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Diane Haithman

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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 Monday executive editor-in-chief and publisher Davan Maharaj, as well as several other top editors.

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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.

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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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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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.

MGM Acquires Reality TV Company Evolution Media

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. announced Tuesday it is expanding its reality television footprint by acquiring the assets of reality TV producer Evolution Media.

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CAA China Appoints CEO

Mary Gu Shuhang has been appointed chief executive of CAA China, a Beijing-based media and entertainment platform created earlier this year between Century City’s Creative Artists Agency and CMC Capital Partners.

President Helped Recast Academy’s Role

FILM: #OscarsSoWhite came to define four-year tenure.

Departing President Cheryl Boone Isaacs talks how #OscarsSoWhite played a key role in diversifying the academy.

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Netflix Leases More Space at Sunset Bronson Studios

Hudson Pacific Properties Inc. has signed an agreement with Netflix to occupy more soundstage, office and support space at Hollywood’s Sunset Bronson Studios, the Los Angeles real estate company announced on Wednesday.

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Visual Effects Firm Zooms In on China

Digital Domain expands presence in market with planned studio in Beijing, new local executive hire.

Visual effects firm Digital Domain reframes its China plans with a new studio and exec.

Equipment Renter Folds in More Tents

Choura looks to cover additional events with acquisition of most of Classic Party Rentals’ inventory.

Choura looks to raise the stakes of its rental business with the pickup of a rival’s tents.

Visual Effects Company Digital Domain to Expand to Beijing

Playa Vista visual effects company Digital Domain plans to expand its footprint in China with a new studio in Beijing. The firm also has offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong, as well as in Vancouver, British Columbia; Portland, Ore.; New York and London.

Grammys Sign 4-Year Deal in L.A.

MUSIC: Record industry awards will return in 2019 to Staples Center’s stage.

Staples Center will get back in the Grammys-hosting groove with the event’s return in 2019.

Original Wonder Woman, Honorary Millennial

Former studio chief Sherry Lansing expects “Wonder Woman” to kick down more doors in Hollywood.

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Spanish-Language Broadcasters Signal Focus Shift

TV: Univision, Telemundo go with modern, edgy fare to draw younger U.S. Latinos.

Univision and Telemundo program modern, edgy fare to boost their stations with U.S. millennials.

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Grammy Awards Return to Staples Center in 2019

The Grammy Awards are coming back to Los Angeles in 2019 after next year’s ceremony in New York, the Recording Academy announced Wednesday.

Snap and Time Warner Sign $100 Million Content Deal

Snap Inc. and Time Warner Inc. announced a global partnership to develop made-for-Snap shows over the next two years. The deal, reportedly valued at $100 million, will include both entertainment and advertising content.

Boot Maker’s Shop Rides Heroes’ Capes

Duran’s Dance Shoes has leg up with comic-book fans willing to pay to top off their costumes.

Duran’s Dance Shoes’ leather boots are a hit with superhero fans looking to punch up their costumes.

Studios Get More Real Casting Disabled Actors

ENTERTAINMENT: Rise in streamed content plays part in increased opportunities.

Disabled actors see their Hollywood role expand as productions pursue authenticity.

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20 in their 20s: James Shani

From a 22-year-old manager of e-sports teams to a 92-year-old manufacturing executive, the Business Journal spotlights some of the working world’s newcomers and old hands.

One-Time D.C. Player Still Has L.A. Roles to Fill

KAW: Mickey Kantor splits time among Mayer Brown clients, efforts for nonprofits.

Mickey Kantor, a Cabinet member for President Clinton, makes a case for an ascendant Los Angeles.

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20 in their 20s: Erika Jensen

From a 22-year-old manager of e-sports teams to a 92-year-old manufacturing executive, the Business Journal spotlights some of the working world’s newcomers and old hands.

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Firms Look to Connect With Augmented Reality

TECHNOLOGY: Supporters cite Pokémon Go craze as strength in face of VR buzz.

Some firms see an advantage in augmented reality versus hardware-heavy virtual reality.

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Classic Game Shows Still Making Play for Viewers

TV: Deals for ‘Jeopardy,’ ‘Wheel of Fortune’ to keep programs on through 2020.

Newly renewed “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune” still deliver big audiences for their producer.

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Former Internet Executive Remains Linked to Social Causes

Internet pioneer David Bohnett remains connected to social justice and philanthropic causes.

English Presence Speaks to Producer

Gunpowder & Sky trains sights on digital future by opening first overseas office in London.

Digital content studio Gunpowder & Sky is accelerating its global activities with the launch of an international headquarters in London.

Report: New York City Tops L.A. in Creative Jobs

While California leads the nation in creative jobs, according to a new report from Westchester’s Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles trails New York as the city with most jobs in the sector.

Former Paramount Pictures Chief Brad Grey Dies of Cancer at 59

Brad Grey, former Paramount Pictures Corp. chairman and chief executive, died of cancer Sunday night at his Holmby Hills home. He was 59.

Gunpowder & Sky Launches International Headquarters in London

Digital content studio Gunpowder & Sky is accelerating its global activities with the launch of an international headquarters in London.

Comics Titan Inks Deal To Power Up in China

ENTERTAINMENT: Sale to Camsing may ease financial issues for Stan Lee’s Pow.

Camsing’s deal for comic-book legend Stan Lee’s Pow could punch up production.

Jay Z Signs $200 Million Touring Pact With Live Nation

Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and Live Nation have announced an exclusive 10-year touring partnership, continuing the rapper’s longstanding partnership with the world’s biggest live-entertainment company.

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Former Fox Exec Vinciquerra Replaces Lynton as Sony Pictures CEO

Following months of speculation about who might replace Michael Lynton as Sony Pictures Entertainment's chief executive, veteran media executive Tony Vinciquerra will assume the post, Sony announced Thursday.

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Ebony Magazine Moving Headquarters to Los Angeles

Chicago-based Ebony magazine is moving its primary operations to Los Angeles, according to reports.

Pricey Interview Service Hopes to Speak to Execs

VIDEO: Hollywood-style production big selling point for Path Content Group.

Path Content Group frames its recorded interviews as Hollywood-level productions.

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New Take on TV Works for Writers

Guild inks deal with producers that takes into account concern for shows’ shorter seasons.

Support for a strike may have helped produce a contract for the Writers Guild of America.