Matthew Blake

Reporter (Media and Entertainment)

Phone: 323-549-5225

Recent Stories

Venture Firms Fall Short on Diversity

FINANCE: Local VCs see untapped potential

For local VC firms, focus on diversity can be a business boost.

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Expenses Outpace Revenue for Upstart Super League

Super League Gaming Inc. distinguished itself among esports companies – and most start-ups for that matter – by going public earlier this year, and on May 14 Super League released its inaugural earnings report.

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West Lane Capital Partners Takes Majority Share in Cosmetics Outfit

West Lane Capital Partners, a Sawtelle-headquartered private equity company, said May 13 that it has taken a majority stake in Fantasy Files Group, a San Fernando-headquartered cosmetics company.

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WGA Standoff with Talent Agents Continues

Dispute drags on as Hollywood writers demand new agreement

WGA standoff with talent agents drags on.

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Occidental’s Business Bolstered

105-year-old firm recently acquired Paladin Cine

It’s getting harder to find sound stage space to make movies and television shows in L.A. County

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Disney RSN Deal Panned

MEDIA: Sinclair’s $10.6B sports network bid deemed low

Disney’s sports networks sale draws complaints.

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LATV Hires First Digital Chief

Network aims to offer digital content to millennials

A venerable cable television station that caters to the Latino audience is pivoting to more digital content.

Group Behind Grammys Names Deborah Dugan President

The Recording Academy, the Santa Monica-headquartered association behind the Grammy Awards, has named Deborah Dugan president, replacing Neil Portnow, effective Aug. 1.

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An Esports IPO Worth Watching

Super League’s fate could provide insight for other gaming upstarts

Super League poised for growth but is burning through money.

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Live Nation Posts Modest Q1 Loss

Live Nation Entertainment Inc. reported a thorn in its normally rosy financial picture, reporting a net loss of $55.2 million for the first quarter of 2019.

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