Stories by Diane
Fabienne Souliès – Pitchoun French Bakery & Café
Don’t try to impress the staff at downtown’s Pitchoun French Bakery and Café by approaching the bakery counter to order a bag of fresh pitchouns to go.
L.A.’s wealthiest Women Include Business Leaders, Investors, Heirs
Just how far have women come in the business world?
Alyssa Weinberger I Lido Advisors
No need to tell Alyssa Weinberger, senior managing director at Lido Advisors in Century City, about the value of a dollar.
Dodger delicacy laps competition 56 years after introduction
Dodger Dogs lead the big leagues with 2.7 million sold at the ballpark.
John R. Lewis – Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Los Angeles Zoo Director John R. Lewis worked hard to tidy up his office the day before a visit from the Business Journal but confessed that when no one’s watching he tends to cover his desk and tables with carefully sorted books and papers.
Scott Fisher I Select Management Group
Scott Fisher, 26-year-old founder and chief executive of Select Management Group in mid-Wilshire, might not be the first person you’d peg as the manager of fashion-forward internet personality Gigi Gorgeous.
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.
All-women support group for Music Center brings new vibe to longstanding mission
Music Center’s 50-year-old fund-raising organization plans for the future.
Rachael Worby I Muse/ique
Rachael Worby has devised a uniform that works for her as founder, artistic director and conductor of the Muse/ique performing arts collective.
Investment banker’s door, mind open to younger staff
Intrepid’s Jim Freedman wants his company to “outperform and outdeliver.”
Adam R. Simmons I Tangram Interiors
Tangram Interiors’ Director of New Business Development Adam R. Simmons lives downtown, walking distance from the company’s 12th floor offices and showroom on West 7th Street.
Chris Jackson I Lionshare Partners
Chris Jackson, founder and chief executive of Lionshare Partners financial planning firm, knows from experience that many potential clients are surprised when an athletic, 6-foot-4-inch, 240-pound, 35-year-old walks into the room.
Terry L. Karges - Petersen Automotive Museum
When Terry L. Karges, executive director of Petersen Automotive Museum, talks about the institution, he’s more likely to compare the place to Disneyland than to nearby Los Angeles County Museum of Art or the California Science Center in Exposition Park.
Josh Zad I Alfred Inc.
Josh Zad, chief executive of Alfred Inc., parent of Alfred Coffee & Kitchen and Alfred Tea Room, may have a supersized latte in his hand, but these days his mind is on beer.
Brad Gluckstein I Apex Realty / Conga Room
Brad Gluckstein calls himself a real estate executive by day and a salsa dancer by night. He’s chief executive of Apex Realty in mid-Wilshire, with a $500 million portfolio of shopping centers and multi-tenant industrial buildings, as well as founder and co-owner of the Conga Room, a music venue and nightclub celebrating Latin music.
Disneyland may be the Happiest Place on Earth for visitors, but low wages have caused homelessness, hunger and financial woes for its employees, according to a report released on Feb. 28.
Walt Disney Co. is celebrating the box office success of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” by donating $1 million to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for youth STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs, the company announced on Feb. 27.
Jennifer Ferro - KCRW-FM (89.9)
Public radio station KCRW-FM (89.9) on the Santa Monica College campus contains just about everything but the kitchen sink.
Local news website LAist, which has been shut down for about four months, will be revived under a new owner.
Shows as economic drivers
The entertainment industry’s major awards shows bring millions to the home economy.
Employment in the entertainment industry in the Los Angeles Basin grew 19.6 percent from 2006 to 2016, outpacing 4 percent growth across all industries in the area over the same 10-year period, a new report says.
Rachel Fine | Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
Rachel Fine, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
Adaptive Studios Inc, an entertainment studio that creates premium content for emerging and traditional platforms located in Culver City, has raised $16.5 million in Series B funding, the company announced on Feb.15.
Luxury auto brand Genesis has awarded $500,000 to the J. Paul Getty Museum in Brentwood in support of arts education and youth community programs.
Christopher Gavigan I Honest Co.
Christopher Gavigan, a co-founder and chief purpose officer of Jessica Alba’s six-year-old Honest Co., said customers who contact the company, which creates eco-friendly products for babies and the home, might be shocked to receive a callback from Gavigan himself.
Boutique hotel’s theater makes guests “feel plugged into the local scene”
Perks offered to guests of the Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles go beyond the typical.
Employment in the entertainment industry in the Los Angeles Basin grew 19.6 percent from 2006 to 2016, outpacing 4 percent growth across all industries in the area over the 10-year period, a new report says.
Los Angeles Times parent company Tronc Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to sell the Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union-Tribune and various titles in the California News Group division to Nant Capital, the private investment vehicle of L.A. biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong.
Los Angeles biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong is buying the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune, according to the news reports.
Engine Group North America has announced new executive leadership at content creation and entertainment marketing agency Trailer Park Inc.
Hollywood manager Vincent Cirrincione, who has represented stars including Halle Berry and Taraji P. Henson, has shut down his management agency in Hollywood following allegations that he sexually harassed aspiring black actresses over a period of 20 years.
Eldridge Industries is consolidating three of its high-profile entertainment properties into a new company, Valence Media, the company announced on Feb. 2.
Struggling under a $20 billion debt burden, San Antonio, Tx.-based iHeartMedia Inc. said its subsidiary, iHeartCommunications Inc., has decided to not make a $106 million interest payment to its creditors, the company said this week.
Levity Entertainment Group in Westchester has acquired The Improv, the 54-year-old comedy club brand owned by Budd Friedman and Mark Lonow, Levity announced on Feb. 1.
TT Games, makers of the Lego video game franchise published by Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment in Burbank, has announced the opening of TT Games Brighton, a new UK-based development studio focused on creating new Lego games designed for mobile platforms.
Veteran public broadcasting executive Judy McAlpine has been appointed president of USC Radio Group.
Sexual harassment and misconduct dominated last year’s Hollywood headlines, but when it comes to entertainment industry mergers and acquisitions, 2017 will be remembered as the year the Mouse ate the Fox.
Peter A. Mindnich, Braille Institute of America Inc.
Montana cowboy J. Robert Atkinson lost his vision in his mid-20s during a visit to his mother in Los Angeles.
Songtradr, a global music licensing and rights management platform located in Santa Monica, raised $4 million in Series A funding to support its ongoing expansion, the company announced on Jan. 25.
Layoffs have begun at Digital First Media's Southern California News Group, which includes the Los Angeles Daily News, Orange County Register, the Daily Breeze in Torrance, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune in Monrovia and the Press-Enterprise in Riverside, among other newspapers.
On-location filming in greater Los Angeles achieved its second-best year on record in 2017, according to a FilmL.A. report released Tuesday.
Hallmark Channel plans offering expansion after 2017 success.
2017’s winter season was a banner one for the Hallmark Channel. Will 2018 be a repeat?
Jason Glushon | Glushon Sports Management
Jason Glushon, president and founder of Glushon Sports Management in West Hollywood, has moved ahead quickly in the competitive world of representing National Basketball Association players.
Los Angeles Times publisher and chief executive Ross Levinsohn was a defendant in two sexual harassment lawsuits, according to a Jan. 18 National Public Radio report.
The peristyle plaza at the soon-to-be-renovated Los Angeles Coliseum, home of USC’s Trojans football team will be named the Julia and George Argyros Plaza in recognition of a $7.5 million gift from the Argyros Family Foundation, located in Costa Mesa.
Southern California News Group, which includes the Los Angeles Daily News, Orange County Register and other newspapers, will reportedly face significant layoffs in coming months.
Live Nation Entertainment in Beverly Hills and Complete Entertainment Resources Group Inc. and related entities formerly known as Songkick (CERG) have announced that Live Nation has acquired some assets from CERG, including CERG’s ticketing commerce platform, anti-scalping algorithm, API application and patent portfolio.
Led the 100-mile move that changed everything for Chargers
Dean Spanos, L.A. Chargers owner, talks new respect for his team in L.A.
Renata Simril - LA84 Foundation
Renata Simril, chief executive of the LA84 Foundation, described herself as a player coach when it comes to running the private nonprofit organization dedicated to youth sports programs that she has headed since January 2016.