TRAILERS: The National Association of Theater Owners has released voluntary guidelines calling for movie trailers to be no longer than two minutes, which is 30 seconds shorter than currently the norm. Under the guidelines, which apply to titles opening on or after Oct. 1, a trailer cannot be shown for a movie more than five months before its release. Movie marketing materials will need to wait until four months before a movie’s release to be displayed in theaters. Distributors will be given two exemptions a year on the guidelines.
RADIO: Radio personality Madeleine Brand has begun hosting a new daily radio show on public broadcaster KCRW-FM (89.9). It is the Santa Monica station’s first new daily show since 2001. The program is filling KCRW’s noon slot after the popular “Morning Becomes Eclectic” music program; the period was formerly used to broadcast Public Radio International program “The World.” Brand’s show faces off against public affairs show “AirTalk” on rival station KPCC-FM (89.3).
NBCUNIVERSAL: The move of “The Tonight Show” to New York will result in the elimination of 164 positions at NBCUniversal’s Burbank studio. “The Tonight Show,” broadcast from Burbank since 1972, will end its run there Feb. 6 with the retirement of host Jay Leno. Jimmy Fallon will take over hosting duties from New York on Feb. 17. A new tenant, live-music venue iHeartRadio Theatre, moved in last year, taking up some of the vacant space at the facility, now called Burbank Studios.
MOVIES: Tom Sherak, a former studio marketing and distribution executive who recently led the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has passed away after a prolonged battle with prostate cancer. He was 68. Sherak held executive positions at 20th Century Fox and Revolution Studios before serving as president of the academy. Most recently, he was named film czar of Los Angeles by Mayor Eric Garcetti; as a result, Sherak’s passing could present a challenge to the mayor’s agenda to keep production in Los Angeles.
UNEMPLOYMENT: Los Angeles County’s unemployment rate fell to 9.2 percent in December, its lowest point in more than five years. The unemployment rate was down from 9.5 percent in November and the 10.3 percent rate of a year ago. But the drop came because more than 30,000 people fell off the count in December. The number of county residents who reported they were working was unchanged from November.
SOUTH GATE: John “Papa” Maloney, a South Gate butcher and school benefactor, has passed away. He was 91. Maloney, who founded Maloney Meat Co. with his wife, was known in his community for acts of kindness at South Gate High School. He planted red and white rose bushes at the school and tended them for years. Maloney also sponsored sports trophies, paid for college sponsorships and provided food for school dances. He was featured in the Business Journal’s “Eight Over 80” section in 2011 and worked at his store’s cash register until several months ago.
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