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LMS to craft high-end, gadget-laden hot tubs under Coleman brand.

Hot-tub maker LMS is helping expand the Coleman camping brand from the great outdoors to backyards.

Maker of Hit War Series May Be Facing Last ‘Call’

TECHNOLOGY: Feud with parent Activision likely means end of Infinity Ward.

Is it “game over” for one of L.A.’s most successful video game studios?

All the Ads That Add Up

SPECIAL REPORT: 20 in their 20s

From a painter of model trains to a pawnshop operator to the founder of a green lighting firm, the Business Journal looks at local entrepreneurs who got an early jump on being their own boss.

‘Freedom to Do What You Want’

SPECIAL REPORT: 20 in their 20s

From a painter of model trains to a pawnshop operator to the founder of a green lighting firm, the Business Journal looks at local entrepreneurs who got an early jump on being their own boss.

3-D Company Jumping Out

Beverly Hills’ RealD plans IPO to fund growth.

Beverly Hills maker of 3-D technology hopes an IPO will add depth to its business plan.

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Video Game Maker Scores Surprising Turnaround

TECHNOLOGY: THQ credits cost cuts and focus on higher-quality titles.

A year ago, video game publisher THQ Inc. was teetering on the financial abyss.

Playing Different Tune

Eurythmics co-founder stresses creativity in new business book.

Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart has composed a business book focused on creativity.

Getting Technical About Texas Festival


The music and interactive South by Southwest festival went down last month in Austin, Texas, and about 100 L.A. tech people were there.

Stepping Out From Behind the Curtain

Crisis PR spinmeister Mike Sitrick is accustomed to advising clients before they talk into microphones.

Altadena Tech Firm Puts a Price on Old Newspapers

Perfect Market unveils product to add ads to archived stories.

An Alhambra tech firm hopes to make headlines with its method of adding ads to archived newspaper articles.

Boosting Connections

CORPORATE PROFILE: Calabasas’ Ixia acquired two tech firm rivals to help offset slow sales periods for its network test products.

Tech firm Ixia looks to steady the sales of its networking test products with overseas business and boost revenue with a pair of acquisitions.

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Domain-Name Business Notches Up Top10 Score

TECHNOLOGY: Idealab in Pasadena sells dot-com address for $1 million.

How much money is a group of eight letters and numbers worth?

Pulling the Plug

KFWB up for sale after more static from FCC

CBS Radio has been forced to put Los Angeles station KFWB up for sale.

Boosting Internet Connection

Beverly Hills PR vet helps execs shine in Web site videos.

A Beverly Hills consultant has added to her repertoire, now helping executives make appearances on Web site videos.

Trouble for Tinseltown’s Two Trades

Variety’s latest cutbacks ‘almost bewildering,’ says Web rival.

Dips in ad revenue and circulation have Hollywood wondering if the curtain will fall on its two trade papers.

Animation Firm Drawn Into Reverse-Merger Deal

TECHNOLOGY: Image Metrics goes public as means to raise money.

The executives of Image Metrics Ltd., a Santa Monica-based animation company that does work on video games and feature films, wanted to take their company public, but opted against a traditional IPO.

Rooted Interest

Sherman Oaks native Ron Tutor took his dad’s small construction business and turned it into industry giant Tutor-Perini.

Ron Tutor feels his company’s 15-year lawsuit with the MTA has gone on much too long.

A Heaping Slice of Humble Pie

It’s not every day that a local business owner gets humiliated on national television for the way they run their business.

Vet Looks to Collar Consumer Web Site

Suit says Yelp sought money to curb negative reviews.

A local veterinarian claims consumer Web site Yelp offered to stifle poor reviews for a price.

Soldiering On

Dale Dye, military adviser to film and TV, aims to grow his business with publishing and motivational speaking.

Vietnam vet Dale Dye has marshaled his military experience into a successful show biz career.

Did ‘Warfare’ Maker Shoot Itself in the Foot Over Duo?

TECHNOLOGY: Activision feud with former execs may hurt blockbuster franchise.

Activision Blizzard Inc.’s shakeup of the local video game studio responsible for its famed “Call of Duty” franchise carries some risks for the Santa Monica-based publisher.

Activision Sued by Ex-Employees

The two former heads of a local video game studio filed suit against Activision Blizzard Inc., alleging that the Santa Monica publisher terminated them without cause.

Pointing Toward Future

Oblong’s glove tech lets users get literally hands-on with data.

A downtown L.A. firm’s glove is a handy way to interact with computers.

Online Video Site Trying a Different Kind of Stream

Hulu looks to original show to draw viewers and fight rivals.

Online video site Hulu hopes to channel more viewers by featuring original programming.

KIIS-FM Back on Top

Pop music station KIIS-FM (102.7) reclaimed the top spot in local radio ratings after spending two months in second place.

Fading MySpace Embraces Techie

Noted L.A. exec charged with reviving site’s buzz.

Mike Jones brings his reputation as an Internet product genius to his new role as co-leader of MySpace.

Online Video Site Failed To Click With Audience

TECHNOLOGY: Michael Eisner had backed now-bankrupt Veoh as YouTube rival.

A much hyped Internet company backed by one of L.A.’s wealthiest businessmen has shut down.

Buttoning Up

PROFILE: Santa Monica app designer Mobile Roadie tries to get a line on customers with quick, low-cost service.

Santa Monica’s Mobile Roadie helps customers get a cheaper and faster line on smart phone apps.


Local chip maker snuffs crises, boosts revenue

Rising revenue has rebooted the fortunes of El Segundo chip maker International Rectifier.

Handy View of The Future

Company streams aerial surveillance to smart phones, PDAs.

A Van Nuys firm is looking to get aerial surveillance footage on handheld devices.

MySpace CEO Leaves

MySpace Chief Executive Owen Van Natta has stepped down, less than a year after taking over the troubled Beverly Hills-based social networking site.

Dean of Business School Quits to Tend to Family

Ira Jackson had boosted enrollment, added courses at Drucker.

Family issues have forced Ira Jackson to resign as dean of the Drucker business school.

Funding a Thorny Issue for Rose Bowl

Pasadena venue may turn to ads to pay for renovations.

Pasadena’s Rose Bowl may field-test corporate sponsorships to pay for much desired venue improvements.

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Calling Shots

INTERVIEW: Chamber CEO Leron Gubler has helped Hollywood grow from a place his friends joked about to a retail-nightlife center that has restored some glamour to the iconic name.

Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Leron Gubler has helped revive Hollywood’s glamorous image.

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Looking Sharper

Burbank’s 3ality sees a bright future for 3-D TV-production gear.

Burbank’s 3ality has drawn in-depth attention with its gear for creating 3-D TV content.

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SAN FERNANDO VALLEY: Drop in Asking Rents Helps Fuel Deals

Real Estate Quarterly: 4th Quarter 2009

The San Fernando Valley may have gotten slammed in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as the last go-round.

DOWNTOWN: Landlords May Be Holding Space to Boost Rents

Real Estate Quarterly: 4th Quarter 2009

While fourth quarter data appear to show that the downtown L.A. submarket rebounded, analysts said those figures likely masked a sobering reality.

L.A. Conference Becomes An International Attraction

TECHNOLOGY: London, Israeli startups to attend Twiistup networking conference.

Twiistup, a local tech conference that links entrepreneurs with investors and gives a sneak peak at budding startups, has gone international.

COUNTY: Industrial Market Could Be Headed for a Turnaround

Real Estate Quarterly: 4th Quarter 2009

Chalk this up as another sign of an economic recovery on the horizon: Los Angeles County’s industrial real estate market, once in a free fall, seems to have bottomed out.

Northrop Flew Under the Radar

L.A. leaders left at a loss over company’s exit.

Northrop’s decision to leave L.A. surprised many charged with keeping companies here.

Illegal Downloads Shoot Holes in ‘Warfare’ Sales

Pirates could have cost Activision as much as $300 million.

‘‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2,” the blockbuster video game from Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard Inc., has set sales records and garnered industry awards since its November release.

Stripped-Down Appeal

BUSINESS PROFILE: Van Nuys’ Icon emphasizes rugged performance to drive sales for its Land Cruiser

EXPANSION: Van Nuys’ Icon pitches its bare-bones Land Cruiser-like vehicles as the wheel deal.



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YEAR IN REVIEW: Investors sent shares soaring across sectors

In 2009, hungry investors fueled a surprising stock surge across a variety of companies in Los Angeles.

Demand Media Torpedoes Latest Talk of Acquisition

TECHNOLOGY: CEO says there is no interest in selling firm

Internet media company Demand Media Inc. was the subject of a billion-dollar acquisition rumor last week.

Looking For Some Momentum

Venice startup hopes to roll up sales for its foldable skateboard.

The maker of a foldable, skateboardlike product says the “stowboard” is the wheel deal.

Smaller Film Studio Hopes to Pounce on MGM

ENTERTAINMENT: Shares in Lions Gate have climbed on takeover talk.

Lions Gate investors have roared with approval over the company’s interest in buying MGM.

Allegations Skewer CEO of Lampoon

ENTERTAINMENT: Durham surprised by FBI raid on offices.

The CEO brought in to straighten out National Lampoon has been accused of running a Ponzi scheme.

L.A. Puts Valets In the Hot Seat

VALET: Regulation looms for free-wheeling industry.

A potential L.A. City Council measure aims to drive upstart valets out of business.

Publisher of Video Games Backtracks on Film Licenses

TECHNOLOGY: THQ says DreamWorks deal will help fund original titles.

Executives at video game publisher THQ Inc. have said they want the Agoura Hills-based company to develop fewer games based on movie licenses and more from original content.