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Zico Founder Buys Beverage Line Back From Coca-Cola

Coconut water company Zico was reacquired by its founder from the Coca-Cola Co. for an undisclosed sum.

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Uplifting Results Labs Raises $8.2 Million

Uplifting Results Labs Inc., the Playa Vista-based nutrition startup behind the Muniq health brand, raised $8.2 million in Series A funding, the company announced Jan. 12.

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Bloomingdale’s to Close Santa Monica Store

The closure is part of a move by Bloomingdale’s parent company, Macy’s Inc., to shutter 45 stores by mid-2021.

LA’s Big Game Developers Ride the Mobile Wave

Culver City-based Scopely Inc.’s “Scrabble GO” might seem like a typical multiplayer mobile word game.

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Roku Acquires Quibi Content Catalog

Roku strikes a deal to acquire rights to Quibi’s library of more than 75 short-form shows.

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Hamada Extends DC Films Deal

DC Films President Walter Hamada signed a deal that will keep him with the Warner Bros. division through 2023.

Entertainment Groups Urge Pause on Productions

SAG-AFTRA and the Producers Guild of America recommended a temporary pause of in-person production due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Wondery to Be Acquired by Amazon

Wondery Inc., the West Hollywood-based podcast network with a roster of hit shows, will be acquired by Amazon Music.

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8Minute Solar Adds $125 Million to Financing

Solar power development company 8Minute Solar Energy has secured an additional $125 million in financing for its pipeline of projects in California, Texas and the Southwest.

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Lobbyist and Consultant Steve Afriat Dies at 68

Afriat was known for his focus on West Hollywood, where much of his political and real estate consultancy was based.

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White House Appeals Order Blocking TikTok Restrictions

The Trump Administration appealed a federal judge's order which blocked restrictions on TikTok's U.S. operations.

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OSI Systems Lands $13 Million Contract for Airport Screening Devices

OSI Systems’ Security division received a $13 million to provide screening products to two airports

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Bergman Tapped to Lead Walt Disney Studios

Walt Disney Co. veteran Alan Bergman will become chairman of Walt Disney Studios and Alan Horn will stay on as chief creative officer.

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Academy Museum Opening Is Postponed Again

The debut of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has been pushed back to next fall due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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CAA, Writers Guild End 20-Month Impasse

Creative Artists Agency and the Writers Guild of America have come to an agreement that ends their 20-month standoff.

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Dash Systems Raises $8 Million for Airdrop Technology

Hawthorne-based DASH Systems Inc. will use the funding to expand aerial shipping to remote and rural areas.

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