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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.

Former Internet Executive Remains Linked to Social Causes

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

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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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.

First-Quarter News Not Really Positive

Parent of L.A. Times, tronc, saw advertising revenue take tumble across print, online segments.

First quarter delivered some bad news for Los Angeles Times’ parent, tronc.

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.

Los Angeles Times Parent Tronc Reports 1Q Revenue Losses

Tronc Inc., parent company of the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, released its first quarter earnings report Thursday, which detailed revenue losses in several categories compared to 2016.

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No WGA Strike: Hollywood Writers, Producers Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

The Writers Guilds of America West and East, and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have reached a tentative agreement on terms for a new three-year collective bargaining agreement, averting a possible repeat of the 2007-2008 strike that lasted 100 days and cost the local economy more than $2 billion.

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Hulu, NBCUniversal Partner in Livestreaming Service Deal

Santa Monica’s Hulu and NBC Universal have reached a new distribution agreement that will bring NBC and Telemundo-owned stations, as well as NBCUniversal, to Hulu’s new livestreaming service, the companies announced today.

Makers of Movie Trailers Hitch Business to Internet

FILM: Shorter content in play as studios look to hook customers outside theaters.

Trailer producers hope to make the cut with shorter teasers aimed at online viewers.

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Museum Aims to Come Alive With Cadaver Show

NONPROFIT: Center hopes new ‘Body Worlds’ exhibit can live up to run in 2004.

California Science Center seeks lively attendance with the return of “Body Worlds” cadavers.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Telling L.A.’s story

Monica C. Lozano approached her stewardship of Spanish-language newspaper La Opinión as a family business that provided a voice for immigrant, Latino communities.

Monica C. Lozano worked to deliver more than just news to the Latino community while running La Opinión.

Talent Agencies Cue Up Political, Social Activism

ENTERTAINMENT: Election of Donald Trump credited for clients’ new engagement

Talent agencies offer direction to clients looking to act on political and social issues.

Creative Artists Agency Partners With China’s CMC Capital

Creative Artists Agency has partnered with China’s CMC Capital Partners, a leading investment fund in the media and entertainment, internet and mobile, and lifestyle sectors.

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Soon-Shiong’s NantOmics Acquires Gene Sequencing Startup Genos

Molecular diagnostics firm NantOmics, a subsidiary of billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong’s Culver City-based NantWorks, has acquired Genos, a genetic sequencing company.

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Mixed-Use Project Rolls On Showbiz Connection

ENTERTAINMENT: Pair of Hollywood families casts lot with Glendale development.

Families with showbiz histories will raise the curtain on a theater-anchor mixed-use development.

PBS SoCal’s KOCE-TV Earns $49 Million in FCC Auction

PBS SoCal’s KOCE-TV public broadcasting station is among 175 nationwide winners of the Federal Communications Commission’s first-ever Broadcast Incentive Auction.

FilmL.A. Reports First Quarter Declines in On-Location Shooting

On-location filming in Greater Los Angeles decreased by 2.1 percent in the first quarter of 2017, according to statistics released today by FilmL.A. Inc. Among all filming categories, on-location feature film production suffered the steepest quarterly decline, slipping 36 percent and dropping to levels not seen since 2012. The decline occurred despite increase in tax credit use, the film office said.

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Garcetti Lauds Netflix’s California Commitment

Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said the company intends to bring as much Netflix production as possible to California.

Spotify, Universal Music Agreement Offers Album First Dibs to Subscribers

Music streaming service Spotify and Universal Music Group announced a multiyear global license agreement Tuesday that will allow Universal artists the option to release new albums to premium subscribers for two weeks before public distribution.

Soon-Shiong’s NantHealth Reports $184 Million Loss

L.A. biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong’s diagnostics company, NantHealth Inc., reported this week it lost $184 million last year, largely due to lagging sales of its much-touted GPS Cancer diagnostic test.

Public Stations Receive Budget Warning Signal

BROADCASTING: Trump’s proposed cuts to funding could cue up money drives.

Funding cuts may force public TV and radio stations to channel money from new sources.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Still Invited to Oscars - Sans Cellphones

Following the high-profile, tweet-related flub at last month’s Oscars that led award presenters to announce the wrong Best Picture winner, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has decided to retain PricewaterhouseCoopers for its accounting and Oscar balloting business. But no cell phones will be allowed backstage.

George Lucas Donates $10 Million to USC Film School for Diversity Effort

Filmmaker George Lucas has doubled his support for student diversity at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts with another $10 million endowment. The gift from the George Lucas Family Foundation raises the foundation’s student diversity support effort to $20 million.

Philharmonic’s President Cued Up Funding Boom

ARTS: Deborah Borda, departing for New York gig, oversaw nonprofit’s growth.

Departing Deborah Borda talks how she conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s business.

LGBT Paper Sees Unfolding Opportunity in L.A.

MEDIA: Blade believes niche focus, Trump’s presidency will help it step into market.

LGBT paper the Blade will take a stab at bringing L.A. readers into its fold.

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What is Soon-Shiong’s Next Step in Fight For Tronc?

The high-stakes chess match for control of tronc Inc., Chicago parent of the Los Angeles Times, reached a fever pitch this week as biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong upped his stake with a series of stock acquisitions that appeared to be part of a move for control of the company.

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LGBTQ Metrosource Magazine Gets New Owner

Metrosource magazine, which describes itself as the largest LGBTQ media brand serving the Los Angeles and New York areas, has a new owner: New York’s Davler Media Group.

Soon-Shiong Ups tronc Stake, Within 1% of Ferro

L.A. biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong has upped his stake in Los Angeles Times parent tronc Inc. to 24 percent, nearly overtaking majority shareholder Michael Ferro in a move that may further stoke rumors he could be positioning himself to make a run at the company.

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Soon-Shiong Out as Vice Chair of L.A. Times Parent

Los Angeles Times parent company tronc Inc. is reportedly forcing out its vice chairman and second-largest shareholder, L.A. biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong.

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Studios Hit Silicon Beach With Digital Production

ENTERTAINMENT: Virtual reality, traditional services on offer at new facilities.

New studio spaces will give digital production a real presence in Silicon Beach.

Busted Deals Don’t Raise Fear of China-Hollywood Breakup

ENTERTAINMENT: Huge audience big showbiz draw.

Analysts say a spate of busted deals won’t drop the curtain on U.S.-Chinese ventures.

Los Angeles Philharmonic Chief Leaves Post for New York

Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 17-year President and Chief Executive Deborah Borda will step down from the post to become chief of the New York Philharmonic, the organization she headed in the 1990s. She will assume the new position Sept. 15, replacing Matthew VanBiesen, who announced his resignation in January, effective in the spring.

Tronc Deal to Acquire Us Weekly Expected To Be Called Off

Last week, Los Angeles Times parent company tronc Inc. was in talks to buy celebrity magazine Us Weekly for $85 million to $95 million, but media analyst Ken Doctor says the deal is off.

LGBT Newspaper Plans to Launch Sister Publication in L.A.

The Washington Blade, the nation’s oldest LGBT newspaper, plans to launch a sister publication in Los Angeles.

Dick Clark Production’s $1 Billion Dalian Wanda Deal Fails

Eldridge Industries’ much ballyhooed $1 billion deal to sell Dick Clark Productions to China’s Dalian Wanda Group is off.

TV’s New Story

ENTERTAINMENT: Writers bid for deal in streamed world.

Content creation for streaming platforms has altered the big picture as writers seek a new deal with producers.

News Hits Firms’ Stock

BIOTECH: Money donated by Patrick Soon-Shiong at heart of damaging report.

Shares of two Patrick Soon-Shiong-controlled firms swoon after questions are raised about a donation.

ICM Partners Hires Political Strategist Hannah Linkenhoker

ICM Partners has hired political strategist Hannah Linkenhoker to offer advisory services to clients interested in issue-oriented political engagement, the talent and literary agency announced Wednesday. Linkenhoker joins the agency from NMA Consulting Partners, which has offices in L.A. and San Francisco, where she has served as managing director since 2015.

NBCUniversal Invests $500M in Snap

NBCUniversal made a strategic investment of $500 million in Snap Inc. as part of the Venice app maker’s initial public offering on Thursday.

Profit Push May Rewrite Magazine’s Local Angle

MEDIA: New parent Hour could lighten up reporting at Los Angeles publication.

New parent of Los Angeles magazine may write off the publication’s lengthy investigative pieces.

Owners Look to Sell Print Publications as Ad Revenue Dwindles

Paper Pushers

Declining ad revenue has forced some local publications to print up for-sale signs.

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L.A. Times’ Parent, tronc, Posted Profit in 2016, But Digital Efforts Lagged

MEDIA: Positive News for Paper?

Los Angeles Times’ parent, tronc, saw a profit last year but its digital efforts have yet to click.

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