Walt Disney Co. has formed a joint venture with Chinese new media firm BesTV that could help the Burbank entertainment giant increase its digital distribution in China. The deal was announced Wednesday.
Health Care: New owner seeks clean break from cash woes.
Addiction and recovery website TheFix seeks a fresh start after a bankruptcy filing.
Publishing: All of LANG’s local papers to charge for online access
After years of letting readers view its online news stories for free, the Los Angeles News Group is asking them to pay up.
Internet: Global Eagle client Southwest makes ‘gate-to-gate’ connection.
Internet: Global Eagle shares take wing after Southwest Airlines expands its on-plane online service.
TV studios get jump on content for 4K sets
TV: Some studios are channeling their efforts into high-quality 4K visuals in hopes of future adoption of the format.
The Los Angeles County unemployment rate fell to 9.7 percent last month, according to state figures released Friday.
Entertainment: Gaiam pickup boosts Cinedigm’s streaming offerings.
Film: Movie streaming-focused Cinedigm gets physical with its acquisition of DVD distributor Gaiam Vivendi.
Obituary: Mark Lacter, former Business Journal editor, died at 59
Mark Lacter, a veteran business journalist who was a former editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal, died after suffering a stroke on Wednesday. He was 59.
ADVERTISING: Newly named TrueX makes play for YouTube content.
Newly rechristened TrueX wades into streaming video with its interactive ads.
Music: Clear Channel opens Burbank space for album promotion parties.
Lions Gate announced last week that it’s licensing the “Twilight” films and past releases including “The Princess Bride” and “Dirty Dancing” to the state-run streaming entertainment website M1905.com.
William Dean Singleton, the 62-year-old founder and chairman of the company that owns the Daily News of Los Angeles and the Daily Breeze, announced Monday he will retire in the coming weeks, citing health concerns.
At the end of a long work week, broker Carter Magnin doesn’t unwind with his fellow real estate buddies by going to the latest hot restaurant or bar.
Hollywood Bowl bathroom adds company’s lighting system for stall occupancy.
Technolgy: Tooshlights is flush with success after the Hollywood Bowl adds the company’s bathroom stall-occupancy light system.
Publishing: Long Beach Record looks to break into Press-Telegram’s market.
Publishing: New paper brings a duel to Long Beach’s doorsteps as the Register challenges the Press-Telegram.
EXERCISE: Former Olympian now tests mettle as operator of swim academy chain.
Olympian Lenny Krayzelburg dove into opening swim academies when his sporting career began to dry up.
Mayor Eric Garcetti has signed an ordinance to waive fees for the filming of television pilots in Los Angeles, the mayor’s office announced Friday.
Beverly Hills private equity firm OpenGate Capital announced Tuesday it has launched a new division to focus on media and publishing acquisitions.
PUBLISHING: Duo forms paper to cover and unite scene in Los Angeles.
The frothy L.A. craft beer industry has a new print publication, Beer Paper LA.
Hollywood veterans stage haunted houses
Hollywood connections play big role in live horror productions.
Former Fox executive Mike Hopkins has been named chief executive at Hulu.
Two of AOL Patch’s local editors in Los Angeles announced their departure from the site on Tuesday.
Entravision soars with Spanish-language TV
Station owner Entravision channels Univision network’s ratings gain into increased ad revenue.
Television: DirecTV seeks to keep subscribers with exclusive offerings.
DirecTV hopes exclusive indie films will play a big role in securing satellite subscribers.
A sharp increase in feature film production helped boost location filming in Los Angeles during the third quarter.
TICKETS: Shares rise after Live Nation CEO talks up secondary market service.
CEO’s TV appearance gets investors out of their seats for shares of Live Nation.
Heritage Auctions’ purses pull in six-figure payouts.
Heritage turns in a clutch performance with handbag bids topping $100,000.
The sale of hip-hop station KDAY-FM (93.5) of Redondo Beach to Chinese investors has reportedly been called off.
The Los Angeles Business Journal’s index of largest local public companies fell for the week.
Paramount Pictures announced layoffs on Tuesday as part of the studio’s effort to cut costs.
FILM: RealD projects success for format despite waning draw.
Moviegoers’ waning love for 3-D fare has analysts questioning RealD’s focus on the format.
RETAIL: Sport Chalet says hiring of adviser won’t necessarily lead to sale.
Sporting goods chain Sport Chalet hopes new financial adviser will help bounce the ball its way.
PUBLISHING: $20 million puts you in ARareWorld’s orbit.
Travel magazine ARareWorld looks to map out new means to tap the deep pockets of its very wealthy readers.
MUSIC: SourceAudio built software platform as way to save time, money.
When Geoffrey Grotz looked at the music licensing industry, he saw a low-tech exchange of hard drives mailed back and forth between buyers and sellers – with a lot of time and money wasted in the process.
Santa Monica independent studio Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. and Culver City production company OddLot Entertainment have signed a co-financing and distribution deal.
Many L.A. Patch sites will either be shut down or sold off as AOL’s “hyperlocal” media experiment looks like it can’t keep its profit promise.
Publishing: Ad sales exec buys out owners of California Apparel News.
Advertising sales exec sews up deal to take ownership of California Apparel News.
RADIO: Local market’s improvement in contrast to flat national picture.
L.A. market continues to dial up the ad dollars while the rest of the country remains static.
TV: Actv8.me program will allow viewers to give money to street musicians.
The so-called second screen experience, or “social TV,” has grown in popularity, at least among more tech-savvy TV watchers.
ENTERTAINMENT: M-Go looks to make move into home market.
M-Go pictures itself as a player in the home market with its a la carte offering of films and TV shows.
The Los Angeles Business Journal’s index of largest local public companies closed down slightly as the broader markets lost ground as well.
AOL’s HuffPost Live is shuttering the Beverly Hills studio where it produced talking heads programming daily as part of a Web video initiative of the Huffington Post.
Shares of Guess Inc. shot up 18 percent in afterhours trading Wednesday after the downtown L.A. apparel maker announced better-than-expected earnings.
Santa Monica investment firm Colony Capital promoted two executives on Tuesday to lead its European investment strategy.
The former owner of a Long Beach medical equipment supply company pleaded guilty in federal court in Los Angeles on Monday to a $2.6 million health care fraud scheme.
Downtown L.A. construction and engineering firm Aecom has been hired as the lead architect to design a new arena for the Sacramento Kings, the NBA franchise announced Monday.
East L.A. diagnostic testing firm Response Genetics announced Monday it had acquired an FDA-cleared test for diagnosing certain cancers.
Shireen Jaffer’s startup mentoring venture scores junior $2,000 scholarship.
Shireen Jaffer’s startup proved a class act and earned the USC business student a $2,000 scholarship.
TV: Reality show makers now facing authentic price pressures.
Producers of reality TV shows say it’s unreal how the genre is booming but they are not.
ELECTRONICS: DTS stock drops after company lowers annual guidance.
DTS shares fall as the audio technology firm dials back its guidance for the year.