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Diane Haithman

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Breaking Bread

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.

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Women & Wealth

L.A.’s wealthiest Women Include Business Leaders, Investors, Heirs

Just how far have women come in the business world?

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STYLE | Accounting for Taste

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.

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Dodger delicacy laps competition 56 years after introduction

Dodger Dogs lead the big leagues with 2.7 million sold at the ballpark.

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STYLE | Cassowary Tale

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.

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STYLE | Monochromatic Manager

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.

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STYLE | Showbiz Shark

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.

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Same Ribbon, New Rep

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.

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STYLE | Eclectic, Adventurous Style

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.

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Intrepid Outlook on Next Generation

Investment banker’s door, mind open to younger staff

Intrepid’s Jim Freedman wants his company to “outperform and outdeliver.”

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STYLE | Comfort and Class

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.

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STYLE | Delicate Shades

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.

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STYLE | Getting in Gear

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.

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STYLE | Buzzworthy Brand

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.

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STYLE | Dancing with Stars

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.

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New Survey: Disneyland Employees Report Low-Pay Hardships

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.

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Disney Celebrates “Black Panther” With $1 Million Youth STEM Gift

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.

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STYLE | On the Move

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.

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LAist to Return Under New Ownership

Local news website LAist, which has been shut down for about four months, will be revived under a new owner.

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How Oscar, Pals Pay off for Hometown

Shows as economic drivers

The entertainment industry’s major awards shows bring millions to the home economy.

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Report: E-sports, Social Media Stars Drive Digital Media Job Growth

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.

STYLE | Artful Adaptability

Rachel Fine | Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Rachel Fine, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

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Adaptive Studios Raises $16.5 Million in Series B Funding

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.

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Auto Brand Genesis Gives $500,000 to J. Paul Getty Museum

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.

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STYLE | ‘Nice, Symbiotic Fit’

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.

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Ace of Arts

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.

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Workforce Report Details Rise in Entertainment, Digital Media

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.

Soon-Shiong Confirmed Buyer of L.A Times; Publisher Levinsohn Stays With Tronc

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.

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Soon-Shiong Reportedly to Buy L.A. Times, San Diego Union-Tribune

Los Angeles biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong is buying the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune, according to the news reports.

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New Leadership at Trailer Park Inc.

Engine Group North America has announced new executive leadership at content creation and entertainment marketing agency Trailer Park Inc.

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Hollywood Agency Shutters Following Sexual Harassment Allegations

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.

Billboard-Hollywood Reporter, Dick Clark Productions and MRC Merge as Valence Media

Eldridge Industries is consolidating three of its high-profile entertainment properties into a new company, Valence Media, the company announced on Feb. 2.

iHeartMedia Inc. Skips $106 Million Interest Payment

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.

STYLE | Stating Her Fashion Case: Ellie Altshuler I Nixon Peabody

Ellie Altshuler | Nixon Peabody

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Levity Acquires Improv Comedy Brand

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.

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TT Games Opens UK Studio for Lego Mobile Video Games

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.

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Judy McAlpine Named President, USC Radio Group

Veteran public broadcasting executive Judy McAlpine has been appointed president of USC Radio Group.

Key Deals: Walt Disney to Buy Fox for $52 Billion

MONEY/Money Managers

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.

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Lifelong Learner

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.

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Songtradr Raises $4 Million in Series A Funding Round

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.

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Layoffs Begin at SoCal News Group

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.

Film L.A. Reports 2017 Second-Best Year for L.A. Location Filming

On-location filming in greater Los Angeles achieved its second-best year on record in 2017, according to a FilmL.A. report released Tuesday.

Cable Calling Card

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?

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Athlete Inspired

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.

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Report: L.A. Times Publisher Tied to Sexual Harassment Claims

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.

L.A. Coliseum Plaza Named for Orange County Donors

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.

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Southern California News Group Faces Layoffs

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 Settles Litigation, Acquires Songkick Assets

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.

Sports Titans Profile: Dean Spanos

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.

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STYLE| Battle Ready | Renata Simril | LA84 Foundation

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.

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