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Disney Expands Partnership with Shanghai Media Group

Walt Disney Co. has expanded its partnership with Shanghai Media Group to create content for the Chinese market, the company announced Friday.

Activision Settles Shareholder Suit, Pays Itself $275 Million

Santa Monica’s Activision Blizzard Inc. has agreed to a $275 million settlement to end a shareholder lawsuit stemming from an $8 billion deal last year in which the company and an investor group regained majority control from French conglomerate Vivendi SA.

Warner Bros., WWE Strike Distribution Deal

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announced on Wednesday a partnership to distribute programming from World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. starting next year.

Poll: Radio star Tom Leykis has started charging listeners either $11 or $19 a month for premium access to his podcasts. Would you pay to listen to your favorite radio personalities?

Every week the Los Angeles Business Journal asks readers their views on a variety of business and economic issues. A running tally is available on the site and later will be published in the Commentary section of our print edition. Our latest poll is available on the bottom right column of our home page.

Universal Opens First Beijing Office

Universal Pictures opened its first office in Beijing on Monday to handle production and distribution of films and consumer products in the lucrative Chinese market.

DreamWorks Plunges After Hasbro Talks End

Shares in DreamWorks Animation Inc. fell more than 14 percent on Monday, the first trading day since reported merger talks with Hasbro Inc. ended.

Live Nation and Vice to Launch Digital Network

As MTV and VH1 shift away from music and more toward reality television, there’s a shortage of programming that’s actually about music – and Live Nation Entertainment and Vice Media plan to capitalize on that.

Poll: Where do you get your Hollywood news?

Every week the Los Angeles Business Journal asks readers their views on a variety of business and economic issues. A running tally is available on the site and later will be published in the Commentary section of our print edition. Our latest poll is available on the bottom right column of our home page.

Live Nation Expands Reach to Indonesia

Live Nation Entertainment Inc. announced a partnership on Monday with Java Festival Production that will allow the Beverly Hills company to promote concerts in Indonesia.

Studio Earnings Wrap: Lions Gate, Disney

Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. posted strong earnings for the quarter ended Sept. 30 that beat analysts’ expectations, driven by television operations.

DirecTV Profits Fall on Higher Revenue

El Segundo satellite television giant DirecTV reported strong revenue in the third quarter, offset by lower net income due to negative foreign-exchange rates in countries such as Argentina and Venezuela.

Clippers Hire Racetrack Exec

The Los Angeles Clippers announced on Thursday that they have hired Gillian Zucker as president of business operations.

Gene Simmons Gives Kiss to New CEO; Classic Party Rentals Plans Rebound

Rock & Brews, the El Segundo restaurant and venue co-founded by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS, on Monday announced the appointment of Mike Reynolds as chief executive officer, a position that will largely involve seeking out franchise opportunities as the chain attempts to expand globally.

LAX on Pace for Record Year

Los Angeles International Airport remains on pace for a record year after a strong September, according to passenger traffic figures released Friday.

L.A. Awarded New MLS Team

Los Angeles will have two professional soccer teams again in 2017. Only three days after Chivas USA shut down, Major League Soccer announced that a new team had been awarded to an ownership group led by venture capitalist Henry Nguyen, Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Peter Guber and former NBA executive Tom Penn.