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Mattel Inc. is ready to believe in the new “Ghostbusters.” On Friday, the El Segundo-based toymaker reported strong sales figures that have “exceeded expectations” for its “Ghostbusters” action figures and movie-inspired replica items such as the Ecto vehicle and the Proton pack. The announcement was originally reported by Variety.
MARKETING: Index sees sites as major attractions for toy sales.
Index Promotions looks to ride the theme park boom into more custom merchandise orders.
INVESTMENT: Entravision hits No. 1 on list of most profitable.
Spanish-language radio and TV broadcaster Entravision dialed up its performance to top the Business Journal’s list of most profitable public companies.
Los Angeles Times has found social media more welcoming than local TV news rivals.
If the sky is the limit in starting and running a business, Dan Goman wants to see just how high he can go.
Smart & Final Stores Inc. Chief Executive Dave Hirz marked the Fourth of July making rotisserie chicken. His culinary endeavors weren’t, however, part of a family cookout.
DINING: Restaurant Week has goal to feed business for participating eateries.
Local eateries hope profits will be on the menu during Dine L.A. Restaurant Week, which helps restaurants entice customers with special menus that will take smaller bites out of their wallets.
PUBLISHING: Los Angeles hits annual sales high with curious category salutes.
Swimsuits – and ranked lists – sell magazines.
INTERNET: Crackle to run fixed-time commercials with show-related content.
Crackle, a multiplatform streaming service from Sony Entertainment, has implemented a new advertising model designed to keep viewers more engaged during commercials.
Festival events flesh out beach volleyball series
Asics World Series of Beach Volleyball organizers have spiked the event with added attractions.
EVENTS: Comic-Con real draw for Hollywood with its nerd consumer power.
Legions of fans and journalists along with L.A.-area entertainment executives and Hollywood stars will soon flood into San Diego for the influential annual pop culture festival Comic-Con International.
FILM: Sony teams up for cross-promotions to help boost remake’s box office.
Sony hopes its female “Ghostbusters” remake will scare up big returns at the box office.
LICENSING: SGN acquires TinyCo with eye toward Hollywood franchises.
In a move to further consolidate the mobile gaming industry and to obtain lucrative licensing deals for several Hollywood franchises, last week mobile-game maker SGN of Culver City acquired game developer TinyCo of San Francisco for an undisclosed amount.
TOURISM: Conservancy adds nighttime events to handle seasonal demand.
The Los Angeles Conservancy is trying to make it easier to explore L.A.’s architectural history on foot this summer.