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May 31, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Michael Jackson lost $26 million on the first leg of the HIStory tour in the mid-1990s and was in debt for sound, lighting and other expenses, according to testimony Friday in the wrongful death suit his family has filed. Paul Gongaware, now co-CEO of AEG Live/Live Nation, testified he was brought as tour executive for the 40 concerts that made up the second leg of the world tour. “I had to go in and cut a lot of expenses," Gongaware said. "There was so much excess. " FULL COVERAGE: AEG wrongful death trial Gongaware said HIStory, at the time considered one of the most ambitious tours ever, eventually broke even.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
This post has been corrected. See below for updates.  Script-writing isn't for everyone, so Amazon.com Inc.'s movie and TV production arm is now encouraging filmmakers to submit "concept videos" that could be developed into features. Amazon, which is in a race with more established players like Netflix to develop original content, launched Amazon Studios in 2010 and has been accepting script submissions for movies. It has received 1,400 movie scripts to date. But now, people have the option to upload a two- to 15-minute video instead.
BUSINESS
July 8, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
The Miramax film company's attempts to reestablish itself as a Hollywood powerhouse hit another snag with the resignation of Chairman Richard Nanula, a veteran executive who formerly held prominent posts at Walt Disney Co. and Amgen Inc. Nanula's departure Sunday came after two websites published photographs last month of a man they identified as the executive having sex with an adult-film actress. Nanula, 53, and his attorney did not respond to requests for comment. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments Miramax, founded by brothers Harvey and Bob Weinstein in 1979, produced a string of Oscar-winning films, including "Chicago" and "Shakespeare in Love.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before going back to my salad diet. The Skinny: Had dinner at the iconic diner Pann's on Wednesday night and now I can't move. But it was worth it. Thursday's headlines include a potential scandal involving a top Miramax executive, CNN bringing back "Crossfire" and moguls getting ready for Allen & Co.'s annual Sun Valley, Idaho, conference. Daily Dose: While Food Network personality Paula Deen continues to get beaten up by the media and business partners (see below)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before preparing for a Monday without "Under the Dome. "  The Skinny:  I guess if you force yourself to watch something long enough sooner or later you'll start to like it a little. That appears to be happening to me with HBO's "Newsroom. " Just don't tell anyone. Monday's headlines include coverage of the CBS-Time Warner Cable fight and a recap of the weekend box office.  Daily Dose:  Satellite broadcaster DirecTV got some attention for coming out in support of Time Warner Cable in the pay-TV fight against CBS over a new distribution deal.
BUSINESS
April 10, 2012 | Los Angeles Times
Troubled film financier David Bergstein has sued the owners of Miramax, alleging that they denied him money and an equity stake owed for his role in the acquisition of the film label from Walt Disney Co. in 2010. The suit, filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court by the law firm Weingarten Brown, contends that Bergstein — who has been involved in dozens of lawsuits, many related to his activities in the film business — played a crucial role in the deal to acquire Miramax. It asserts that Santa Monica private equity firm Colony Capital, one of Miramax's new owners, and its principal Richard Nanula conspired to deny Bergstein a $6.1-million fee and 3.3% stake they agreed to provide him as part of the purchase.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Harvey and Bob Weinstein are getting the reunion they've long sought - and moviegoers could end up getting sequels to such older favorites as "Shakespeare in Love," "Swingers" and "Rounders. " The brothers' film company, Weinstein Co., has struck a production and distribution deal that reconnects them to Miramax, the company they founded in 1979 and built up with such critically acclaimed movies as "sex, lies and videotape" and "Reservoir Dogs" before selling to Walt Disney Co. in 1993.
BUSINESS
January 24, 2001 | Reuters
Two affiliates of buyout firm Colony Capital of Los Angeles have terminated their previously announced plan to buy casino operator Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. in a deal valued at about $1.3 billion. Glendale-based Pinnacle said the parties involved, which had previously agreed on a Jan. 31 extension of their deadline to close the deal, "mutually agreed that the merger agreement and all related transaction documents have been terminated."
BUSINESS
November 2, 2012 | By Alejandro Lazo
Tom Barrack's Colony Capital is taking a big step into foreclosures. The Santa Monica real estate investment firm won an auction by the federal government to purchase 970 foreclosed homes in California, Arizona and Nevada from mortgage titan Fannie Mae for $176 million. Barrack, owner of Colony Capital in Santa Monica, has had his name associated as a contender for several high-profile deals this year.  He tried unsuccessfully to buy the Dodgers and he is considered a potential bidder for Anschutz Entertainment Group, better known as AEG, the Los Angeles sports and entertainment giant behind Staples Center and L.A. Live.
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