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Mid-Wilshire entertainment industry marketing agency Mob Scene announced two senior level promotions Monday.
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.
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.
T Group Productions will acquire digital house Big Boots Studios, the companies have announced.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Los Angeles Times editorial staff has taken the next step in its plan to unionize.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Simon Woods, president and chief executive of Seattle Symphony, has been named chief executive of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
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.
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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.
Brian Calle, opinion editor for Southern California News Group, will leave his post to become an operating partner overseeing the operations of LA Weekly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fox Networks Group executive Randy Freer has been named chief executive of Hulu effective Monday.
ICM Partners is expanding its reach into the speakers’ business by acquiring a majority interest in New York independent speakers’ agency Royce Carlton Inc.
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.
Newly-formed entity takes over; deal throws uncertainty on newsroom operation.
LA Weekly’s buyer remains under wraps.
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.
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.
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.
L.A. civic leader and philanthropist Eli Broad announced Friday that he is retiring from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation.
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.
MEDIA: Top editor drew mixed reviews on traffic growth at Forbes.com
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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.
Time Inc. said Wednesday it would relocate the headquarters of Entertainment Weekly to Los Angeles in March 2018.
Los Angeles Times newsroom employees have received a letter notifying them that Times journalists are seeking to form a union after months of organizing.
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.
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.