EVENTS: Multiplying comic cons spar for world domination.
EVENTS: Wizard World hopes celebrities can continue to work their magic and boost interest in its comic cons.
FILM: Olmos Kontakto aims to tap growing audience with first movie, ‘Asher.’
As the audience for Latino entertainment grows, two Hollywood managers with Latino clients have joined forces to make a bigger impact in the film industry and are preparing to go into production on their first movie.
Theater critic debuts review site to fill void in L.A.
LA Weekly critic acts to revive local theater reviews with new website Stage Raw.
Hyginex’s wristbands keep track of wearer’s hand-washing.
HEALTH CARE – Hyginex looks to clean up at hospitals and eateries with its wristbands that track users’ hand-washing.
film: DreamWorks shares dip over ‘Mr. Peabody’s’ appeal.
FILM – DreamWorks shares fall as investors worry today’s kids won’t make time for its “Mr. Sherman & Peabody” movie.
Two Los Angeles assemblymen on Wednesday introduced a bill to ramp up California’s efforts to hold onto film and TV production.
Santa Monica public radio station KCRW-FM (89.9) announced Tuesday it has acquired a station in Santa Barbara to increase its reach up the coast.
TELEVISION: Time Warner wants rivals on channel’s team.
Less than two weeks before the high-stakes launch of SportsNet LA, the all-Dodgers channel last week still had not reached carriage deals with any pay-TV companies aside from its operator, Time Warner Cable.
Rene Kaerskov is hoping the Federal Aviation Administration will soon clear Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic to take tourists to space.
FILM: Technicolor looks to hew out a future as a Web pioneer with a social site to help connect filmmakers and crew members.
Herbalife announced early Monday it is increasing its share buyback program by $500 million, to $1.5 billion. The buyback is being financed by selling $1 billion of convertible bonds.
NEWSPAPERS: Freedom Communications takes over Reader to bolster Register.
Freedom Communications’ expansion into Los Angeles is beginning to take shape.
The Los Angeles Business Journal’s index of largest local public companies closed lower for the week.
West L.A. biotech firm CytRx Corp. has announced a $75 million public stock offering.
CBRE Group Inc. of downtown Los Angeles announced Thursday it has acquired Valteq Gesellschaft, a German real estate consulting firm.
Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun, co-founders of Hollywood production BermanBraun, are breaking up.
Freedom Communications’ soon-to-launch Los Angeles Register is ramping up its social media presence.
The parent company of Koreatown lender Wilshire Bank announced after the close of the markets Monday that its profit narrowed in the last quarter of last year as it closed on two acquisitions.
Hudson Pacific Properties has raised $196 million in a public stock offering, the company announced after the close of the markets Tuesday.
Entertainment: California agency looks to keep productions.
California Film Commission turns the spotlight on the state’s production advantages with a new magazine.
Telecom: New focus on hardware spurs increase in Vitesse’s share value.
Vitesse Semiconductor connects with investors as its shift into Ethernet hardware takes off.
Entertainment: Gravitas expanding into theatrical releases for bigger upside.
Video-on-demand distributor Gravitas is expanding into indie theatrical films, a more expensive proposition but with a bigger potential upside.
Retro: Property owner is targeting family audiences in revival of Paramount site.
Some movie theaters are installing 3-D projectors or high-tech sound systems.
AEG sets up new tour and hopes local stop will create big bucks.
Sports: AEG is bullish on bull riding, so it’s participating in a new tour and will soon schedule PBR’s first stop in L.A
Investing: Shares of Nova LifeStyle soar after announcement of listing.
Investing: When Nova LifeStyle announced it would begin trading on the Nasdaq, investors got very comfortable with the furniture company
More TV shows, movies and digital videos were filmed on location in Los Angeles last year than in 2012, according to a report released Tuesday by FilmL.A. But the long-term trends aren’t as encouraging.
Publishing: Register promises libertarian leanings, local stories.
Publishing: Orange County Register owner hopes to make news in Los Angeles with a locally focused, libertarian-leaning paper.
The Los Angeles Business Journal’s index of largest local public companies rose for the week.
Television: DirecTV seeks to pair mobile device, home set.
Television– Satellite provider DirecTV hopes customers won’t think twice about adding a second screen to their viewing.
Noted Hollywood publicist Julian Myers, who represented stars such as Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland, has passed away. He was 95.
TV – Crown Media shareholders fear they won’t be receiving the very best if Hallmark Cards takes the company private.
Real Estate: CBRE buys maker of software that calculates property expenses.
Real Estate – CBRE builds up consulting business with pickup of company that tallies property unkeep costs.
Representation: New hires at APA take role in handling crew workers.
Talent agency APA of Beverly Hills has quickly built a new business this year – representing below-the-line TV and film workers.
Biotech: Puma shares soar after cancer treatment surpasses expectations.
Biotech: Investors went on the prowl for Puma stock after its cancer treatment drug surpassed test expectations.
SPECIAL REPORT: Eight Over 80
Elaine Lazar still lives the same way she did as a girl. In her words: “I tried everything that seemed reasonable and didn’t ask anyone’s permission. I still feel that way today.”
Newspaper publisher Freedom Communications of Santa Ana will launch a daily newspaper next year called the Los Angeles Register that will compete with the Los Angeles Times.
Classic hip-hop station KDAY (93.5) of Redondo Beach has been sold to Meruelo Media of Los Angeles, the company announced Wednesday, and will retain its format.
The Los Angeles Convention Center has a new management team focused on increasingly profitability at the Downtown Los Angeles venue, operator AEG Facilities announced Tuesday.
Radio: CBS’ Dan Kearney to maintain ad sales model, tweak K-Earth and Wave.
Radio: CBS has cued up another L.A. executive to try and cut into Clear Channel stations’ ratings.
Walt Disney Co. has formed a joint venture with Chinese new media firm BesTV that could help the Burbank entertainment giant increase its digital distribution in China. The deal was announced Wednesday.
Health Care: New owner seeks clean break from cash woes.
Addiction and recovery website TheFix seeks a fresh start after a bankruptcy filing.
Publishing: All of LANG’s local papers to charge for online access
After years of letting readers view its online news stories for free, the Los Angeles News Group is asking them to pay up.
TV studios get jump on content for 4K sets
TV: Some studios are channeling their efforts into high-quality 4K visuals in hopes of future adoption of the format.
Internet: Global Eagle client Southwest makes ‘gate-to-gate’ connection.
Internet: Global Eagle shares take wing after Southwest Airlines expands its on-plane online service.
The Los Angeles County unemployment rate fell to 9.7 percent last month, according to state figures released Friday.
Obituary: Mark Lacter, former Business Journal editor, died at 59
Entertainment: Gaiam pickup boosts Cinedigm’s streaming offerings.
Film: Movie streaming-focused Cinedigm gets physical with its acquisition of DVD distributor Gaiam Vivendi.
Mark Lacter, a veteran business journalist who was a former editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal, died after suffering a stroke on Wednesday. He was 59.
ADVERTISING: Newly named TrueX makes play for YouTube content.
Newly rechristened TrueX wades into streaming video with its interactive ads.
Music: Clear Channel opens Burbank space for album promotion parties.
Lions Gate announced last week that it’s licensing the “Twilight” films and past releases including “The Princess Bride” and “Dirty Dancing” to the state-run streaming entertainment website M1905.com.