Framed: Jodi Fuchs, an award-winning painter whose fine art prints retail in home furnishing stores, has opened the Jodi Fuchs Art Studio and Gallery in Santa Monica. The gallery, at 2000 Main St., will feature works by Fuchs and guest artists.
Action!: London-based Virgin Group has launched Virgin Produced, a film and TV development, packaging, and production company. Virgin Produced, headquartered at 321 Santa Monica Blvd. in Santa Monica, also has entered into a movie development joint venture with Rogue Pictures, a production arm of West Hollywood’s Relativity Media.
New Name: Jeffer Mangels Butler & Marmaro LLP, a Century City law firm, has changed its name to Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP. The change reflects the departure of Marc Marmaro, who has become a judge in L.A. County Superior Court, and the addition of Burton Mitchell as a name partner.
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Punched Up: K-Swiss Inc., a Westlake Village-based shoemaker, has purchased Form Athletics, a Laguna Beach apparel company that caters to mixed martial arts enthusiasts. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
New Branch: Community Bank, a Pasadena-based institution, has opened a branch in Woodland Hills. The new location, at 5550 Topanga Canyon Blvd., is Community’s 15th branch.
Online Gaming: Trilogy Studios, a Sherman Oaks technology company, has unveiled its Firefly platform, a massive multiplayer online game technology framework for the development of social and casual games. Trilogy has partnered with PlaySpan, a Santa Clara-based monetization services firm to enable subscriptions and digital goods monetization for all properties built on the Firefly platform.
Platinum Performance: The Valencia location of PPG Industries, a Pittsburgh-based coatings and special products maker, has been named a 2009 Platinum Source Preferred supplier by aerospace giant Northrop Grumman Corp. The preferred supplier status recognizes suppliers for their performance and quality in delivering transparencies, coatings, sealants and other value-added services.
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Iraqi Deployment: Aecom Technology Corp., a downtown L.A.-based engineering services firm, has been awarded a five-year, $53 million contract from the U.S. Agency for International Development. The contract calls for Aecom to provide economic consulting services to Iraq through the Iraq Financial Sector Development Program.
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Just Across the Way: Falcon Electric Inc., a manufacturer of power systems, has moved into a new 13,000-square-foot facility. Falcon’s new home is located at 5116 Azusa Canyon Road, inside the same industrial park as its previous headquarters.
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