LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 16, 2013) - JDate®, the largest and most successful online Jewish community, and Live Talks Los Angeles, an organization that features on-stage conversations with top writers, musicians, actors, humorists and thought leaders in business and science, have announced a partnership that offers JDaters® exclusive access and discounts to all Live Talks Los Angeles events. The partnership provides an opportunity for JDaters to enjoy premier events with appearances by high profile guests including James Franco, Malcolm Gladwell, Chef Daniel Boulud and Mitch Albom, among others.

As part of the partnership, JDate members receive 15 percent off all Live Talks Los Angeles events. Select events will also provide singles the exciting opportunity to participate in JDate's "VIP Blind JDate" program, which allows JDaters to enter a contest for a chance to be matched up on a blind date with another member, while enjoying an exclusive meet-and-greet with a featured celebrity.

"We are excited to partner with Live Talks Los Angeles," said Greg Liberman, CEO of Spark Networks, JDate's owner and operator. "Not only does this partnership extend our support of the LA Jewish community, right in our backyard, but it also furthers our mission by creating new opportunities for Jewish singles to connect with one another offline in a fun, unique and meaningful way." 

Kicking off the first of the "VIP Blind JDate" series of events, two lucky JDaters will have the opportunity to attend the sold out James Franco event on Oct. 20, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., where Franco will discuss his new novel, Actors Anonymous. Among other things, the two winners will receive premium tickets to the event, an exclusive meet-and-greet and photo opportunity with Franco, and an autographed copy of his book.

Ted Habte-Gabr, producer of Live Talks Los Angeles, said, "We're a stage for stories to be shared. We're excited about our partnership with JDate and look forward to welcoming JDate members to our various Los Angeles venues. We feel such events are great connectors and an opportunity for people with similar interests to meet and connect, as well as a venue to be introduced to voices one might not be too familiar with, much like a first date!"

Following An Evening with James Franco, JDaters can purchase discounted tickets for the next featured event, An Afternoon with Mitch Albom, which will take place on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. At the event, Albom, best-selling author (Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven), screenwriter, playwright and nationally-syndicated columnist, will be discussing his new book titled The First Phone Call from Heaven.  

For additional information about JDate, please visit www.JDate.com or to download JDate's JPix™ app visit Google Play Store or iTunes App Store.

About JDate.com
With more than 750,000 active members worldwide, JDate® (www.JDate.com, www.JDate.co.uk, www.JDate.co.il and www.JDate.fr) is the leading online community for Jewish singles. JDate is owned and operated by Spark Networks®, Inc (www.spark.net), whose mission is to create iconic, niche-focused brands that build and strengthen the communities they serve. Spark Networks' shares trade on the NYSE MKT under the symbol "LOV" (NYSE MKT: LOV). In addition to JDate, the Spark Networks portfolio of consumer websites includes, among other brands, ChristianMingle® (www.ChristianMingle.com).

About Live Talks Los Angeles
Live Talks Los Angeles curates and produces 35-40 events a year featuring conversations with storytellers ranging from fiction and non-fiction writers, to musicians, actors, directors and thought leaders in business and science. Events fall into an evening arts and cultural series held in various venues in Los Angeles -- ranging from the intimacy of an art gallery to large 1000+ capacity theatres (www.livetalksla.org). The Live Talks Business Forum is morning series held downtown Los Angeles featuring business executives and thought leaders (www.livetalksbusiness.com). Recent highlights include conversations with Daniel Pink, Harry Belafonte, Tina Fey, Jane Lynch, Amy Poehler, Gregg Allman, Phil Jackson, Neil Gaiman, Malcolm Gladwell, Sandra Cisneros, Penny Marshall and CEOs of Whole Foods, Broadcom, and Idealab.

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