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Diane Haithman

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WarnerMedia Names Jason Kilar CEO

New WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar will oversee streaming service HBO Max, launching May 1.

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Cool for Cats

Kanchan Singh I Crumbs & Whiskers

Crumbs & Whiskers founder Kanchan Singh is purr-fectly casual at her cafes.

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Quibi on Track for April Launch

Streaming service with fresh content could benefit from lockdown

Short-form streaming startup Quibi has been forced to cancel promotional events, but it appears that the company remains advantageously positioned to launch on April 6.

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By a Thread

360Sweater spins up a range of recycled cashmere products

360Sweater's Naked Cashmere line is made from cashmere recycled from never-worn clothing items.

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Fully Loaded

Don Tashman I Loaded Boards Inc.

Don Tashman, chief executive at Loaded Boards, puts his design energy into his company's longboards.

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Sunny Disposition

Matt Jarvis I 72andSunny

72andSunny co-chairman Matt Jarvis aims for comfort, simplicity and creativity.

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ArcLight Looks to Spice Things Up With Promotion

Theater chain enlists celeb chefs for popcorn ‘Experience’

Arclight has unveiled a new offering to up its game: gourmet popcorn flavors created by celebrity chefs and inspired by ArcLight’s four major markets, including L.A.

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72andSunny Elevates Shutt

Move by ad agency follows departures, layoffs in 2019

Playa Vista-based advertising agency 72andSunny has named Global Chief Operating Officer and Partner Evin Shutt to lead the company as chief executive.

Organic by Design

Tosh Berman I Madera Group

Tosh Berman, co-founder and chief executive of Madera Group said his style has changed with his segue from the nightclub business to eating establishments grounded in authentic Mexican cuisine.

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Live Nation Posts Gains

Sees ninth straight year of growth

Beverly Hills-based Live Nation Entertainment Inc. posted 7% revenue growth last year, to $11.5 billion, for a ninth consecutive year of growth.

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Quibi Funding Reaches $1.75 Billion

Startup to launch programs in April

Short-form video startup Quibi announced that it has closed a $750 million funding round, bringing the streaming service’s total funding to $1.75 billion.

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Setting the Stage

Michelle Danner I Edgemar Center for the Arts

Edgemar Center for the Arts founder Michelle Danner is an acting coach who eschews drama.

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Questions Arise for Disney

Iger departure brings uncertainty

Entertainment industry watchers say those with an interest in Disney’s next steps are worried that new Disney CEO Bob Chapek won’t be the same as exiting CEO Bob Iger when it comes to the company’s most important revenue segments.

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Beautify Is Bringing Art to Commerce

Mural platform company expands beyond LA

Santa Monica-based Beautify, a platform that connects street artists with sponsors, landlords and business owners, is expanding its for-profit business model.

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Conversation Starter

Anna Ondaatje I Playboy Enterprises Inc.

Playboy's Anna Ondaatje makes a statement with her work and her fashion choices.

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Multicultural Film Fund Launches

AUM aims for diverse audiences

Producer Nina Yang Bongiovi, whose films include “Fruitvale Station” and “Dope,” has entered into a partnership to launch AUM Group, a Los Angeles-based multicultural entertainment fund to finance feature films for rapidly diversifying audiences.

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Driving Diversity

Inclusion initiatives at top talent agencies could help reshape Hollywood

While the rest of Hollywood wrestles with concerns over diversity, the town’s most powerful companies — its leading talent agencies — have already taken steps toward improving inclusion.

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Bound by Tradition

Thomas Blumenthal I Gearys Beverly Hills

Thomas Blumenthal of Gearys Beverly Hills — which celebrates its 90th year in business this year — favors French cuffs and Charvet ties.

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Creative Industries Account for 16% of Jobs in LA County: Report

The annual Otis Report on the Creative Economy from Otis College of Art and Design said that creative industries are responsible for more than 16% of jobs in Los Angeles County.

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Music Center Announces $3 Million in New Contributions

The Music Center has announced nearly $3 million in new contributions from multiple donors.

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Game Changer

Elan Lee I Exploding Kittens

Exploding Kittens co-founder Elan Lee keeps things casual despite his success.

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Living Walls Offer Growing Opportunity

Habitat Horticulture allows businesses to go green

Companies are embracing the multiple tangible benefits of installing living walls.

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AllVoices Harassment Reporting App Raises $3 Million

AllVoices, an app that enables employees to anonymously report harassment and other workplace issues, raised $3 million in seed funding.

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Sea Changer

Sandy Trautwein I Aquarium of the Pacific

Aquarium of the Pacific's Sandy Trautwein mixes a crisp look and a hands-on style.

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Pritzkers Give UCLA $30 Million

Simms/Mann Foundation also donates $18M

UCLA has received a $30 million commitment from the Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation to support the renovation of the outdated Psychology Tower building on UCLA’s Westwood campus.

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Laemmle Theatres Plans Expansion

After turning down sale, chain will open in Newhall, Azusa

Despite reports of a possible sale last year, Laemmle Theatres now says it has turned down recent buyout offers and is opening a new multiplex this summer.

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Randy Freer to Depart as Hulu CEO

Hulu Chief Executive Randy Freer will step down from his post amid a restructuring of the organization, which was acquired by the Walt Disney Co.

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Dog’s Best Friend

Russell Gittlen I Guide Dogs of America

Russell Gittlen of Guide Dogs of America puts mission first.

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Downtown's Belasco Theater Joins the Live Nation Club

Another historic LA theater joins company’s portfolio

Beverly Hills-based Live Nation Entertainment Inc. has entered into a long-term operating lease agreement with downtown’s Belasco Theater.

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The Problem Solver

When it comes to his community, low-key Anthony Pritzker is highly engaged

Anthony Pritzker shares his approach to philanthropy, which combines business with financial giving and a considerable amount of engagement.

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Mall Maven

Najla Kayyem I Pacific Retail Capital Partners

Najla Kayyem of Pacific Retail Capital Partners is frank and fashionable.

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LA Companies Feeling Blue

Style brands embrace ‘color of the year’

Classic Blue is the new black. At least this year.

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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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Packing a Punch

James Williams I Mayweather Boxing & Fitness

Mayweather Boxing's James Williams keeps himself and the company focused on fitness.

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Having a Ball

Lew Wolff I Wolff Urban Development

Wolff Urban Development's Lew Wolff, part owner of the Oakland A's, looks to the future.

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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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Holistic Approach

Dani Solorio I Compton Health Bar

Compton Health Bar's Dani Solorio provides a relaxed atmosphere and wardrobe.

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On Branding

Roger Sanchez I Uncomn Projects

Uncomn Projects partner Roger Sanchez predicts tastes and trends for developers.

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Cream of the Crop

Natasha Case I Coolhaus

Natasha Case, co-founder and chief executive of Culver City-based Coolhaus, mixes architectural design concepts with branding initiatives and style.

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Clean Living

Stephen Kotler I Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Douglas Elliman’s Stephen Kotler mixes his East Coast roots with California casual.

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Women Execs Warm to Men’s Watches

FASHION: Luxe timepieces viewed as a sign of progress

Men’s luxury watches, particularly those from Rolex Group, are in fashion among L.A.’s businesswomen.

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A Helping Hand

Susan Burton I A New Way of Life

STYLE: Susan Burton from A New Way of Life keeps things casual but respectful.

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Accent Marks

Darrell Miller I Fox Rothschild

Fox Rothschild’s Darrell Miller shows his individuality with some retro cool.

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RAISING THE BARS

Brenden Schaefer • Bright Foods

Bright Foods’ Brenden Schaefer has California casual down to a science.

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Signs of the Times

Sofya Polyakov I Noun Project

Noun Project’s Sofya Polyakov’s personal style reflects the simplicity of the icons offered by her company.

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Above Board

Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire I 2020 Women on Boards

2020 Women on Boards’ Betsy Berkhemer- Credaire says women looking to advance in business should look the part.

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Skin Deep

JANE WURWAND I Dermalogica Inc.

Dermalogica’s Jane Wurwand doesn’t take herself too seriously.

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MEMORY BANKER

BETH KEAN • Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

Beth Kean’s grandparents inspired her to take her post at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.

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For Some, It’s Not a Matter of Degrees

EDUCATION: Students, execs rethink need for college

Some in L.A.’s business community are rethinking the value of college degrees — both for themselves and their employees.

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DRAWN TO ANIMATION

Ken Duncan • Duncan Studio

Duncan Studio’s Ken Duncan looks to animation history for inspiration.

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