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Silicon Beach Report Nov. 11: Snap Inc. Opens Spectacles Store in NYC

Snap Inc. opens Spectacles store in New York City, across the street from Apple store, NBC Universal plows $200 million more into Buzzfeed, and virtual reality video distribution platform Vrideo shuts down.

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USC Named Media Center for Prospective Olympic Games

The committee to bring the Olympic Games back to LA in 2024 submitted a key report to the International Olympic Committee on Friday, outlining the city’s master plan and “ideal conditions” to accommodate an influx of athletes, spectators and reporters.

Los Angeles May Have Virtual Edge on Content

TECHNOLOGY: Demand from VR firms could yield studio production boost.

The virtual reality industry is in experimental mode and facing challenges, but that might be to the advantage of L.A.-based companies, according to Don Karl, partner and lawyer at Perkins Coie’s Century City office.

Universal's Film Chief Detained and Barred From Russia

In an apparent escalation of diplomatic tit for tats, NBC Universal’s film chief Jeff Shell said he was denied entry into Russia and detained by that country’s authorities for about five hours.

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Festival events flesh out beach volleyball series

Asics World Series of Beach Volleyball organizers have spiked the event with added attractions.

Fun While It Lasted

With its pending acquisition of DreamWorks Animation, Comcast is poised for a direct challenge to Disney.

NFL Stadium Kicks Off New Interest in Inglewood

ACQUISITION: Investor scores pair of apartment properties for $5.82 million.

A growing crop of investors is looking to cash in on Inglewood real estate now that the National Football League has declared the city will be home to the Los Angeles Rams.

Law Career Yields Passport to Berlin

This New Year’s was one to remember for entertainment executive Steve Nissen.

Who’s Who in Los Angeles Business

Top executives of L.A.’s biggest companies and organizations.

From aerospace/defense to software industries, top executives at L.A.’s biggest companies and organizations.

Steve McQueen May Be In Driver’s Seat for Oscar

FILM: Documentary by son of Hollywood legend gaining award traction.

Steve McQueen’s son is aiming to win an Oscar, something even his late father never managed, by making a documentary movie about his dad.

NBC Universal Could Back BuzzFeed

NBCUniversal Inc. is reportedly close to making a $250 million investment in digital publishing giant BuzzFeed.

Little Minions Lifting Universal Again

Universal Pictures continued its record year as “Minions” brought in $115 million over the weekend making it the second-biggest animated opening ever.

Trump Dumped by NBC

NBC has told Donald Trump, “You’re fired.”

Chernin Signs TV Deal with NBCUniversal

Media executive Peter Chernin’s TV operation is moving from Fox to NBCUniversal under a new two-year deal.

Beach Boys Movie Shored Up Production in L.A.

FILM: Brian Wilson insisted biographical tale include local feel, landmarks.

Beach Boys icon Brian Wilson insisted on just one thing when agreeing to have a new movie made about his life: that it be filmed here in Los Angeles.

Judge Halts Millennium Hollywood Project

A state judge on Thursday halted plans for two massive and controversial skyscrapers in Hollywood, ruling that the city of Los Angeles failed to adequately assess the $1 billion project’s traffic and neighborhood impacts.

Princess Diana’s Brother Wants to Make History

FILM: Charles Spencer spins bloody pitch for movie of ancestor King Charles I.

Princess Diana’s brother is looking to break into the movie business.

NBCUniversal Wants Storytelling Tech

NBCUniversal’s Media Labs, another entry in the studio accelerator arena, is looking for “new forms of storytelling driven by technology.”

NBCUniversal Agrees to $7.6B Olympic Deal

NBCUniversal will continue broadcasting the Olympic Games in the United States through 2032 under a $7.6 billion deal announced Wednesday with the International Olympic Committee.

NBC to Rename News Center for Brokaw

NBCUniversal today will rename its Universal City-area news office in honor of veteran NBC journalist Tom Brokaw, who got his start with the network here and is now battling cancer, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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