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Saban Signs Julius Jr. Publishing Deal

Saban Brands has signed global publishing deal with Random House Children's Books for an interactive collection of books inspired by its preschool television series featuring the popular Julius Jr. monkey character.

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Gay Exec Now Tackling NFL

PR: Howard Bragman guided Michael Sam’s coming out.

When Michael Sam sat down with ESPN and the New York Times to announce that he was gay, the Missouri football star and NFL draft prospect certainly got attention.

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Still No Takers For Dodgers TV

TELEVISION: Time Warner wants rivals on channel’s team.

Less than two weeks before the high-stakes launch of SportsNet LA, the all-Dodgers channel last week still had not reached carriage deals with any pay-TV companies aside from its operator, Time Warner Cable.

Disney Makes 'Star Wars' Streaming Deal with Nexflix

The Disney/ABC Television Group on Thursday said it signed an agreement to stream the final season of its “Star Wars” animated series on Netflix Inc.

Disney to Launch Business Accelerator

Walt Disney Co. said Wednesday that it will invest $1.2 million in early-stage entertainment and media technology through a new business accelerator.

Earnings Roundup: Cheesecake, ReachLocal

Cheesecake Factory Inc. posted rising fourth quarter profit on Wednesday but said extreme winter weather cut into its same-store sales. Shares of ReachLocal Inc. dropped nearly 15 percent following the announcement of widening losses in the quarter.

Cinedigm, Wizard World to Create Digital Channel

Cinedigm Corp. on Wednesday said it will partner with convention organizer Wizard World Inc. to create a new digital network aimed at sci-fi, fantasy and anime fans.

Saban Signs Kids TV Deal with Cirque du Soleil

Saban Brands on Monday said it would partner with Cirque du Soleil Média to create an original, multi-platform children's media property based on the iconic circus entertainment brand.

DreamWorks Starts In-House Publishing House

DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. has started an in-house printing division to release print and digital books featuring its animated characters.

Rams Owner May Bring Soccer to Inglewood Site

Stan Kroenke may be bringing a soccer team called L.A. Gunners to the 60-acre site he recently purchased in Inglewood, according to British news reports.

Lions Gate Beats Expectations

Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. on Thursday reported a better-than-expected fiscal third quarter profit, boosted by a strong box office for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."

Better-than-Expected Quarter for Activision Blizzard

Activision Blizzard Inc. rose nearly 8 percent in after-hours trading Thursday after the video game maker reported adjusted fourth quarter profit that beat Wall Street expectations.

Disney's Quarter Beats Expectations

Walt Disney Co. on Wednesday beat Wall Street forecasts on revenue and earnings per share for its fiscal first quarter.

Disney to Cut 200 Jobs

Walt Disney Co. will cut 200 jobs from in its interactive division as part of a continuing reorganization, according to media reports.

Ouya Releases Upgraded Console

Ouya’s gaming system is nearing its first birthday, and the console maker is celebrating by releasing a new product line with some upgrades.