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Diane Haithman

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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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Randy Freer to Depart as Hulu CEO

Hulu Chief Executive Randy Freer will step down from his post amid a restructuring of the organization, which was acquired by the Walt Disney Co.

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Dog’s Best Friend

Russell Gittlen I Guide Dogs of America

Russell Gittlen of Guide Dogs of America puts mission first.

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Downtown's Belasco Theater Joins the Live Nation Club

Another historic LA theater joins company’s portfolio

Beverly Hills-based Live Nation Entertainment Inc. has entered into a long-term operating lease agreement with downtown’s Belasco Theater.

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The Problem Solver

When it comes to his community, low-key Anthony Pritzker is highly engaged

Anthony Pritzker shares his approach to philanthropy, which combines business with financial giving and a considerable amount of engagement.

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Mall Maven

Najla Kayyem I Pacific Retail Capital Partners

Najla Kayyem of Pacific Retail Capital Partners is frank and fashionable.

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LA Companies Feeling Blue

Style brands embrace ‘color of the year’

Classic Blue is the new black. At least this year.

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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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Packing a Punch

James Williams I Mayweather Boxing & Fitness

Mayweather Boxing's James Williams keeps himself and the company focused on fitness.

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Having a Ball

Lew Wolff I Wolff Urban Development

Wolff Urban Development's Lew Wolff, part owner of the Oakland A's, looks to the future.

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Laugh Factory Still Brings the Funny

Entertainment: Club spawned a comedy empire

The money being made in the comedy business these days is no laughing matter. Jamie Masada attributes the Laugh Factory’s longevity to the appeal of live performance and, well, funny stuff.

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Holistic Approach

Dani Solorio I Compton Health Bar

Compton Health Bar's Dani Solorio provides a relaxed atmosphere and wardrobe.

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On Branding

Roger Sanchez I Uncomn Projects

Uncomn Projects partner Roger Sanchez predicts tastes and trends for developers.

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Cream of the Crop

Natasha Case I Coolhaus

Natasha Case, co-founder and chief executive of Culver City-based Coolhaus, mixes architectural design concepts with branding initiatives and style.

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Clean Living

Stephen Kotler I Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Douglas Elliman’s Stephen Kotler mixes his East Coast roots with California casual.

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Women Execs Warm to Men’s Watches

FASHION: Luxe timepieces viewed as a sign of progress

Men’s luxury watches, particularly those from Rolex Group, are in fashion among L.A.’s businesswomen.

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A Helping Hand

Susan Burton I A New Way of Life

STYLE: Susan Burton from A New Way of Life keeps things casual but respectful.

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Accent Marks

Darrell Miller I Fox Rothschild

Fox Rothschild’s Darrell Miller shows his individuality with some retro cool.

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Brenden Schaefer • Bright Foods

Bright Foods’ Brenden Schaefer has California casual down to a science.

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Signs of the Times

Sofya Polyakov I Noun Project

Noun Project’s Sofya Polyakov’s personal style reflects the simplicity of the icons offered by her company.

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Above Board

Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire I 2020 Women on Boards

2020 Women on Boards’ Betsy Berkhemer- Credaire says women looking to advance in business should look the part.

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Skin Deep

JANE WURWAND I Dermalogica Inc.

Dermalogica’s Jane Wurwand doesn’t take herself too seriously.

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BETH KEAN • Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

Beth Kean’s grandparents inspired her to take her post at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.

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For Some, It’s Not a Matter of Degrees

EDUCATION: Students, execs rethink need for college

Some in L.A.’s business community are rethinking the value of college degrees — both for themselves and their employees.

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Ken Duncan • Duncan Studio

Duncan Studio’s Ken Duncan looks to animation history for inspiration.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: The Gifts of Giving

Wealthy donors are shifting focus to social, environmental causes

Wealthy donors are shifting the focus of their giving, with an eye toward social and environmental causes.

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Kathy Taggares • KT’s Kitchens Inc.

Kathy Taggares, chief executive of KT’s Kitchens Inc. has a passion for pizza and pups.

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Peter Mullin I Mullin Barens Sanford Financial

Peter Mullin shares passion for antique cars, art deco treasures.

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Crystal Clear

Gorjana Reidel I Gorjana Jewelry Co.

Gorjana Reidel, co-founder of Gorjana Jewelry Co.

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Water Wise

Seth Maxwell I Thirst Project

Seth Maxwell of the Thirst Project takes the water crisis seriously — his work attire less so.

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The Good Fight

Jaime Davila I Campanario Entertainment

Jaime Davila likes things to be utilitarian — and also beautiful.

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Mark Rios I Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Mark Rios of architecture firm Rios Clementi Hale Studios is adding fashion design to his portfolio.

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Just Add Water

Execs benefit by mixing business, pleasure yachts in Marina del Rey

Entertaining clients on the water is the epitome of combining business and pleasure.

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Andrew Jones • Andrew Jones Auctions

Andrew Jones of Andrew Jones Auctions wants to bring back the fun to live auctioneering.

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Tim Lee I Olive Hill Group

Tim Lee of commercial real estate firm Olive Hill Group has coined a new term: “workstyle.”

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Community Centered

Business partnerships help Ketchum YMCA adapt to a changing downtown

The Ketchum-Downtown YMCA is adapting to changing neighborhood.

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Lorena Camargo • Pearl Transportation & Logistics

A different approach

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Carl Daikeler I Beachbody

Beachbody’s Carl Daikeler says staying fit shouldn’t be complicated

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Amina Belouizdad I The Private Suite

Amina Belouizdad, chief commercial officer of 2-year-old Private Suite at Los Angeles International Airport, jokes that she keeps bottles of Dom Perignon champagne on hand at all times “in case of emergency.”

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