Los Angeles Business Journal

Paper Claims Right Focus for L.A.

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.

Medbox Among Week’s Biggest Movers

The Los Angeles Business Journal’s index of largest local public companies rose for the week.

Is TV Worth Second Look?

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.

Obit: Hollywood Publicist Julian Myers, 95

Noted Hollywood publicist Julian Myers, who represented stars such as Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland, has passed away. He was 95.

Hallmark Channel Parent Investors See Bad Deal in Cards

TV – Crown Media shareholders fear they won’t be receiving the very best if Hallmark Cards takes the company private.

Building Manager Sees Value in Upkeep Costs

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.

Eight Over 80: Elaine Lazar


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.”

Positive Drug Trials Spur Healthy Investor Interest

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.

Talent Agency Looks to Line Up Below-Line Jobs

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.

O.C. Register Publisher to Launch L.A. Paper

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.

Meruelo Buys KDAY

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.

AEG Names Convention Center Management

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.

New Station Exec Dialed Into Predecessor’s Plan

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.

Disney Teams Up With Chinese Firm

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.

Newspaper Group Looks to Climb Paywall Model

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.

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Addiction Website In Recovery Mode

Health Care: New owner seeks clean break from cash woes.

Addiction and recovery website TheFix seeks a fresh start after a bankruptcy filing.

In-Flight Service Takes Off

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.

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Future Focus

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.

L.A. Jobless Rate Falls

The Los Angeles County unemployment rate fell to 9.7 percent last month, according to state figures released Friday.

Film, TV Show Distributor Slips Discs Into Business

Entertainment: Gaiam pickup boosts Cinedigm’s streaming offerings.

Film: Movie streaming-focused Cinedigm gets physical with its acquisition of DVD distributor Gaiam Vivendi.

Journalist, Editor Mark Lacter Dies

Obituary: Mark Lacter, former Business Journal editor, died at 59

Former Business Journal Editor Mark Lacter Dies

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.

Interactive Ad Maker Dives Into Streaming Video

ADVERTISING: Newly named TrueX makes play for YouTube content.

Newly rechristened TrueX wades into streaming video with its interactive ads.

Radio Network Enters New Stage With Concert Venue

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.

Los Angeles News Group Chief Singleton to Retire

William Dean Singleton, the 62-year-old founder and chairman of the company that owns the Daily News of Los Angeles and the Daily Breeze, announced Monday he will retire in the coming weeks, citing health concerns.

Green Means Go

Hollywood Bowl bathroom adds company’s lighting system for stall occupancy.

Technolgy: Tooshlights is flush with success after the Hollywood Bowl adds the company’s bathroom stall-occupancy light system.

Meet Broker and Crime Fighter

At the end of a long work week, broker Carter Magnin doesn’t unwind with his fellow real estate buddies by going to the latest hot restaurant or bar.

Paper Chased

Publishing: Long Beach Record looks to break into Press-Telegram’s market.

Publishing: New paper brings a duel to Long Beach’s doorsteps as the Register challenges the Press-Telegram.

Taking Plunge

EXERCISE: Former Olympian now tests mettle as operator of swim academy chain.

Olympian Lenny Krayzelburg dove into opening swim academies when his sporting career began to dry up.

Garcetti Signs Waiver for TV Pilot Fees

Mayor Eric Garcetti has signed an ordinance to waive fees for the filming of television pilots in Los Angeles, the mayor’s office announced Friday.

OpenGate Launches Media Division

Beverly Hills private equity firm OpenGate Capital announced Tuesday it has launched a new division to focus on media and publishing acquisitions.

Fans of Craft Beer Look to Get Something Brewing

PUBLISHING: Duo forms paper to cover and unite scene in Los Angeles.

The frothy L.A. craft beer industry has a new print publication, Beer Paper LA.

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Scary Direction

Hollywood veterans stage haunted houses

Hollywood connections play big role in live horror productions.

Hopkins Named Hulu CEO

Former Fox executive Mike Hopkins has been named chief executive at Hulu.

Patch Editors Announce Departures

Two of AOL Patch’s local editors in Los Angeles announced their departure from the site on Tuesday.

Satellite TV Company Beaming Over Indie Films

Television: DirecTV seeks to keep subscribers with exclusive offerings.

DirecTV hopes exclusive indie films will play a big role in securing satellite subscribers.

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Dialed Up

Entravision soars with Spanish-language TV

Station owner Entravision channels Univision network’s ratings gain into increased ad revenue.

L.A. Location Filming Rises

A sharp increase in feature film production helped boost location filming in Los Angeles during the third quarter.

TV Appearance Has Ticket Vendor Sitting Pretty

TICKETS: Shares rise after Live Nation CEO talks up secondary market service.

CEO’s TV appearance gets investors out of their seats for shares of Live Nation.

Hefty Bids In the Bags

Heritage Auctions’ purses pull in six-figure payouts.

Heritage turns in a clutch performance with handbag bids topping $100,000.

Report: KDAY Sale Falls Through

The sale of hip-hop station KDAY-FM (93.5) of Redondo Beach to Chinese investors has reportedly been called off.

The Week’s Biggest Movers

The Los Angeles Business Journal’s index of largest local public companies fell for the week.

Paramount Cuts 110 Jobs

Paramount Pictures announced layoffs on Tuesday as part of the studio’s effort to cut costs.

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Exhibition Firm Keeps 3-D Focus

FILM: RealD projects success for format despite waning draw.

Moviegoers’ waning love for 3-D fare has analysts questioning RealD’s focus on the format.

Sporting Goods Vendor Looks to Get Ball Rolling

RETAIL: Sport Chalet says hiring of adviser won’t necessarily lead to sale.

Sporting goods chain Sport Chalet hopes new financial adviser will help bounce the ball its way.

Travel Magazine Rich in Readers

PUBLISHING: $20 million puts you in ARareWorld’s orbit.

Travel magazine ARareWorld looks to map out new means to tap the deep pockets of its very wealthy readers.

Online System Looks to Tune Up Song Licensing

MUSIC: SourceAudio built software platform as way to save time, money.

When Geoffrey Grotz looked at the music licensing industry, he saw a low-tech exchange of hard drives mailed back and forth between buyers and sellers – with a lot of time and money wasted in the process.

Lions Gate Signs Deal With OddLot

Santa Monica independent studio Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. and Culver City production company OddLot Entertainment have signed a co-financing and distribution deal.

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Deadline Nears for L.A. Patch Sites in ‘Hyperlocal’ Fade

Many L.A. Patch sites will either be shut down or sold off as AOL’s “hyperlocal” media experiment looks like it can’t keep its profit promise.

New Owner to Dress Up L.A. Trade Magazine

Publishing: Ad sales exec buys out owners of California Apparel News.

Advertising sales exec sews up deal to take ownership of California Apparel News.