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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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Hat in Ring

Former TV exec weighs into boxing promotion

Former TV syndication exec Michael King looks to ring up dollars and TV deals as a boxing promoter.

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.

Burbank Tower Coming Up Short

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

Concert Producer Still Sees Sound Stage at Closed Site

MUSIC: Nederlander’s plan for Santa Monica venue now faces competition.

ENTERTAINMENT: Competition for revival of Santa Monica Civic Auditorium rocks plans of concert promoter Nerderlander.

Big Picture Looks Bleak for Cable Customers

TV: Customers are right to be clicked off at their dwindling cable options, according to Warren Grimes.

NBCUniversal Laying Off 164 Workers in Burbank

The move of “The Tonight Show” to New York City will result in the elimination of 164 positions at NBCUniversal's Burbank studio.

NBCUniversal Makes Deal with AllThingsD Founders

Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, founders of the respected tech news site AllThingsD, reportedly have signed a joint venture with NBCUniversal to create an online news and conference business after they leave News Corp. at the end of the year.

San Fernando Valley: Entertainment Production Buoys East; Insurer’s HQ Bolsters West


Main events in Los Angeles County’s submarkets.

Forging Links to Los Angeles

OP-ED: Leaders from public and private sectors must step up to ensure local tech community continues to click.

Sean Arian plugs the growing tech sector as a priority for local business and civic leaders.

NBC Universal, Warner Bros. Ask Google to De-list Mega

Warner Bros. and NBC Universal want Google searches to stop showing Mega, a file storage and sharing service founded by Kim Dotcom, TheNextWeb.com reports.

Studios Go Bold in Growth Plans

Film counts are down. Production is going elsewhere. But several of the biggest L.A. studios plan to build sound stages, post-production facilities and offices in what might become the most aggressive growth spurt in recent Hollywood memory. The New York Times looks at why. Also see the Business Journal’s previous coverage on the expansion plans.

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Studios’ Next Stages

Real Estate Quarterly

Three Hollywood studios expand their roles in the real estate market with large local projects.

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Not All Campaign Ad Buys Translate for KMEX

TV: Station sees little spending from candidates despite leading ratings.

Spanish-language KMEX would like to channel more of mayoral candidates’ ad spending.

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

Comcast to Own All of NBCUniversal

Comcast Corp. will own all of entertainment giant NBCUniversal after purchasing General Electric Co.’s 49 percent stake in the company for $16.7 billion.


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