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Diane Haithman

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Mob Scene Makes Senior Exec Promotions

Mid-Wilshire entertainment industry marketing agency Mob Scene announced two senior level promotions Monday.

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Beleaguered LA Weekly Names Staffer as Interim Editor

In the midst of a social media-fueled protest and boycott targeting LA Weekly’s controversial new ownership, the publication has named staff writer Hillel Aron as interim editor.

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Camerata Pacifica Receives Largest-Ever Gift, Windfall from Music Sale

Camerata Pacifica chamber orchestra has announced a $1.25 million bequest from Santa Barbara resident Bernard Gondos, a pathologist, amateur violinist and longtime Camerata supporter who died in January.

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T Group Productions Acquires Big Boots Studios, Launches Digital Studio

T Group Productions will acquire digital house Big Boots Studios, the companies have announced.

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LA Weekly Vs. New Alternative

MEDIA: Social media blitz aims to oust new owners

Social media boycott spells trouble for new owners of L.A. Weekly; leads to event cancellation.

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Full Bloom

John Tabis | Bouqs Co.

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Deck The Malls

Brick-and-mortar crowds dwindle, but Santa still draws an audience

Holidays, Santas and customers’ preference for real beards help bring feet to retail centers.

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LA Weekly Sips & Sweets Fest Canceled Amid Boycott Campaign

LA Weekly’s Sips & Sweets Festival, scheduled for Thursday at the Petersen Automotive Museum, was canceled abruptly as a boycott campaign targeting the publication’s new owners spread.

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LA Weekly Sponsors, Advertisers Pull Out Amid Boycott Campaign

In the wake of last week’s mass layoffs at LA Weekly by its new owner, a boycott campaign spreading over social media has businesses pulling ads and removing themselves from the sponsor list for an upcoming LA Weekly event.

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L.A. Times Newsroom Takes Next Step to Unionize

The Los Angeles Times editorial staff has taken the next step in its plan to unionize.

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Family Fashion

Shaan Sethi, chief executive of El Segundo-based Jaanuu, a purveyor of fashion-forward scrubs for medical professionals, called the company “a brother-sister dream.”

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FilmL.A. Reports Area Sound Stages Booked Full; TV Productions Dominate

FilmL.A., the official film office for the City and County of Los Angeles and 23 other jurisdictions, confirmed an average occupancy rate of 96 percent and a similarly high rate of utilization at certified sound stages in Greater Los Angeles in 2016.

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Massive Staff Cuts at LA Weekly; Editor Out

LA Weekly’s new owner, Semenal Media of downtown, axed more than half the alternative weekly’s staff Wednesday, according to the paper’s now-former editor.

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“Game of Thrones” Co-Exec Producer Reveals China Production Plans

Attention “Game of Thrones” fans: Today’s Los Angeles Business Journal print edition story about China-Hollywood TV deals includes word that “Game of Thrones” Co-Executive Producer Vince Gerardis is in discussions with Santa Monica-based Leeding Media to produce a historical series and at least partly shot in China.

Second Act

George O. Davis, executive director of California African American Museum in Exposition Park, came to the post following a 30-year-plus career in the entertainment industry.

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Why China Tunes Out American TV

The past year brought a rash of busted deals between China and Hollywood’s entertainment industry, most recently the end of Paramount Pictures Corp. and Hua Hua Media’s $1 billion agreement that would have financed 25 percent of Paramount’s movie slate for fiscal 2018 and 2019.

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Tax Credit Lures Big-Budget Movie Production Back to California

The California Film Commission has announced that two big-budget films, “Call of the Wild” and Quentin Tarantino’s “Untitled #9,” will be shot in-state. Commission officials say the news, announced this week, represents further evidence that the state’s expanded Film and Television Tax Credit Program 2.0 is bringing big-budget filmmaking back to California. Big-budget films are those with budgets of $75 million or greater.

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Veteran L.A. Banker in Weinstein Company Offer

A veteran of the Los Angeles banking sector and former head of the Small Business Administration under President Barack Obama has reportedly submitted a bid to purchase the embattled Weinstein Co. and bring new, majority-women leadership to its board of directors.

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Fox Exec to Launch App for Harassment Reporting

Fox exec to start sexual harassment reporting app.

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‘Latin Flavor’

Beatriz Acevedo I Mitú

Mitú cofounder’s “Latin Flavor”

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Line 204 to Launch Sun Valley Project

Line 204 Studios in Hollywood is doubling down on its home turf even as it gets ready to break ground on a 240,000-square-foot studio complex in Sun Valley in July 2018.

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LA Phil Taps Seattle Symphony Leader as New Chief Exec

Simon Woods, president and chief executive of Seattle Symphony, has been named chief executive of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

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Fox Exec to Launch Harassment Reporting App

Spurred by the current storm of sexual harassment charges in the entertainment industry, politics and elsewhere, AllVoices, a tool that enables employees to anonymously report harassment, said it had raised $2 million and would launch shortly.

Fastest Growing Private Companies: Idea Farmer Harvests Branded Content

Special Report: Overview of our annual 100 fastest-growing private companies.

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Style: Magic Management

Joe Furlow, Magic Castle

Joe Furlow is not a magician, but it took more than a little sleight of hand to bring Hollywood’s venerable private magicians club Magic Castle back from the brink of insolvency in 2012, when Furlow became general manager of the Academy of Magical Arts, which oversees the club facility.

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SoCal News Group Opinion Editor to Head LA Weekly

Brian Calle, opinion editor for Southern California News Group, will leave his post to become an operating partner overseeing the operations of LA Weekly.

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Getty Trust Receives $5M Gift for Global Conservation

The J. Paul Getty Trust today announced a $5 million gift from philanthropists John E. Bryson and Louise Henry Bryson to establish a new fund supporting the global work of Getty Conservation Institute.

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Huahua Media’s $1B Finance Deal With Paramount is Scrapped

Paramount Pictures Corp. and China’s Huahua Media have mutually ended an agreement that would have financed 25 percent of Paramount’s film slate through 2019, citing recent changes in Chinese foreign investment policies.

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Making Spaces

Deborah English I DL English Design

Interior designer Deborah English

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Game, Girls

Local marketing companies target Gen Z influencers

Generation Z is the new demographic of consequence for brands, and media and marketing companies are looking to girls and young women as influencers.

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LAist, Other DNAInfo Websites Discontinued

LAist, a local news offshoot of New York-based DNAinfo’s Gothamist website, has been shut down by billionaire Joe Ricketts, DNAinfo’s chief executive officer.

Robert Mercer Sells Stake in Breitbart News to His Daughters

Billionaire investor Robert Mercer, a backer of conservative causes and patron of former White House adviser Steven K. Bannon, is reportedly selling his stake in the conservative website Breitbart News Network to his daughters.

Hackers Steal Client Data From Line 204 Studios

Line 204, a Hollywood film and television production and rental company, said today hackers had stolen its client database. The extent of the breach is still being determined.

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Penske Media Corp. Acquires Sourcing Journal

In a move to expand its fashion and retail business coverage, Penske Media Corp. and its subsidiary Fairchild Media have acquired Sourcing Journal, a trade publication for apparel and textile executives focused on sourcing and manufacturing.

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WorkingNation Receives Grant to Fund Employment-Focused Journalism

WorkingNation, a nonprofit campaign founded in 2016 by venture capitalist Arthur Bilger to explore unemployment and present economic solutions, has received a $750,000 grant from Lumina Foundation.

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Randy Freer to Succeed Mike Hopkins as Hulu CEO

Fox Networks Group executive Randy Freer has been named chief executive of Hulu effective Monday.

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ICM Partners Acquires Control of Royce Carlton Speakers Agency

ICM Partners is expanding its reach into the speakers’ business by acquiring a majority interest in New York independent speakers’ agency Royce Carlton Inc.

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International Association of Film Commissioners Announces New Leadership, Plans to Centralize Operations in Los Angeles.

The Association of Film Commissioners International will undergo a major restructuring that includes new leadership and plans to centralize its operations in Los Angeles, the organization announced Friday.

LA Weekly Sold; Buyer Under Wraps

Newly-formed entity takes over; deal throws uncertainty on newsroom operation.

LA Weekly’s buyer remains under wraps.

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Voice Media Group Sells LA Weekly to Semanal Media

Voice Media Group has reached an agreement to sell its LA Weekly newspaper business to downtown-based Semanal Media, according to sources with knowledge of the deal. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

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L.A. Location Filming Down 3.5 Percent in Third Quarter

On-location filming in Greater Los Angeles decreased 3.5 percent in the third quarter compared to the same period in 2016, according to a FilmL.A. report released today.

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Samsung Eyes Content, Leads $8.3 Million Round for Pluto TV

Pluto TV, a free internet television service, has raised another $8.3 million in a round led by Samsung Venture Investment Corp., the venture capital arm of Samsung Group.

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Billionaire Philanthropist Eli Broad Announces Retirement

L.A. civic leader and philanthropist Eli Broad announced Friday that he is retiring from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation.

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Lawyer continues in service of pop superstar as estate executor

John Branca still serves the King of Pop as co-executor of Michael Jackson’s estate.

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New Times Execs Heavy on Digital Experience

MEDIA: Top editor drew mixed reviews on traffic growth at

Latest additions at L.A. Times.

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L.A. Times Names New Editor-in-Chief, President

Lewis D’Vorkin has been named editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Times and Mickie Rosen has been named president of Los Angeles Times Media Group, the company announced Monday.

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Entertainment Weekly to Move to Los Angeles

Time Inc. said Wednesday it would relocate the headquarters of Entertainment Weekly to Los Angeles in March 2018.

Los Angeles Times Journalists Again Propose Union

Los Angeles Times newsroom employees have received a letter notifying them that Times journalists are seeking to form a union after months of organizing.

CAA Sports Acquires Barrett Sports Group, Launches CAA Icon

The CAA Sports division of Creative Artists Agency has acquired Barrett Sports Group, a boutique consulting firm that advises sports venues on strategy and valuation, and will merge it with its Icon Venue Group. The new division will be known as CAA Icon.

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Framing Film

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures rolls toward 2019 opening with $50 million gift from Sabans

Developers lift the curtain on the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, scheduled for a 2019 debut.