Matthew Blake

Reporter (Media and Entertainment)

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

Recent Stories

KCRW Parts Way With Director of Programming

Gary Scott is leaving as program director of KCRW 89.9 FM after six years as editorial head of the Santa Monica-based public radio station.

Artists Sue Sony Over International Streaming Payment Method

A Beverly Hills attorney filed a class action lawsuit in New York federal court on Sept. 25 alleging that Sony Music Entertainment Inc. underreports streaming revenues in international markets by giving money to subsidiaries that legally should go to the artist.

Billboard Expands Brand

Media: Media group buys music news site Amplify

Long Beach entertainment news website Amplify Media sells to Billboard Music Group.

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Live Nation Draws Ire of UK Trade Group

Company referred to British regulatory authority as it consolidates market share

Live Nation faces more scrutiny in the U.K.

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Telemundo No. 1 in Los Angeles Market

Telemundo Network’s KVEA (Channel 52) was the highest rated local news and prime time network in the 10 p.m. slot in the Los Angeles market for the prior broadcast season, the first time a Spanish language network was No. 1, according to Telemundo.

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Billboard Acquires Long Beach Live Music News Website Amplify

Billboard Music Group has acquired Amplify Media Inc., a live entertainment news website with offices in Long Beach, according to a Sept. 20 announcement by Billboard.

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Judge Denies Bid to Seal LA Weekly Lawsuit

A judge denied Sept. 18 LA Weekly publisher Brian Calle’s attempt to take out of the public record a lawsuit that LA Weekly co-owner David Welch filed against Calle and other LA Weekly investors.

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PacWest Bancorp Makes $467 Million Bank Buy

PacWest Bancorp, a Beverly Hills bank holding company, acquired El Dorado Savings Bank in a deal valued at $466.7 million, according to a press release.

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UTA Fine Arts Founder Josh Roth, 40

Josh Roth, who founded United Talent Agency’s Fine Arts Department, passed away at 40 years old, according to a company announcement Sept. 17.

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LA Entertainment and Digital Media Job Growth Outpaces National Rate

Los Angeles County is adding jobs in digital media and entertainment at a faster rate than New York City or nationally, according to a report released Sept. 17 by Beacon Economics, a Los Angeles research and consulting firm.

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