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LA @ CES. LA represented at the annual CES consumer electronics show in Las Vegas. LA area companies on the show floor included Ring, Belkin, Happiest Baby, XR Brands, and more. LA tech and entertainment experts spoke on official CES panels, panels at Aria, Dreamland XR at the Alexis Park hotels, and the Variety Summit. There were lots of interesting companies in health, fitness, money, family and home tech at the Sands. See our recap of LA companies on the show floor. If your company was there and you'd like to add it, email info@digitalla.net with CES as subject and a photo from the show floor we can use. 

Digital LA - Digital Drinks @ Mama Rabbit. For our annual Digital LA - Digital Drinks during CES, we enjoyed tequila, mezcal, and networking at the new Mama Rabbit bar at Park MGM in Las Vegas.  Mama Rabbit is Park MGM's newest venue, serving tequila, mezcal and Mexican food in a vibrant colorful Southwest theme decor. Lady Gaga has been known to stop by after her residency shows at Park MGM (currently on hiatus). Our Digital LA attendees traded notes on best CES tech, booths, swag and parties as they tasted the food and drink. We enjoyed some comp chips and guac, quesadillas, and our Digital Drinks Special: a red margarita for $10. Attendees included startup app founders, graphic designers, video experts, gaming companies, Canadian entertainment startups, and more. See article with pics.


4 Weekend Ideas

Recover from CES! And then....

Long Beach Comic Expo features comics creators, artists, and actors, panels, cosplays, booths, comics, and more on Sat and Sun in Long Beach. Scheduled talent includes: Bill Sienkiewicz, Dan Didio, Sam Humphries, cosplayers and more. The new adult-only Sexy Cosplay Con with art, comics, burlesque and cosplay debuts in a private ballroom on Sat Jan 11, 5-10p

Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Awards honor top achievements in hair and makeup in film and TV. Private event; we will be live posting from the show, and posting top winners in our Digital at Awards 2020!

- Calibash
- Frozen musical @ Pantages
- Beauty and Beast @ Thousand Oaks
- Styx, Sun @ Saban Beverly Hills
- Blue Man Group, Sat/Sun, Costa Mesa

Cirque du Soleil's VOLTA is a spellbinding story about blazing your own trails, with acrobatics and street cycles. VOLTA comes to LA's Dodgers Stadium Jan 18-Mar 8, and OC Fairgrounds Mar 18-Apr 19. Get 20% off with code VOLTA20 when you r egister.

Oscars Nominations announced Monday. Oscars are in less than one month on Feb 9! Oscar nominees will be announced Monday by John Cho, and Issa Rae. Issa started with her YouTube series Awkward Black Girl that has led to acting and producing Insecure on HBO. Her voice was added as a Google Assistant option activated by saying "OK Google, talk like Issa." Go digital Issa! Watch announcements on Monday 5:18a via the Oscars site and Twitter @TheAcademy.



Mon Jan 13, 4-6p
Daily Grill, San Francisco (Union Square)

Join us for our first Digital Health Tech Cocktails in San Francisco! We will be at the Daily Grill, around the corner from the JP Morgan Healthcare conference at Union Square. Join us to talk digital and healthcaere, health apps, digital monitoring and Internet enable health monitors, VR and AR health and more. Look for us in the bar area - it's a causal meetup (not reserved area). Look for our founder Kevin Winston in the red shirt. Comp appetizers to share for early arrivals. You can get cash bar and food on your own, and order off the Happy Hour menu (3-7p). See you there!



Moved to  January 15, 7p at Buider.AI

Industry experts share how they use innovative tools
to h elp do good for charities and social causes
at our annual Social Good panel at Builder.AI in Playa Vista.


We had a blast at our Digital LA - Holiday Party in Toyland theme at the new Funko Hollywood store.
We got an exclusive VIP tour of the new Funko Hollywood, taking pics with dozens of Avengers, Star Wars, Disney, Game of Thrones and more characters all around the 44,000 square foot store. And we learned several Easter Eggs and trivia about the store. And got a tour of the secret VIP room with a Disney Consumer Products exec.
We met Thanos, Star-Lord, Gamora, Yondu, Rocket and Baby Groot in the Guardians of the Galaxy theme room. The room is decorated to look like the Guardians of the Galaxy tech world.
The set designers went through junkyards to repurpose and paint existing objects. For example, there's a VW bus roof on the wall which looks like machinery parts. Easter Egg: There's a Stan Lee Funko Pop character appropriately looking down from above. See more in our  a

Digital LA - Tiktok 101. TikTok creators and agencies discussed how creators make content and partner with brands at our first TikTok related event, on Nov. 14 at Studio Beverly Hills. See 7 tips in our  article.

Virtual kitchens, hot chicken, and healthy-food seeking AI ML algorithms, are trends discussed at our pre-Thanksgiving Digital LA - Food Startups panel at Ordermark's new HQ in Playa Vista. Ordermark CEO Alex Canter described how brought his family's Canter's Deli restaurant into the digital age with an online order consolidating platform that combines Postmates, GrubHub, DoorDash, and other ordering platforms into one system, resulting in increased food orders and revenue for restaurants that implement it. ChowNow's Jessica Springer described how she works with restaurants to provide excellent customer service. Dr. Stephen Tam created EatID Speakers shared their trends in startups in this Facebook live  video   from the panel. See more trends in our  article.

Digital LA - Immersive Attractions and Theme Parks with Mycotoo.  Cliff Warner, founder of Mycotoo, discussed creating immersive attractions and theme parks at the Mycotoo offices in Pasadena, CA last Thursday.  Cliff shared how he has worked with Disney, Universal, HBO, and other entertainment companies and brands to develop, create and implement immersive attractions in the U.S. and around the world.  Mycotoo worked with HBO and Giant Spoon to help implement the award-winning activations SXSW Westworld in 2018, and Game of Throne: Bleed for the Throne in 2019. See more details our  article.  

Digital LA - VR Games Experts from Survios, Hologate, HP and indie game companies described how to create good content, work with Hollywood brands, engage communities, and maximize influencer marketing at our Digital LA - VR Games panel at Phase Two coworking space October 28 in Culver City, LA.  Speakers summarized what you need to know about VR Games in our Facebook live  video .  Some VR game companies are working with Hollywood Studios like Hologate with Angry Birds, and Survios with Creed and Walking Dead. Then partner with influencers and use Discord and Liv platforms to promote See more in our article. 

Digital LA - Halloween Party, we celebrated with an Internet 50th birthday cake, costumes, and VR games at Phase Two coworking space in Culver City, LA.  The event was held on October 28, on the eve of the date October 29, when UCLA researchers sent the first packed of data to Stanford on a network that would evolve into the Internet. So, we celebrated with a chocolate Internet 50 birthday cake. Attendees played free VR games in Hologate VR, a four-person social VR system housed at Phase Two. Attendees played Angry Birds, based on the Sony Pictures film, and Zombyte, a high-action zombie-shooter game, perfect for Halloween. See  photos.

Esports: Sports, Startups, Players, Teams Arabian Prince, NWA co-founder turned games investor, startup founders and coaches discussed trends in Esports including startups, investment, players, teams, and similarities and differences from sports at our panel at the LA Stadium Premiere Center in Playa Vista. Esports is not as mature as regular sports, but some of the same brand deals and player training and management skills can apply. And some are new and particular to Esports. It's important to know the differences. See article.

Experts from Digital Domain, VFX startups and artists discussed modeling and volcap pros and cons at our Digital LA - Virtual Humans: Modeling v Volumetric Capture panel at Phase Two in Culver City. Which technique you use depends on how your virtual human will be seen or distributed, budget, time and how human-realistic you want it. In general, mocap is faster and provides more realistic human animation, if that's the end goal. See speakers advice in our article.

Speakers from Verizon 5G Lab, Yahoo! News XR, and Ryot discussed how 5G's fast speeds are a transformational tech shift that can enable existing and new industries. Then, they judged pitches from LA based startups with the vision to do just that at our Verizon - Digital LA - Built on 5G panel and pitch at the new Verizon 5G Lab in Playa Vista.  Speakers shared what you need to know about 5G in this Facebook live  video.   Joshua  Ness of Verizon 5G Lab NY, described the Verizon Built on 5G Challenge, a "nationwide search for the best products, services, and applications that will bring the true power of 5G to life." The winners will be awarded up to $1 million, access to the Verizon 5G Lab, and an opportunity for Verizon to invest in a future fundraising round.  See more in our  article.

Our Digital LA - Virtual Humans panel featured award-winning speakers from Google VR, USC, Digital Domain, startups, and more discussing their work in virtual humans, including VFX, AI, emotion, and more at our Digital LA - Virtual Humans panel at PhaseTwo in Culver City. See article
Paul Debevec, winner of two Academy Scientific and Technical Achievement awards, provided a concise overview of virtual humans, from Benjamin Button to Avatar to Digital Domain's "Doug" at SIGGRAPH last year, to the upcoming Will Smith movie. Speakers described things you need to know about Virtual Humans in our Facebook live  video.  See our Virtual Humans article http://digitalla.net/virtualhumans  
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