LA Tech ‘Moves’: DNEG Taps Academy Award and BAFTA Winner

Christian Hetrick

Christian Hetrick is dot.LA's Entertainment Tech Reporter. He was formerly a business reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and reported on New Jersey politics for the Observer and the Press of Atlantic City.

LA Tech ‘Moves’: DNEG Taps Academy Award and BAFTA Winner
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Respira Technologies, a venture-backed health tech company, promoted Brian Quigley to chief executive officer. He was formerly the company COO.

Visual effects and animation studio DNEG tapped Academy Award and BAFTA winner Janek Sirrs as visual effects supervisor. Sirrs also worked on several Marvel movies including "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" (2022).

EV company Faraday Future welcomed BMW exec Mathias Hofmann as head of global supply chain.

Michael Gilbert joined ePost Global—an international shipping solutions provider— as director of sales. Previously, Gilbert served leadership roles at Newgistics, DHL and Oracle.

Visionaire Lighting, an electronics manufacturing company, promoted former director of marketing Jeremy Streit, as vice president of West Coast and Florida sales and former lead regional sales Carter Clark to vice president of East Coast sales. The company also hired Paul Turturillo and Brian Baker as regional sales managers. Turturillo previously worked as regional sales manager at Wagner Architectural Illuminated Railing Systems, while Baker served as a contractor for Architectural Lighting Alliance.

Education technology company GoGuardian added Teach for America CEO Elisa Villanueva Beard to its board of directors.

Toragen, Inc., a biotechnology company, appointed Cactus Feeders founder Paul Engler to its board of directors.

Avantstay, a short term rentals platform, tapped industry veteran Fred Tuomi for a board position. Tuomi served as CEO, president and director of Invitation Homes Inc.

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Genies Wants To Help Creators Build ‘Avatar Ecosystems’

Christian Hetrick

Christian Hetrick is dot.LA's Entertainment Tech Reporter. He was formerly a business reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and reported on New Jersey politics for the Observer and the Press of Atlantic City.

Genies Wants To Help Creators Build ‘Avatar Ecosystems’

When avatar startup Genies raised $150 million in April, the company released an unusual message to the public: “Farewell.”

The Marina del Rey-based unicorn, which makes cartoon-like avatars for celebrities and aims to “build an avatar for every single person on Earth,” didn’t go under. Rather, Genies announced it would stay quiet for a while to focus on building avatar-creation products.

Genies representatives told dot.LA that the firm is now seeking more creators to try its creation tools for 3D avatars, digital fashion items and virtual experiences. On Thursday, the startup launched a three-week program called DIY Collective, which will mentor and financially support up-and-coming creatives.

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Here's What To Expect At LA Tech Week

Christian Hetrick

Christian Hetrick is dot.LA's Entertainment Tech Reporter. He was formerly a business reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and reported on New Jersey politics for the Observer and the Press of Atlantic City.

Here's What To Expect At LA Tech Week

LA Tech Week—a weeklong showcase of the region’s growing startup ecosystem—is coming this August.

The seven-day series of events, from Aug. 15 through Aug. 21, is a chance for the Los Angeles startup community to network, share insights and pitch themselves to investors. It comes a year after hundreds of people gathered for a similar event that allowed the L.A. tech community—often in the shadow of Silicon Valley—to flex its muscles.

From fireside chats with prominent founders to a panel on aerospace, here are some highlights from the roughly 30 events happening during LA Tech Week, including one hosted by dot.LA.

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AmazeVR Wants You To Attend K-Pop Concerts Virtually

Kristin Snyder

Kristin Snyder is an editorial intern for dot.la. She previously interned with Tiger Oak Media and led the arts section for UCLA's Daily Bruin.

AmazeVR Wants You To Attend K-Pop Concerts Virtually
Photo courtesy of AmazeVR

Virtual reality startup AmazeVR now has $17 million to further expand its VR concert experience.

The West Hollywood-based company’s latest funding amounts to a bet that virtual shows, a staple of the pandemic, are here to stay. Mirae Asset Capital led the Series B funding round, with Mirae Asset Financial Group subsidiary (Mirae Asset Venture Investment), CJ Investment, Smilegate Investment, GS Futures and LG Technology Ventures investing again. Mobile game maker Krafton joined the group—but South Korean entertainment company CJ ENM’s stake reveals AmazeVR’s plans to expand into K-pop world.

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