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 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.
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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.
November 17, 2005 |
Thirty-two states have urged Walt Disney Co., DreamWorks SKG and other Hollywood studios to add non-smoking messages to DVD releases. Maryland Atty. Gen. J. Joseph Curran Jr. is leading the effort, which he said was prompted by the release of a study that found adolescents with the most exposure to depictions of smoking in movies were almost three times as likely as their peers to try smoking. The study appeared Nov. 7 in the journal Pediatrics.
January 9, 2008
Movies Columbia "Across the Universe" "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story" Disney "Ratatouille" DreamWorks "Bee Movie" "Sweeney Todd" Focus Features "Atonement" "Eastern Promises" "Lust, Caution" Fox Searchlight "Juno" "The Savages" IFC "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" Lionsgate "Away From Her" MGM "The Great Debaters" (with Weinstein Co.) "Lars and the Real Girl" Miramax "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" "Gone Baby Gone" "No Country for Old Men" New Line "Hairspray" "Love in the Time of Cholera" Paramount Vantage "Into the Wild" "The Kite Runner" "A Mighty Heart" "There Will Be Blood" Picturehouse "La Vie en Rose" Sony Pictures Classics "Persepolis" 20th Century Fox "The Simpsons Movie" Universal "American Gangster" "Charlie Wilson's War" "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" Warner Bros.