TV: Reality show makers now facing authentic price pressures.
Producers of reality TV shows say it’s unreal how the genre is booming but they are not.
Shireen Jaffer’s startup mentoring venture scores junior $2,000 scholarship.
Shireen Jaffer’s startup proved a class act and earned the USC business student a $2,000 scholarship.
BIOTECH: Afrezza inhaler clears more hurdles on road to FDA approval.
Investors try to catch their breath as reports on MannKind’s inhalable insulin device send shares up then down.
RADIO: KPWR credits ‘summertime sensibility’ for prime audience.
Summer jams vaulted KPWR-FM (105.9) back to first place in the local radio ratings among 18- to 34-year-olds.
ENTERTAINMENT: SAG-Aftra deal plays big role in union race.
Actors opposed to last year’s SAG-Aftra merger look to stage a takeover of the combined union.
ENGINEERING: Slowdown in projects and issues back in U.S. drop Aecom stock.
Slowdown in Australian mining hits Aecom’s stock down under.
A tough season at the box office and fewer 3-D releases took a toll on RealD Inc. of Beverly Hills, which swung to a loss in its fiscal first quarter.
TV: Mun2, NuvoTV craft content with eye on younger viewers.
Cable channel Mun2 hopes a bilingual approach to content speaks to young Latino viewers.
TV: Margarita Mix taps new fiber optics network to land work in genre.
Recent upgrades at the Margarita Mix postproduction house have brought a bevy of reality TV business through the door.
The CBS broadcast network and Showtime premium cable channel have gone dark for Time Warner Cable subscribers in Los Angeles.
Naming rights for Pantages Theatre in Hollywood are on the block.
PUBLISHING: Ad pages for Robb Report climb as economy recovers.
Robb Report proves its worth as the ad count rises for the consumer magazine for the super wealthy.
Santa Monica video game publisher Activision Blizzard Inc. on Thursday said that it will bring SpongeBob SquarePants to gaming consoles though an expanded deal with Nickelodeon.
ENTERTAINMENT: 3-D conversion and foreign markets lift Prime Focus. market
Overseas work and diversification play big roles in sustaining visual effects firm Prime Focus World.
MediaHorse cues up cover songs to pitch variety of products.
MediaHorse has commercials covered with its remakes of old songs.
TELEVISION: KCETLink pairs with NHK to offer English-language fare.
In yet another move to forge a new image, Burbank public TV outlet KCETLink made a deal last week to broadcast a 24-hour channel originating from Japan.
Shares of cancer drug developer CytRx Corp. spiked Tuesday after the company announced positive results from a trial for one of its drugs.
Rexford Industrial Realty announced the pricing range for its upcoming initial public offering
Clothing maker American Apparel announced Tuesday that sales were up last month due to strong demand for summer wear.
Billionaire Tom Barrack, chief executive of Santa Monica private equity firm Colony Capital, is taking over as chairman of film and TV studio Miramax, the company announced Monday.
MEDIA: Aaron Kushner to bring his O.C. Register approach to L.A. County.
Freedom Communications looks to shore up daily coverage of Long Beach with a new local paper.
Westwood homebuilder KB Home has purchased 100 acres near Houston to develop a new community.
The Los Angeles Business Journal’s index of largest local public companies rose slightly for the week ending Wednesday as the broader markets did the same.
Burbank entertainment giant Walt Disney Co. announced Tuesday it has purchased distribution rights to four films from competitor studio Paramount Pictures.
Billionaire Ron Burkle has filed suit against the largest shareholder of Morgan Hotel Group Co., operator of the Mondrian in West Hollywood.
L.A. real estate investment trust Hudson Pacific Properties announced Monday it is buying a Seattle office portfolio for $368 million.
Air Lease Corp. in Century City announced Monday it has reached a deal to lease two planes to Monarch Airlines of London.
FILM: RealD looks to launch large-format theater chain.
3-D projection company RealD looks to widen its focus by creating a chain of large-format theaters.
INTERNET: Rev launches sports-focused TheFumble alongside site makeovers.
Rev New Media, a digital publisher that owns popular celeb gossip site Hollyscoop.com, has a new look.
The number of TV pilots shot in Los Angeles picked up dramatically this year, thanks to an industry-wide boom in pilot production, according to permitting agency FilmL.A.
Warner Bros. Entertainment on Monday announced a major executive reshuffling in its Warner Bros. Pictures unit, promoting three long-time executives following the departure of President Jeff Robinov.
ADVERTISING: Bid4Spots uses auction to land air time for clients.
Bid4Spots helps radio advertisers dial into stations’ low-cost air time through a reverse auction.
MUSIC: 4Jacks looks to tap Troubadour’s pop history for program.
In its heyday, the Troubadour in West Hollywood was the launch pad for stars including Elton John and Jackson Browne. Now, the venue is hoping to play a larger role of its own on the global stage.
AUTOMOTIVE: State’s new storage requirements for utilities may aid Coda.
State utilities’ obligation to boost power storage capacity could rev up the energy business for former electric-car maker Coda.
MEDIA: Trades pull in readers and ads with glossy weekly magazines.
Hollywood Reporter and Variety have recast the role of print as the show biz trades’ glossy weeklies draw readers and ads.
MEDIA: But Finke’s Deadline comes out big winner in ratings battle.
Show biz journalism took Hollywood spotlight after a rival claimed Deadline.com fired Nikki Finke.
ADVERTISING: Engage elected to work for free to assist an Eric Garcetti PAC in order to score future contracts.
Engage: BDR campaigned for future political gigs by working for free on Eric Garcetti’s mayoral campaign.
Marketing firm helped Tiffany jewelry score role in ‘Great Gatsby.’
Createology helped polish the Tiffany brand by getting its bling cast in “Great Gatsby.
Recording studio offers time for ownership stake in artists’ songs.
Singer-songwriter’s sound business model offers recording studio time in exchange for a stake in artists’ songs.
ENERGY: Agreement with real estate developer boosts Capstone in office market.
Microturbine maker Capstone generates some buzz on Wall Street with a pair of deals.
TV: Kabillion looks to heat up summer with new video-on-demand fare.
Video-on-demand kids’ network Kabillion punches up its offerings with “Power Rangers” and other shows.
To reduce freighter collisions with whales near the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association announced Friday it is changing routes.
Santa Monica independent studio Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. swung to a fourth quarter profit and beat Wall Street expectations, thanks in part to the Twilight franchise.
Film firms buy into subscription model.
To the digitally savvy, Netflix and Hulu Plus are synonymous with libraries of movies that can be streamed on demand for a fixed monthly price. YouTube, not so much. That could soon change as film companies jump on a new YouTube business model that allows them to charge monthly subscription fees for their channels.
INVESTMENT: Shares of National Technical Systems soar on strong year.
National Technical Systems’ equipment tests elevate firm’s stock with investors.
Cable sports network ESPN will lay off about 400 workers as part of cost-cutting efforts by parent company Walt Disney Co. of Burbank.
SECURITY: Cinavia code stops Blu-ray players from accessing stolen content.
Sony Pictures Entertainment and its studio counterparts are trying to turn pirates into paying customers.
‘Previs’ looks to ride blockbuster trend
Previsualization firms are getting a piece of the Hollywood action as effects-heavy movies make big box office.
Bob Iger’s salary was $40.2 million last year. But he made nearly as much in a day with a recent stock sale.
Skechers USA Inc. said that it moved to a profit in the first quarter, as sales increased for its performance footwear.