LA TRAVEL LEISURE

Tronc Open to Soon-Shiong Offer for Company; Won’t Sell L.A. Times Alone

Chicago media company tronc Inc. said in a public filing on Thursday that it would be open to considering a proposal from its second-largest shareholder, Patrick Soon-Shiong, to buy out the company in order to own its trophy publication, the Los Angeles Times.

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MGM Buys Out Viacom, Lionsgate Stakes in Epix for $1.03 billion

MGM Holdings Inc. announced Wednesday it is taking over premium channel Epix in a $1.03 billion acquisition of the 80.9 percent stake in the company it doesn’t already own.

Austrian, Polish Airlines Launching Service at LAX

For L.A. travelers seeking Old World charm, two European airlines are starting their first flights out of the Los Angeles International Airport.

Spotify, Universal Music Agreement Offers Album First Dibs to Subscribers

Music streaming service Spotify and Universal Music Group announced a multiyear global license agreement Tuesday that will allow Universal artists the option to release new albums to premium subscribers for two weeks before public distribution.

Tronc Shares Climb as It Pushes Back at Soon-Shiong

Shares of tronc Inc., parent of the Los Angeles Times, jumped 4.6 percent on Monday after the company pushed back against claims of unfair treatment by Patrick Soon-Shiong, its second-largest shareholder.

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Extended Stay Pays for Hotels

HOSPITALITY: King’s move to China yielded investors.

Developer Grant King checked in with Chinese investors to back his Hollywood hotel projects.

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SpaceX Nails World’s First Launch, Landing of Reused Rocket

SpaceX landed a used Falcon 9 first-stage rocket on a water barge in the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday — the world’s first flight and landing of a previously launched orbital-class rocket.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Still Invited to Oscars - Sans Cellphones

Following the high-profile, tweet-related flub at last month’s Oscars that led award presenters to announce the wrong Best Picture winner, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has decided to retain PricewaterhouseCoopers for its accounting and Oscar balloting business. But no cell phones will be allowed backstage.

George Lucas Donates $10 Million to USC Film School for Diversity Effort

Filmmaker George Lucas has doubled his support for student diversity at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts with another $10 million endowment. The gift from the George Lucas Family Foundation raises the foundation’s student diversity support effort to $20 million.

Update: New Owners of Us Weekly Confirm L.A. Office Closure, Staff Layoffs

Magazine publisher American Media Inc. confirmed Monday it is closing the West Coast office of Us Weekly, which it bought earlier this month, and laying off less than 30 percent of the publication’s total staff, or around 30 people.

Us Weekly Closing West Coast Office in L.A., Laying off Staff: Media Reports

Us Weekly is closing its West Coast office in Los Angeles, Page Six reported Friday, while several news sites reported the New York-based celebrity news publication was laying off as many as 40 of its employees.

Developer Thinks Small With Hotel

Capital Foresight places big bet on micro-room restoration of Mikado building in Little Tokyo.

Developer Capital Foresight sees a big opening for a micro-unit hotel in Little Tokyo.

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Pro Soccer Offer Fielded

SPORTS: Michael Eisner’s Tornante enters talks to buy English team Portsmouth.

Former Disney chief Michael Eisner looks to play ball with British soccer team Portsmouth FC.

LGBT Paper Sees Unfolding Opportunity in L.A.

MEDIA: Blade believes niche focus, Trump’s presidency will help it step into market.

LGBT paper the Blade will take a stab at bringing L.A. readers into its fold.

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Philharmonic’s President Cued Up Funding Boom

ARTS: Deborah Borda, departing for New York gig, oversaw nonprofit’s growth.

Departing Deborah Borda talks how she conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s business.