LABJ WEEKLY EDITION
INTERNET: Fandango grows stake in moviegoing process.
Online ticket vendor Fandango has picked up businesses to recast itself in a bigger role in the moviegoing experience.
DEVELOPMENT: Duo bets on sites despite risky ground game.
Matthew Winefield and Reid Breitman pursue healthy returns by cleaning up toxic properties.
FINANCE: Dwindling talent pool drives up compensation.
Local firms are investing more effort in securing hires from a shrinking pool of talent.
Insurer delays can prove costly for businesses
Some businesses face a run-up in costs from carrier-caused delays during the handling of claims.
Operators of outdoor screenings see rise in audiences, expenses.
Cost control now plays a lead role for operators of outdoor screenings as their movie nights reel in crowds.
Association pitches symbols as positive signs for real estate.
Realty association hopes to get industry in good shapes with new line of emojis.
Fraser Heston, chief executive of Agamemnon Films, has long enjoyed rock climbing, mountaineering, sailing, and scuba diving. But the more leisurely pursuit of fly fishing is his true love.
CONFERENCE: Impact of economic policy takes stage at Milken Institute event.
Beverly Hills boasts its fair share of celebrities, and their ranks will swell this week as politicians, Nobel laureates, and high-profile business execs flood the Beverly Hilton hotel for the Milken Institute’s annual Global Conference.
SALVAGE: Operators shut facilities, ax employees as price for scrap tumbles.
China’s declining economy has forced some local junkyards to scrap their business plans and scale back.
LABOR: One values input from survey; the other questions methodology.
Watchdog group gives two L.A. hospitals a “D” in patient safety but institutions differ in response.
APPAREL: Beach lifestyle draws Australian brands looking to shore up sales.
Some Australian labels say a similar coastal culture makes Los Angeles a good beachhead for cracking the U.S. market.
FILM: Disney fish may end up tipping season’s scale as superheroes go to battle.
The major studios are feeling the heat as the summer blockbuster season arrives to decide if movies sizzle or fizzle.
TV: Trey Roski, son of Ed, hopes for smash hits with new season of ‘Battlebots.’
Trey Roski, son of billionaire developer Ed Roski Jr., is focused on building a television hit rather than following his father into real estate.
FOOD: Mast Brothers to provide tours to visitors sweet on confectionery.
A pair of Willie Wonkas has made its way to the Arts District.
EMPLOYMENT: Jayne Kim quits as chief trial counsel after recent re-election.
After a controversial five-year tenure, the lawyer in charge of investigating and prosecuting attorney misconduct is stepping down, the California State Bar announced.
It was only the beginning when a deal to pull Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media out of bankruptcy was approved by a federal judge.
Calendar of events
DEVELOPMENT: Office building benefits from nearby crowded markets.
With a year to go until dramatic renovations are complete on an El Segundo office building, the space is already half-leased.
With its pending acquisition of DreamWorks Animation, Comcast is poised for a direct challenge to Disney.
Outfitting unserved communities with broadband internet could prove key move in California prosperity.
James Prieger sees a lack of broadband connectivity in some communities as a missing link in California’s economy.
Eric C. Pritz wonders if the new Model 3 will be enough to drive Tesla’s success and power up California.
TV: Daytime Emmys retool with goal of reviving telecast.
Producers of the Daytime Emmys hope to channel new technology and categories into a live telecast for the awards show.
SHIPPING: Terminal’s robots cut costs, air pollution, jobs.
Automated systems at the Long Beach port’s Middle Harbor Terminal could make waves in the cargo business.
Aecom sees investing in real estate projects as a means to build revenue.
Gardens Casino upgrades digs to draw crowds
Gardens Casino is among the local card rooms that see upgrading facilities as a safe bet to draw more players.