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New LA Tourism Chief Burke Isn’t Deterred by Tough Times

Before the pandemic, Adam Burke, chief executive of the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, would have called you “crazy” if you told him that he’d be happy to report that Los Angeles hotels were at 50% occupancy.

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Air Passenger Counts Are Tanking, But Air Lease Is Flying High

The industry that Century City-based Air Lease Corp. operates in is in critical condition.

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LA’s Esports Companies Are Poised for Strong Growth in 2021

Video games attracted record-breaking numbers of players in 2020, and the esports industry appears poised to grow rapidly in the year ahead.

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LA’s Big Game Developers Ride the Mobile Wave

Culver City-based Scopely Inc.’s “Scrabble GO” might seem like a typical multiplayer mobile word game.

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Roku Acquires Quibi Content Catalog

Roku strikes a deal to acquire rights to Quibi’s library of more than 75 short-form shows.

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Hamada Extends DC Films Deal

DC Films President Walter Hamada signed a deal that will keep him with the Warner Bros. division through 2023.

Entertainment Groups Urge Pause on Productions

SAG-AFTRA and the Producers Guild of America recommended a temporary pause of in-person production due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Wondery to Be Acquired by Amazon

Wondery Inc., the West Hollywood-based podcast network with a roster of hit shows, will be acquired by Amazon Music.

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Bergman Tapped to Lead Walt Disney Studios

Walt Disney Co. veteran Alan Bergman will become chairman of Walt Disney Studios and Alan Horn will stay on as chief creative officer.

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This Season, Office Holiday Parties Are Remote Affairs

Instead of suits and dresses, an ugly Christmas sweater paired with Zoom-friendly sweatpants appears to be the outfit du jour for this year’s corporate holiday parties.

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Business Rockstars Acquired by Invincible Entertainment for $20M

Burbank-based audio and video producer Business Rockstars will be acquired for $20 million by film and television distributor Invincible Entertainment Partners, the two companies announced Dec. 15.

Academy Museum Opening Is Postponed Again

The debut of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has been pushed back to next fall due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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CAA, Writers Guild End 20-Month Impasse

Creative Artists Agency and the Writers Guild of America have come to an agreement that ends their 20-month standoff.

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Activision Tops $3 Billion in Sales

Blockbuster video game franchises “Call of Duty” and “World of Warcraft” continue to deliver big returns for Santa Monica-based publisher Activision Blizzard Inc.

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Headspace, Netflix Partner for Mindfulness Series

Santa Monica-based Headspace Inc. is taking its relaxation and meditation content to the small screen through a new partnership with Netflix Inc.

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