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January 29, 1998
The day after John Elway grabbed his first Super Bowl ring, most viewers had already fumbled the messages from many Super Bowl advertisers. Ferndale, Mich.-based SAAResearch called 402 viewers on Monday and asked them to identify firms that had advertised during the game. *--* Percentage of viewers able Rank Advertiser to identify advertiser 1. Budweiser 56% 2. Pepsi-Cola 42 3. Federal Express 13 4. Tabasco 11 5. Coca-Cola 8 6. Bud Lite 6 7. Doritos 6 8. Pizza Hut 5 9. American Express 5 10.
April 26, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant is featured in a commercial for Panini, a sports and entertainment collectibles company. Emphasizing his love of soccer growing up in Italy before he played basketball, Bryant says in the commercial, "Before I was a baller, I was a baller. " The Lakers All-Star guard also made a cameo in a recent Nike soccer commercial Bryant told GQ magazine his favorite soccer team is A.C. Milan. "Milan has always been my favorite team, and it's always in my heart," Bryant said.
January 6, 2012 | By Roger Vincent
U.S. commercial real estate values are drifting sideways after a two-year rally, analysts said. Prices for offices, warehouses, shopping centers and apartment buildings in major cities rebounded to within 10% of their record highs before leveling out six months ago, according to Green Street Advisors Inc. “I think people are used to values going up or down,” analyst Peter Rothemund said, adding that it's not abnormal for prices to...
April 12, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
A huge former department store on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles is being sold to a New York real estate investment firm that intends to pump new life into the old building and its rebounding neighborhood. The century-old flagship of the May Co. contains 1.1 million square feet of space surrounded by Broadway, Hill Street and 8th Street. The commercial district was once one of the best in the Southern California, but fell on hard times in the late decades of the 20th century. Waterbridge Capital has agreed to buy the property now known as Broadway Trade Center, city officials and property brokers said.
February 4, 2014 | By Mark Kellam
A Doritos commercial starring and cowritten by a Burbank resident was a cowinner of an annual contest sponsored by the snack company and it aired during the Super Bowl on Sunday. The ad follows a boy who has created a time machine as he tricks a neighbor, played by Burbank resident Daved Wilkins, into entering the contraption in a ploy to steal his Doritos. When the machine "takes off" using simple maneuvers created by the boy, Wilkins believe he's being transported into the future, the Burbank Leader reported . Wilkins worked on the 30-second spot with two longtime friends Ryan Thomas Andersen and Raj Suri, both of whom live in Phoenix.
June 12, 2010 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
One of the country's largest commercial real estate brokerages, Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services, has named a new president and chief executive. John J. Kerin, 54, will replace Harvey Green at the helm of the company July 1. Green announced his pending retirement in April after leading the company for a decade. Marcus & Millichap is headquartered in Palo Alto, but Green directs operations from his base in the Encino office and so will Kerin. Kerin joined the company in 1981 as an agent and rose through the ranks.
January 24, 2010 | By Roger Vincent
Bill Hoffman has logged more than 1.5 million airline miles in his travels to troubled hotels, office buildings and other business properties. As a court-appointed receiver who takes care of distressed commercial real estate, Hoffman has a long way to go to catch up with George Clooney's ambitiously nomadic character Ryan Bingham in "Up in the Air." But Hoffman is adding mileage points fast. These are boom times for receivers. With the brutal real estate market causing owners to lose their buildings to their lenders, more professionals like Hoffman are being tapped to look after properties until they can be resold.
May 3, 1989 | JOHN CHARLES TIGHE, Times Staff Writer
Great Western Financial Corp. on Tuesday closed its commercial real estate division in Orange, turning down an offer led by many of the division's 42 agents to take over the operation. Agents and some of the division's five staff members, who were told 2 weeks ago that their positions would be lost, said they had raised $600,000 to buy assets of the brokerage and take over its multiyear lease. When Vice President Del Wall told them Tuesday morning that the offer had been rejected, agents hurried to box their belongings before the doors shut for good at 5:30 p.m. Beverly Hills-based Great Western, which has assets of about $35 billion and is parent of Great Western Savings Bank, said its long-term real estate strategy for some time has been to "de-emphasize" commercial real estate and concentrate on the sale of single-family homes.
May 23, 1985 | KENNETH J. FANUCCHI, Times Staff Writer
Anne Bray attempted to give motorists on one of the Westside's most commercial streets a brief respite from "the visual blight" of business signs, but it didn't quite work. Her project was the victim of too few workers, too little time and uncooperative businesses. Bray, a 35-year-old UCLA art student, planned to "white out" with butcher paper all commercial signs within a one-block radius of the corner of Lincoln Boulevard and Broadway in Santa Monica.
August 1, 2010 | By Sarah Weinman, Special to Los Angeles Times
Though I write for this West Coast newspaper, I live in New York City. That means, like a lot of dwellers of the five boroughs, I spend a disproportionate amount of time thinking about real estate, whether griping about too-high rents for tiny apartments or the erection of another steel-heavy skyscraper in my neighborhood. Walking underneath scaffolding, zigzagging through hastily constructed passageways and watching the work of those awe-inspiring cranes brings to mind other salient points about the making of buildings: construction delays, unfortunate accidents and financial mismanagement.
April 11, 2014 | By Dan Weikel and Ralph Vartabedian
State and federal investigators probing the cause of the fiery collision between a FedEx big rig and a charter bus in Northern California will delve into a wide range of factors from the health and rest of the truck driver to emergency exits and fire protection for bus passengers. "This is a very significant and unfortunate tragedy," said Jim Hall, a transportation safety consultant and former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. "The NTSB is going to have its hands full on this one. " Although the cause of the accident has yet to be determined, Hall and other safety advocates say it could focus new attention on the NTSB's efforts to improve bus safety and the behind-the-scenes battle over safety standards for motor coaches and other commercial vehicles.
April 11, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Saturday night is fight night, with the highly anticipated rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley set to be broadcast on big screens across the nation. As thousands of fans traipse into bars and restaurants to catch the big fight, a small army of corporate detectives will be lurking in the background, hoping to catch something else. Paid by the promoters of the closed-circuit televised event, these sleuths will be on the lookout for bar owners who show the Pacquiao-Bradley fight without paying the commercial rate, which dwarfs the fee to watch in your living room.
April 10, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
After years of eliminating jobs in Southern California, aerospace giant Boeing Co. announced plans to increase its engineering workforce in Long Beach and Seal Beach by 1,000 positions. It is a rare and welcome development for the Southland's beleaguered aerospace industry, which has been stung by layoffs and assembly line closures for decades. "I couldn't be happier for the region," Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster said. "We want to continue to carry on our aviation tradition here.
April 2, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
From some classic Adirondack chairs in front of his colorful new office complex near Marina del Rey, commercial landlord Ned Fox can sit back and watch his property value go up. The developer who made his bones building skyscrapers in downtown Los Angeles during the late 1980s and early 1990s today finds himself with a close-up view of the rapidly evolving planned community of Playa Vista and the young tech and entertainment workers transforming the...
March 31, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
The commercials are a staple of Southern California culture: Sit 'n Sleep co-owner and co-founder Larry Miller promises to beat his competitors' prices “or your mattress is freeeeeeee!” He goes on camera to squeal the slogan only once every two years or so, most recently at his Culver City company's warehouse in Gardena last week. The 225,000-square-foot facility is a change in scenery for the film crew from Ideaology, the creative force behind the commercials for the past 16 years.
March 18, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
A 21-year-old woman whose naked body was found on a conveyor belt at an Anaheim trash-sorting facility may have spent her last days and nights inside a second-floor motel room on a densely packed stretch of Beach Boulevard. Jarrae Nykkole Estepp had become a regular in the aging commercial district in recent weeks, walking the busy boulevard. Only blocks from Disneyland, the street is defined by strip malls, fast-food restaurants and motels from a bygone era. Detectives said their efforts to retrace Estepp's final steps in the hope of finding her killer have brought them to the neighborhood, long known as a haven for prostitution.
July 28, 2010 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
CB Richard Ellis Group Inc., the world's largest commercial real estate brokerage, reported a return to the black in the second quarter as revenue rose in nearly all its business lines around the world. Although much of the local commercial property market remains depressed, improving global conditions allowed the Los Angeles company to report a profit of $54.8 million, or 17 cents a share, compared with a net loss of $6.6 million, or 2 cents, in the second quarter of 2009. The company posted adjusted earnings of 18 cents a share after deducting select charges, well ahead of Wall Street analysts' prediction of 9 cents.
March 29, 2000
Needed, a new Oscar: Best commercial before a movie. ROBERT STEWARD West Hills
March 15, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
Two miles from Disneyland, a stretch of strip malls in Anaheim has transformed into an enclave catering to California's Arab American community. It lacks the immense sprawl of nearby Little Saigon or the decades-long history of Chinatown in Los Angeles, but the place now known as Little Arabia is a destination for Arab Americans from around the state and, lately, a go-to place for foodies in search of Middle Eastern dishes. Yet Little Arabia is largely unknown to the millions of tourists who flood into Anaheim every year - and it remains below the radar even to longtime residents in the city's west side.
March 13, 2014 | By David Colker
Hal Douglas was a movie star, but only until the feature film started. Douglas, who was one of the most sought-after voice artists working in film and television, did the narration for so many movie trailers that he could not recall how many he recorded even in a given week. But some of the most prominent films for which he was the voice of the trailers were "Men in Black" (1 and 2), "Philadelphia," "Lethal Weapon," "Marley & Me" and "Forrest Gump. " Comedies, dramas, sci-fi blockbusters, documentaries - he did them all, not to mention thousands of TV show promotions and commercials.
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