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BMG Production Music Party at Bardot Hollywood

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Mirrored Media teamed up with BMG Production Music to host a celebration in honor of the full service sound agency, it’s artists, and the men and women who encompass the BMG team.

The event took place on April 27th at Bardot in Hollywood with nearly 150 guests showing up to support their fellow colleagues, friends and family members who are the critical components of a new age music company making big waves in the world of music supervision, composition, and advertising.

After a warm welcome and brief introduction to some of the core members of the BMG Production Music team, three of BMG’s signed artists took to the stage to perform a few of their original tracks.  DJ William Lifestyle kept the party going in the interim while guests enjoyed tray passed hors d’auevres including miniature shots of tomato bisque with grilled cheese triangles, chicken satay, an array of sliders and an open bar.  A BMG branded step and repeat located at the red-carpeted entrance gave those who arrived and departed an opportunity to connect with their peers while enjoying a memorable photo opportunity.  Bardot is well known for its signature indoor/outdoor patio and connecting lounge, so Mirrored Media set out to ensure that the entirety of the space was adorned to accentuate the essence of the room, yet fully branded to embody the BMG brand.

The night was a successful celebration that seemed to generate a newfound excitement and appreciation for the future of BMG Production Music and it’s team.

Park City Live Presents The Hub at Sundance 2017

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At the 2017 edition of Sundance Film Festival, The Hub at Park City Live was the talk of Main Street for VIP guests and celebrities alike. Produced by Mirrored Media in partnership with Fingerprint Communications, The Hub featured a wide array of brands and activations over the long weekend, including Splenda, the Consumer Technology Association, AwesomenessTV, 361, Cool Effect, Tanqueray, Twitter, Movie Pilot, musical.ly, Marie Claire, and Spotify. 

The convenient location of Park City Live allowed festival VIPs and celebrities to stop in for a brief respite from the snowy bustle of Main Street. Guests in attendance included Chelsea Handler, Charlize Theron, Mary McCormack, Bebe Rexha, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Aisha Tyler, Kate Micucci, Brock O’Hurn, Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt, Olivia Culpo, and more.

Each brand delivered a unique guest experience for both daytime activations and nighttime events:

The Consumer Technology Association featured nine 4K UHD TVs throughout the venue. Each one looped exclusive 4K content to showcase the visually stunning detail and clarity of 4K technology. CTA hosted a reception for one of the Sundance films shot in 4K UHD, Chasing Coral, which was picked up by Netlfix after its premiere at the festival. 

Splenda warmed up guests with a branded coffee bar and gifting suite. It featured a chance for attendees to sip on their coffee, sweetened with Splenda, in a relaxing casual setting with tables, chairs, and succulents. Guests were served by Splenda baristas who also handed out brand giveaways from the custom-built and custom-wrapper coffee bar.

AwesomenessTV sponsored one of the highlights of Sundance, a performance by Grammy-winning DJ Tiesto at Park City Live. Their custom-built rose wall step and repeat was featured in the front lobby along with custom signage throughout the venue promoting Awesomeness Films’ newest title, Before I Fall

Spotify was the lead sponsor of Major Lazer’s Park City Live performance, another Sundance highlight. There was Spotify branding throughout the venue’s upstairs SkyBar during the show, providing a VIP viewing experience for special guests.

Tanqueray offered guests specially-made “Moon Juices” from their Gin & Juice Bar, served by bartenders in branded attire. The bar was custom-wrapped and featured boxes of fruit, a pull-up banner, and branded signage. Tanqueray was also the lead sponsor for Park City Live’s Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick.

Twitter and Movie Pilot co-sponsored an exclusive interview lounge for actors and social media influencers. This Live Lounge presented fans with the opportunity to chat live with their favorite stars as they made their way through the space. It also featured the famous Twitter Mirror, from which celebs posted selfies and unfiltered content. 

musical.ly hosted artists and musicians to its What’s Trending interview lounge, with cozy couches, chairs, and custom signage. Hosts and guests broadcasted direct to fans through the live.ly platform throughout the week. 

Cool Effect presented an educational climate change photo opp with a custom step and repeat, inflatable Earth, and melting snowmen brand ambassadors. These BAs were there to educate people and engage in conversation on the important topic of climate change. 

361 Degrees presented its own branded gifting suite, offering VIPs exclusive merchandise and giveaways. Brand ambassadors touted 361’s popular “Sheepa” campaign in their giveaways. This sheep-cheetah hybrid highlights the soft and fast qualities of the product. 

Marie Claire also had a prominent showing at The Hub. They had a branded interview and photo backdrop featuring some of the biggest females in entertainment lending their voice in support of female empowerment.

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Kaskade LA Pop Up Shop & Mirrored Media

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IMG_4248Experiential marketing agency, Mirrored Media, was tapped to produce multi Grammy® nominated singer, songwriter, and music producer Kaskade’s special Pop Up Shop to Los Angeles the week prior to his landmark SOLD OUT performance at the Los Angeles Convention Center on May 7th.

The Pop Up shop will host performances from local DJs and feature exclusive Kaskade merchandise including t-shirts, hats, bandanas, tote bags, and more. Additionally, fans will be able to purchase exclusive photography from Mark Owens and merchandise from Kaskade’s Imperial Motion Capsule Collection.

“We are beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to bring Kaskade’s vision to life. The concept was to bring fans together and celebrate the career of one of the world’s most famous EDM pioneers,” said Justin Lefkovitch, Founder and CEO of Mirrored Media.

Mirrored Media teamed up with Kaskade to create the pop up shop experience that Kaskade envisioned – this included everything from finding the perfect venue to designing the atmosphere and layout within the store. Mirrored Media worked closely with Kaskade and his team to ensure that all elements of the pop up shop were precisely what Kaskade imagined.

Kaskade’s Pop Up Shop will be located at 410 N. Fairfax Ave in Los Angeles and will be open from Tuesday, May 3rd through Saturday, May 7th between 12:00p – 8:00p. True to Kaskade form, fans should expect the man himself to stop by the store throughout the week.

Kaskade’s highly anticipated May 7th performance at LACC sold out immediately, selling over 20,00 tickets. The show, produced by Insomniac, will be the largest solo headlining live date of Kaskade’s career and the first dance music event to take place in the Convention Center’s 45-year history.

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Pepperdine Magazine | “For Entertainment Purposes Only”

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A Seaver College alumnus launches an experiential marketing company that bridges the gap between music labels, artist, and fans.

Justin Lefkovitch (’09) was working on his bachelor’s degree in business administration when he composed a business model for a marketing company and submitted it to the Business Plan Competition, a contest presented by the Graziadio School of Business and Management in collaboration with Seaver College. When his submission was selected as a finalist, he knew it was worth further pursuit.

While pursuing his degree, Lefkovitch began managing local singer-songwriter Ray Kennedy, admittedly his first encounter with professional music production and management. With special insights into the music industry, Lefkovitch noticed gaps in communication and satisfaction among artists, labels, and consumers. After speaking with several artists, Lefkovitch began to think about possible ways to bridge this gap that would benefit all three parties as they participate in the branding and marketing processes together.

Two years after graduating from Pepperdine, with solid real-world business experience through Ray Kennedy’s ventures, funding from angel investor Vaden Saunders, and a partnership with music production mogul Steve Kofsky, Lefkovitch launched Mirrored Media, an experiential marketing company based in Santa Monica, California.

Since opening its doors in 2011, Mirrored Media has generated an impressive list of high-profile clients, including Acura, Universal Pictures, Syfy, Fox, and Google Play. The company has also been featured in numerous publications, such as Forbes, the New York TimesAdWeek, and Event Marketer, the magazine that placed Mirrored Media on its Top 100 Event Agencies “It List.”

Lefkovitch sat down with Pepperdine Magazine to explain the concept behind Mirrored Media and share what he’s learned on his professional journey thus far.

Pepperdine Magazine: How did working with Ray Kennedy influence the development of Mirrored Media?

Justin Lefkovitch: While working with Ray, I had the pleasure of meeting and working with countless talented artists. During this time, the music industry was going through dramatic shifts, both in the artist deal structures within major labels, as well as in the way consumers perceived and valued music.

My interest in marketing and advertising, and a desire to create additional revenue streams for artists in the ever-changing environment, led to an idea of creating organic brand campaigns that would not only benefit artists financially, but also meet their goals. I saw what projects were being executed within the space and how many lacked the artist’s unique voice and brand identity. Many campaigns were perceived as contrived by the fans. My approach was to create a win-win scenario for brands and talent.

PM: How did you discover the music industry ’s pain points?

JL: By having many conversations with artists I was working alongside at the time. I noticed that there was a strong breakdown of communication between talent and marketing executives. Each camp spoke a different language, with very different campaign goals and interests in mind. In addition, the music industry can be perceived as intimidating, due to the complexities around publishing and licensing. Some might even perceive it as risky.

This attitude, coupled with the fickle fan perspective of branded content and campaigns, laid the foundation for my idea. I strongly believed that mutually beneficial experiences could be created to produce a successful marketing campaign—and we have now proven that.

PM: What exactly is “experiential marketing?”

JL: For me, experiential marketing is messaging that you can touch, feel, view, and engage with within the physical or digital space—basically, any experience that moves you and makes you want to share it with your friends. While traditional advertising concentrates on verbally and visually communicating the brand message through radio, print, and television, experiential marketing can encompass a variety of mediums focusing on creating an experience that immerses the consumer in the brand message with a more high-touch but low-pressure approach.

PM: What sets Mirrored Media apart from other marketing companies?

JL: Mirrored Media concentrates on creating high-impact and enduring lifestyle campaigns that specialize in music and entertainment. Each member of my team has extensive experience working in the music and entertainment world, as well as the traditional marketing landscape.

From previous artist managers and tour managers, to marketing directors and art designers, I am fortunate to have an incredible team that understands the needs of both the brand client, as well as the influencer partner who could be a band, artist, or social media star. I believe Mirrored Media’s strength comes from our approach and close relationships with our influencer partners, coupled with our strong creative ideas that continuously challenge the notion of what’s possible and push the creative needle over the edge.

Our executive team is made up of millennials who can continuously evolve our capabilities and creative to meet the needs of the market. Ultimately, every one of our brands and partners experience transformational results through each campaign.

PM: What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

JL: When I first came up with the idea for Mirrored Media, Gary Mallaber—who most famously composed for Steve Miller Band and drummed for Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison, The Beach Boys, John Lennon, and many others—once told me that if I could bring humanity back to the industry, we would have a line of artists and brands wanting to work with us. That always stuck with me and I tried to do exactly that.

 

The 2016 Event Marketer It List – Top 100 Agencies

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We are proud to announce that Mirrored Media was named by Event Marketer as one of the top 100 agencies for the Second Year in a Row in their 2016 It List.  We could not have accomplished this without the help of our amazing team and our extraordinary clients.

This award represents our hard work and determination to become a leader in the experiential marketing field and this only motivates our team to excel in bringing the best products to all our clients and supporters.

“It was the toughest year to date to be selected for the It List, so let’s give a big round of applause to the 2016 Top 100 Agencies who hustled to hit every mark—and to an industry that has truly hit its stride. Congratulations.”

 

See the whole list HERE and read more about what Event Marketer has to say about Mirrored Media HERE.

FORBES: Meet Justin Lefkovitch: The Mirrored Media Founder Transforming Experiential Marketing

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In 2011, Justin Lefkovitch founded Mirrored Media, a leading experiential marketing company that specializes in creating high impact, enduring lifestyle campaigns that unite marquee artists with influential brands. The 28-year-old and his tight-knit team of skilled young forward-thinkers help brands connect with their target demographic through crafting organic music experiences.

The ever-evolving convergence of marketing, entertainment, technology and culture has reached an exciting turning point. With the advertising industry transitioning into the new entertainment business, more brands are expanding into the lifestyle space in unconventional ways. Brands are discovering the deeper value in partnering with various artists and influencers to craft content and campaigns that solidify their position within pop culture. Understanding the seamless merger of music and digital media, brands and marketers are collaborating to create products, platforms, and experiences that authentically engage a millennial audience.

While advertisers continue investing the bulk of their attention and resources into developing mobile-focused digital videos and cutting edge social programs, there’s an evident gold mine emerging in the realm of live events and experiential marketing. In an era where festivals stand as the thriving pulse of music, touring is more frequent than ever, and brands seek to participate at each stage of the consumer journey, experiential marketing offers the perfect opportunity to experiment with truly cutting edge concepts. With a foresight of the changing landscape, Justin Lefkovitch set out to build a company that would provide the blueprint for how brands and artists collaborate to not only achieve their goals, but also enhance and advance their art form in the process.

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While a student at Pepperdine University, Justin began managing renowned singer/songwriter Ray Kennedy, stepping in to handle various aspects of his career. Serving as his first introduction to the music business, Lefkovitch learned the dynamics of the industry, while further discovering the deficiencies and frustrations that artists endured. One particular issue that stood out was the evident disconnect between brands and artists, with neither side able to identify the shared values required to forge healthy, authentic partnerships. “I looked at what was happening in other aspects of entertainment, in sports and in movies, where brands had really figured out how to market in that space and evolve the art form through product placements that were organic and authentic,” Lefkovitch told Forbes. “At that time, brands, music and entertainment working together seemed like selling out, but I knew there was a way to make it work authentically.”

 Taking his learned knowledge and innate instincts; Justin developed a business plan and submitted to a contest held by the University. Making it to the finals, Lefkovitch gained the spark and confirmation needed to fully believe in his idea. His passion and vision attracted the attention of Grammy Award Winning composer Steven Kofsky, who became Justin’s first investor and business partner. From there, through diligence and tireless work, Mirrored Media was born and quickly rose to prominence. “He had a lot of passion for what he was doing, and to me, he had a very good idea,” Kofsky told Forbes. “He believed in his idea, and the concept of how he wanted to execute the idea, but his passion was the key — he was ahead of his years.”

Today, his growing roster of global clients includes Google GOOGL +2.19%, Acura, TuneCore, Mophie, Fullscreen, Awesomeness TV, and Crave Online. From prominent festivals and premiere conferences, to nationwide tours and disruptive pop up activations – Mirrored Media is widely credited with delivering massively successful live events that drive awareness, engagement, influence and capital for each brand partner. Receiving recognition for their groundbreaking work and innovative approach to developing interactive branded entertainment experiences, Mirrored Media earned a coveted spot on Event Marketer’s 2015 It List of Top 100 Event Agencies.

With a growing group of smart and savvy employees representing richly diverse perspectives and a broad scope of industry experience extending across music, media and marketing, Mirrored Media embodies the ethos and vision of today’s generation, reflecting a rapidly emerging trend of fearless, creative millennials on a mission to transform the attitude and framework of modern marketing. “I think we’re very lucky, because we’re in a position to pick our clients and pick the projects we want to be a part of,” stated Lefkovitch. “We work with clients that we really vibe well with, clients we can be a positive influence on, that listen to what we have to say, and want to truly create something really dope and creative.”

I visited the Mirrored Media headquarters in Santa Monica, California and spoke with Justin about the road to launching his company, what gives his team an edge in the experiential space and how their winning streak will carry into 2016 and beyond. Watch above or view the full interview here.

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Extreme Music Gets Freaky for Halloween

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We take Halloween very seriously around here, so we made sure to throw the craziest Halloween Party for our friends at Extreme Music!

On October 27, we packed the Whisky a Go Go in Hollywood with a freaky set of performances by Cirque Berzerk and awesome shows by Kimberly Nicole and Courtesy Flush (Think Village People 2.0, just a hundred times kookier with Extreme CEO and Founder Russell Emanuel and it’s lead).

Drinks were flowing, music was playing, and the most awesome costumes were awarded with amazing prizes including signed PRS guitars by Hans Zimmer. We have to thank all the Waldos, corpse brides, the Kim Kardashians, and the skeletons that came out to party with us! It was an unforgettable night.

Check out some of the photos below!

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TuneCore Live LA June: The New Regime, FMLYBND and Drop City Yacht Club

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We’re so psyched to announce that The New Regime, FMLYBND and Drop City Yacht Club will be performing live at the next TuneCore Live show at Bardot-Hollywood on May 26. Last month was amazing, and with the help of our awesome sponsors – Swisher Sweets, TuneCore, SwingHouse, DropKloud and Celebuzz –  we’re expecting another packed house.

If you haven’t been to one of our shows yet, come down, let us know what you’re up to, ask us questions, and share some fun – our west coast team will be in attendance and ready to kick it.

Peep the flyer for more details and check out sample sounds from each artist below:

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Live Acoustic Performances at NFUSE Marriott June

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Celeigh Chapman, Jesse Macht, Katie Stump, Matt Keolsch and Mike West will all be playing an acoustic performance at NFUSE in Anaheim this month. Come join them an enjoy some dinner and drinks in the beautiful NFUSE bar and kitchen. Check out the full schedule below and learn a bit more about the artists:
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