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It's Quibi's big day. But the $1.7B mobile streaming platform is not launching into the fast-paced, free-wheeling world for which it was conceived. Entertainment reporter Sam Blake has a look at what the COVID-19 lockdown could mean for Quibi's chances for success.
Last chance to reserve a space for tomorrow's virtual roundtable on how religious institutions are using new technology in the coronavirus era. As Passover, Easter and Ramadan approach, we'll be discussing how L.A.'s religious institutions are coping while their congregations remain homebound. Sinai Temple Rabbi David Wolpe, Abundant Living Family Church Pastor Adam Mesa, and Jihad Turk, founding President of Bayan Claremont Islamic Graduate School, will join moderator Tami Abdollah for the forum. Join us! The event is free, but space is limited. Sign up here!
Much has changed in the five years since founder and chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg first pitched CEO-to-be Meg Whitman over dinner on Quibi, and his vision of the next generation of content innovation. Not the least of which is the COVID-19 pandemic. Can Quibi succeed in a world that's no longer in constant motion? "The problem," says one media analyst, "is that... most people are streaming on television sets." Read more >>
"Quibi has merged innovative technology with premier content to try to optimize video for mobile phone viewing. And in my book, they've absolutely succeeded."
Our entertainment reporter is impressed with the content and functionality of Quibi's new app. But he has one big question about its premise. Let him explain... Read more >>
The ongoing coronavirus crisis has forced the Milken Global Conference to move again, this time all the way back to October. Meanwhile, health officials say they're expecting a very bad week. "If you have enough supplies in your home, this would be the week to skip shopping altogether." And L.A. hit a grim new milestone over the weekend. Read more updates >>
Join us next Tuesday (4/7) at 11 a.m. PST for an interfaith virtual roundtable: "Religion's New Faith in Tech." How does one keep the faith when a pandemic closes the doors of churches, mosques, and synagogues around the world? As the coronavirus crisis begins to intersect with high holidays such as Passover, Ramadan and Easter, religious leaders are turning to digital communication methods to maintain their communities. Register here - space is limited!
We host our first virtual pitch showcase on Thursday, April 9th, and we're looking for Southern California startups in any industry to take part — in particular companies that can have a positive impact on the current COVID-19 pandemic. Submissions will be evaluated on a rolling basis. We'll let you know if you're chosen to pitch your startup. Nominate your company here >>