entertainment: Stoopid Buddy Stoodios applies stop-motion animation of TV’s ‘Robot Chicken’ to commercial, film jobs.
Stoopid Buddy Stoodios hopes to make a go of stop-motion animation in commercials and movies
Ex-banker Austin Beutner turns page as Times chief
Ex-investment banker Austin Beutner now looks to make news as publisher of the Los Angeles Times.
In less than a year, David Fletcher went from being a single guy to married with two children.
Austin Beutner is an accomplished guy, what with being a co-founder of a successful investment bank and deputy mayor in Los Angeles. But since he has no experience in the news business, why did he take the top job at the Los Angeles Times?
MEDIA: Shift into high-end weekly publication possible for Women’s Wear Daily.
New owner Jay Penske may retailor Women’s Wear Daily into a high-end weekly as he did with show-biz trade Variety.
TV: DirecTV sees original programming as a way to keep satellite subscribers.
DirecTV Inc. of El Segundo is continuing to ramp up its original programming as the satellite giant tries to keep subscribers.
Ed Little, a longtime Culver City business owner and former West Basin Municipal Water District board member, has passed away. He was 87.
Daily Journal Corp. swung to a loss in the nine months ended June 30 despite an increase in revenue, the company announced Monday.
RADIO: KFWB turns to sports programming to score listeners.
Former news-focused station KFWB looks to dial up more listeners by switching to an all-sports format.
Byrd Hairdo hopes to get surfers on board with pomade line.
Pro surfer Chase Wilson has taken the plunge on water-resistant hair-styling products.
BIOTECH: Investors snap up Amgen despite test failure, recall of Aranesp syringes.
Amgen shares enjoy a healthy spike despite a drug test failure and product recall.
California lawmakers on Thursday advanced a bill to combat runaway production by expanding the state's film and TV tax credit.
The sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer has closed, the National Basketball Association announced Tuesday.
George Nicholaw, longtime general manager at news radio station KNX-AM (1070), has died. He was 86.
Former Los Angeles deputy mayor Austin Beutner was named publisher and chief executive of the Los Angeles Times Media Group, the Times announced Monday.
Documentary turns to Kickstarter for story of Chicago guitarist.
Michelle Kath Sinclair hopes to drum up money from Kickstarter for a documentary on her late guitarist father.
Most people find a packed flight to be a disappointment, robbing them of the chance at being next to an empty seat. But Drew Zager sees a silver lining.
MOVIES: HollyShorts says submissions, sponsorhsips up in event’s 10th year.
The HollyShorts Film Festival is all about short films – those with a run time of 30 minutes or less.
MEDIA: Tribune launches separate company, splitting broadcasting, publishing.
Los Angeles Times parent Tribune Co. hopes the paper can deliver as part of a new publicly traded entity.
AVIATION: Entertainment, renewal deals and new CEO lift shares of Global Eagle.
Shares of in-flight Internet provider Golden Eagle get lift from arrival of new chief exec.
FILM: Thunder looks to trade services for stakes in productions.
Soundstage operator looks to cast itself as producer by offering services for stakes in indie films.
KDAY spins hip-hop into ad sales, ratings
KDAY says it has succeeded in getting advertisers and listeners to take its old-school hip-hop format for a spin.
MUSIC: Swing House more than doubles space with Atwater Village facility.
Swing House Studios of West Hollywood routinely rents space to big-name bands such as Aerosmith for recording tracks or rehearsing for tours.
Santa Monica studio Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. has made a deal to bring its TV shows and movies to a new streaming service in China.
ENTERTAINMENT: Visual effects shop Hydraulx also hopes to be known for soundstage, equipment rentals at new HQ.
Visual effects shop Hydraulx hopes to get a lift from soundstage and equipment rental business.
A Los Angeles jury ruled on Wednesday that the Dodgers organization was negligent in the 2011 beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow and will need to pay Stow’s family millions of dollars in damages.
In an effort to remain listed on the Nasdaq, downtown Los Angeles legal newspaper publisher Daily Journal Corp. has fired accounting firm Ernst & Young and hired BDO USA as its new auditor.
Ilya Kuntsevich studied economics as a college student in Russia, but his training wasn’t exactly the industry standard for employees of big international companies.
Some drone-using filmmakers aren’t waiting for OK
Some drone-using production businesses await approval to get off the ground, but at least one’s flying now.
Adesso tries hand at luminescent accessory with flashy iMouse G3.
Adesso says its video-game-focused mouse will also come in handy for general use with computers.
TV: Genius Brands revamps management as it looks to boost digital distribution.
Kids entertainment firm Genius Brands International wanted to get smarter, so it overhauled its executive ranks, rebuilt its board and changed its business model.
Two L.A. companies were among the 29 firms that were approved to receive $28.9 million in state tax credits, Gov. Jerry Brown’s office announced Thursday.
The Los Angeles Business Journal’s index of largest local public companies rose for the week.
Spanish-language radio and TV station owner Entravision Communications Corp. of Santa Monica has acquired digital advertising firm Pulpo Media.
American Apparel shares rose on Thursday after the company’s decision to suspend Dov Charney as chairman and chief executive pending his ouster.
Web publishing firm Port Media Solutions has launched a news website to cover the Westside of Los Angeles, the firm announced on Thursday.
Paris cosmetics giant L’Oreal is buying Nyx Cosmetics of Commerce, the companies announced Wednesday.
The University of Southern California is in talks to form a relationship with the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, USC and Scripps said Tuesday in a joint statement.
Century City kids entertainment firm Saban Brands is teaming up with Malibu toymaker Jakks Pacific to bring to life emojis – those smiley face symbols on your cell phone texts – with a forthcoming web series and toy line, the companies announced Tuesday.
Century City private equity firm Ares Management has acquired oil and gas field developer BlackBrush Oil & Gas of San Antonio, Texas, the companies announced Tuesday.
Traffic at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach rose in May compared with the same month last year, according to figures released Monday.
Shares of DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. fell sharply in Monday trading after a disappointing opening weekend for the Glendale animation studio’s “How to Train Your Dragon 2.”
Jaanuu’s new line for hospital professionals has emphasis on style.
New line scrubs the idea that hospital wear needs to be frumpy.
Diabetes drug developer MannKind Corp. of Valencia is exploring multiple partnership opportunities to take its inhalable insulin drug Afrezza to market as the company awaits FDA approval.
The Los Angeles Business Journal’s index of largest local public companies fell for the week.
Nikki Finke is back to writing show business news, the trade reporter wrote on a newly minted website Thursday, practically promising to offend those in the industry she deems worthy of her wrath.
The California economy will benefit from job growth and reduced unemployment in the next three years, according to the most recent UCLA Anderson Forecast released Thursday.
An East Coast company has teamed with Century City real estate services firm Blatteis & Schnur to purchase five warehouse buildings in downtown L.A.’s Arts District for $32.5 million, the companies announced Wednesday.
A Las Vegas hospitality firm has acquired a majority stake of West Hollywood hospitality firm H.Wood Group.
Downtown Los Angeles investment firm Oaktree Capital is acquiring Highstar Capital, a New York firm that invests in physical infrastructure for the energy industry, Oaktree announced Monday.