LABJ WEEKLY EDITION
TV: Fox channels ratings for ‘Empire’ into musical ventures.
Fox is singing all the way to the bank as its highly watched hip-hop drama “Empire” churns out hit songs and music revenue.
Onestop Internet tracks shops’ items online, in stores
Onestop looks to link up shops’ online and brick-and-mortar sales and inventory.
HEALTH CARE: Summation says it has R/x to pick medical startups.
Summation Health Ventures can turn to its investors’ doctors when choosing which startups to nurse.
Stay Fit Housing helps business people work out their travel plans.
Stay Fit Housing makes room for healthy services to pursue business travelers.
Darren Kavinoky looks to help DUI, drug defendants beyond legal system.
Defense lawyer Darren Kavinoky has launched an offensive to treat the substance abuse issues of his clients.
Adam Xavier thought riding a motorcycle in Los Angeles was scary, until he took a trip to China last summer.
News and notes from communities across Los Angeles County
Williams Data Management, a Vernon data security and storage business, has acquired Shred Masters Inc., an Ontario document destruction company.
DEVELOPMENT: Executive architect firm House & Robertson sees more work from small design firms handling big projects.
Executive architects such as House & Robertson help projects pencil out for design firms.
RETAIL: Smart & Final credits strategy to attract typical grocery shoppers.
Investors buy shares of Smart & Final in bulk after a strong quarter from the market chain.
LAW: Covington & Burling shutters outpost to house SoCal efforts in Los Angeles.
Washington, D.C.’s Covington & Burling shutters its San Diego office in a move to court L.A. business.
SHIPPING: Analyst sees Los Angeles, Long Beach losing business as unlikely.
Florida governor makes few waves with his plan to poach L.A.-Long Beach port cargo.
REAL ESTATE: $402 million in local properties purchased as part of $8.1 billion deal.
Local industrial properties show their strength with foreign buyers as part of $8.1 billion deal.
ACCOUNTING: War stories of Ernie Cooper added plus for VLS’ forensic clients.
Ernie Cooper taps into his FBI past to make a case for VLS’ forensic services.
INTERNET: TheAmplify casts online influencers in ‘Insurgent’ video promotion.
Culver City social media marketing firm theAmplify, which launched in January 2014, has broadened its range of creative offerings to include green-screen video production for campaigns on Instagram featuring popular influencers.
POLITICS: Groups’ studies look at impact of different proposed pay increases.
When local business and labor groups came out with their respective studies on the impacts of hiking L.A.’s minimum wage last week, the fact that they came to different conclusions – business opposing and labor supporting – was not surprising.
LITIGATION: Cybersecurity seen as concern contributing to expansion of sector.
Businesses across the United States spent more than $2 billion last year defending themselves against a slew of class-action lawsuits, and most companies anticipate this year will bring even heftier legal bills, according to a report published this month.
BEAUTY: Blinkbar looks to pricey extensions to help bolster expansion plan.
Mink stole. Mink coat. Mink lashes?
Six local bank executives address regulatory, economic issues that have spurred institutions to seek deals to combine their strengths.
Bidders are going big for small and midsize institutions as bankers team up.
Royal Bank of Canada’s deal for City National is another example of L.A. losing a headquarters.
Calendar of events
ACQUISITION: Off-market purchase by Mani Brothers valued at $48.5 million.
A pair of three-story office buildings in Playa Vista sold this month in an off-market deal for $48.5 million.
Jean Gonsoulin wants to get the word out on how the PR industry benefits Los Angeles.
DINING: State bill would cap pay for gratuity-receiving employees.
State bill would let restaurants skip out on paying increased minimum wages to tipped workers.
State high court might have opened door for more megamansions by limiting environmental objections.
Malls put money on drawing Chinese visitors.
Some L.A. malls work to make sure they are on the map as stops for Chinese bus tours.