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L.A. Stations Test ‘Spectrum’ Sale

Some TV stations are tuning in to a sudden opportunity to sell what could be their most valuable asset – their airwaves. Cellphone companies covet them to satisfy the ever-growing appetite for mobile Internet use.

L.A. Register to Launch April 16

Freedom Communications on Monday announced that it will launch its daily newspaper in Los Angeles next month.

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Web Inroads

PUBLISHING: Source Interlink aims to rev up online interest and ad revenue for its car enthusiast magazines.

A new CEO looks to steer Source Interlink’s car magazines into a bigger presence on the Web.

Trio Looks to Tap YouTube’s Commercial Appeal

ADVERTISING: Contagious co-founders to make videos sole focus of agency.

Viral video success spurs trio to form Contagious with a complete focus on YouTube.

More Layoffs at Disney Interactive

Continued restructuring in the interactive division of Walt Disney Co. will result in the firing of about a quarter of its workforce, according to media reports on Thursday.

New CEO at Surf Air

Surf Air said that Jeff Potter, former head at Frontier Airlines, has taken over as chief executive of the Santa Monica private membership airline.

DreamWorks Takes 'Turbo' Write-Down

DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. missed analysts’ earnings forecasts by a wide margin on Tuesday after the studio took a large write-down for its flop “Turbo.”

DreamWorks Licenses ‘Shrek’ for Themed Attraction

DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. on Monday said that it has licensed characters from its hit film franchise “Shrek” to a British theme park operator that will create attractions based on the green orge and his companions.

Losses Narrow for Live Nation

Live Nation Entertainment Inc. on Monday reported a smaller fourth-quarter operating loss as revenue from concerts and other business segments offset lower revenue at its Artist Nation management business.

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Big Role to Play

Theater critic debuts review site to fill void in L.A.

LA Weekly critic acts to revive local theater reviews with new website Stage Raw.

Temporary Message App Speaks to Another Exec

INTERNET: Snapchat lands another high-quality hire with ex-Google engineer.

Former Google engineer is the latest high-quality exec to click with messaging platform Snapchat.

United to Add Non-Stop Australia Service from LAX

United Airlines on Thursday said that will add nonstop service from Los Angeles to Melbourne, Australia in October.

United Online Beats Expectations

Shares of United Online Inc. jumped more than 29 percent on Thursday after the Internet services company beat analyst estimates on revenue for the fourth quarter.

Indictments in Movie Finance Scheme

Three San Fernando Valley residents were indicted Thursday on charges related to running fraudulent telemarketing schemes that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles.said solicited investments in movies with false promises of high returns and little risk.

Assemblymen Introduce Expanded Film Tax Credit Bill

Two Los Angeles assemblymen on Wednesday introduced a bill to ramp up California’s efforts to hold onto film and TV production.