Los Angeles Business Journal

Jonathan Polakoff covers the media and entertainment industries for the Los Angeles Business Journal. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California.

He can be reached at 323-549-5225, ext. 226, or by email: jpolakoff @labusinessjournal.com.

Recent Stories

L.A. Times Launches Roku Channel

The Los Angeles Times on Thursday launched an Internet-TV channel available on Roku set-top boxes.

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Internet: Ora TV looks to expand online network with shows built around Larry King and other celebrities.

Internet: Ora TV aims to expand its online network with stable of celebrity-anchored shows.

Movie Site Changes Name to Make It in Show Biz

Media & Entertainment: SpiritClips ditches moniker for Feeln to highlight family films.

Santa Monica movie-streaming service Feeln has found its recent image overhaul to be good for business.

Ora TV Looks to Expand Online Network

After Larry King retired from CNN a few years ago, he moved his show to an unlikely destination: Ora TV, an upstart Internet network launched two years ago with backing from the world’s richest man, Carlos Slim Helú. Now, Ora is expanding far beyond the realm of news talk and churning out celebrity and infotainment programming as it tries to become a larger player in the online entertainment world.

Playboy Latino to Launch in December

Playboy Enterprises of Beverly Hills announced on Monday it has reached a deal with a Los Angeles publishing house to produce Playboy Latino, a bimonthly magazine that will be written primarily in Spanish.

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As chief executive of DesiHits, an L.A. music-focused digital media firm, Anjula Acharia-Bath connects pop stars such as Lady Gaga with audiences in India, and Bollywood stars with U.S. fans.

Java Maker’s Profit Helps Wake Up Wall Street

Coffee: Farmer Brothers also receives stock-stoking outlook from analyst.

Coffee: Analyst’s upbeat outlook helps investors warm up to java company Farmer Brothers.

Audition Business Casts Lot With Second Location

Entertainment: Growth spurt prompts move despite online threats to sector.

Entertainment: Audition services company Space Station Casting Studios tries out a second location.

CBS Radio Shakes Up KNX and KRTH

CBS Radio has cut a program director and several on-air hosts at news station KNX-AM (1070) and oldies station KRTH-FM (101.1) as it seeks to improve ratings.

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Offshoot of O.C. Paper Folds Up Quickly in L.A.

MEDIA: Register continues on Web after failing to make headlines with arrival.

Los Angeles being a tough market to crack was apparently news to failed paper L.A. Register.

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