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ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
Costume designers and art directors who work on such shows as HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" have a new three-year contract. The new contract, which includes 2% annual wage increases and higher contributions to the union health plan, was unanimously ratified by members of United Scenic Artists Local USA 829, which is part of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. The contract will run through September 30, 2015 and applies to scenic artists and designers, art directors, costume designers, art department coordinators and their assistants working in feature film and television production in the city of New York, Nassau County and the Meadowlands area of New Jersey.
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SPORTS
November 26, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
Evan Longoria says he wants to be with the Tampa Bay Rays for his entire big league career. The slugging third baseman got his wish Monday when he and the Rays agreed to a $136.6-million, 10-year contract that adds six guaranteed seasons and $100 million. "I always wanted to be kind of a benchmark player … the guy that you could think about or associate with the organization," Longoria said. "My goal from day one was to be the first player that played their whole career here, to be the first guy that came into the organization and went out in the organization, and played all the years in between.
SPORTS
December 6, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket has reached agreement with the Southern Section on a "long-term agreement" for web and television coverage. The new contract begins in 2014. Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket have been televising games since 1997 when it began a local game of the week. The contract is for six years, according to a source who was not authorized to speak publicly about the agreement. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2012 | By Joe Flint
This post has been corrected. See below for details. CBS has won an at-times bitter fight to hold on to its contract to sell advertising on Los Angeles County buses and trains. The board of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Agency voted 7-2 Thursday to approve CBS' bid of $110 million for a five-year renewal agreement that will start in 2013. CBS has held the contract for more than 30 years. CBS faced competition from outdoor advertising company Titan, which bid $117 million in an effort to snag the contract.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2013 | By Jean Merl, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
Citing pending litigation, Los Angeles city attorney candidate Mike Feuer on Tuesday said he won't release a copy of his unusual “win-bonus” contract with campaign consultant John Shallman. The Times had requested copies of both the original contract and modifications Feuer said he made after coming in first in the four-way primary last month. He has since been sued by a supporter of incumbent City Atty. Carmen Trutanich over the contract. “Following discussions with our counsel, given the pending litigation, we aren't releasing the contracts at this time,” Dave Jacobson, Feuer campaign spokesman, said in an email.
SPORTS
February 26, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Oakland defensive tackle Desmond Bryant was arrested Sunday morning on a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief after allegedly causing a commotion at a neighbor's house while inebriated. We probably wouldn't even be discussing his arrest right now ... if it weren't for that unfortunate mug shot . Now I don't want to make fun of the man -- like I said, not his finest moment. I'll just describe the mug shot as "unflattering" and let it go at that. Bryant, who was held on $1,000 bond after being booked at 9:24 a.m. Sunday, has 10 1/2 sacks in four seasons with the Raiders and is due to be an unrestricted free agent on March 12. Can you imagine potential employers searching for information about Bryant online and that's what pops onto their screens?
ENTERTAINMENT
August 31, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
Is Sarah Palin on the outs at Fox News? You betcha , says New York magazine. According to Fox-watcher Gabriel Sherman, Palin is in the early stages of renegotiating her lucrative contract as a contributor to the network, where she earns a reported $1 million a year for occasional guest appearances on shows like “On the Record” and “Hannity.” Palin's current deal makes her the network's highest-paid contributor, but she may not...
SPORTS
July 20, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers and free-agent center Byron Mullens reached agreement on a two-year contract Saturday, according to NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. Mullens' deal is worth about $1 million per season. He can opt out of the contract after one season. Mullens is expected to sign his contract with the Clippers on Monday or Tuesday. The 7-foot Mullens averaged 10.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game last season with Charlotte. He shot 38.5% from the field, 31.7% from three-point range.
BUSINESS
March 21, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
After less than three weeks of talks, the Writers Guild of America and Hollywood's major studios have reached an agreement on a new three-year contract. The tentative agreement includes a 20% increase in pay-TV residuals, a 2% increase in annual wage rates and an increase in employer pension contributions to 7.5% from 6%, according a letter the WGA sent to its 12,000 members Sunday night. Negotiations to replace the current contract, which expires May 1, began March 3. The swift agreement was widely anticipated and stood in sharp contrast to the bitter standoff that occurred in late 2007, after negotiations with the studios broke down and writers staged a 100-day strike that shut down television production and roiled Hollywood.
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