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Diane Haithman

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Executive Insights

In the midst of headlines about layoffs and shutdowns, L.A. business leaders seem to be ramping up.

Women’s Clubs Find a Way

Chief, AllBright adapt for members

Chief, a private executive organization designed to help women network their way into positions of power, had big plans to open a 13,000-square-foot, multiuse clubhouse on La Cienega Boulevard near Melrose Avenue this spring.

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Netflix Acquires Iconic Egyptian Theatre

Netflix completes its long-pending purchase of Hollywood's legendary Egyptian Theatre from American Cinematheque.

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Advertisers Question Quibi Payments

More trouble is surfacing for short-form streaming service Quibi, this time from major advertisers.

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Alleyoop Right on Time

Cosmetics startup connects with consumers

Leila Kashani did not have the Covid-19 shutdown in mind when she founded Alleyoop Inc.

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Streaming Services Make the Best of a Bad Thing

Both newcomers and established services see a surge in viewers

No one was expecting the coronavirus outbreak when some of Hollywood’s biggest companies decided 2020 would be a good time to launch a host of streaming offerings.

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Quibi Reaches Out to Homebound Audiences

Startup expands with software for TV

Smartphone-only streaming service Quibi plans to make its short-form content available for TV viewing beginning the last week in May, the company has confirmed.

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How Offices Will Change

Landlords, tenants prep for new normal

While health and government authorities have made recommendations, tenants and landlords are working on how to best create a safe environment when people return to the office.

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Beachbody Sees Gains

Company reports subscriber growth rises 300%

The Covid-19 crisis has turned into a boon for Beachbody.

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Hollywood Bowl, Ford Theatres Cancel Seasons

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association has canceled all 2020 summer performances at the Hollywood Bowl and the Ford Theatres due to the Covid-19 crisis.

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Disney Results Reflect Virus Impact

Company suffers $1 billion hit at parks as earnings tumble 63%

With its theme parks shuttered, its movie releases altered and its sports programming scrambled by the Covid-19 crisis, Walt Disney Co. saw a stark drop in its latest quarterly earnings.

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A Dog Training Boom for Zoom Room

Remote sessions give company a new leash on life

Children are not the only family members in need of home schooling during the Covid-19 crisis. Indoor dog-training gyms have gone virtual to provide live remote training sessions for canines stuck at home.

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Executive Insights

In the midst of headlines about layoffs and shutdowns, L.A. business leaders seem to be ramping up and taking advantage of remote working environments.

American Film Institute Receives $3 Million Gift

Trustee Emeritus Lawrence Herbert has gifted the American Film Institute $3 million to establish an alumni center on the school's Hollywood Hills campus.

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Rebel Girls Turns the Page

Small publisher finds best-selling formula

A rebel’s approach to the rules of book publishing seems to be working for Elena Favilli, founder and chief executive of Rebel Girls, a Santa Monica-based independent publishing house.

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Executive Insights

Business leaders reflect on inspiring and leading teams in the safer-at-home era.

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Disney Leads Pack of Industry Cutbacks

Production companies, talent agencies also turn to downsizing

Walt Disney Co.’s recent announcement that it will stop paying more than 100,000 employees represents the latest blow to entertainment industry workers in a continuing wave of cuts, furloughs and layoffs spawned by the Covid-19 crisis.

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Covid-19 Shutdowns Slow Film and TV Production

On-location filming in greater Los Angeles is down more than 18% so far in 2020 and continues to fall as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, according a report released April 23 by FilmLA.

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HBO Max Sets New Launch Date

AT&T’s WarnerMedia announced a May 27 launch date for its new streaming service HBO Max.

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Puzzles Help Stores Pick Up the Pieces

Demand is soaring for jigsaws at local toy shops

Jigsaw puzzles are “the new toilet paper,” according to Jill Wahlquist, vice president at Tom’s Toys.

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Executive Insights

In the midst of headlines about layoffs and shutdowns, L.A. business leaders seem to be ramping up.

Tap Trailer Brings Bubbles

Sisters roll out Champagne room on wheels

Jennifer and Nicole Disotell spent 10 years running their own digital marketing company before launching another business that is also a family affair: Tap Trailer Co., home of the Bubble Tap Trailer.

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Stream Teams

As viewers turn to streaming, content companies turn to LA

Although some of the companies may be headquartered elsewhere, the heart and soul of entertainment’s streaming video industry lives and thrives in Los Angeles.

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Staying Sharp

Elicia Castaldi I Girl with Knife

Girl with Knife founder Elicia Castaldi brings an edge to her stationery company and her sense of fashion.

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WarnerMedia Names Jason Kilar CEO

New WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar will oversee streaming service HBO Max, launching May 1.

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Cool for Cats

Kanchan Singh I Crumbs & Whiskers

Crumbs & Whiskers founder Kanchan Singh is purr-fectly casual at her cafes.

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Quibi on Track for April Launch

Streaming service with fresh content could benefit from lockdown

Short-form streaming startup Quibi has been forced to cancel promotional events, but it appears that the company remains advantageously positioned to launch on April 6.

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By a Thread

360Sweater spins up a range of recycled cashmere products

360Sweater's Naked Cashmere line is made from cashmere recycled from never-worn clothing items.

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Fully Loaded

Don Tashman I Loaded Boards Inc.

Don Tashman, chief executive at Loaded Boards, puts his design energy into his company's longboards.

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Sunny Disposition

Matt Jarvis I 72andSunny

72andSunny co-chairman Matt Jarvis aims for comfort, simplicity and creativity.

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ArcLight Looks to Spice Things Up With Promotion

Theater chain enlists celeb chefs for popcorn ‘Experience’

Arclight has unveiled a new offering to up its game: gourmet popcorn flavors created by celebrity chefs and inspired by ArcLight’s four major markets, including L.A.

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72andSunny Elevates Shutt

Move by ad agency follows departures, layoffs in 2019

Playa Vista-based advertising agency 72andSunny has named Global Chief Operating Officer and Partner Evin Shutt to lead the company as chief executive.

Live Nation Posts Gains

Sees ninth straight year of growth

Beverly Hills-based Live Nation Entertainment Inc. posted 7% revenue growth last year, to $11.5 billion, for a ninth consecutive year of growth.

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Organic by Design

Tosh Berman I Madera Group

Tosh Berman, co-founder and chief executive of Madera Group said his style has changed with his segue from the nightclub business to eating establishments grounded in authentic Mexican cuisine.

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Quibi Funding Reaches $1.75 Billion

Startup to launch programs in April

Short-form video startup Quibi announced that it has closed a $750 million funding round, bringing the streaming service’s total funding to $1.75 billion.

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Setting the Stage

Michelle Danner I Edgemar Center for the Arts

Edgemar Center for the Arts founder Michelle Danner is an acting coach who eschews drama.

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Questions Arise for Disney

Iger departure brings uncertainty

Entertainment industry watchers say those with an interest in Disney’s next steps are worried that new Disney CEO Bob Chapek won’t be the same as exiting CEO Bob Iger when it comes to the company’s most important revenue segments.

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Beautify Is Bringing Art to Commerce

Mural platform company expands beyond LA

Santa Monica-based Beautify, a platform that connects street artists with sponsors, landlords and business owners, is expanding its for-profit business model.

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Conversation Starter

Anna Ondaatje I Playboy Enterprises Inc.

Playboy's Anna Ondaatje makes a statement with her work and her fashion choices.

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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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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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Bound by Tradition

Thomas Blumenthal I Gearys Beverly Hills

Thomas Blumenthal of Gearys Beverly Hills — which celebrates its 90th year in business this year — favors French cuffs and Charvet ties.

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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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Music Center Announces $3 Million in New Contributions

The Music Center has announced nearly $3 million in new contributions from multiple donors.

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Game Changer

Elan Lee I Exploding Kittens

Exploding Kittens co-founder Elan Lee keeps things casual despite his success.

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Living Walls Offer Growing Opportunity

Habitat Horticulture allows businesses to go green

Companies are embracing the multiple tangible benefits of installing living walls.

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AllVoices Harassment Reporting App Raises $3 Million

AllVoices, an app that enables employees to anonymously report harassment and other workplace issues, raised $3 million in seed funding.

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Sea Changer

Sandy Trautwein I Aquarium of the Pacific

Aquarium of the Pacific's Sandy Trautwein mixes a crisp look and a hands-on style.

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Pritzkers Give UCLA $30 Million

Simms/Mann Foundation also donates $18M

UCLA has received a $30 million commitment from the Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation to support the renovation of the outdated Psychology Tower building on UCLA’s Westwood campus.

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Laemmle Theatres Plans Expansion

After turning down sale, chain will open in Newhall, Azusa

Despite reports of a possible sale last year, Laemmle Theatres now says it has turned down recent buyout offers and is opening a new multiplex this summer.

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