Guy Stuff: Break Media, a Beverly Hills-based network of Web sites aimed at the 21-34 male demographic, has launched a site called MadeMan.com. The site will cover lifestyle products, and cultural and entertainment news and employs a staff of full-time writers.
Industrious Growth: Salem Partners LLC, a Santa Monica investment bank and wealth management firm, has established an aerospace and defense industry group. The group will be staffed by recent hires Trevor Bohn and Sean Walker.
Linking Up: MyLife.com, a people search business based in Santa Monica, has formed two new partnerships with Seattle-based information service WhitePages and Utah-based genealogy search site Ancestry.com. Under the deal, WhitePages and Ancestry, a division of Generations Network Inc., now offer MyLife search results on their Web sites.
Property Deal: A 12-unit Brentwood apartment building at 50 Broderick Drive has been purchased for $920,000. The buyer and seller were not identified.
Industrial Purchase: Forming Specialties Inc. has purchased a Compton industrial building for $3.36 million from Overton Moore Properties. The 40,046-square-foot building, at 1309 W. Walnut Parkway, was built in 1979 and sits on a 1.82-acre parcel.
Spelled Out: Grupo Gallegos, a Long Beach ad firm focused on the U.S. Hispanic market, has won a 2009 Radio Mercury Award in the Hispanic category for a radio spot from its "Subtitles" campaign for cable TV operator Comcast. The Radio Mercury Awards are conducted by the Radio Creative Fund, a non-profit organization funded by the radio industry.
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Scooped Up: Ixia, a Calabasas provider of IP performance test systems, has completed a cash tender offer for the outstanding common stock shares of Catapult Communications Corp., a Mountain View supplier of digital telecommunications test systems. Ixia paid $9.25 per share for 10.8 million shares of Catapult, which will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Ixia.
Triple Play: Tetra Tech Inc., a Pasadena-based construction and engineering firm, has expanded with the acquisition of three companies. Tetra Tech has bought Virginia Beach, Va.-based defense contractor Tesoro Corp.; Fort Collins, Colo.-based water resources engineering business Mussetter Engineering; and ACI Engineering, a Canadian company in Vancouver, British Columbia that specializes in energy. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Affordable Housing: SRO Housing Corp., a non-profit organization that builds housing for homeless and low-income individuals, has opened the James M. Wood Apartments complex on L.A.'s Skid Row. The building, at 408 E. Fifth St., holds 53 studio units and was built in conjunction with the city's Permanent Supportive Housing Program.
Hooked Up: Point.360, a Burbank-based media services company, has purchased a Hollywood building for $4.75 million from the Michael James Lantry Trust. The 20,000-square-foot property is at 1143-1147 Vine St.
Heated Up: Fiamme Restaurant & Bar in Thousand Oaks has added a Las Vegas-style dinner club, dubbed Club Inferno, to provide live music while customers dine. Club Inferno will run Thursdays through Saturdays; Fiamme is open seven days a week.
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