TrillerTV Will Debut with Shows Hosted by J-Lo, DJ Khaled, Hype House and 2Chainz

Sam Blake

Sam primarily covers entertainment and media for dot.LA. Previously he was Marjorie Deane Fellow at The Economist, where he wrote for the business and finance sections of the print edition. He has also worked at the XPRIZE Foundation, U.S. Government Accountability Office, KCRW, and MLB Advanced Media (now Disney Streaming Services). He holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson, an MPP from UCLA Luskin and a BA in History from University of Michigan. Email him at samblake@dot.LA and find him on Twitter @hisamblake

TrillerTV Will Debut with Shows Hosted by J-Lo, DJ Khaled, Hype House and 2Chainz

Triller unveiled the lineup for what it's dubbing TrillerTV, which debuts next week and will offer weekly half-hour shows hosted by a variety of celebrities.

The shows include pop-star Jennifer Lopez walking viewers through her morning routine and applying cosmetics from her new beauty line, the D'Amelio family reviewing new products and businesses, DJ Khaled fighting lockdown boredom and an inside peek into the Hype House influencer collective.


It will also have a workout show from 2Chainz, an audience-Q&A lovelife show with Noah and Curtis Newbill and Violet Benson's dating podcast, along with "Fat Joe's Master Class" and "The Perez Hilton Show."

"The Triller audience made it clear they wanted more direct content, that offers a closer look into the lives of social media stars, musicians and other celebrities," said Triller Chairman and co-founder Bobby Sarnevesht in a statement. "We recognized that we had access to the most sought-after stars in the world, and one of the best producers in the world who has made over 200 movies and 40 TV series, so it was an obvious endeavor for us to pursue."

Triller's expansion from a primarily user-generated, short-form lip-syncing video app to longer-form lifestyle programming comes amid a spat with Universal Music Group, which recently pulled its extensive catalog from the social media app.

And it follows a series of steps taken by Triller that have proven useful in growing its audience.

In November, for instance, Triller co-hosted a pay-per-view boxing match between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. The event brought in over $80 million, reported USA Today, and hundreds of millions of views according to a Triller statement. Triller announced a partnership with Snoop Dogg a few days later to form a new boxing league, which is set to distribute its next marquee fight in April, featuring YouTube star Jake Paul.

Triller is co-owned by Ryan Kavanaugh, a former Hollywood producer who became a billionaire until his company Relativity Media filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2015.

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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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Behind Her Empire: AAVRANI Co-Founder Rooshy Roy On Redefining Success and Embracing Identity

Yasmin Nouri

Yasmin is the host of the "Behind Her Empire" podcast, focused on highlighting self-made women leaders and entrepreneurs and how they tackle their career, money, family and life.

Each episode covers their unique hero's journey and what it really takes to build an empire with key lessons learned along the way. The goal of the series is to empower you to see what's possible & inspire you to create financial freedom in your own life.

AAVRANI Co-Founder Rooshy Roy
Photo courtesy of AAVRANI

Growing up in the suburbs of Detroit, Rooshy Roy said, as the only Indian girl in school, she spent a lot of time feeling like an outsider and like she wasn’t meeting others’ expectations of “how an Indian girl should behave.”

Flash forward 20 years, and the differences Roy was once ashamed of are now the inspiration for her skincare company.

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