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Diane Haithman

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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.

Matching Sets

‘Airbnb of location shooting’ helps book low-cost sites

Startup Giggster offers location services to help low-budget productions get rolling.

BMG Production Music Acquires Immediate Music

BMG Production Music has acquired Santa Monica independent production house Immediate Music, the companies announced Tuesday.

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Colburn School Receives $1 Million Bequest from Iona Benson

The Colburn School has received a $1 million bequest from the estate of Iona Benson, a longtime volunteer, donor and former board member of the performing arts institution, located in downtown Los Angeles.

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Report: Expanded Tax Credit Program Spurs California Film, Television Production

A 2014 bill to triple the size of California’s film and television production is showing signs of long-term success, according to a report from the California Film Commission released Monday.

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New Publisher Content With Mag’s Coverage

MEDIA: Josef Vann plans to retain traditional focus while steering Los Angeles.

New Publisher Josef Vann says Los Angeles magazine won’t turn the page on its editorial history.

GenPop, Public House Create Finishing Fund for Sundance Hopefuls

Two L.A. production companies are joining forces to provide funding for filmmakers who are running out of cash to complete their entries for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

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Amblin Partners’ CEO Steps Down, Spielberg Steps In

Amblin Partners Chief Executive Michael Wright is stepping down and company Chairman Steven Spielberg will assume the role, Amblin announced Tuesday.

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Mitú Adds Former Nickelodeon President as Chief Executive

Former Nickelodeon President Herb Scannell is taking over as Mitú’s chief executive.

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Broad Museum Adds New Board Members

Downtown’s Broad museum has appointed four new members to its board of directors.

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Los Angeles Magazine Names New Publisher

Los Angeles Magazine has named media veteran Josef Vann as its new publisher.

When Hollywood Calls the Cops

Producers of crime content collar actual police for use as consultants.

Some cop shows shoot for authenticity by using real police as advisers.

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Farm Grows Big Giver

How money manager went from chicken manure to patron of arts

The charitable mind-set of TCW Group’s Marc Stern took root during his childhood on a New Jersey farm.

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United Talent Agency Acquires Greater Talent Network

Beverly Hills-based United Talent Agency has acquired for an undisclosed sum New York’s Greater Talent Network speakers bureau in a move to stake its claim as the market leader in live speaking engagements.

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Hanging in L.A.

Cultural leaders tout Pacific Standard Time event as financial plus.

Museum and other nonprofit leaders frame the new Pacific Standard Time event as a tourism booster.

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Oreva Capital Acquires Here Publishing Inc.

Santa Monica’s Oreva Capital Corp. has funded a management buyout of Here Publishing Inc., owner of media brands catering to the LGBT community, including The Advocate and Out publications.

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Cinedigm Sells Controlling Share to Bison Entertainment

Sherman Oaks’ Cinedigm Corp. has agreed to sell 20 million shares to Santa Monica-based Bison Entertainment Investment Ltd.

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Gets Largest Gift in History

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra has received its largest-ever gift of $1.5 million from philanthropists Carol and Warner Henry.

TV Crews Take Focus

Creative Arts Awards Spread Emmys’ Spotlight

Creative Arts Emmys offer star status to the TV industry’s lesser-known and lesser-paid crews.

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Jewish Journal Editor, Publisher Rob Eshman to Step Down

Rob Eshman’s 17-year tenure as editor and publisher of Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles is set to end effective Sept. 26. Eshman, who’s been with the paper in various roles for 23-years, said he’s stepping down to devote himself to writing full-time.

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Westfield Century City to Offer Services to Entertainment Industry

Westfield Century City mall has plans to offer a different type of makeover services catering to the entertainment industry.

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Will New Chief Deliver for Times?

Paper’s parent subscribes to digital future as internet vet Ross Levinsohn takes charge.

L.A. Times parent shakes up the brass and turns to digital vet Ross Levinsohn to make news at the paper.

Disney Gives $100,000 to Center Theatre Group for Musicals in Schools

Walt Disney Co. has awarded Los Angeles Music Center resident company Center Theatre Group a $100,000 grant to bring the Disney Musicals in Schools program to the Los Angeles area.

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Broad Museum to Unveil Public Artwork for Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA

Downtown’s Broad museum will be among the first to introduce a major presentation as part of this year’s Pacific Standard Time art exhibition, the museum announced Tuesday.

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Top Editors Ousted, New Leadership Named at Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times parent tronc Inc. ousted executive editor-in-chief and publisher Davan Maharaj, as well as several other top editors, on Monday.

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Steve Bannon Returns to Brentwood’s Breitbart News

Steve Bannon has reportedly returned to Brentwood-based Breitbart News Network, the far-right news and commentary website founded by in 2007 by conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart.

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Puji Capital Backs Film Venture by Peter Guber, Steve Richards

Mandalay Entertainment Group chairman and chief executive Peter Guber and Endurance Media Ventures founder Steve Richards have partnered to create a new film production, financing and distribution platform reportedly focusing on star-driven projects.

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Data Points Lead to Deal

Data analytics firm MarketCast says numbers add up in acquisition of rival Fizziology.

Sophia Amoruso’s Girlboss Media Raises $1.2 Million

Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso has raised $1.2 million for her new company, Girlboss Media.

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Southern California News Group Offers Buyouts

Southern California News Group, an umbrella company of 11 area newspapers including the Los Angeles Daily News in Woodland Hills, the Orange County Register, Pasadena Star-News, and the Daily Breeze, is offering a buyout plan to newsroom employees.

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L.A.’s MarketCast Acquires Fizziology

Mid-Wilshire data analytics and marketing research services provider MarketCast has acquired data analytics company Fizziology, headquartered in Indianapolis. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Next Stage in Production

Q&A: Chief of FilmL.A. touts California tax credits.

FilmL.A. President Paul Audley talks the role state tax credits play in attracting productions.

Keslow Camera Looks to Roll After Picking Up Lenses in Clairmont Deal

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Keslow Camera pictures new prospects with pickup of Clairmont’s anamorphic lenses.

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Putting Money Into Ideas

INVESTMENT: Billionaire aims to transform L.A.

Billionaire Nicolas Berggruen has put his money on L.A. as the center of his nonprofit efforts.

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Paul Rosenberg Named CEO of Def Jam Recordings

Universal Music Group has named prominent manager and record label executive Paul Rosenberg to head Def Jam Recordings, its hip-hop and urban music record label co-founded by Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin.

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L.A. Times Parent Tronc Inc. Sees Revenue Fall, Digital Subscribers Rise

Tronc Inc., parent company of the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, saw revenue fall 8.6 percent in the second quarter of 2017 compared to the same period last year, according to the company’s earnings report for the three months ended July 25.

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FilmL.A. Report: TV Pilot Production Drops, But L.A.’s Share Unchanged

Fewer TV pilots were produced during the 2016-2017 production cycle than the previous year, but Los Angeles still got the same portion of the production pie.

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Sony Pictures Television to Acquire Funimation Productions Ltd.

Sony Pictures Television has reached an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Texas-based Funimation Productions Ltd., a distributor of Japanese anime content, valuing the company at about $150 million.

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J. Paul Getty Trust’s Founding President, Harold M. Williams, Dies at 89

Harold M. Williams, founding president and chief executive of the J. Paul Getty Trust, has died at the age of 89.

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Annenberg Foundation Awards $3 Million to Music Center for Arts Education

The Annenberg Foundation has awarded downtown’s Music Center a $3 million grant to advance arts education, the center announced Tuesday.

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Entravision Communications Corp. Acquires Palm Springs TV Stations

Spanish-language broadcaster Entravision Communications Corp. has entered into an agreement with OTA Broadcasting to acquire Palm Springs stations KMIR-TV, an NBC affiliate, along with KPSE-LA, a MyNetworkTV affiliate, for $21 million.

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They’ve Still Got Mail

ENTERTAINMENT: Talent agencies’ old-school training.

Aspiring agents at local talent agencies are still required to put in time in the company mailroom.

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Theater Chains Hope Alcohol Can Reel in Patrons

Adult beverage sales seen as key to increasing movie attendance.

Movie theaters try to lure customers with increased alcohol sales.