MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT

Long Beach Q1 Airport Traffic Up Nearly 10 Percent

Passenger traffic at Long Beach Airport rose 9.7 percent during the first quarter to nearly 1 million, according to figures released May 4 by airport officials.

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Relativity Media Finds Buyer

Relativity Media announced May 3 that is has found a buyer in UltraVHoldings, which is a combination of asset management firm Sound Point Capital Management and RMRM Holdings.

Bank of America Names New Entertainment Head

Bank of America Merrill Lynch named a new head for their entertainment industries group, tapping Jason Feuerstein, former head of the MUFG Union Bank’s entertainment group.

L.A. City Council Passes Short-Term Rental Rules

The Los Angeles City Council on May 2 unanimously approved the first set of proposed rules to govern Airbnb Inc. and other companies in the short-term rental industry.

Getty Sponsored Art Event Generated Nine-Figure Revenue, Thousands of Jobs

The Getty Foundation sponsored and partly bankrolled “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA” multi-venue art event generated $430 million in economic activity and 4,080 jobs, according to a Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation report released May 1.

LAX Passenger Traffic Up 6.6 Percent; International Jumps 12 Percent

Passenger traffic at Los Angeles International Airport rose 6.6 percent in March – including a nearly 12 percent jump in international travelers – and was up 6 percent for the first quarter, according to figures released April 26 by airport officials.

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JetBlue Returns to Ontario Airport; Reduces Flights at Long Beach

JetBlue Airways Corp. is returning service to Ontario International Airport in September as part of a regional flight shuffle in which the carrier is adding flights at Hollywood Burbank Airport but sharply reducing flights at Long Beach Airport, the airline announced April 25.

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Sony Increases Investment in UK Children’s App

Sony Pictures Television Networks upped its investment in London-based Hopster, a subscription app for young children, according to an April 25 announcement.

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So Cal Public Broadcasting Outfits Announce Merger

Public broadcasting stations KCETLink Media Group in Los Angeles and PBS SoCal (KOCE) in Orange County announced April 25 that they will merge.

New Electric Buses at LAX

The L.A. Board of Airport Commissioners approved a $23.7 million purchase of new 60-foot electric buses that will be used to transport passengers between terminals on the airfield.

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STYLE | Showbiz Shark

Thomas C. Grane I Mob Scene

Thomas C. Grane, founder and chief executive of entertainment marketing agency Mob Scene, was probably not the only 6th grader who switched his career aspirations from professional baseball to the movie biz after seeing “Jaws” in a sold-out theater when the blockbuster opened in 1975.

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Surf Air Adds 20 Global Destinations to Offerings

Surf Air, the Los Angeles-based airline that offers unlimited flights for a monthly subscription, announced partnerships with JetClass and BLADE, giving customers access to additional domestic and international locations.

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Passenger Traffic Up 10 Percent at Ontario Airport

Passenger traffic at Ontario International Airport surged 10 percent during the first quarter over the same period a year ago, airport officials announced on April 19.

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E-Sports Company Immortals Partners With Mountain Dew, Expands Lions Gate Role

In what might be a sign of e-sports commercial viability, Los Angeles e-sports team Immortals announced April 17 that they will partner with Mountain Dew, and collaborate with Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.

PMK*BNC CEO Michael Nyman to Leave Firm for New Venture

PMK*BNC, the largest public relations firm in Los Angeles, according to the Business Journal’s 2018 list based on number of employees in L.A. County, announced that Michael Nyman, the current co-chief executive and co-chairman, will be leaving the firm to start Acceleration, an investment and advisory firm focused on marketing and media. No timetable has been announced for his departure.

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