TRI-CITIES

BURBANK

Heroic Move: Burbank entertainment giant Walt Disney Co. has reached a deal with Paramount Studios to take over marketing and distribution of Marvel Comics-based films “The Avengers” and “Iron Man 3.” Disney, which acquired Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion last year, will pay Paramount $115 million for rights to the movies, which will be distributed through the Walt Disney Studios unit.

SOUTH BAY

MANHATTAN BEACH

Booster Shot: Apex Healthcare Group LLC, a boutique advisory firm for the health care industry, has opened in Manhattan Beach. The firm, founded by former investment banker Mark G. Harrison, is at 321 20th St.

CENTRAL AREA

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES

Plugged In: Aecom Technology Corp., a downtown L.A.-based engineering services firm, has been awarded a $20 million task order from the U.S. General Services Administration. Aecom will provide electronic project administration for GSA’s central office in Washington and in the agency’s 11 regions.

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

VAN NUYS

Taking Off: TWC Aviation, a Van Nuys-based aircraft charter company, has acquired San Jose-based aircraft charter company ACM Aviation. ACM has airport operations in San Jose and upstate New York. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Legal Aid: Northridge Hospital Medical Center has opened the Valley Cares Family Justice Center in Van Nuys as part of the hospital’s latest community service project. The center, at 14535 Gault St., is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and provides services for children and adult victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault.

AGOURA HILLS

Punched Up: THQ Inc., an Agoura Hills video game developer and publisher, has extended its licensing agreement with Las Vegas-based sports management firm Zuffa LLC to develop projects based on mixed-martial arts league, Ultimate Fighting Championship. The deal covers all current and future game consoles, PCs and handheld devices. THQ has previously released two UFC titles.

NORTH HOLLYWOOD

Shot in the Arm: IPC the Hospitalist Co. Inc., a North Hollywood-based health services provider, has acquired Premier Hospitalists Inc., a St. Louis-based health services provider. Premier physicians will join the IPC practice group in St. Louis. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

SHERMAN OAKS

Different Tune: Brilliant Digital Entertainment of Sherman Oaks has sold the assets of the Kazaa peer-to-peer digital music service to Atrinsic Inc., a New York Internet company. Atrinsic acquired the assets in a stock deal valued at nearly $5.2 million.

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