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Matthew Blake

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Live Nation Runs Lap Around Other Promoters

Live Nation Entertainment Inc. makes more money in ticket sales from its artists' shows than the company’s top 15 global competitors combined.

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Will LA Stall Netflix Plan?

ENTERTAINMENT: Deal for Egyptian may face hurdles

Netflix Inc. may face hurdles in its quest to buy an iconic Hollywood theater.

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UTA Adds Sports Agents, Aims for Crossover Deals

United Talent Agency has hired LeBron James’ agent Rich Paul to run the agency’s new sports division — the latest instance of Hollywood talent agencies shifting their business models beyond entertainment industry representation.

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LA Weekly Owners Quietly Settle Dispute

A dispute between the owners of LA Weekly has quietly settled, but the alternative paper’s future remains unclear as the publication has reduced its size and cut back on distribution.

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Live Nation Clears Hurdle to Purchase Promoter

ENTERTAINMENT: Acquisition of MCD Productions would boost company’s international expansion

EVENT PROMOTION Live Nation Entertainment’s acquisition of MCD Productions clears hurdle

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Warner Sets Streaming Plan

ENTERTAINMENT: HBO Max enters growing field

ENTERTAINMENT: HBO Max enters growing field

Writers, Agents Face Long Fight

ENTERTAINMENT: Dispute could last years, alter industry

ENTERTAINMENT: Dispute could last years, alter industry

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Former StyleHaul Executive Indicted for Embezzlement

The former controller for digital media company StyleHaul Inc. was indicted July 9 on charges of embezzling $22 million from the now defunct Hollywood outfit.

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WarnerMedia Joins Field of Streams

WarnerMedia announced July 9 the launch of HBO Max, its entry into the increasingly crowded digital streaming field.

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Getting In tune

Management and workers both benefit from unionization at KCRW, KPCC

Management and workers both benefit from unionization at KCRW, KPCC

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Lions Gate Says No to New York

MEDIA: Studio nixes Times Square amusement center

MEDIA: Studio nixes Times Square amusement center

Immortals Answers ‘Call of Duty’

ESPORTS: Culver City firm commits to ownership of LA franchise in new league

ESPORTS: Culver City firm commits to ownership of LA franchise in new league

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Lions Gate scraps plan for Times Square entertainment center

Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. has dropped plans for an indoor amusement center in New York City’s Times Square, a source close to the company confirmed July 3.

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CAA Joins Endeavor, UTA in Suing Writers Guild on Antitrust Grounds

All three of Hollywood's top talent agencies have now sued the Writers Guild, claiming the labor union violated antitrust law by staging a boycott against the agencies.

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Lions Gate Looks for More Than A Hit

ENTERTAINMENT: Stock slumps amid box office wins

Hit film franchises aren’t helping Lionsgate Entertainment Inc. stock.

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Artists Sue Universal Music Group Over 2008 Fire

The estates of Tupac Shakur and Tom Petty, as well as bands Soundgarden and Hole joined a proposed class action lawsuit against Universal Music Group over a 2008 fire that destroyed thousands of master recordings.

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Revenue Grows at LiveXLive

MEDIA: Concert-streaming company notes rising costs

Concert streaming boosts LiveXLive Media Inc. but company has struggled to meet SEC deadlines.

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High Times to List OTC

MEDIA: Pot publication shifts gears, puts Nasdaq plan on hold

High Times Holding Corp.’s IPO hits snag as it fails to meet listing requirements.

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Paris Ad Agency Buys Hollywood's Battery

Paris-headquartered advertising giant Havas has acquired Battery, a fast-growing Hollywood-based advertising agency, for undisclosed terms.

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Disney-owned Fox studios set to lay off 87

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. continues to shed employees in the wake of its purchase earlier this year by Walt Disney Co.

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Tucker Roberts

20 in their 20s

President of Philadelphia Fusion

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Alyssa Lanz

20 in their 20s

TV literary agent at United Talent Agency

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Brittney Segal

20 in their 20s

Director of original series at Netflix Inc.

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KCRW Employees Unionize Under SAG-AFTRA

The employees of National Public Radio member station KCRW in Santa Monica voted June 14 to have the Screen Actor’s Guild represent them as their union.

LA Times Labor Dispute Drags On

MEDIA: A year after Soon-Shiong purchased paper, no union contract

A year after buying the L.A. Times, Patrick Soon-Shiong and the newspaper’s union are locked in a contract stalemate.

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Naming Rights Up for Grabs

MEDIA: LA area stadiums use deals to fund construction

United Airlines’ purchase of naming rights for the L.A. Coliseum’s field offers a new spin on a decades-old trend.

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Immortals Buys Infinite Esports & Entertainment

Esports company Immortals has acquired esports team owner Infinite Esports & Entertainment.

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Endeavor’s UFC in Antitrust Fight

MEDIA: League is now important revenue stream

UFC suit could be a major blow to Endeavor.

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Stadium Status

Construction is now 70% complete on future home for Rams and Chargers in Inglewood

Inglewood’s new stadium is 70% complete, and its iconic canopy is the talk of the town.

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Abrams Takes New Path

MEDIA: Esports shift comes amid Writers Guild standoff

Abrams Artists Agency signing esports clients.

Venues Grapple With Ticketmaster Costs

ENTERTAINMENT: Fees can add 30% to ticket prices

Ticketmaster fees pile on costs for events at public venues.

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Bucking the Trend

Music Center, other public venues turn to alternate ticketing services

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Atom Tickets Strikes Deal With Cinemark

Santa Monica’s Atom Tickets significantly expanded its share in the movie ticketing service market May 28, announcing that they struck a deal with Cinemark, the third largest movie theater exhibitor in the U.S.

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LEVELING UP

Immortals tries new strategy to win more of the $1B esports market

As competition heats up in the esports industry, companies are working out new strategies for winning.

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LA Weekly Talks Progress

Lawsuit over leadership moves toward mediation

LA Weekly’s legal woes may soon be at an end.

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Paramount Pictures Continues Profitability Push

Long-term streaming strategy, competition questions remain for studio

Paramount continues to see boost in profitability.

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CAA Launches Film Financing Company

MEDIA: Agency sets international deals

One of Hollywood’s top talent representation firms, Creative Artists Agency, has formed a new company to finance film projects — even as many of the writers it’s represented are taking action against the agency over such business ventures.

Endeavor IPO Cements Pivot

MEDIA: Agency files to go public as its business shifts

Talent agency WME’s parent company Endeavor Group Holdings Inc. is planning to go public, a move that vindicates the company’s recent shift toward producing and selling content rather than focusing exclusively on talent representation.

Endeavor Files for Initial Public Offering

Endeavor, the parent company of talent agency WME filed to go public with the Securities and Exchange Commission May 23, the latest and perhaps most dramatic instance of Hollywood talent agencies diversifying their business models beyond representing writers, actors, and producers.

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CAA Launches Library Pictures to Finance Film Projects, Drawing Writers' Ire

One of Hollywood’s top talent representation firms, Creative Artists Agency, has formed a new company to finance film projects — even as many of the writers it’s represented are taking action against the agency over just such business ventures.

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Disney’s Fox Film Corporation to Lay Off 53

The first notification of mass layoffs following Walt Disney Co.'s acquisition of Fox Corp.’s film assets was sent May 14 to the California Employment Development Department.

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Executives at Streaming Services Increase Content Production Across Hollywood

Special Edition: LA500

Executives drive content production growth in L.A.

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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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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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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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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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