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While Hollywood studios try to rein in what consumers can do with digital files, some consumer-electronics companies are speeding ahead with products that make it even easier for people to move movies and music around the home and the Web. The latest example is a gadget Toshiba Corp. is unveiling today that's an electronic library for photos, songs and movies. The device moves digital media wirelessly across the home and lets people share their audio-video collections over the Internet.
Director Doug Liman followed up his 1997 indie comedy hit "Swingers" earlier this year with the equally clever, funny and hip ensemble comedy "Go." Set during a 24-hour period in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, this "Rashomon"-style comedy is told from the point-of-view of three people involved in a series of outrageous events that surround a busted drug deal.
March 15, 2013 | By Susan Eva Porter
A Florida mother was arrested this month for allegedly stabbing her two sons' bullies in the back with box cutters. News reports stated that after calming down an altercation between her sons and a group of boys, the mother reignited the situation and attacked the boys, sending two to the hospital. Last year, a teenage boy posted something nasty and hurtful in response to a teenage girl's Facebook posting. The girl was distraught, contemplated hurting herself and complained to her mother that she had been bullied.
May 4, 2008 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
Tim Spengler's first act after being named president of the media-buying firm Initiative USA was to draft a small team of what he calls amphibians. He wanted to make a splash. He also recognized that advertising executives would need webfeet to navigate, even survive, in the intensely competitive and rapidly changing ad industry. Like creatures that can live on land or in the water, media planners must master two dramatically different environments: old and new media.
November 10, 2010 | Jori Finkel
What do you say to parents who are afraid to send their 18-year-old to art school for fear that he or she won't get a job after graduation? When it began in 2007, the Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region gave parents hope (and hopeful students talking points) by documenting the wealth of jobs in creative fields such as fashion, advertising, toy design and digital media, as well as the entertainment industry. This year, the picture is bleaker, along with so many broader economic indicators.
July 18, 2007 | Jay A. Fernandez, Special to The Times
The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and the Writers Guild of America West met Monday to start contract negotiations, and reports from inside the AMPTP's Encino conference room are that the melee fell well short of the Battle of Thermopylae.
April 17, 2014 | Shan Li
Commuters at Union Station in downtown L.A. got an early look Wednesday at the first edition of the Los Angeles Register. A small group of reporters and editors wearing T-shirts stating "A New Voice in L.A. " handed out copies to commuters emerging from trains and subways on their way to work. The paper is the latest effort by Aaron Kushner, co-owner of parent company Freedom Communications Inc., to push his belief that print still sells well in the modern era of digital media.
September 22, 2003 | May Wong, Associated Press
They have no receptionist and only paper name signs taped to their office doors, but the 20 employees working out of a nondescript building on a leafy, quiet street here are ready to challenge tech giants in the digital media market. Led by the man who helped spark a revolution in television by creating ReplayTV, the first digital video recorder, the start-up Roku is developing products to make the living room, and not the PC, the showcase for all digital content, from photos to music.
June 11, 2011 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Time
A new report from the Federal Communications Commission warned that the "independent watchdog function that the founding fathers envisioned for journalism" is at risk in local communities across the country. In a 475-page report released this week titled "The Information Needs of Communities: The Changing Media Landscape in a Broadband Age," the government regulatory agency — which watches over television, radio and certain aspects of the Internet — said there was a "shortage of local, professional, accountability reporting" that could lead to "more government waste, more local corruption," "less effective schools" and other problems.
November 19, 2007 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
Today's puny sales of movie and TV downloads makes one wonder: Why are striking members of the Writers Guild of America so intent on getting a cut of Internet profits? Only about $20 million worth of movies were sold online last year, according to Parks Associates, a Dallas-based research firm. Compare that with $9.5 billion in theater tickets, $16.3 billion in DVD sales and $7.4 billion in DVD rental revenue.
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