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Hollywood Biz Managers Rally

NY Giant Snaps Up Niche Boutiques

Hollywood’s independent business manager shops compete with New York-based behemoth Focus Financial Partners.

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Arts & Institutions: The Academy Museum is almost ready for its closeup

L.A.’s investment in its cultural capital has increased markedly over the past few years with the announcement of a number of splashy new or expanded museums or arts institutions fueled by mega-donations.

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Sports Business: SoFi’s opening, Dodger Stadium’s upgrades and several big events

The heart of L.A.’s 2020 sports business calendar will almost certainly be the July opening of SoFi Stadium at Hollywood Park in Inglewood.

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Entertainment: Streaming is set to draw an even bigger crowd

The streaming universe, which saw the arrival of two major players in 2019, will become even more crowded in the year ahead.

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LAX Passenger Traffic Down 3% in November as Slide Spreads to Domestic Travel

November passenger traffic at Los Angeles International Airport fell 3% from a year earlier.

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Back on Track?

Santa Anita works to regain trust after a year of tragedy

After enduring one of the most tumultuous seasons in Los Angeles sports history, executives at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia are hoping for a clean start on Dec. 26.

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ICM Sells $150M Stake

Entertainment: PE firm Crestview buys in

ICM Partners, the Century City-based talent agency, has sold an ownership stake of roughly one-third to private equity firm Crestview Partners for $150 million.

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Frontier Airlines Adds 5 Flights at Ontario Airport

In a major boost for Ontario International Airport, Frontier Airlines will add five flight routes next year.

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Laugh Factory Still Brings the Funny

Entertainment: Club spawned a comedy empire

The money being made in the comedy business these days is no laughing matter. Jamie Masada attributes the Laugh Factory’s longevity to the appeal of live performance and, well, funny stuff.

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Los Angeles World Airports to Name Interim CEO as Flint Plans Early Exit

Los Angeles World Airports is set to name its No. 2 executive as interim CEO to replace the departing Deborah Flint, who moved up her previously announced exit date.

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Long Beach Airport Passenger Traffic Up 13% in October

Long Beach Airport passenger traffic rose 13% in October compared to October of last year, marking the first significant rise in passenger counts at the airport in more than a year.

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Key LACMA Redesign Element Is Approved

LACMA will move ahead with a dramatic redesign after the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to allow the new building to cross Wilshire Boulevard.

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Former StyleHaul Executive Pleads Guilty to Embezzeling $22 Million

Former StyleHaul Inc. executive Dennis Blieden pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $22 million from the company to pay for gambling and personal expenses.

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Air Shuttle Service Float Partners with Commuter Carrier

La Verne-based Float is partnering with Southern Airways Express for planes and pilots for the launch of its commuter air service.

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L.A. Philharmonic Takes Over Operation of Ford Theatres

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association will take over operation of the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre Complex effective Dec. 1.

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