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Four L.A. start-ups hunting for online video stars raise a combined $56 million

Four L.A. start-ups hunting for online video stars raise a combined $56 million

In the eyes of start-up investors, MTV’s “True Life,” HGTV’s “Rehab Addict” and Comedy Central's “Roast” specials are so yesterday.

Today’s hot productions are young, edgier and tend to premiere online. They carry the names “Human,” “Overhaul” and “All Def Comedy Roast.”

And the companies who make those video series say they’re just getting started. Last week, four online media start-ups across the Los Angeles region announced a combined $56 million in fresh funds to expand internationally and into new topics.

All Def Digital, Thoughtful Media Group, Kin Community and...

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