September 9, 1999 |
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.
May 4, 2008 |
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 |
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 |
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.
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April 3, 2012 |
Robert R. Beezer, a federal judge on the nation's busiest court for the last 28 years and author of landmark decisions on judicial authority, digital media sharing and capital punishment, has died of lung cancer. He was 83. Beezer's death Friday at a Seattle hospital was the sixth among U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals judges in little more than a year, dealing yet another blow to the overwhelmed bench that hears cases from nine Western states and two Pacific territories. Four of the 9th Circuit's 29 authorized active judgeships are vacant due to partisan wrangling in the U.S. Senate over nominees of President Obama, and Beezer's death now drops to 18 the number of semi-retired senior judges who help shoulder caseloads twice that of the other 12 federal appeals courts.
June 11, 2011 |
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.
September 22, 2003 |
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.
November 19, 2007 |
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.
October 5, 2010 |
Thomas Tull is taking control of Legendary Pictures. The chairman of the film financing and production company has quietly led a buyout of its original investors in order to more directly steer an expansion into video games, digital media and other businesses. Under the deal that closed last week, Tull brought on two new investors to acquire nearly all the stake held by investors who backed the company's founding in 2004, according to several people familiar with the situation.
March 15, 2013 |
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.