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August 14, 2008 | Alana Semuels, Times Staff Writer
Spot Runner Inc., a Los Angeles-based advertising company that has raised at least $111 million in funding from media heavyweights, said Wednesday that it had laid off about 50 workers but planned to hire about 60 as part of a reorganization.
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August 14, 2008 | Alana Semuels, Times Staff Writer
Spot Runner Inc., a Los Angeles-based advertising company that has raised at least $111 million in funding from media heavyweights, said Wednesday that it had laid off about 50 workers but planned to hire about 60 as part of a reorganization.
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May 7, 2008 | Alana Semuels, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles advertising firm Spot Runner Inc. said Tuesday that it had received $51 million in financing from Grupo Televisa and a slew of other international media companies, evidence that even global advertisers are interested in local ads. In addition to the largest media company in the Spanish-speaking world, the new investors include luxury goods maker Groupe Arnault/LVMH, Legg Mason Capital Management and Daily Mail & General Trust, the British newspaper and radio company.
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May 7, 2008 | Alana Semuels, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles advertising firm Spot Runner Inc. said Tuesday that it had received $51 million in financing from Grupo Televisa and a slew of other international media companies, evidence that even global advertisers are interested in local ads. In addition to the largest media company in the Spanish-speaking world, the new investors include luxury goods maker Groupe Arnault/LVMH, Legg Mason Capital Management and Daily Mail & General Trust, the British newspaper and radio company.
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January 24, 2006 | Chris Gaither, Times staff writer
Ryan Lapidus didn't want to be one of those lawyers. The amateur look of most attorney ads on television had soured him on the medium for promoting Lapidus & Lapidus, the intellectual property and entertainment law firm he started in Los Angeles with his brother, Daniel. "My experience was those guys late-night -- 'I'm here to fight for you,' and 'Friends don't let friends plead guilty,' " he said. "That's so far from our practice that TV didn't even occur to me."
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March 14, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
The top executive at Microsoft Corp.'s MSN media network is leaving for Los Angeles advertising start-up Spot Runner Inc., the software maker said. Joanne Bradford's departure follows a shake-up in Microsoft's online business in February, when her then-boss Steve Berkowitz left. Bradford will become Spot Runner's executive vice president of national marketing services.
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September 10, 2008 | Jessica Guynn
Yahoo Inc. investors wanted action. So here's something to whet their appetite: The company has replaced its top U.S. advertising sales executive with well-known former Microsoft Corp. executive Joanne Bradford. Bradford comes to Yahoo via Los Angeles company Spot Runner Inc., which she joined in May to run national ad sales. Her title will be senior vice president of U.S. revenue and market development, reporting to Hillary Schneider, executive vice president of Yahoo's U.S. operations.
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July 19, 2008 | Michelle Quinn, Times Staff Writer
A large investment in a renewable energy firm helped Los Angeles-area companies record a 33% jump in venture capital funding in the second quarter, bucking the national downward trend, according to a report scheduled for release today. The greater Los Angeles region received $415 million in investment, compared with $313 million in the same period last year, research firm Dow Jones VentureSource said.
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March 3, 2008 | Alana Semuels, Times Staff Writer
Entrepreneurs seeking cash for new-media start-ups get a new door to knock on today. William Morris Agency is teaming up with Silicon Valley venture capital firms Accel Partners and Venrock as well as telecommunications provider AT&T Inc. to launch an investment fund for consumer technology and media start-ups. It's part of an effort by the talent agency to cash in as more entertainment moves online. "Intellectual property is shifting toward different distribution channels," said Jim Wiatt, chairman and chief executive of William Morris.
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October 30, 2006 | Richard Verrier, Times Staff Writer
In a sign of the Internet's rapid transformation of the advertising industry, Web-based agency Spot Runner Inc. has raised $40 million from an investor group that includes broadcasting giant CBS Corp. The new investors in the Los Angeles-based company also include two of the world's largest advertising holding companies -- WPP and Interpublic Group -- as well as investment banker Allen & Co. and Lachlan Murdoch, the eldest son of News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch, company executives said.
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January 24, 2006 | Chris Gaither, Times staff writer
Ryan Lapidus didn't want to be one of those lawyers. The amateur look of most attorney ads on television had soured him on the medium for promoting Lapidus & Lapidus, the intellectual property and entertainment law firm he started in Los Angeles with his brother, Daniel. "My experience was those guys late-night -- 'I'm here to fight for you,' and 'Friends don't let friends plead guilty,' " he said. "That's so far from our practice that TV didn't even occur to me."
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November 6, 2006 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
Last week, CBS Corp. Chief Executive Leslie Moonves told Wall Street that his team was sniffing around for up-and-coming Internet properties to buy, preferably on the cheap. "We're not going to buy YouTube," Moonves said, referring to the wildly popular video-sharing website that Google Inc. agreed to acquire last month for $1.65 billion. "But it's not a bad idea to buy the next YouTube."
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