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KKGO Owner Is Still Dialed In at 93

Levine leads LA’s last independent station

Saul Levine has kept the last independently owned radio station in L.A. running for 62 years thanks to hustle and a refusal to sell.

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Multicultural Film Fund Launches

AUM aims for diverse audiences

Producer Nina Yang Bongiovi, whose films include “Fruitvale Station” and “Dope,” has entered into a partnership to launch AUM Group, a Los Angeles-based multicultural entertainment fund to finance feature films for rapidly diversifying audiences.

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Surf Air Acquires BlackBird Air

Company will provide flights and scheduling

Santa Monica general aviation airline Surf Air Inc. announced it has acquired San Francisco-based online aviation marketplace BlackBird Air Inc.

Game On

LA is loaded with esports venues — and there are several more on the way

Gaming-friendly Los Angeles has become a cornerstone for esports, thanks to the rollout of several competition arenas that have opened here in recent years.

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Driving Diversity

Inclusion initiatives at top talent agencies could help reshape Hollywood

While the rest of Hollywood wrestles with concerns over diversity, the town’s most powerful companies — its leading talent agencies — have already taken steps toward improving inclusion.

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Cruel Summer?

A ‘triple witching hour’ contract crunch looms for Hollywood’s major players

This summer, Hollywood is facing a triple witching hour of contract negotiations, and the industry is bracing for a season of turbulence.

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Dispute Between Agencies, Writers Likely to Continue

Standoff is separate from other labor contracts

The labor dispute over talent agency packaging fees is boiling over, but it sits outside of Hollywood’s triple-witching contracts.

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2020 Talent Agencies and Venues Special Report

Talent agencies remain some of Hollywood's most powerful companies

See how talent agencies are evolving to meet new challenges and better serve clients.

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Creative Industries Account for 16% of Jobs in LA County: Report

The annual Otis Report on the Creative Economy from Otis College of Art and Design said that creative industries are responsible for more than 16% of jobs in Los Angeles County.

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Airports Post Mixed Results

LAX slipped, Ontario surged in ’19

The passenger traffic picture was mixed for 2019 at three of the Los Angeles region’s airports.

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JetBlue Slashes LB Flights

Cuts are latest by the carrier at the airport

JetBlue Airways Corp. is eliminating flights from Long Beach Airport to Oakland and reducing flights out of Long Beach to other hubs.

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Growth Spurt

Entertainment: Streaming, music deals inject new life and big dollars into Hollywood

More than a century old, Hollywood has suddenly become a growth industry.

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Hollywood Biz Managers Rally

NY Giant Snaps Up Niche Boutiques

Hollywood’s independent business manager shops compete with New York-based behemoth Focus Financial Partners.

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Arts & Institutions: The Academy Museum is almost ready for its closeup

L.A.’s investment in its cultural capital has increased markedly over the past few years with the announcement of a number of splashy new or expanded museums or arts institutions fueled by mega-donations.

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Sports Business: SoFi’s opening, Dodger Stadium’s upgrades and several big events

The heart of L.A.’s 2020 sports business calendar will almost certainly be the July opening of SoFi Stadium at Hollywood Park in Inglewood.

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