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WGA, Producers Reach Agreement

Deal is valued at $200 million

The Writers Guild of America has reached a tentative deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, eliminating fears of a possible WGA strike.

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LeBron’s SpringHill Scores Funding, Content Deals

Firm strikes deals with ABC, Sister

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James and longtime business partner Maverick Carter are riding high with recently announced funding and a new content deal for their entertainment and consumer products company.

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American Drops International Flights From LAX

American Airlines is shifting its trans-Pacific flight hub from LAX to Dallas-Fort Worth International.

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Film Commission Sets $40 Million in Tax Credits

In what the California Film Commission said is a sign that Hollywood is ready to return to work, the agency announced $40 million in tax credits.

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Podcast Biz Is Heating Up

LA companies lead the way in a growing industry

An influx of investment is bringing new momentum to the podcast industry in Los Angeles, which has developed into a hub for the burgeoning medium.

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Marketing Agency Quantasy Makes Cultural Connections

Agency works with Google and Honda

Will Campbell, co-founder and chief executive of digital creative agency Quantasy & Associates, does not define the downtown-based company as a multicultural marketing agency, even though it can boast a diverse roster of clients.

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FaZe Clan Takes Ownership Stake in CTRL

FaZe Clan Inc., the Hollywood-based esports and entertainment company, has taken an ownership stake in CTRL Holdings, a New York-based meal replacement startup.

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ShortsTV Plans Virtual Cinema Series to Aid Local Theaters

Cable channel ShortsTV is partnering with independent theaters, including several in Los Angeles, to launch a virtual cinema series.

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Treehouse Raises $2.6 Million

Treehouse Games Inc., a Koreatown-based cooperative video game developer, has raised $2.6 million in a seed round.

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Interim LA Airports Chief Erbacci Moves a Step Closer to Permanent Post

Los Angeles World Airports interim Chief Executive Justin Erbacci moved one step closer to the permanent job.

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Arena Cinelounge Sunset to Reopen June 19

Independent movie theater Arena Cinelounge Sunset plans to be the first L.A. theater to reopen following Covid-19 shutdowns.

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Awards Adjust to Pandemic

Oscars, museum opening are delayed

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted a two-month delay for the 93rd Oscars ceremony and pushed back the opening of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures to April 2021.

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Vista Studios Sees Future

Meets demand for remote, live tools

Broadcast veteran Randall Heer founded Vista Studios in 2017 with the idea of creating the “Swiss Army knife” of independent production hubs, focusing on live production.

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At Local Movie Theaters, Action Will Be Limited

AMC, Laemmle move forward cautiously

Recently announced California state guidelines on reopening during the Covid-19 pandemic allow movie theaters in some localities, including L.A. County, to reopen provided they meet new safety requirements.

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Wave Picks Up $30 Million for Virtual Concerts

Virtual concert startup Wave has raised $30 million in a Series B funding round with participants including Scooter Braun.

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