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After Suing Triller For $28M, Swizz Beatz And Timbaland Have Reached A Settlement Agreement Over The Verzuz Acquisition

The battle of Swizz Beatz and Timbaland against Triller has officially come to an end.

Sep 23, 2022

Timbaland And Swizz Beatz Sue Triller For $28M, Alleging That The Company Has Missed Payments Since Acquiring Their Verzuz Series

If a theme song was needed for what’s happening with the popular music platform, Verzuz, then cue Dr. Dre’s “Next Episode.” In a recent development from Swizz Beatz and Timbaland, all is not copasetic with the folks at Triller. The musical duo has sued the social media app for breach of contract to the tune of $28 million.

Aug 17, 2022

Triller Made A $14M Commitment To Black Creators —  But Some Of Them Are Claiming That The Platform Never Paid Up

Over the years, TikTok has received a lot of flack from Black creators for not receiving the same opportunities as their white counterparts. In light of the situation, the social media giant’s competitors swooped in to offer them more — one of them being Triller. But according to The Washington Post, there are allegations that the app has not followed through on its promises. Triller made its name recruiting talent with lavish perks and content houses in the Hollywood Hills. Now, dozens of influencers are struggling to get paid. ‘We were made to look like fools,’ one creator said. — Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) August 3, 2022

Aug 4, 2022

Triller Goes Beyond Its Verzuz Acquisition As It Reportedly 'Pursues' IPO

Timbaland and Swizz Beatz stepped up to the plate during the pandemic to add some joy through the concept of Verzuz. After much success and some questionable head-to-head musical battles, Triller acquired Verzuz from the two musical icons. Oh, what a tale of American economics. Many culturalists speculated that the acquisition would water down the impact of Verzuz. Others saw Triller’s money move as an attempt to stay relevant, specifically against its ever-popular competitor — Tik Tok. Whether any of those speculations are true, Triller is in the news again. This time, the short video app filed official paperwork with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission to take the company public.

Jul 1, 2022

Former COO Of Beyoncé's Parkwood Entertainment Steve Pamon Named President Of Verzuz

Former president and COO of Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment, Steve Pamon, has secured a new position. According to a press release, Verzuz and Triller have appointed Pamon as the President of Verzuz. Under the new title, the executive will oversee the operations of global business including go-to-market and production. In addition, Pamon will manage logistical operations for Verzuz such as contracts, sponsors, venues, programming, live events, and partnerships. “Steve is the proverbial triple threat. His exceptional track record and reputation across Parkwood Entertainment, the NFL, and HBO, delivering global entertainment innovation, and his devotion to respect and lift culture makes his stewardship of the Verzuz brand the perfect match,” Triller CEO Mahi de Silva said in a press statement. “Verzuz is a cultural phenomenon and Steve’s leadership is a perfect complement to Swizz Beatz and Timbaland, who continue to curate the iconic Verzuz events. Steve will accelerate the Verzuz...

Mar 28, 2022

TrillerVerz: Swizz Beatz And Timbaland Announce The 'Biggest Creative IPO Of All Time'

Verzuz has held it down for the culture since its debut in 2020. Created by legendary record producers Swizz Beatz and Timbaland , Verzuz has continued to soar in popularity, and at one point, it even amassed over 136.5 million views for the music showdown battle between Brandy and Monica. Now Verzuz is leveling up on the financial side. Verzuz via Triller has plans to become a publicly-traded company on the stock market. Deadline reports, the deal will be made possible due to a reverse merger with SeaChange. Once the deal is finalized, “TrillerVerz” will become the new face and will be valued at an impressive $5 billion. TrillerVerz will trade under the ticker symbol ILLR on the Nasdaq. The merge will accomplish a shared goal to become “a leading AI-powered social media platform for content, creators & commerce,” and to “create a leading voice on the Web3.0 movement and embrace the power of decentralized systems to enable greater participation in the multi-hundred billion dollar...

Jan 10, 2022

Triller Says It's Going To Pay Up To $4K A Month In Cash & Equity To Black Creators

Triller, the app that is best known for working with the likes of Eminem and the VERZUZ brand, has announced a new equity program for Black creators. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the app has launched a funding program that will provide Black creators posting on the app $2,000 in cash and $2,000 in company equity per month. The contracts with the creators begin on Jan. 1, and participants are required to sign a one-year contract with the app to qualify for the payments. The program is called the Triller Assembly for Black Creators, and more details about it can be found here. The objective of Assembly for Black Creators is to empower Black creators and talent to deepen the pipeline of Black-owned content across entertainment, lifestyle, fashion, sports and other genres available to consumer brands for integration and advertising opportunities. Creators who are participating in the program are required to post eight videos to Triller per month and eight different posts with...

Triller's NFT Marketplace Set To Auction Rare Photos Of Legendary Artist Basquiat

The iconic art of Jean-Michel Basquiat is heading to the digital space. On Dec. 3, rare images of Basquiat turned into non-fungible tokens (NFTs) will be auctioned in Miami, according to a press release. The “Our Friend, Jean” NFT Auction will take place on the marketplace — a first-of-its-kind company. The NFTs are set to be released during Basquiat’s historic week-long exhibition — curated by The Bishop Gallery and hosted by Triller — at Art Basel from Nov. 29 through Dec. 4. The event will feature photos of Basquiat that were taken by co-curator Alexis Adler, the artist’s close friend and roommate. Some of Basquiat’s earliest artwork will be highlighted during the digital curated experience. The artworks will be on loan from collectors who were friends of Basquiat including Adler, Al Diaz — Co-Creator of SAMO — Jane Diaz, Hilary Jaeger, Katie Taylor and Lucy Sante. Courtesy Photo Their rare photographs collection aims to give the artist’s fans insight into more...

Nov 19, 2021

Triller's New Initiative Aims To Help Black Creators Land The Brand Partnership Of Their Dreams

Triller continues to pledge its support for Black creators. In a press release, the company announced its Assembly for Black Creators, an initiative that will bring together more than 250 Black content creators and major brands — including Popeyes and Hallmark — with an overall goal of helping the parties form relationships to create branded content. “We started this effort with a deep appreciation of the huge impact Black Creators have had on culture and content around the world. With this series, we are catalyzing the need for brands, agencies, and media properties to invest in Black creators and media owners,” said Mahi de Silva , CEO of TrillerNet, parent company to Triller, Verzuz,, and other media brands in an official statement. “Events like the Assembly for Black Creators are essential for pushing important industry-wide change, as it is scalable and repeatable, deploys spend directly to individuals and brands, and helps create a thriving ecosystem of media,...

Oct 18, 2021

Timbaland's Beatclub Becomes The First Music Startup To Be Invited Into IBM’s Accelerator Program

This is where music and technology intersect! Timbaland’s Beatclub is set to become the first music-tech startup to be invited to join the IBM Hyper Protect Accelerator, a mentorship program dedicated to providing startups with data protection, privacy, and security solutions while pushing for advancement in the startup ecosystem. The premier global marketplace for music creators was co-founded by legendary producer, Timbaland, alongside his longtime manager, Gary Marella. “At Beatclub we leverage the hyper ledger fabric and smart contracts to underpin all of our business processes and transactions across our marketplace,” said Eric Czar , Chief Technology Officer at Beatclub, in an official press release shared with AfroTech. “Our participation in IBM Hyper Protect Accelerator will enable us to continue our development work as we automate the self-executing license terms for our music products and enable all of our transactions to be fully transparent and trackable, all while...

Sep 15, 2021

Are You Ready To DJ For Verzuz?  If So, Triller Is Willing To Pay You A $1M Annual Salary

Looking to be the official DJ of the biggest live music phenomenon in the industry? Well look no further, Triller and Verzuz are offering an opportunity of a lifetime. Complex reports that both streaming platforms have commenced a global search for their first resident DJ to help warm up crowds for all Triller-hosted events — including Verzuz, Triller Live, Triller Fight Club, FITE and more. The DJ competition is a one-of-a-kind career opportunity that comes with a $1 million annual salary that’s up for grabs for both experienced and “aspiring DJs from around the world.” “We’re excited to help find Triller’s new Resident DJ, which will be a DJ gig like no other,” Verzuz co-founders Timbaland and Swizz Beatz said in a statement. “The Verzuz audience knows what’s up, so when the voting begins you can be sure the winning DJ will be someone who has all the right stuff. We can’t wait to discover the next superstar behind the decks.” Triller executive chairman Bobby Sarnevesht also adds...

Jul 14, 2021

Floyd Mayweather Reveals He Made Millions In 'Fake Fight' Against Logan Paul

Things aren’t always as they seem! We’re shocked, but not surprised to hear that the Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul matchup wasn’t “real.” Floyd Mayweather, Jr. was caught on tape sharing that he walked away with $100 million for what he called a “fake fight” in his exhibition match against famous YouTuber Logan Paul earlier this month. According to Fox News, Mayweather’s comments were picked up in microphones set up for a press conference Saturday night following Gervonta Davis’ 11-round knockout of Mario Barrios in Atlanta. “I’m the only person you know that can do a fake fight and get a 100 M’s (millions),” said Mayweather as he walked off of the stage. “I could do legalized sparring and get 100 M’s.” Floyd Mayweather boasting about making $100million for his exhibition with Logan Paul after Gervonta Davis' win… [📽️ @ShowtimeBoxing ] — Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) June 27, 2021 Mayweather has served as a mentor to Davis and was spotted at Saturday’s...

Jun 30, 2021

Video Network App Triller Takes Legal Action Against Mike Tyson

Video network app Triller is coming for Mike Tyson’s coins! According to ClutchPoints, after the former heavyweight refused to work with the app for his next exhibition fight, the streaming platform may be seeing him in court. When Tyson went up against Roy Jones, Jr., millions of dollars were allegedly spent on the former heavyweight, according to Triller CEO, Ryan Kavanaugh, who sent a letter detailing the spend. The CEO also claimed that the company had rights to a third fight against Evander Holyfield. “Rather than drop the price or renegotiate the deal, we agreed to keep the economics the same with the understanding that the Holyfield fight would be the next fight, and we pre-agreed to the terms,” wrote Kavanaugh. “No one else but Triller was willing to take $25 million dollars of risk on the initial fight, especially in the middle of Covid. We did. Every penny paid in full and no one has ever claimed we did not every penny in full.” Triller’s @RyanKavanaugh responds to Mike...

Jun 29, 2021

Ice Cube Inks Deal To Bring Big3 Basketball League To Triller

Triller is on a mission to add more sports content to its video network platform — starting with rapper Ice Cube and his Big3 basketball league. According to CNBC, Cube inked an agreement for a joint venture with the social media company in which Triller will host his league’s first all-star game, its draft, and also feature 30 hours of live games from its 2021 season. Though specifics around the deal have not been made available, the outlet reports that both Big3 and Triller will share advertising revenue earned from the upcoming events, arena signage, and cross-promote their brands together. “There’s nothing as fun and fast in sports as Big3 basketball, and once you watch one game, you’ll be hooked,” Triller co-owner Ryan Kavanaugh shared in a statement. “We are excited to partner with Ice Cube and the Big3 organization to bring this exciting and growing sport to Triller audiences around the world.” Ice Cube basked in the announcement of his Triller deal tweeting, “Big3 signs deal...

Jun 4, 2021

Apple Reportedly Tried To Buy Verzuz Before Triller Deal Was On The Table

Before Verzuz made its surprising announcement to join forces with video network app Triller, Apple attempted to make Swizz Beatz and Timbaland an offer to purchase the company. According to a report from Bloomberg, people with knowledge of the deal — who asked not to be identified due to private discussions — shared that the tech giant initially put their bid in but their offer was much lower than what Triller ended up paying Verzuz. Neither of the Verzuz co-founders or a spokesman from Apple has commented on this news as of yet. Last July, a deal was made between Apple and Verzuz in which the spontaneous music platform was able to live-stream its events through Apple Music and Beats 1 simultaneously with its Instagram page. However, that streaming deal came to an end once Triller entered the picture. REVOLT reports that while many people were shocked to hear that Verzuz had sold its platform — including “Power” actor Michael Rainey Jr. who accused the co-founders of being...

Jun 1, 2021