Los Angeles Business Journal

LABJ WEEKLY EDITION

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Star Shine

Reality show gets ritzy pawnshop out of hock

Pawnshop owner Yossi Dina credits his reality TV show with extending the shelf life of his business.

Premium Jeans Still Have Legs

Cookie Johnson’s line for curvy women adds TV shopping outlet.

APPAREL – Cookie Johnson, Magic’s wife, scores Home Shopping Network as an outlet for her jeans line.

Taking Technology For Spin

‘Wheel’s’ Pat Sajak spells out investment strategy in sector.

INTERNET – “Wheel” host Pat Sajak looks to add to his fortune with an investment in a daily deal and coupon site.

Music Group Sniffs Out New Venue

Muse/Ique cues up Jacob Maarse Florists for night performance.

RETAIL – Jacob Maarse Florists will become a budding concert venue when it hosts a musical performance.

This Dog Has His Day Every Day at Law Firm

There’s one partner at Westwood law firm Liner who’s such an institution that he’s actually written into the terms of the lease.

Regional Report

News and notes from communities across Los Angeles County

News and notes from communities across Los Angeles County

Taking Stock

banking: Local lenders wait and weigh value of joining new over-the-counter market specifically for banks.

BANKING – L.A. institutions are waiting and weighing potential returns of joining a new over-the-counter market for banks.

Parts Company Looks Like It’s Coming Together

Automotive: US Auto Parts stock in high gear after improved earnings.

AUTOMOTIVE – Narrowed quarterly loss revs up shares of US Auto Parts.

Venture Capital Firm Puts Money on Silicon Beach

INVESTMENT: Upfront relocates office to be first in line with budding businesses.

INVESTMENT – Venture firm Upfront moves to Santa Monica to shore up connections with new entrepreneurs.

Dialed In

Channels share one signal so they can sell second

TV: KLCS and KJLA hope to channel big money by sharing the airwaves and selling a broadcast frequency for cellphone use.

Burbank Tower Comes Up Short

REAL ESTATE: Building left by Disney grabbed for low price.

A 32-story tower in the heart of Burbank’s media district – the tallest office building in its market – is expected to trade hands this week in a deal many consider a steal.

Late Wrinkles in Neman Ponzi Trial

investment: Accused claims deal in place for Facebook stock.

INVESTMENT: Investor facing trial in pre-IPO Facebook fraud claims link to $4 billion in Citigroup funding.

Landlords Want to Toss Eviction Bill

POLITICS: Proposal would limit owners’ ability to sell properties.

L.A. landlords look to boot a proposed bill that would limit their ability to evict tenants.

Container Business Locks Up Pair of Acquisitions

STORAGE: General Finance bets on Texas pair to boost work in gas and oil sector.

STORAGE: Container business General Finance looks to secure work in the oil and gas sector with Texas pickups.

Restaurant Operator Now Has Steak in Middle East

DINING: IDG dishes up its first overseas location with upscale Boa in Abu Dhabi.

DINING: IDG adds its first overseas location to the menu with a Boa Steakhouse scheduled to open in Abu Dhabi.

Movie Studio Makes Play For YouTube Connection

INTERNET: Machinima’s video-game network scores backing from Warner Bros.

INTERNET: Video game-centric YouTube network Machinima scores $18 million in funding.

Pickup Puts Priority on Reaching LGBT Audience

Acquisition: MWW buys Macias Media for focus on marketing to community.

Public relations firm MWW is tapping into the gay and lesbian market with the recent acquisition of Macias Media Group, an L.A. marketing and PR relations firm that focuses on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Licensing-Publishing Companies Cue Up Merger

MUSIC: Newly created entity Riptide aims to get in ‘sync’ with more recording artists.

They’re scaling up for more deals: Two L.A. music licensing and publishing houses merged last month to create Riptide Music Group of Culver City.

News of the Week

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

Anne Sweeney, the president of Walt Disney Co.’s Disney/ABC Television Group, announced she would leave the company in January to pursue a career in television directing.

Data Bank Calendar

A calendar of upcoming events.

Data Bank Conventions

Upcoming local conventions.

Special Report Banking & Finance: More Money Men

As wealth rebounds, so has wealth management. Banks, breakaway firms and out-of-towners are all clamoring to manage the money of L.A.’s elite now that cash is coming off the sidelines.

INVESTMENT: L.A’s growing concentration of wealthy investors is creating a new wave of money managers.

Trying to Create Initiatives to Benefit Investors

PROFILE: Steve Lockshin sees rich possibilities in steering brokerage customers to agnostic advisers.

He Wasn’t Ready to Sell, Until ...

FIRM: Todd Morgan and his partners weren’t ready to sell their firm. Then they found out how much they could get.

El Segundo Remains First Choice for E-Tailer

LEASE: JustFab signs up for additional space near current headquarters.

While plenty of technology companies are still clamoring for space in hot Silicon Beach locales such as Santa Monica, others are content to stay a bit farther afield.

To Watch or Not to Watch

COMMENT: Should cable providers pay a huge sum to carry the new Dodgers channel? Charles Crumpley says definitely yes and no.