Matthew Blake

Reporter (Media and Entertainment)

Email: mblake@labusinessjournal.com
Phone: 323-549-5225

Recent Stories

SquadUp Shoots for High End

EVENTS: Ticketing firm touts nimbler tech, lower fee

New York City’s Tribeca Film Festival switched its ticket vendor last summer from Eventbrite Inc. to SquadUp Inc., a relatively new entrant to the ticket vending market.

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BOARDROOM BROKER

BUSINESS LEADERS OF THE YEAR

Alison Ressler’s penchant for complex M&A work propelled her to top of legal profession

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Leaf Reports Growth Buds

MEDIA: Internet publisher sees positive earnings trend

After years of declining revenue and being derided as a “content farm,” Leaf Group Ltd. returned to budding financial gains in 2018.

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Saban Terminates Panavision Purchase

One of the biggest entertainment acquisitions announced last year has been abandoned.

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UMG Rides Streaming Music Wave

ENTERTAINMENT: Label’s rise gives it $50B valuation

Music streaming spurs $50B valuation for Universal Music Group.

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Live Nation Announces Growth, Explores Real Estate, Bigger Ticket Fees

Live Nation Entertainment Inc. posted another year of double-digit revenue growth in 2018, according to the company’s annual report released Feb. 28, and laid out further growth strategies in an accompanying earnings call.

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Pluto TV Finds Profitable Path

MEDIA: Streaming service cashes out in $340M deal

The website and app for Pluto TV went live on April Fools’ Day 2014, showcasing streaming television channels most people had never heard of.

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Los Angeles Times Labor Dispute Escalates

The Los Angeles Times is facing an escalating labor quarrel that is a mounting obstacle to the 400-plus member Los Angeles Times Guild’s first collective bargaining agreement.

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FOR YOUR (CASH) CONSIDERATION

Special Report: Entertainment

OSCAR WINNERS COULD SEE BIG PAYDAY

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OSCAR BUMP?

Special Report: Entertainment

Not for Los Angeles venues, which go dark to avoid competing with awards show

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