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Diane Haithman

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LA Opera Postpones Productions to 2021-22

L.A. Opera is the latest Music Center resident performing arts company to announce postponements and cancellations due to Covid-19.

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Executive Insights

In the midst of headlines about layoffs and shutdowns, L.A. business leaders seem to be ramping up. Many are working remotely but embracing technology to stay connected with employees and clients via video meetings or the still-important personal phone call.

Investors Play Wait-and-See With Struggling Quibi

Jeffrey Katzenberg’s short-form streaming service Quibi proved itself to be a contender in the world of premium quality content last week by earning 10 Emmy nominations in its first foray into TV’s most prestigious annual competition.

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Writers Guild Ratifies Pact with Producers

New WGA pact with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers increases compensation for streaming and video on demand.

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Creative Artists Agency Announces Layoffs, Furloughs

Creative Artists Agency has become the latest of Hollywood’s top talent agencies to turn to staff layoffs and furloughs in the face of Covid-19.

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2020 Largest Public Companies List: Top Gainer

Genius Brands International Inc. is the biggest gainer on the Business Journal’s 2020 list of largest public companies, logging a year-over-year market cap increase of 3,032% and jumping 47 spots from No. 119 to No. 72.

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Covid-Driven Delays Cause Disruptions to Hollywood’s Awards Business

Cheryl Cecchetto, founder and president of Sequoia Productions in Culver City, recalls a fateful afternoon in October 2001 when the 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony was canceled just a few hours before showtime.

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Tribeca’s Rose Bowl Events Bring Summer Film Experience to LA

In response to Covid-19 shutdowns that have included movie theaters, one entertainment company is seeking to fill the void by bringing classic films to alternative spaces for drive-in viewing.

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UTA Breaks Ranks, Agrees to Terms With WGA

The Writers Guild of America and United Talent Agency have agreed to a new franchise agreement, the first step toward resolving a bitter battle between the WGA and Hollywood’s talent agencies.

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Executive Insights

In the midst of headlines about layoffs and shutdowns, L.A. business leaders seem to be ramping up.

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Jukin Media Names Essner as Co-CEO

Veteran Jukin Media executive Lee Essner has been named co-CEO alongside company founder John Skogmo.

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NBCUniversal to Roll Out Streaming Service Peacock

NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service officially rolls out nationwide on July 15 following a limited-access period that started April 15 for some customers of parent company Comcast Corp.

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This Summer, L.A. Internships Go Virtual

Prominent L.A. businesses have not missed a step in turning previously scheduled live internships into virtual experiences.

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In a Mask Moment, Makeup Companies Look to the Eyes

Lipstick sales fall as use of masks surges

It doesn’t take a cosmetics expert to guess that wearing face masks to fend off the coronavirus might be the kiss of death for the lipstick business.

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WGA, Producers Reach Agreement

Deal is valued at $200 million

The Writers Guild of America has reached a tentative deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, eliminating fears of a possible WGA strike.

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LeBron’s SpringHill Scores Funding, Content Deals

Firm strikes deals with ABC, Sister

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James and longtime business partner Maverick Carter are riding high with recently announced funding and a new content deal for their entertainment and consumer products company.

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Executive Insights

In the midst of headlines about layoffs and shutdowns, L.A. business leaders seem to be ramping up in new ways.

Marketing Agency Quantasy Makes Cultural Connections

Agency works with Google and Honda

Will Campbell, co-founder and chief executive of digital creative agency Quantasy & Associates, does not define the downtown-based company as a multicultural marketing agency, even though it can boast a diverse roster of clients.

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Designs That Keep Diversity in Mind

Mambetov aims for ‘modest, not Muslim’

For L.A. fashion designer Elle Mambetov, the Covid-19 outbreak has meant figuring out how to introduce a new fashion line without the benefit of a traditional live runway show.

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Arena Cinelounge Sunset to Reopen June 19

Independent movie theater Arena Cinelounge Sunset plans to be the first L.A. theater to reopen following Covid-19 shutdowns.

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Awards Adjust to Pandemic

Oscars, museum opening are delayed

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted a two-month delay for the 93rd Oscars ceremony and pushed back the opening of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures to April 2021.

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20 in Their 20s: Michael Cesar

"The Duet team realized there was an incredible mismatch between what was provided and what was actually needed."

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Executive Insights

In the midst of headlines about layoffs and shutdowns, L.A. business leaders seem to be ramping up.

At Local Movie Theaters, Action Will Be Limited

AMC, Laemmle move forward cautiously

Recently announced California state guidelines on reopening during the Covid-19 pandemic allow movie theaters in some localities, including L.A. County, to reopen provided they meet new safety requirements.

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20 in Their 20s: Justin Greenberg

"My love for film is what initially drove me to pursue a career at WME after UCLA, but I have always wanted to be an advocate for talent and strategically drive their careers on the backend."

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Vista Studios Sees Future

Meets demand for remote, live tools

Broadcast veteran Randall Heer founded Vista Studios in 2017 with the idea of creating the “Swiss Army knife” of independent production hubs, focusing on live production.

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20 in Their 20s: Roger Sanchez II

"As we grow, it is our intention to be active in supporting minorities entering and prospering within the real estate industry."

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AEG Announces Layoffs, Furloughs and Spending Cuts

AEG announced the layoffs, furloughs and pay cuts in a memo from AEG President and Chief Executive Dan Beckerman.

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The Kindest Cut

Hollywood execs earn praise for giving up salaries — but their overall compensation remains high

When pandemic-driven corporate layoffs and furloughs began, so did announcements that top executives would be giving up all or part of their salaries for the year.

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Executive Insights

In the midst of headlines about layoffs and shutdowns, L.A. business leaders seem to be ramping up.

Women’s Clubs Find a Way

Chief, AllBright adapt for members

Chief, a private executive organization designed to help women network their way into positions of power, had big plans to open a 13,000-square-foot, multiuse clubhouse on La Cienega Boulevard near Melrose Avenue this spring.

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Netflix Acquires Iconic Egyptian Theatre

Netflix completes its long-pending purchase of Hollywood's legendary Egyptian Theatre from American Cinematheque.

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Advertisers Question Quibi Payments

More trouble is surfacing for short-form streaming service Quibi, this time from major advertisers.

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Quibi Reaches Out to Homebound Audiences

Startup expands with software for TV

Smartphone-only streaming service Quibi plans to make its short-form content available for TV viewing beginning the last week in May, the company has confirmed.

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Alleyoop Right on Time

Cosmetics startup connects with consumers

Leila Kashani did not have the Covid-19 shutdown in mind when she founded Alleyoop Inc.

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Streaming Services Make the Best of a Bad Thing

Both newcomers and established services see a surge in viewers

No one was expecting the coronavirus outbreak when some of Hollywood’s biggest companies decided 2020 would be a good time to launch a host of streaming offerings.

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Beachbody Sees Gains

Company reports subscriber growth rises 300%

The Covid-19 crisis has turned into a boon for Beachbody.

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How Offices Will Change

Landlords, tenants prep for new normal

While health and government authorities have made recommendations, tenants and landlords are working on how to best create a safe environment when people return to the office.

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Hollywood Bowl, Ford Theatres Cancel Seasons

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association has canceled all 2020 summer performances at the Hollywood Bowl and the Ford Theatres due to the Covid-19 crisis.

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A Dog Training Boom for Zoom Room

Remote sessions give company a new leash on life

Children are not the only family members in need of home schooling during the Covid-19 crisis. Indoor dog-training gyms have gone virtual to provide live remote training sessions for canines stuck at home.

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Disney Results Reflect Virus Impact

Company suffers $1 billion hit at parks as earnings tumble 63%

With its theme parks shuttered, its movie releases altered and its sports programming scrambled by the Covid-19 crisis, Walt Disney Co. saw a stark drop in its latest quarterly earnings.

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Executive Insights

In the midst of headlines about layoffs and shutdowns, L.A. business leaders seem to be ramping up and taking advantage of remote working environments.

American Film Institute Receives $3 Million Gift

Trustee Emeritus Lawrence Herbert has gifted the American Film Institute $3 million to establish an alumni center on the school's Hollywood Hills campus.

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Rebel Girls Turns the Page

Small publisher finds best-selling formula

A rebel’s approach to the rules of book publishing seems to be working for Elena Favilli, founder and chief executive of Rebel Girls, a Santa Monica-based independent publishing house.

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Executive Insights

Business leaders reflect on inspiring and leading teams in the safer-at-home era.

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Disney Leads Pack of Industry Cutbacks

Production companies, talent agencies also turn to downsizing

Walt Disney Co.’s recent announcement that it will stop paying more than 100,000 employees represents the latest blow to entertainment industry workers in a continuing wave of cuts, furloughs and layoffs spawned by the Covid-19 crisis.

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Covid-19 Shutdowns Slow Film and TV Production

On-location filming in greater Los Angeles is down more than 18% so far in 2020 and continues to fall as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, according a report released April 23 by FilmLA.

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HBO Max Sets New Launch Date

AT&T’s WarnerMedia announced a May 27 launch date for its new streaming service HBO Max.

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Puzzles Help Stores Pick Up the Pieces

Demand is soaring for jigsaws at local toy shops

Jigsaw puzzles are “the new toilet paper,” according to Jill Wahlquist, vice president at Tom’s Toys.

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Executive Insights

In the midst of headlines about layoffs and shutdowns, L.A. business leaders seem to be ramping up.

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