March 12, 2001 |
Ifilm, a heavily hyped online Hollywood venture, is hanging on by its fingernails these days. A survivor amid the dot-com wreckage, the one-stop shop for aspiring filmmakers and film connoisseurs has thin revenue, wary investors and a sketchy business model. But rather than give up and follow Pop.com and Icebox into the digital dustbin, the 2-year-old company has a dogged determination that maintaining a Hollywood address on the Internet will eventually pay huge dividends.
October 27, 1999 |
At a meeting last week of 150 high-tech entrepreneurs of the Digital Coast Roundtable and again at last weekend's giant Global Cities conference at UCLA--with 400 delegates from 35 nations in attendance--Mayor Richard Riordan declared Los Angeles to be "the capital of the 21st century." Reactions were revealing. The entrepreneurs, with some qualifications, accepted the rallying cry.
June 21, 1999 |
Plenty of Internet companies have staged successful initial public offerings despite a glaring lack of profits. This month, Internet postage retailer Stamps.com plans to go public despite a complete lack of revenue. The Santa Monica firm has not taken in a cent since it was founded by three UCLA business school students in 1996--and won't at least until the U.S. Postal Service approves its system. To get there, Stamps.
July 1, 2009 |
No matter how much President Obama has changed over the years, the one thing he's never lost is his feel for community organizing, though these days he's working a slightly better neighborhood. Whether you're working Chicago's South Side or Beverly Hills, a good organizer knows that a pat on the back will coax another mile -- or maybe another few thousand -- out of the troops.
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June 27, 2013 |
Los Angeles Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti is taking his power-to-the-people pitch to Sunday's inauguration festivities, planning an event that includes Steampunk carnival games, multi-culti music and an oath of office administered by the 13-year-old daughter of a janitor. Hollywood, a major backer of Garcetti's campaign, will also be on hand. Jimmy Kimmel is emceeing, and techno master Moby, accompanied by a choir, will kick off the event with a song. For the most part, though, Garcetti has planned a ceremony with little pomp followed by a free public party in downtown's Grand Park.
February 24, 2006 |
"It's time to act like we know each other," Ben Affleck whispered to South African writer-director Gavin Hood and "Desperate Housewives" star Alfre Woodard as the trio posed for photos at the "Tsotsi" premiere Wednesday night. Affleck's name had been on then off the media tip sheet for the low-key Pacific Design Center event for the Oscar-nominated best foreign language film. So folks were surprised when the suited-up stud arrived.
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June 15, 1999 |
Never underestimate the power of free. That's the gospel the folks at NetZero Inc. are preaching, after the company rocketed to prominence as an Internet access provider just months after its founding last October. The company hit 500,000 subscribers March 17--putting it into the top 10 of Internet service providers. Now, just three months later, NetZero boasts 1.2 million subscribers--and is moving to larger office space. How big can it get?
October 17, 2004 |
James Spader, who costars with William Shatner in David E. Kelley's new ABC series "Boston Legal," has purchased a Mediterranean-style home in the Hancock Park area for nearly $2.7 million. Spader, whose character -- attorney Alan Shore -- breathed new life into the eighth and final season of "The Practice" and earned the actor an Emmy, purchased a restored 1920s villa with four bedrooms, an updated kitchen and a guest house.
February 22, 1999 |
Although venture capital investments in Southern California firms rose dramatically last year, a new survey finds the region's growing businesses still facing a so-called capital gap, in part because of a lack of veteran entrepreneurs and insufficient networking. The survey of venture capitalists here found the region needs more experienced entrepreneurs who can deftly move from company to company, as they do in the Bay Area.
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June 14, 1993 |
Rand Schrader, one of the first openly gay judges in California and an eloquent champion of gay and lesbian causes, died Sunday. He was 48. Schrader died at Century City Hospital of complications from AIDS, according to family friends. A Los Angeles native, Schrader was appointed to the Los Angeles Municipal Court bench in 1980 by former Gov. Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown Jr. and continued to preside there until April.