tri-cities

burbank

Payroll Action: Cast & Crew Entertainment Services, an entertainment industry payroll provider in Burbank, has been acquired by ZelnickMedia, a New York private-equity firm. Cast & Crew, with services that include managing payroll, accounting and production incentives, had been owned by Abry Partners, a Boston private-equity firm. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

pasadena

Funding Round: OpenX Software Ltd., a Pasadena firm that provides digital and mobile ad revenue products and services, has completed a $22.5 million Series E funding round. The round was led by Samsung Venture Investment Corp., owned by the South Korean electronics giant. OpenX will use the money on general corporate purposes.

central area

vernon

Keeping Kosher: Mikawaya, the Vernon maker of Mochi Ice Cream and other Japanese-influenced treats and desserts, has been granted OK Kosher Certification, named for the Brooklyn-based non-profit that awards the certification. Kosher foods are ones that conform to Jewish dietary law. Kosher certification is earned by using a list of kosher-approved ingredients, and making sure that there is a separation of kosher and nonkosher food production practices. In addition, a rabbi inspects the production facility to make sure standards are being maintained.

downtown los angeles

Healthy Pickup: DRX, a downtown L.A.-based provider of Web shopping and enrollment systems for Medicare health plans, has been acquired by Connecture Inc., a Brookfield, Wis., firm focused on sales technology for the health insurance industry. Connecture bought DRX to expand beyond the commercial insurance market. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

westside

beverly hills

Sweet Infusion: Sprinkles Cupcakes, a Beverly Hills-based operator of cupcake shops, has received an investment from KarpReilly LLC, a Greenwich, Conn., private-equity firm. The amount of the investment was not disclosed. Sprinkles will use the money to fund its expansion plans.

south bay

hawthorne

Retail Turn: EagleRider Motorcycle Rental, a Hawthorne motorcycle rental and tour company, has rebranded its used-bike website to UsedMotorcycles.net.

carson

Industrial Property: Impex GLS Inc., a Chicago logistics company, has purchased a Carson industrial building for $3.6 million from Smileland Co. LLC. The 33,880-square-foot property, at 1229 E. Walnut St., sits on a 1.5-acre plot.

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