will join Woven’s New York operations as the company continues to focus on consolidating properties and talent. Guyism founder Chris Spagnuolo will join Woven as its editorial director, reporting to Chief Strategy Officer Alex Boyce, and oversee the retained Guyism editorial team.

CraveOnline, a division of Evolve Media, announced today the unveiling of a new 4,000-plus square-foot studio in their Los Angeles headquarters. The studio is complete with a large green screen wall, numerous sets and state of the art equipment including edit bays, tricasters, live-streaming capabilities for radio broadcast, concerts and comedy shows. The space is acoustically modeled to offer the highest level of sound for Crave’s CO2 Artist Lounge series showcasing major bands in an “uncut” style in-house performance. The new expert production team consists of 10 members whose talents range from camera DP, editing, sound, lighting, special effects to studio managers, production managers and writers.  Crave aims to not only churn out a higher volume of videos but increase the production quality while reducing turnaround times.

Organic today announced the appointment of Katie Healey to SVP, General Manager, Detroit. In her new position, Healey will report to Chief Client Officer Joe DiMeglio and oversee Organic staff and accounts based out of the Detroit office, including Volkswagen, Kimberly-Clark and Hilton. DiMeglio reports directly to CEO David Shulman. An Organic alum who served as Group Director in 2010-2011, Heaely returns to the agency from Team Detroit, where she held the position of SVP, Group Account Director for the last two years, responsible for managing the digital account teams on the Ford and Lincoln brands.  In her role, she led the cross-functional “always-on” social advocacy program, Ford Social, and oversaw the integration of Ford’s digital marketing plans across owned, paid and earned platforms. Prior to Team Detroit and her first stint at Organic, Healey held similar positions at Digitas Detroit, The Healy Group, GM R*Works and Campbell-Ewald.



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