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Anna Ondaatje I Playboy Enterprises Inc.
Playboy's Anna Ondaatje makes a statement with her work and her fashion choices.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Music Center has announced nearly $3 million in new contributions from multiple donors.
Elan Lee I Exploding Kittens
Exploding Kittens co-founder Elan Lee keeps things casual despite his success.
Habitat Horticulture allows businesses to go green
Companies are embracing the multiple tangible benefits of installing living walls.
AllVoices, an app that enables employees to anonymously report harassment and other workplace issues, raised $3 million in seed funding.
Sandy Trautwein I Aquarium of the Pacific
Aquarium of the Pacific's Sandy Trautwein mixes a crisp look and a hands-on style.
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a $30 million commitment from the Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation to support the renovation of the outdated Psychology Tower building on UCLA’s Westwood campus.
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.
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.
Russell Gittlen I Guide Dogs of America
Russell Gittlen of Guide Dogs of America puts mission first.
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.
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.
Najla Kayyem I Pacific Retail Capital Partners
Najla Kayyem of Pacific Retail Capital Partners is frank and fashionable.
Style brands embrace ‘color of the year’
Classic Blue is the new black. At least this year.
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.
James Williams I Mayweather Boxing & Fitness
Mayweather Boxing's James Williams keeps himself and the company focused on fitness.
Lew Wolff I Wolff Urban Development
Wolff Urban Development's Lew Wolff, part owner of the Oakland A's, looks to the future.
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.
Dani Solorio I Compton Health Bar
Compton Health Bar's Dani Solorio provides a relaxed atmosphere and wardrobe.
Roger Sanchez I Uncomn Projects
Uncomn Projects partner Roger Sanchez predicts tastes and trends for developers.
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.
Stephen Kotler I Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Douglas Elliman’s Stephen Kotler mixes his East Coast roots with California casual.
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.
Susan Burton I A New Way of Life
STYLE: Susan Burton from A New Way of Life keeps things casual but respectful.
Darrell Miller I Fox Rothschild
Fox Rothschild’s Darrell Miller shows his individuality with some retro cool.
Brenden Schaefer • Bright Foods
Bright Foods’ Brenden Schaefer has California casual down to a science.
Sofya Polyakov I Noun Project
Noun Project’s Sofya Polyakov’s personal style reflects the simplicity of the icons offered by her company.
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.
JANE WURWAND I Dermalogica Inc.
Dermalogica’s Jane Wurwand doesn’t take herself too seriously.
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.
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.
Ken Duncan • Duncan Studio
Duncan Studio’s Ken Duncan looks to animation history for inspiration.
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.
Kathy Taggares • KT’s Kitchens Inc.
Kathy Taggares, chief executive of KT’s Kitchens Inc. has a passion for pizza and pups.
Peter Mullin I Mullin Barens Sanford Financial
Peter Mullin shares passion for antique cars, art deco treasures.
Gorjana Reidel I Gorjana Jewelry Co.
Gorjana Reidel, co-founder of Gorjana Jewelry Co.
Seth Maxwell I Thirst Project
Seth Maxwell of the Thirst Project takes the water crisis seriously — his work attire less so.
Jaime Davila I Campanario Entertainment
Jaime Davila likes things to be utilitarian — and also beautiful.
Mark Rios I Rios Clementi Hale Studios
Mark Rios of architecture firm Rios Clementi Hale Studios is adding fashion design to his portfolio.
Execs benefit by mixing business, pleasure yachts in Marina del Rey
Entertaining clients on the water is the epitome of combining business and pleasure.
Andrew Jones • Andrew Jones Auctions
Andrew Jones of Andrew Jones Auctions wants to bring back the fun to live auctioneering.
Tim Lee I Olive Hill Group
Tim Lee of commercial real estate firm Olive Hill Group has coined a new term: “workstyle.”
Business partnerships help Ketchum YMCA adapt to a changing downtown
The Ketchum-Downtown YMCA is adapting to changing neighborhood.
Lorena Camargo • Pearl Transportation & Logistics
A different approach
Carl Daikeler I Beachbody
Beachbody’s Carl Daikeler says staying fit shouldn’t be complicated
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.”