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Diane Haithman

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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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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.

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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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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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.

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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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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Westside Move for L.A. Times?

The Los Angeles Times newsroom staff is awaiting the final tally of votes of whether the tronc Inc.–owned newspaper will go union by forming its own local of the NewsGuild, which represents journalists and media workers at the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and other organizations. The votes are due Jan. 18 and are expected to be counted on Jan. 19.

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Warner Bros. Reshapes Global Theatrical, Home Entertainment Units

Warner Bros. is reorganizing its global theatrical and home entertainment operations to enhance its competitiveness in the global marketplace, the Burbank company has announced.

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Steve Bannon Out at Breitbart

Stephen K. Bannon has stepped down as executive chairman of far-right news and commentary website Breitbart News Network in Westwood.

Kunlun Group Limited Completes Acquisition of Grindr

Hong Kong-based mobile gaming company Kunlun Group Limited has closed on its purchase of the remaining stake of Grindr LLC, a gay men’s dating app located in West Hollywood’s Pacific Design Center, the companies announced Monday.

Pot Biz Stymied by Licensing Holdup

Many Los Angeles cannabis enthusiasts were disappointed to find they couldn’t ring in the New Year with a smoke, or perhaps a very special brownie.

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STYLE | Flexible Fashion | Randy Watts, William O'Neil + Co. Inc.

Randy Watts I William O’Neil + Co. Inc.

To call Randy Watts a morning person is an understatement. Watts, chief investment strategist for William O’Neil + Co. Inc. investment advisors, arrives at the company’s Playa Vista headquarters no later than 5 a.m. to check on world events from overnight.

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Building on Broad

L.A.’s leading philanthropist finds successor to lead foundation

Gerun Riley, a year at the helm of the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, talks about evolving the organization.

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Colony NorthStar Completes Sale of Townsend Group to Aon

Colony NorthStar Inc., a global real estate and investment management firm in downtown Los Angeles, has closed its previously announced sale of Townsend Group to Aon plc, a global professional services firm providing risk, retirement and health solutions and based in London, England.

STYLE | Incubation Station: Mike Jones | Science Inc.

The writing is on the wall for Mike Jones, co-founder and chief executive of Science Inc., a technology and startup studio that creates, invests, acquires and scales digital businesses.

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Times’ Newsroom Staff Nears Vote on Union

Union vote comiing up at L.A. Times

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Universal Music Group, Facebook Strike Licensing Agreement

Universal Music Group (UMG), headquartered in Santa Monica, has entered a global, multi-year agreement with Facebook under which UMG becomes the first major music company to license its recorded music and publishing catalogs for video and other social experiences across Facebook, Instagram and Oculus.

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L.A. County Approves $40 Million Music Center Plaza Renovation

Downtown’s Music Center Plaza will receive a $40 million facelift, the performing arts complex announced Tuesday, thanks to funding by Los Angeles County and the Music Center.

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Tronc’s Top HR Exec Resigns

Tronc Inc. Chief Human Resources Officer Cindy Ballard has resigned, the company confirmed Tuesday.

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STYLE | Personal Design: Beatrice Fischel-Bock I Hutch

No surprise that personal style rules for Beatrice Fischel-Bock, co-founder and chief executive of Hutch, an ecommerce company that offers an app for online furniture shopping to aid clients in finding a style of their own.

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LA Weekly Interim Editor Suspended for Offensive Tweets

Less than a week after being named LA Weekly’s interim editor, Hillel Aron has been suspended for prior offensive tweets including posts about race, sexual orientation and body weight.

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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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