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January 15, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Former Yahoo and News Corp. executive Ross Levinsohn has been named chief executive of Guggenheim Digital Media, a unit of private equity firm Guggenheim Partners. In his new role, Levinsohn will oversee Guggenheim's publishing assets, including trade outlets Billboard and the Hollywood Reporter. He will also consult with Guggenheim on its other assets, among them Dick Clark Productions, which it acquired last year. Guggenheim is also the majority owner of the Dodgers. In a statement, Guggenheim Partners President Todd Boehly said the newly created digital media unit would "play an integral role in developing our iconic portfolio of existing media and entertainment assets, as well as identifying new, groundbreaking investments and partnerships in the music, media, technology, and digital entertainment spaces.” That's code for we have a lot of money and we're going to be buying things.
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March 14, 2014 | By James Rainey
At just 21, a kid from the San Fernando Valley named Jim Berk began work as a music teacher at Carson High School. Within a couple of years, the teacher, not much older than some of his students, had turned a woebegone marching band into one of the best in Southern California. Then Berk moved to struggling Hamilton High School to launch a music magnet program. It gained national acclaim and so many new students that officials reversed their threat to close the Westside campus. "The Wunderkind of education" the Times dubbed him in 1992.
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October 15, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Twentieth Century Fox's head of digital distribution readily acknowledged the headline-grabbing trends buffeting the film industry - declines in DVD sales, the rise of low-cost movie rental and subscription services and the threat of Internet piracy. But Peter Levinsohn praised technology in a keynote speech Monday at Variety's Entertainment & Technology Summit in Marina del Rey. "All of these issues - fragmentation, a maturing DVD market, low-cost alternatives for entertainment, and theft - they're real.
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March 11, 2014 | By Joe Flint
While other television executives have often viewed new technologies and platforms with fear and trepidation, Disney Media Networks Co-Chair Anne Sweeney embraced them. Sweeney, who announced Tuesday that she is leaving Disney next January after 18 years to pursue a career in television directing, recognized before many other media executives that viewing habits were going to change rapidly in the 21st century. In 2005, Disney and ABC were the first to reach an agreement to sell TV shows via Apple's iTunes . At the time, there was fear that such a move could hurt ratings and upend the television business model, which is based primarily on revenue from advertising and rerun sales.
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October 30, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Americans are spending more time on their digital devices, and that won't change for years, according to a new study. The USC report released Wednesday shows that Americans consume "an enormous amount" of media via television, radio, phone and computer, amounting to an average of 63 gigabytes per person per day last year. All told, total U.S. media consumption reached 1.46 trillion hours in 2012, an average of 13.6 hours per person per day, a year-over-year increase of 5%. In comparison, U.S. media consumption averaged 33 gigabytes per person per day in 2008.
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September 11, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
Bob Lambert, a widely respected entertainment industry executive who played a pivotal role in the advent of computer animation, died of undisclosed causes Friday at his home in Glendale, his family announced Monday night. He was 55. Lambert served as senior executive in various departments at Walt Disney Co. for 25 years, helping to usher Disney into the digital era. While working for Disney Feature Animation, Lambert conceived a strategy for replacing cell animation with CGI production.
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March 10, 2012 | By James Rainey, Los Angeles Times
In the voice-over introducing his video "Kony 2012," Jason Russell tells a worldwide audience, "The game has new rules. " The human rights activist's words seem fulfilled by the phenomenal response to his video about the murderous African warlord Joseph Kony: More than 58 million views had been recorded just four days after its YouTube release Monday. But the response to the video also confirmed that every digital media sensation also invites a large, if not equal, reaction, with the Kony production provoking hundreds of video retorts, uncounted Tumblr posts, countless journalism critiques and millions of comments on Facebook and Twitter.
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August 7, 2011 | By Kevin Berger, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The classical music industry loves Nikita Pacheco. They don't know the 29-year-old graphic artist personally. But she represents their future and they're striking every note in their new digital media handbooks to please her. To many, digital media is the sound of salvation for classical music. To others, it's another power chord crushing the soul of the art form itself. Take the "tweet-cert" held by the Pacific Symphony last month at its summer home, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.
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March 6, 2014 | By Meg James
Veteran publishing executive Jack Griffin has been named chief executive of the new Tribune Publishing Co., leading a group of eight newspapers including the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. The publishing chain is being spun off as a separately traded public company by Chicago-based Tribune Co., which plans to retain ownership of its TV stations and other properties. The separation is expected to happen this summer. Eddy Hartenstein, who has been publisher of The Times since August 2008, will become chairman of Tribune Publishing, a non-executive role.
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November 29, 2000 | Lee Romney
Virtual International Community (VIC), formerly Venice Interactive Community, is hosting a panel discussion Dec. 6 on the emerging U.S. Latino digital media arena. The event, to be held at the Skirball Cultural Center from 6:30 to 9 p.m., is sponsored in part by LAredClub, a professional networking association launched in September for those working in digital media targeting the Latino market in the U.S. and abroad.
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March 6, 2014 | By Meg James
Veteran publishing executive Jack Griffin has been named chief executive of the new Tribune Publishing Co., leading a group of eight newspapers including the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. The publishing chain is being spun off as a separately traded public company by Chicago-based Tribune Co., which plans to retain ownership of its TV stations and other properties. The separation is expected to happen this summer. Eddy Hartenstein, who has been publisher of The Times since August 2008, will become chairman of Tribune Publishing, a non-executive role.
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February 22, 2014 | By Leah Ollman
NEW YORK - What is a photograph? From photography's very beginning, there has always been more than one answer to that question. On the medium's official launch in 1839, a photograph was both a precise, one-of-a-kind image permanently fixed on a mirror-like metal plate (the Daguerreotype) and a replicable print on paper, made from a paper negative (the calotype, or photogenic drawing). Ever since, what photographs look and feel like has continued to evolve with changing technology and aesthetic intent.
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January 17, 2014 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Online video site Vimeo is offering budding filmmakers help in promoting their films, in exchange for the opportunity to offer the content through its on-demand service. The announcement, timed to coincide with the start of the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, seeks to support filmmakers who raised at least $10,000 to finance their projects on such crowdfunding sites as Indiegogo, Kickstarter and Seed&Spark. The New York video company will offer free one-year Vimeo Pro accounts, providing video storage and and streaming and download services, to filmmakers whose projects are ready for distribution.
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January 13, 2014 | By Joe Flint and Meg James
Charter Communications has offered more than $60 billion for Time Warner Cable, a move that could spark a new round of consolidation in the telecommunications industry. If Charter succeeds with its takeover attempt, it would be a marriage of two of the nation's -- and Southern California's -- biggest pay-TV and Internet providers. Combined, the two companies would have more than 15 million video customers in the United States. The offer, which was made Monday, is for $132.50 a share.
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December 27, 2013 | By Meg James and Dawn Chmielewski
The Times asked its reporters and critics to highlight figures in entertainment and the arts who will be making news in 2014. Here's who they picked: Nancy Tellem | Microsoft's president of entertainment and digital media The veteran CBS television executive had her work cut out when she joined Microsoft Corp. in 2012 to launch a Santa Monica studio to create original content. Long fascinated with changes in consumer behavior, Tellem is now playing an important role in determining what appeals to younger consumers accustomed to getting their entertainment on multiple screens.
BUSINESS
October 30, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Americans are spending more time on their digital devices, and that won't change for years, according to a new study. The USC report released Wednesday shows that Americans consume "an enormous amount" of media via television, radio, phone and computer, amounting to an average of 63 gigabytes per person per day last year. All told, total U.S. media consumption reached 1.46 trillion hours in 2012, an average of 13.6 hours per person per day, a year-over-year increase of 5%. In comparison, U.S. media consumption averaged 33 gigabytes per person per day in 2008.
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May 21, 2008 | From a Times Staff Writer
Peter Adderton, the wireless industry executive behind Boost Mobile and Amp'd Mobile, has joined with William Morris Agency to create a hybrid firm that seeks to combine the Hollywood connections of a talent agency with the digital media expertise of a technology consultancy. The venture, dubbed Agency 3.
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February 8, 1999 | CHARLES PILLER
EMediaweekly, a trade publication devoted to digital media production, ceased operations last week, only six months after it was created to replace another trade magazine, MacWeek. Mac Publishing--which publishes both EMediaweekly and Macworld magazine--blamed weak market conditions in the graphics niche. "I thought [eMediaweekly] was ill-conceived from the beginning," said James Staten, an analyst with Dataquest in San Jose.
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October 24, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
The veteran entertainment executives at BermanBraun will seek to invigorate AOL's venerable Moviefone, a two-decade-old ticket-buying service that also provides film reviews and information about show times. BermanBraun will work with AOL to relaunch the movie guide in early 2014, with a broader scope and additional features. "The name itself indicates what has to happen with this brand," said Gail Berman, founding partner of the BermanBraun media company. "What's fantastic is that technology has caught up with the name in a whole different way. " PHOTOS: Biggest tech flops of 2013 - so far Moviefone launched in 1989, initially providing information over the telephone about movie times in New York and Los Angeles.
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September 16, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Cumulus Media Inc. is investing in digital media through a new deal with online music-streaming service Rdio that gives the radio giant what it calls a " significant equity stake" in Rdio's parent company, Pulser Media . Rdio will also launch a free version of its service for the first time. Financial details were not disclosed.  The partnership will give the San Fransisco-based Rdio (pronounced "ar-dee-oh") a big promotional boost as it tries to compete with larger competitor Spotify.
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