Los Angeles Business Journal

Automated Camera Angles Give 3-D Company an Edge

Two 3ality software programs aim to save time, cut costs.

New software from 3ality could boost 3-D film and TV production by cutting time and costs.

Plugging Away With Frequency

Radio talk show host’s youth focus helps score syndication deal.

Talk show host Tim Mihalsky, 24, has put his money where his mouth is with a new syndication deal.

Spotlighting Vintage Appeal

Owner looks to photo, TV shoots to help sell estate and winery.

Owner of a Malibu estate and winery looks to spotlight his for-sale property with film and photo shoots.

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Shortage of Tape Sticks L.A. Firms With Big Bills

Loss of Japanese plant sends prices soaring for video format.

Loss of a plant in Japan has left production firms paying collectors’ prices for high-end videotape.

Radio Station KFI-AM Moves Up Ratings Ladder

Talk station KFI-AM climbed to second place in L.A. radio ratings during the month of April, according to the latest Arbitron ratings. Top 40 station KIIS-FM continues to dominate by remaining in first place.

More Bad News to Report At Struggling Local Paper

Long Beach Press-Telegram cuts staff as readership, ad sales fall.

Staff and cost cuts have become familiar stories in the Long Beach Press-Telegram’s news room.

Television Man Catches Up on Viewing

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Nigel Lythgoe left as producer of Fox’s “American Idol” two seasons ago so he could focus on producing and being a judge on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Hoping for Positive Spins

New music label aims to score some hits with actual records.

New label Omnivore hopes for a record debut fueled by vinyl re-releases.

Santa Monica Levy Hike Has Eateries Set to Walk

Corner Bakery Cafe and Il Fornaio see higher sidewalk fee as too steep.

Santa Monica’s new fees for sidewalk space give some restaurants reservations about staying in the city.

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Local, Online

L.A.-area musicians union makes tracks to web with radio station spotlighting members’ songs.

Local musicians’ union tunes up online radio station.

Far From Being the Biggest Loser

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J.D. Roth, executive producer of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” will have a second weight-loss show in prime time when “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition” debuts May 30 on ABC.

Got Him Covered

New magazine Carson takes title, inspiration from art director.

New magazine Carson isn’t named after the city but its creative director David Carson.

Marquee Move

Producer-distributor Bigfoot steps into exhibition by buying Westwood venue.

Movie maker and distributor Bigfoot has a toehold in exhibition with the acquisition of Westwood’s Crest Theatre.

Writers Guild Ratifies 3-Year Contract with Producers

The Writers Guild of America, which went on strike for four months during contract negotiations three years ago, has ratified a new three-year deal with producers.

KCET Sells Studio Property to Church of Scientology

KCET has sold its studio on Sunset Boulevard to the Church of Scientology for an undisclosed amount, the station announced.

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California Looks for Hollywood Comeback

TV and film tax credits gain on rivals’

California’s star is on the rise as its TV and movie tax credits begin to outshine rival states’.

Matching the Movie With the Money

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When producer Lisa Bruce was a student at NYU, most of her film school classmates wanted to be directors.

Investors Make a Lot of Noise Over Warner Music

Talk of possible sale boosts shares of publishing giant.

Sale speculation has cued up a big gain for Warner Music Group’s stock.

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Building A Crowd

Big Air seeks a leading role in Hollywood by connecting small movies with audiences.

Big Air hopes to inflate the stature of clients’ independent movies through an unusual distribution system.

Something To Smile About?

Laugh Factory owner sees fewer takers for freebies for jobless.

Laugh Factory owner Jamie Masada is happy to see interest drying up in his specials for jobless people.

Hoping for Something ‘Extra’

Not all Grove vendors are pleased with daily TV taping of show.

Some Grove vendors are seeing crowds but not sales from the taping of celeb news show “Extra.”

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3-D Projections

RealD sets sights on big summer flicks

RealD is hoping for a brighter future with a string of blockbusters heading for its 3-D-outfitted screens.

Local Location Filming Gets a Boost

FilmLA Inc. said that a spike in student films, music videos and other small projects boosted location shooting in Los Angeles by 4.7 percent in the first quarter.

Landing Notoriety

Lounges, restaurant at LAX earn high praise from travel guide.

Two LAX lounges and a restaurant land on a travel guide’s lists of hot spots.

Pope Making Her Play

Reality TV show appearance boosts local woman’s Netflix-style toys-through-the-mail business.

A reality TV show’s stamp of approval has boosted a Silver Lake-based toys-through-the-mail venture.

Gay Publisher Has Issues With Finances, Lawsuit

Advocate and parent face financial crunch and banks’ lawsuit.

Financial and legal problems have become featured stories about gay magazine Advocate and its parent.

Riding the ‘Train’ Track

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When your father is Don Cornelius – the man who created “Soul Train” – following him into the entertainment industry might lead to some identity issues.

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Hollywood Reporter: Costs to Cover

Lack of ad pages in high-gloss Hollywood Reporter has show biz industry buzzing.

High cost and lack of ads share top billing in the story of the Hollywood Reporter’s magazine makeover.

Joining the Paper Fold

Long Beach Post news website to branch out into print edition.

Long Beach Post publisher hopes his online site clicks with readers in print.