LABJ WEEKLY EDITION
ENTERTAINMENT: Anime Expo turns into big draw for animation, comics fans.
Anime Expo, the largest annual Japanese popular culture event in the United States, will get underway on Friday at the Los Angeles Convention Center and is expected to pump $68 million into the local economy.
REAL ESTATE: Plan calls for demolition of newer portion of site.
Onni Group may press some space at the Los Angeles Times complex into retail and office use.
MEDIA: Owner to mull deal for Dick Clark Productions.
Eldridge Industries to look at awarding live-events producer Dick Clark Productions to a new owner.
Hookah maker Kaloud has found smoking out counterfeiters a heavy drain on its business.
DIY business MakersKit hopes industry giant Target’s accelerator will help it think outside boxes.
Delicate Estates offers humorous twist on vintage greeting cards.
Delicate Estates adheres to a humorous spirit with its joke labels that fit on real bottles.
SaltedEats serves up ingredients, instructive videos to customers.
SaltedEats’ videos aim to bring home a new culinary experience to customers’ kitchens.
The buzz of Los Angeles can sometimes become loud enough that it drowns out the best ideas. That’s why Susan Gates, a founding partner of content marketing agency Redbird Group, makes it a point to get out for at least a few road trips every year.
Major players now see big money in once small niche of virtual reality
Big bucks and big-name players move into virtual reality with hopes of making real money.
ENTERTAINMENT: Rising interest in e-sport matches draws MediaMation’s aim.
MediaMation looks to position its movie theater motion seats for viewing video-game matches.
COMMERCE: Swiss-owned companies rank third among employers.
Japanese- and U.K.-owned firms have carved out the biggest presences in Los Angeles.
MANUFACTURING: Sale of Jakks shares no big deal, says Patrick Soon-Shiong.
Toymaker Jakks may need to raise its game in the wake of sell-offs by investors.
AVIATION: Guidelines cut back on requirements for pilots, reduce paperwork.
In a decision that drone filming industry advocates say will relieve regulatory burdens, the Federal Aviation Administration has announced new rules for the commercial use of unmanned aircraft weighing less than 55 pounds.
TRANSIT: Authority had offered Santa Monica less based on use restrictions.
On the heels of the Metro Expo Line opening in May, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors quietly approved a nearly $20 million payout to the city of Santa Monica for the parcel of land at the rail line’s terminus.
FILM: Steven Spielberg’s take on Roald Dahl tale ‘BFG’ has little buzz.
Walt Disney Co.’s new film “The BFG,” which stands for “Big Friendly Giant,” looks set for an unfriendly welcome at the box office.
Now that Ron Burkle’s West Hollywood investment firm Yucaipa Cos. has closed a $30 million investment in sports agency Independent Sports and Entertainment, the billionaire is setting to work increasing the earning power of its clients.
Family offices are on the rise, affording the wealthy a more direct relationship with their money.
Calendar of events
ACQUISITION: Optimus moves into ‘microunits’ with $2.5 million deal.
Optimus Properties is jumping on the “microunit” trend with its new apartment building. The Century City real estate investment company paid $2.5 million for a Mid-Wilshire building where the 15 units range from 350 to 500 square feet.
With its longtime offices on the market and ripe for redevelopment, it’s time for the Times to look for new digs.
Government officials must do more to help U.S. companies connect with overseas entrepreneurs, employees.
U.S. officials must do more to attract and keep talented foreign employees, write Lina Chen and Cody Simms.
The history of the Rams includes quite a few hometowns, points out Ted Lux.
POLITICS: Businesses want OKs before new presidency.
Companies behind two Mojave projects fear getting sandbagged by change in White House.
DINING: Lemonade sees bigger bills helping to feed expansion.
Investor Butterfly Enterprises is helping get fast-casual chain Lemonade’s expansion up to speed.
REAL ESTATE: Snapchat’s network expands to keep pace with message app’s growth.
Snapchat’s plethora of Silicon Beach leases speaks to the messaging app’s continued growth and success.