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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘Previs’ looks to ride blockbuster trend
Previsualization firms are getting a piece of the Hollywood action as effects-heavy movies make big box office.
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.
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.
TELEVISION: ‘MoneyTV’ takes fee to let executives talk up companies’ stocks.
“MoneyTV” wants to help tune up small cap company stocks by getting investors tuned in.
AVIATION: Ducommun shares hurt by poor sales in mining, natural resources.
Natural resources and mining operations help ground shares of airplane parts maker Ducommun.
Walt Disney Co. announced Monday it has reached a deal for future “Star Wars” video games to be developed by Electronic Arts, a Redwood City game publisher with significant operations in Playa Vista.
PHOTOGRAPHY: MPTV also has packaged its classic celebrity shots for books.
Small shop broadens its focus beyond magazines with books featuring shots of classic celebrities
DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. on Tuesday reported it generated a profit in its most recent quarter, although Wall Street had expected a loss.
ENTERTAINMENT: Two genres touted as natural teammates by New Wave.
Producer of stand-up comedy specials New Wave looks to play ball with sports-themed content.
CINEMA: MediaMation signs deal for chairs with Cinemex theater chain.
MediaMation has sold its “4-D” technology to theme parks and other attractions for more than two decades.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Production sector soars in first quarter with boost from automobile and fashion advertising.
L.A. shoots rose in a flash during the first quarter with an assist from auto and fashion advertising.
AEG Digital signs deal with the goal of becoming a big fish in streaming technology.
RADIO: Buyer may switch KDAY to Chinese language.
Rap station KDAY faces the music as new owner is likely to switch to Chinese-language programming.
MUSIC: Record label Varèse Sarabande looks to double its output of film soundtracks with assist from new parent.
New parent hopes to tune up record label Varèse Sarabande’s movie soundtrack business.
Philosophie gets down to business with game about Web development.
Web development firm Philosophie now deals in entertainment with a card game based on its industry.
Walt Disney Co. has begun a new round of layoffs as part of the Burbank entertainment giant’s latest attempt to cut costs.