by Tyler Loechner
SocialVibe announced last week that they are powering a web-based public service campaign to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims. The Los Angeles-based online advertising company's campaign will run on Pandora, World Golf Tour, Ovation, and more. Read the whole story »
by Tyler Loechner
Los Angeles-based marketing company ViSalus last week announced that it will pay a $22 million cash dividend to its shareholders. Ryan Blair, CEO of ViSalus, stated, "Our earnings performance and cash generation in excess of our working capital requirements offer us the flexibility to invest in our long-term infrastructure needs and also return a cash dividend to our shareholders." Read the whole story »
by Tyler Loechner
Orange County-based Mega World Media was this week hired by Vizstar, an organic cosmetic, wellness, and skincare aggregator. MWM has already developed a "new ecommerce portal" for Vizstar through KimberlyParry.com, according to the release. Read the whole story »
AROUND THE NET
A filmmaker contest called "On Location: The Los Angeles Video Project" calls for local filmmakers to create two-to-four minute videos to "share their perspectives of L.A.," reports the Los Angeles Times. The videos are posted on the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board website to paint L.A. as a hot spot for tourism again. Read the whole story »

Lord of the Rings Lawsuit Filed in LA Christian Science Monitor
The Tolkien family, heirs of the late J.R.R. Tolkien, is suing the producers of "The Lord of the Rings" and the upcoming movie "The Hobbit" for allegedly "selling digital rights to an online slot machine game," reports the Christian Science Monitor. The lawsuit was filed last Monday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. Read the whole story »

Los Angeles-based start-up Maker Studios leads a "big round" of financing from Time Warner. According to AllThingsD, it is a $40 million round that "should close within the next [two] weeks." Read the whole story »