Amazon is going to teach kids to love reading books
I am very interested in how Amazon is using it’s positive business practices to instill a love of reading for kids between 5-12 with unlimited access to short stories for $2.99 a month. Amazon Studios is partnering with Signature Stories to bring stories to life with the voice acting talents of Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live) and Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants). They are using new stories that kids love like Niko and the Sword of Light and Danger & Eggs to the app.
The launch will be at the 2017 San Diego Comic Con where they will have the opportunity to see the videos and listen to the talent behind this app. Kids will be able to read along with favorite characters with original stories written by the shows’ writers. They will be new adventures that go beyond the TV series storylines that light the imagination of children.
“We couldn’t be more excited to kick off Signature Stories and are thrilled to be teaming up with great talent such as Aidy Bryant and Tom Kenny,” said Michael Robinson, Director of Consumer Products for Amazon Education. “We’re always looking for ways to help kids develop a love of reading and we’re looking forward to bringing on new brands, new characters, and new voices to Amazon Rapids over the coming months.”
Danger & Eggs follows the endless adventures of a fearless, teal-haired future stuntwoman, D.D. Danger, and her ever-cautious best friend, a giant, talking egg, named Phillip. As the daughter of a world-renowned daredevil, D.D. is always chasing her next big thrill.
Niko and the Sword of Light follows 10-year-old Niko who is the last of his kind in a strange, fantastical world. He must embark on an epic quest to defeat the darkness and bring the light back to his land. Armed with his magic sword, brave Niko journeys to the Cursed Volcano, making new friends and powerful foes along the way, all while uncovering secrets about his mysterious past.
“We’re excited for kids to connect with our characters in new ways as they tag along on epic adventures together while reading on Amazon Rapids,” said Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios. “Both pilot episodes were popular among viewers and we’re thrilled that the shows’ quirky, engaging storylines and humor can help inspire kids to read.”
Amazon Rapids is available for iOS, Android and Amazon Fire devices. Parents who sign up now can subscribe at an introductory price of $2.99 per month to give their kids unlimited access to short stories. Parents can start a free two-week trial at http://rapids.amazon.com.
Key Amazon Rapids features include:
- Read Along Mode — Kids can listen to voice actors read their favorite stories while following along with words highlighting as the adventure unfolds.
- Tap to Say & Built-in glossary —Kids can simply tap a word to hear its pronunciation or hold the word to see its definition. Each time kids look up a word, it is automatically added to their personal glossary for easy reference.
- New Stories every week— Kids can explore an expanding library of hundreds of titles spanning adventure, fantasy, humor, mystery, science fiction and sports, with new stories added weekly.
- Age-appropriate content – All content is thoughtfully edited to be appropriate for kids ages 5-12.
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.
Posted in Books, Comic Con, San Diego Comic Con, Tech Tagged with: Aidy Bryant, Amazon, Amazon Education, Amazon Rapids, Books, Danger & Eggs, kids, Niko and the Sword of Light, Reading, Reading is Fundamental, San Diego Comic Con, Saturday Night Live, SDCC, spongebob squarepants, Tom Kenny
Daredevil Actor Peter Shinkoda Set For Special Appearance with SHAKA Platform
This Saturday at the SHAKA Booth
I know how I plan to spend Saturday!!! It’s saying hello to Peter Shinkoda one of the stars from my beloved TNT Falling Skies series (Dai) and of course Nobu from Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix! I hope you have your tickets to attend Stan Lee’s L.A. Comic Con! All ou have to do for a meet & greet and autograph with Peter is download SHAKA in the Apple App Store and Google Play (shakapp.com). Than sign in and enter: PeterShinkoda, Daredevil, Netflix or Nobu as your ‘vibes‘. Peter will be at the SHAKA booth #1403 at 1:30pm
Posted in Comic Con, culture, geek tv, Los Angeles, Social Media, Startups, Tech Tagged with: App, apple, Daredevil, DTLA, falling skies, Google Play, LA Comic Con, Netflix, Nobu, Peter Shinkoda, SHAKA, social, Stan Lee, Stan Lee's L.A. Comic Con, start up, Steven Spielberg, Tech, TNT, Vibes
Attend the 4th Annual Mobile Retail and Food Truck Business Expo with Cassie Betts, CEO of District 2 speaking about how she started her online fashion brand.
This event is a must attend for those interested in hearing from successful business owners on how they made their dreams a reality.
We appreciate Vermont Slauson for Economic Development (VSEDC) for bringing us this unique opportunity. Our CEO Cassie Betts will be speaking on how to start your fashion brand online. This could be a golden opportunity for people looking into start own fashion brand.
- Partnerships with the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, Marco Antonio Regil, Television Host, LA Economic and Workforce Development Department, Fashion Business Institute, East West Bank, Premier Bank, Opportunity Fund, LA Food Council, Freshworks Program and both the American Mobile Retail Association (AMRA) and the Southern California Mobile Food Vendors Association (socalmfva).
- More exhibitors including Kareen Carts
- And new this year workshops and seminars on Social Media for Your Business, Crowdfunding to Finance Your Business, Email Marketing, How to Start Your Business in a Day with the City of Los Angeles, Taking Your Business Mobile and more…
- New this year is a special spotlight on two Crowdfunding Hometown Hero Businesses. Real talk from two entrepreneurs who did it successfully.
Let’s be part of this unique opportunity. For event details click HERE
Posted in Business, Fashon, Los Angeles, Social Media, Startups, Tech Tagged with: Business, Cassie Betts, City of Los Angeles, crowdfunding, District 2, fashion, Kareen Carts, Marco Antonio Regil, online fashion brand, panel, Seminars, Startup, Talk, Tech, workshops
I’m all in for the new original Viki series Dramaworld premiering April 17th. I had the opportunity to interview Liv Hewson (Claire) and Sean Dulake (Joon Park) and briefly chat with Chris Martin (Director/Writer) and Sebastian Lee (Producer). Sean Dulake and Chris Martin worked on creating an original series that would appeal to the passionate fans of Viki from across the world. From that dream Dramaworld was born! It’s a ultimate love letter to anyone who’s a major fangirl or fanboy of a TV or Movie. You know the person who is consumed and lives to talk about their favorite rather you want to hear about it or not!
The funny series is a show within a show. Claire is a major fangirl of Joon Park a K-Drama star who she follows in every series he stars in and she’s currently consumed with ‘Taste of Love‘ a distraction from her real life of being a student who works PT in the family business. Through a zany mishap she’s transported into ‘Dramaworld‘ where she meets a fanboy played by Justin Chon (Seth) who’s a helpmate aka instagator to make sure each series goes according to plan. Boy meets girl, mishaps conspire to keep them apart and finally boy gets girl (or girl gets boy .. I am a feminist). But the meat of Dramaworld is that Taste of Love is off center and it’s not going according to plan. So it’s up to our stars to realign the stars so that love can bloom.
I was able to see the first two episodes and it’s the perfect blend of whimsy, humor and soap opera drama that transcends language (don’t worry they have subtitles). I don’t want to give anything away but it all makes sense with little throwaway lines explaining how everyone can understand each other despite speaking different languages, how Claire got to Dramaworld and it’s different than the real world.
The cast said that it was inspired by a love of Back to the Future or that it’s Narnia with the wardrobe transporting the hero to another world but I think of it as a mix of Pleasantville and Nurse Betty come to mind for me but other than that it’s a really original concept that nobody has done right in a long time.
If your in Los Angeles and got tickets for the Dramaworld premier Saturday, April 16th at the Ace Hotel Theatre than make sure you say ‘hi’. If you didn’t get your tickets it’s sold out so you’ll have to watch me interviewing cast on periscope and streamup (Cherry_LA). You’ll be able to enjoy the new Viki series on Sunday.
What is the most exciting — and most terrifying — thing that can happen to a K-drama fanatic?Claire Duncan is a 20-year-old college student who finds her real life boring. Maybe that’s because she’s never looking up, instead having her nose buried in her smartphone and watching her favorite Korean drama, “Taste of Love,” starring her favorite actor Joon Park (Sean Dulake). Joon Park plays the hot chef and protagonists in “Taste of Love” who is still waiting for his one true love to come into his life. Through a touch of the supernatural and a sprinkle of magic, Claire’s desire to shed her own boring life and live in the world of “Taste of Love” comes true when she is transported into her favorite drama and comes face-to-face with Joon Park! There, Claire also meets the mysterious waiter Seth Ko, who made his own journey into the drama years ago from the real world and mentors Claire on how to navigate the drama world. When the appearance of Claire throws “Taste of Love” off-balance, causing other dramas to splice into the series, what kind of crazy adventure will Claire experience? “Dramaworld” is a 2016 Viki original series, produced in partnership. Set in Los Angeles and Seoul, the first-ever American-Korean mashup series is written by Josh Billig and Chris Martin and directed by Chris Martin.
Viki is a global TV site with TV shows, movies and other premium content, translated into more than 200 languages by a community of avid fans. With nearly 40 million viewers each month and over one billion words translated, Viki uniquely brings global prime-time entertainment to new audiences and unlocks new markets and revenue opportunities for content owners. Viki was named a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer 2014 and is an independent subsidiary of Japanese Internet services company Rakuten. Viki has offices in San Francisco, Singapore, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo.
About Jetavana Entertainment
Jetavana Entertainment is a pioneer domestic cultural investment company from China, engaged in film & TV drama investment, live shows, equity investment, artist management, and new media development and investment. Founded by the renowned Ivy Zhong, former president of Chinese studio Galloping Horse and producer of many successful film projects including “Eternal Moment,” “Reign of Assassins,” “The Karate Kid,” “Ender’s Game,” “The Crossing,” “Guns and Roses” and the adventure comedy “Just Another Pandora’s Box.” Jetavana Entertainment recently announced a strategic long-term co-production collaboration deal with European comic & graphic novel publisher Humanoids Inc, to co-produce 8 films together, based on Humanoids’s successful library.
About EnterMedia Contents
EnterMedia Contents, a U.S. and Korea based production company founded by Sebastian Lee and David Kim. In 2014, they signed a first-look deal with ABC Network, and in 2015, they inked a first-look producing deal with Tomorrow ITV Studios headed by Marty Adelstein. Additionally, the production company has developed two Korean formats, “My Love From the Star” and “Good Doctor,” in the U.S. EnterMedia is also executive producing a Korean adaptation of USA Network’s “Suits.” EnterMedia is repped by WME.
About Third Culture Content
Third Culture Content, founded by Sean Dulake and Chris Martin, focuses on creating content for a more interconnected world that blends cultures together in both the digital and traditional media space. Sean Dulake has starred in numerous South Korean television dramas including “Jejungwon” and “Athena: Goddess of War,” and Chris Martin is a director and writer that has made critically acclaimed projects throughout Asia.
Posted in geek tv, Los Angeles, Talk, Tech, TV Tagged with: Ace Hotel, Back to the Future, Chris Martin, Comedy, Dramaworld, DTLA, exclusive, Fantasy, interview, K-Drama, Korea, Korean Drama, Liv Hewson, Narnia, Nurse Betty, periscope, Pleasantville, Premier, Red Carpet, Sean Dulake, streamup, Taste of Love, Viki TV
Content creators head to the Hollywood Comedy Shorts Fireside Chat and Cocktail reception to learn about monetizing comedy shorts for digital platforms from the creators and business side.
Topic: Monetizing premium short form comedy content in the ever-expanding digital ecosystem
Kevin Bigley, Co-Founder BigCob Productions, Sirens (USA Network), Now We’re Talking (Verizon Go90)
Amber J Lawson, Top 50 Women in Digital Producing philanthropist, super connector, content programing and development executive, board advisor committed to doing good at scale, Good Amplified.
Date/Time: Saturday, April 16, 2016 4pm-7pm
Location: Ignited Spaces, 7080 Hollywood Blvd, #1100, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Hollywood Comedy Shorts will highlight short comedy, web series, TV episodic, Comedy Screenplays, and Dark Comedy shorts with the goal of screening the best comedic content from around the world for a Hollywood industry audience! The festival will take place at the world famous TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood, two days of screenings, filmmaker Q and A’s, panel, parties, and the awards party!
Posted in Business, Comedy, festival, Film, Los Angeles, Tech Tagged with: Amber J. Lawson, Brittany Turner, Business, Comedy, content creators, Digital Platform, Film festival, Fireside Chat, Galen D'attilio, Hollywood, Hollywood Comedy Shorts, Ignited Spaces, Kepila Childers, Kevin Bigley, Monetizing premium short form comedy content, panel, Shorts, TCL Chinese Theatres, Tech, Zoe Friedman
Add the 2016 Wonder Women Tech Conference to your calendar this July for three days of workshops, keynotes and networking.
BE OUR VALENTINE! The Wonder Women Tech 2016 Early Bird Tickets are LIVE NOW! Because #WeLovePioneers we’re offering an extra 10% off FOR ONE DAY ONLY on Valentine’s Day! Be one of the first to get your tickets for the most epic #STEAM #womenintech #diversity #inclusion Conference! The magic happens July 15th – 17th, 2016 at the Long Beach Convention Center. We’ll have three stages with amazing keynotes and speakers, including a pitch stage! Explore several breakouts and workshops, two cabana lounges, a networking lounge, a *FREE career fair and expo and much more! The WWT Team is working hard to create a magical event sure to ‘disrupt the conference model.’ TICKETS ON SALE TODAY! REGISTER NOW!!
Wonder Women Tech Wants YOU to be Our Valentine! #WeLovePioneers
A-List Speakers and Pioneers!
Enjoy three stages filled with amazing speakers and influencers from around the world! To date we have over 250 speakers apply to speak at #WWT2016 from over 20 countries! Hear from ‘Oprah’s Fave Guest of All Time,’ President of UN Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment and speakers from the top companies in STEAM, including Google, Microsoft, Intel, NASA and many, many more! We’ll also have a pitch stage where companies and individuals can pitch their product and talent!
|Career Fair and Expo!
Wonder Women Tech is committed to changing the industry by fixing the broken pipeline to opportunities. We’re offering a FREE Career Fair for diverse candidates to connect with the companies that are looking for exceptional talent! Upload your resume and register to attend the Career Fair and Expo for free! *You must register and upload your resume to attend. Does not include access to the conference, however conference attendees WILL have access to the career fair and expo!
We’ll have a variety of breakouts and workshops, including WordPress workshops, speaker and sponsor hosted breakouts, DIY/Maker classes, and special sessions for our Seniors and Deaf and Disabled attendees! In an effort to fulfill our mission for Diversity and Inclusion, We’re also providing free STEAM classes for hundreds of underserved adults and children! In between sessions, mix and mingle and enjoy our Networking Lounge or Cabana Lounge under the summer sun!
Check Out The Sizzle Highlights From Wonder Women Tech 2015!
Posted in Business, Los Angeles, Social Media, Startups, Tech Tagged with: Black Women in Tech, career expo, career fair, Diversity, Inclusion, job, keynotes, Long Beach Convention Center, Networking, People of Color, science, Speakers, Startup, STEAM, STEM, Tech Event, WeLovePioneers, Women in Tech, Women of Color, Wonder Women Tech, WWT
I’m looking forward to covering the 2016 Wearable Tech Expo taking place on February 17th. “Tomorrowear” is the collaboration of District2.Co, Manufacture LA & Heart Centered Tech. Our mission is to bring exposure to the wearable tech& sustainable / natural fiber communities. Check out the link below for discount tickets (limited availability).
The Wearable Tech Expo is an elite intimate event looking into the future – where science, fashion, community and tech intertwine.
Come enjoy presentations from some of the newest establishing members in the scene, check out some of the freshest wearables, and meet plenty of apparel industry influencers.
In addition, you can speak directly with exhibitors & inventors, play in one of our 13 virtual reality experiences, mingle with master disruptors, gaze at our closing Wearable Tech Fashion Show, and if you’re still amped, stay for the “NowSounds” Close-out featuring a live performance from Creature! (all while partaking in delicious food & drink)
Only 200 tickets are available for admission, as well as sponsorship & donation opportunities, so grab them before they’re gone!
If you influence big markets, set your sails to the future, or stare at a crystal ball, TomorroWear is your big February event.
*For sponsorship opportunities please email firstname.lastname@example.org
District2.Co is an online platform that connects Indie Designers with factories. Designers can post a production project & receive competitive bids from factories. Designers can then hire direct from factories based on ratings, reviews & price points.
Manufacture LA is a fashion tech + incubator with a mission to reawaken & rebuild America’s fashion industry, foster the next wave of businesses & create a transparent, sustainable, global supply chain.
Heart Centered Tech acknowledges standout individuals who take part in using technology to help make this world a better place. Our awarded recipients have healed hearts, built communities and contributed through technology.
|Friends & Family use discount code “D2FRIENDS”
THE FUTURE OF FASHION AND TECHNOLOGY IS HERE WITH TOMORROWWEAR: WEARABLE TECH EXPO 2016
LOS ANGELES, CA— FEBRUARY , 2016— Silicon Beach startup District2.co,(fashion B2B ecosystem where brands & fashion designers can hire apparel manufacturers to produce their collections), is hosting the first WEARABLE TECHEXPO “TomorroWear” at The Reef’s hotspot Maker City LA. TomorroWear is an elite intimate event looking into the future- where fabric science, fashion, and wearable tech intertwine. Hosted at The Maker City Atelier on February 17, 2016, District2.Co, alongside Heart Centered Tech, Manufacture LA, & Maker City are ready to illuminate the digital advances liberating humankind’s creativity and enjoyment while enhancing the social and economic development of fashion & tech.
Preceding the “FutureWalk” runway presentation, title-sponsor Heart Centered Techis presenting their Peer-to-Peer Award to Benjamin F. Kuo ,Founder, Editor, and Publisher of SoCalTech. SoCalTech is a high news tech and informational search engine in Southern California. The previous awardee, Eli Eisenberg will present the award. Eisenberg is a venture capitalist at Straight Line Management.
Heart Centered TECH Leadership Awards #HCTLA recognizes people within organizations who lead from the heart. The awards started as a way to acknowledge stand out individuals who take part in using technology to help make this world a better place. After 30 days, the recipients choose who is the next HCT award winner should be, making this the first Peer-to-Peer Awards Ceremony of its kind that was launched in the #LATECH #Siliconbeach community.
With virtual environments & training to immersive art and 3D simulations on the rise, the VR GALLERY is a blend of LA’s finest VR Experiences all in one place for an expression of what’s possible in VR today. There will be narrative film pieces to full on 3D full immersive games. Game-School.com is a leader in providing VR education and has the best VR Gallery of talented artist experiences that are carving the way for content & simulations of the future.
Speak directly with exhibitors & inventors, you will have the chance to mingle with these master disruptors (with food & drink), gaze at our closing Wearable Tech Fashion Show, and if you’re still amped then stay for the “NowSounds” close out show!
A super-secret Hollywood celebrity chef will be the night’s food of choice, and after FutureWalk, come have a night out on the town and party with these trendy creatives.
THE PURPOSE OF TOMORROWEAR:
Futurists, influencers, investors, fashion experts, wearable tech enthusiast, engineers, Los Angeles startups, innovative fabric mills, apparel manufacturers, and press/media will all be in attendance to witness fashion evolve in a way it has never been done before. We are digitizing the way physical electronics are operating and streamlining it into a natural necessity– fashion, an industry as seasoned and established as spice trading (no pun intended).
TomorroWear is showcasing the tech gadgets in an event and we are hosting a slew of products such as smartwatches, virtual reality, pedometers, 3D printed dresses, etc TomorroWear is the only expo in LA available to market the next generation of inventors and designers. We are the mediators between art and commerce.
WHO WE ARE EXHIBITING:
February 17 cannot come any sooner as we brands from every different spectrum are coming to the expo. Here is a short list of brands we are showcasing in the 1st ever wearable tech LA event:
Activewear: Hollywood stuntwoman extraordinaire Natascha Hopkins’ Capo-Nata “The Lean Body.” The Lean Body is a built-in-one waist trimmer and sports bra.
Medical: The Stem Cell Bra by Leonhardt is the first ever bra UNDER EARLY STAGE DEVELOPMENT that is DESIGNED to increase breast size without any invasive surgery.
American Made & Sustainable: Leopardet is the next generation Ralph Lauren brand that is proud to say it’s American made— in both design, manufacture, and distribution, utilizing all organic fabrics.
Sustainable Clothing: Sun & Seeds’ clothing incorporates the natural elements of the Earth (dirt and plants) to the looks by using sustainable fabrics in the composition of the garments.
- Diversity Science: Made is an international design and manufacturing company that creates patened, high fashion denim and couture clothing and accessories; constructed from the best fine fabrics and materials, providing a phenomenal fit for a variety of body types; founded on faith. Beautifulliberation is the first company to ever capitalize on the diversity of female bodies by scientifically creating the patented golden standards for sizing based on body types.
- Recycled Threads & Precious Metals: Tambonita aims to make a beautiful, unique, handmade accessory and an eco-sustainable product. Tambonita has an original style that is exclusive in how it’s made. Hand woven and assembled with care, each product is individual, and represents the person wearing or carrying it.
- 3D Printing and Optical Illusion Design: ShapeShifterZ® is an athletic clothing brand founded in Santa Monica, California. We create goods for athletes that want to enhance the competitive experience, express an inner confidence and outright sense of humor, yet match the demands of modern fitness.
- Measure-by-Measure scanning: Left Shoe Company helps the customer pull on a pair of geometrically patterned socks and steps on a 3D scanner that analyses and measures both feet from every possible angle. A highly accurate 360° digital model of the feet is created. Once scanned, the customer can choose from a wide variety of designs, leathers and soles to create a unique shoe, knowing that each pair will be made with the best possible fit, specifically for him.
We are also hosting 3d printers and virtual reality games at the event. The designers will have a chance to exhibit and drive the runway show. Hollywood stylist and event coordinating extraordinaire Parris Harris is on board with his gorgeous models at the FutureWalk.
The event is on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM at The REEF – 11th Floor Atelier – 1933 South Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90007. For tix & information: tomorrowear.eventbrite.com USE DISCOUNT CODE “D2FRIENDS” for 50% off.
|PRESS / MEDIA / SPONSORS: District2 welcomes sponsors and media who are ready to succeed with us. We cordially invite you to our expo. Prior to to our event, we are sending media promo-codes to our site in exchange for coverage of the our event on your site and social media. After the event, we ask for the sites and blogs to write and blurb of our event to the masses.
For potential sponsors interested in being part of TomorroWear, we will be sending out the event’s Sponsors Deck. The deck will contain all the information needed. For questions, please email Sean Fitzpatrick at email@example.com.
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