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August 28, 2013 |
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday lifted a decade-long ban on public murals, marking a decisive victory for artists who argued the law made no sense in a city with such a rich tradition of street art. The decision culminates years of debate over how Los Angeles should regulate murals, which have chronicled generations of the city's history, from the mid-20th century struggles of Latinos on the Eastside to freeway displays celebrating the...
August 21, 2013 |
Things got heated Tuesday at a Yelp town hall meeting intended to debunk misconceptions and ease business owners' concerns about the popular reviews site. Since launching nearly a decade ago, Yelp has been subject to endless criticism by business owners who accuse the website of manipulating reviews based on whether the companies fork over advertising dollars. The backlash hasn't prevented Yelp from becoming the premier site for reviews on everything from restaurants to plumbers.
July 28, 2013 |
Two of the world's largest advertising holding companies -- Omnicom Group Inc. in New York and Publicis Groupe in Paris -- have agreed to merge into the world's largest agency with a market value that would exceed $35 billion. The two companies announced the all-stock transaction Sunday. Shareholders of each company would hold about 50% of the new entity, which would be called Publicis Omnicom Group. Omnicom is the parent company of TBWAChiatDay of Los Angeles, which creates advertising for such high-profile accounts as Pepsico Inc. and Nissan; BBDO Worldwide agency; and OMD, which handles ad buying duties for film studio Warner Bros., among others.
July 25, 2013 |
Many musicians and wannabe stars have enjoyed posting on YouTube their own versions of singer-songwriter Jason Mraz's first international hit, "I'm Yours. " Trouble was, Mraz had no quick and easy way to find those versions and collect royalties. Now he may have found a solution. Audiam Inc., which launched overseas last month and in the U.S. on Wednesday, searches YouTube for people using Mraz's copyrighted songs and collects part of the advertising revenue generated by those clips, under an agreement with YouTube.
July 8, 2013 |
The celebrity and pop-culture infused art of Richard Phillips hasn't won him many fans among serious art critics. Whatever his merits as an artist may be, it's safe to say that Phillips excels at making a media splash, which some would argue is its own creative form. In 2011, the New York artist created a 1 1/2-minute art video featuring Lindsay Lohan emerging from a pool in Malibu. (Gagosian Gallery, which represents Phillips, released the video online around the same time the actress was entering house arrest.)
July 5, 2013 |
This post has been updated. See below for details. CBS Corp. Chief Executive Leslie Moonves sold 450,000 shares of CBS stock this week for about $22 million, according to a regulatory filing. The television titan, whose compensation package last year topped $62 million , acquired the stock as part of his long-term incentive program. The sales, which were part of a regular schedule of sales to avoid the appearance of market timing, occurred on Monday and Tuesday, according to the filing.
July 4, 2013 |
When Hollywood and street artists try to work together, the road can be bumpy. To promote the upcoming movie "Fruitvale Station," about the 2009 fatal shooting of Oakland's Oscar Grant, the Weinstein Co. commissioned three murals in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco to be painted by well-known street artists Ron English, Lydia Emily and LNY. But logistical issues and creative conflicts between some of the artists and the studio have led...
June 28, 2013 |
The wails of an infant haunt much of the 13-minute YouTube clip. On the Internet's dominant video site, recordings of laughing babies, talking twin babies, roller-skating babies long have made for amusing, sure-fire click bait. This case of a crying newborn represents something entirely different: It's an attempt at groundbreaking original programming from the site. "Susanna" is a 12-part series starring "True Blood's" Anna Paquin as a new mother who develops acute postpartum depression and her struggles in caring for her child.
June 27, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Gokul Rajaram, who oversaw the development of products for Facebook's advertising business, has been hired away by Square. The defection comes as Facebook is under pressure to prove the effectiveness of advertising on the giant social network to boost its slumping stock price. Advertising accounts for about 85% of Facebook's revenue. Rajaram led the team that created all of the advertising products on Facebook. Mike Hudack, who worked on that team focusing on measuring the effectiveness of ads, will replace him. PHOTOS: Tablets under $200 Pivotal Research Group analyst Brian Wieser said Facebook investors should not be alarmed.
June 26, 2013 |
The scandal surrounding the Internal Revenue Service's handling of tea party groups took a left turn this week after congressional Democrats revealed that the tax agency had also targeted liberal groups for scrutiny. The revelation led some liberals to declare that the controversy was a manufactured one, created by a partisan Republican (Rep. Darrell Issa of Vista) to taint President Obama. If only. The new information changes the context profoundly, but it doesn't explain why IRS employees made wholly inappropriate demands for information from politically active groups seeking nonprofit status under Sections 501(c)