Los Angeles Business Journal

LABJ WEEKLY EDITION

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Satellites to Play Big Role for Studios

FILM: Digital coalition beaming over cost savings for distribution.

Local coalition projects satellite distribution as the cost-saving future for movie houses.

‘Star’ on Rise In Moisture Farming

Skywell plays up ties to sci-fi in promoting water condensers.

Skywell taps “Star Wars” references as it hopes to become a force in moisture farming.

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Memberships Make Cut At Salon

Society uses monthly fees to keep prices out of customers’ hair.

Salon Society sees monthly memberships as a shear thing for customers.

DIY Approach Blooms at Flower Shop

Fleurish puts together build-your-bouquet bar to stem expense.

Fleurish serves up DIY bouquet bar to nip flower prices in the bud.

Lawyer Joins L.A.’s Farm Team

His life might not exactly mirror “Green Acres,” but L.A. native Jerrold “Jerry” Bregman could feel as if he’s starring in a reprise of the old TV show.

Regional Report

News and notes from communities across Los Angeles County

PG Aerospace has signed a seven-year lease renewal worth $6.5 million to stay in Valencia.

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Shot in Arm

LAW: Business booms for attorneys focused on nursing employers through implementation of Obamacare.

Subspecialized attorneys enjoy healthy returns from helping businesses figure out Obamacare.

Debit-Card Firm Has More in Store for Wal-Mart

FINANCE: Green Dot stock rises after signing exclusive deal with retail giant.

Wall Street warmly greets debit-card company Green Dot deepening its ties to Wal-Mart.

L.A. Has Sixth IPO in Bag as Grocer Goes Public

investment: Wall Street checks out Smart & Final to tune of $160 million.

Smart & Final became the sixth L.A. IPO this year as more businesses are sold on going public.

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Deal Price for Tower Takes Elevator to Top Floor

REAL ESTATE: $175 million sets new total-dollar high for downtown market this year.

Downtown tower hits high mark this year in $175 million sale.

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Offshoot of O.C. Paper Folds Up Quickly in L.A.

MEDIA: Register continues on Web after failing to make headlines with arrival.

Los Angeles being a tough market to crack was apparently news to failed paper L.A. Register.

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Panoramic Screens to Try to Widen Films’ Appeal

EXHIBITION: Theaters turn to new technology to boost image with couch potatoes.

In an effort to get people off the couch and out of their homes, movie theaters are lifting the curtain on a new technology that boasts a huge, 270-degree panoramic viewing experience.

News of the Week

Last week’s major news from labusinessjournal.com and other sources

Toymaker Hasbro Inc. has announced a partnership with Burbank’s Walt Disney Co. to make Disney princess and “Frozen” dolls starting in 2016, leaving El Segundo toy giant Mattel Inc. out in the cold.

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Owner of Apartments Moves Into Office Property

ACQUISITION: SM pays $76.5 million for home to media, entertainment firms.

Beverly Hills real estate company SM Management has purchased the Class A office tower at 6100 Wilshire Blvd. for $76.5 million, about $358 a square foot.

Shriver for County Supervisor

Business Journal gives nod to Bobby Shriver in county supervisor race.

Nothing To Hide?

A year after West Hollywood adopted a ban on the sale of fur items, merchants and the city still have questions about its enforcement. So the Business Journal asks:

What do you think of West Hollywood’s fur ban?

Ruling Out Los Angeles?

Small-business owners say they find themselves working too hard to live with area governments.

Jon Lieber discusses how area governments aren’t working for small-business owners.

Cities Enjoy Home-Field Advantage With Local Owners

Alan Whitman homes in on the value of local ownership of businesses.

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Hides & Seek

West Hollywood fur ban raises hackles, questions

West Hollywood’s fur ban might only be skin deep as city and shop owners remain unsure of its enforcement.

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Has Oxy Spinoff Settled on Site?

Energy: Long Beach hopes to hold on to business long term.

Long Beach works to pump up its chances of landing the HQ of the offshoot of oil giant Oxy.

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Doughnut Chain Says It’s in Hole

government: Yum Yum seeks more dough for seized shop.

Doughnut chain Yum Yum says it was unfairly boxed out by Metro’s seizure of its shop.

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YouTube Stars Try Next Stage

Internet: Fullscreen live show reels in marketers, screaming teens.

Fullscreen mounts a live production to help its YouTube stars show their stuff to marketers and fans.

Mall Goes With Flow On Fountains

Water back on at Third Street as city weighs conservation options.

Third Street Promenade’s plan to turn off its fountains evaporates over maintenance issues.

Bathrooms To Battle for Seat of Honor

Grove facilities look to blow lids off rivals in national contest.

Grove hopes to clean up with its washrooms in a national restroom