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New WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar will oversee streaming service HBO Max, launching May 1.
Kanchan Singh I Crumbs & Whiskers
Crumbs & Whiskers founder Kanchan Singh is purr-fectly casual at her cafes.
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.
360Sweater spins up a range of recycled cashmere products
360Sweater's Naked Cashmere line is made from cashmere recycled from never-worn clothing items.
Don Tashman I Loaded Boards Inc.
Don Tashman, chief executive at Loaded Boards, puts his design energy into his company's longboards.
Matt Jarvis I 72andSunny
72andSunny co-chairman Matt Jarvis aims for comfort, simplicity and creativity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Michelle Danner I Edgemar Center for the Arts
Edgemar Center for the Arts founder Michelle Danner is an acting coach who eschews drama.
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.
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.
Anna Ondaatje I Playboy Enterprises Inc.
Playboy's Anna Ondaatje makes a statement with her work and her fashion choices.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Music Center has announced nearly $3 million in new contributions from multiple donors.
Elan Lee I Exploding Kittens
Exploding Kittens co-founder Elan Lee keeps things casual despite his success.
Habitat Horticulture allows businesses to go green
Companies are embracing the multiple tangible benefits of installing living walls.
AllVoices, an app that enables employees to anonymously report harassment and other workplace issues, raised $3 million in seed funding.
Sandy Trautwein I Aquarium of the Pacific
Aquarium of the Pacific's Sandy Trautwein mixes a crisp look and a hands-on style.
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.
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.
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.
Russell Gittlen I Guide Dogs of America
Russell Gittlen of Guide Dogs of America puts mission first.
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.
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.
Najla Kayyem I Pacific Retail Capital Partners
Najla Kayyem of Pacific Retail Capital Partners is frank and fashionable.
Style brands embrace ‘color of the year’
Classic Blue is the new black. At least this year.
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.
James Williams I Mayweather Boxing & Fitness
Mayweather Boxing's James Williams keeps himself and the company focused on fitness.
Lew Wolff I Wolff Urban Development
Wolff Urban Development's Lew Wolff, part owner of the Oakland A's, looks to the future.
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.
Dani Solorio I Compton Health Bar
Compton Health Bar's Dani Solorio provides a relaxed atmosphere and wardrobe.
Roger Sanchez I Uncomn Projects
Uncomn Projects partner Roger Sanchez predicts tastes and trends for developers.
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.
Stephen Kotler I Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Douglas Elliman’s Stephen Kotler mixes his East Coast roots with California casual.
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.
Susan Burton I A New Way of Life
STYLE: Susan Burton from A New Way of Life keeps things casual but respectful.
Darrell Miller I Fox Rothschild
Fox Rothschild’s Darrell Miller shows his individuality with some retro cool.
Brenden Schaefer • Bright Foods
Bright Foods’ Brenden Schaefer has California casual down to a science.
Sofya Polyakov I Noun Project
Noun Project’s Sofya Polyakov’s personal style reflects the simplicity of the icons offered by her company.
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.
JANE WURWAND I Dermalogica Inc.
Dermalogica’s Jane Wurwand doesn’t take herself too seriously.
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.
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.
Ken Duncan • Duncan Studio
Duncan Studio’s Ken Duncan looks to animation history for inspiration.