September 15, 2013 |
For the last 18 years, Jakks Pacific Inc. has been a player in the ultra-competitive Southern California toy-making business, up against the likes of giant Mattel Inc. in El Segundo and others. But Jakks' roster of toys - including the Smurfs, Monsuno action figures and Winx Club fairy dolls - have not been pulling in the fun for investors. Sales have declined five straight years. In the most recent quarter, revenue fell 27% and the Malibu company lost $46.9 million compared with net income of $214,000 a year earlier.
February 26, 1999 |
Sony Pictures Entertainment is making a major push into the family market, creating a new division to produce home videos, TV shows, animated films and merchandising. The division's president will be Sander Schwartz, who currently heads Sony's Columbia TriStar children's television division. The new unit could release its first animated feature next year, officials said.
July 18, 2013 |
No one does Halloween like the spindly Jack Skellington. The "Nightmare Before Christmas" star and other Disney characters will dress up with passengers on new Halloween-themed cruises this fall that sail from Florida to the Bahamas. Disney announced Wednesday the new Halloween on the High Seas cruises aboard selected Disney Dream sailings from Sept. 22 to Oct. 31. During the cruise, Skellington and the love-struck Sally will be on deck after an interactive showing of the movie.
October 31, 2012 |
Walt Disney Co.'s $4.05-billion acquisition of Lucasfilm was driven by the desire to tap into the "Star Wars" juggernaut. But the surprise deal will also give Disney other noteworthy assets, including the pioneering visual effects company Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound. ILM is considered one of the preeminent visual effects firms in the industry, known for its high-level work on the "Stars Wars," "Indiana Jones" and "Jurassic Park" movies, the "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Iron Man" films and an upcoming "Star Trek" film from J.J. Abrams.
October 30, 2001 |
One casualty of the Disney-DreamWorks animation battle may have been a few seconds of footage featuring Shrek playing the bagpipes and Donkey playing the accordion. It was part of a new trailer promoting THX, the venerable sound system owned by George Lucas and used in more than 2,500 theaters across America. Last June, DreamWorks pitched THX the idea of using the "Shrek" characters in a new trailer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 1996
As usual, some heavy hitters will participate Sunday in AIDS Walk Los Angeles: GTE, The Gap and DreamWorks SKG will all sponsor walkers. But in sheer numbers, a modest, second-floor beauty shop in Studio City is beating out these world famous corporations. Salon Paul/Florent, with only five employees, has registered more participants for the walk benefiting AIDS Project Los Angeles than any of the corporations named.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 1996 |
As usual, some heavy hitters will participate Sunday in AIDS Walk Los Angeles: GTE, The Gap and DreamWorks SKG will all sponsor walkers. But in sheer numbers, a modest, second-floor beauty shop is beating out these world-famous corporations. Salon Paul/Florent, with only five employees, has registered more participants for the walk benefiting AIDS Project Los Angeles than any of the corporations named. During this final week of registration, the salon ranks fifth out of more than 800 teams.
March 29, 2007 |
WHO doesn't love tribute bands? OK, a lot of people. Seems as if half the world thinks the wigs and costumes and zany personas, if not the music, are cheesy. And the other half is in retro heaven, especially if the performers are charismatic and the covers are tight. There certainly are more of the latter on Fridays and Saturdays at the Burbank Bar & Grille.