November 5, 2013 |
Images of a $350-million sports and entertainment arena planned for the Las Vegas Strip were unveiled Tuesday by developers AEG and MGM Resorts International. Construction of the previously announced 20,000-seat arena is expected to begin in April, AEG said. Upon completion in early 2016, the arena will be available to host professional basketball and hockey, though it doesn't have affiliated teams at this point. The arena is also expected to be used for concerts, boxing, mixed martial arts, family shows, award shows and other major events.
October 23, 2013 |
In the upcoming movie "Ender's Game," boy warrior Ender Wiggin faces a series of challenges as he embarks on a journey to battle insect-like creatures that threaten to destroy the planet. The movie also is a test for the film's co-producer, Digital Domain, the pioneering visual effects house co-founded by director James Cameron in 1993. The Venice studio is co-producing "Ender's Game" with OddLot Entertainment and Summit Entertainment. Taking such a major role in a live-action movie, which opens Nov. 1, is both rare for a visual effects company and a big gamble for Digital Domain, known for its work on the movies "Tron: Legacy" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
October 22, 2013 |
Los Angeles-based Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. continues to growth as an in-flight entertainment and connectivity giant with the purchase of a British company that specialized in emerging markets. Through its subsidiaries, including in-flight wireless Internet provider Row 44, Global Eagle offers in-flight entertainment on about 5,000 planes worldwide. Global Eagle announced this week that it has acquired Travel Entertainment Group Equity Limited, the UK-based parent company of IFE Services Limited, for $36 million.
October 21, 2013 |
Fox Home Entertainment Worldwide President Mike Dunn used a Consumer Electronics Industry forum Monday in Los Angeles to advocate for closer cooperation between Hollywood and device makers on the coming generation of media players that deliver video in ultra-high definition. Dunn proposed a next-generation Blu-ray player he dubbed a "digital bridge," which he said would carry the two industries forward over the next decade, as manufacturers introduce "4K" televisions and players that deliver four times the resolution of current high-definition TVs and Blu-ray discs.
October 17, 2013 |
Cinedigm Corp. said it has agreed to acquire the entertainment assets of Gaiam Inc., a leading distributor of home entertainment brands and content, for $51.5 million. The acquisition, the largest to date for Cinedigm, is the latest move by the company to transform itsel f into one of the leading independent distributors of documentaries, movies and TV shows in theaters and digital outlets. Based in Century City, Cinedigm also is known for helping moving theaters transition from film to digital.
October 10, 2013 |
The terrific documentary "Muscle Shoals" warmly spotlights America's legendary music recording locale, the Tennessee River town of Muscle Shoals, Ala. Director Greg "Freddy" Camalier skillfully, unhurriedly unfurls a wealth of classic music-biz tales as told by a who's who of R&B, soul and rock 'n' roll royalty and various other players and purveyors. Driving this immersive chronicle is musician-producer Rick Hall, a northwest Alabama native who overcame dirt-poor beginnings and family trauma to establish, in 1960, Muscle Shoals' FAME Studios.
October 9, 2013 |
There wasn't much to rave about on the first day of trading for electronic dance music promoter SFX Entertainment Inc. Shares of SFX, founded by entertainment entrepreneur Robert F.X. Sillerman, fell $1.11, or 8.5%, to $11.89 on Wednesday, after its initial public offering. The New York company sold 20 million shares at $13 a share, at the high end of its proposed range, raising $260 million in its IPO. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2013 |
Hoping that an outside manager can bring more dazzle to the Los Angeles Convention Center, City Council members agreed Wednesday to pay Anschutz Entertainment Group up to $350,000 a year to operate the dated downtown venue. The five-year contract provides AEG an annual base fee of $175,000 with the potential to double that if it meets certain targets, such as raising revenues and bookings at the 1970s-era facility. The unanimous vote culminated a nearly yearlong effort to find a private operator for the city-owned Convention Center and negotiate a contract that will benefit both the city and its new management team.
October 9, 2013 |
A group of entertainment industry executives and labor leaders called on state lawmakers to beef up California's film incentives -- or risk losing a homegrown industry to rivals. At a state committee hearing held at SAG-AFTRA headquarters in Los Angeles, industry officials praised California's film and TV tax incentives, which were adopted in 2009 to stop the migration of film and TV work. They cited the Oscar-winning film "Argo" and the TV series "Teen Wolf" as examples of projects that have been filmed in California specifically because of the tax credits they received.
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September 28, 2013 |
Frank L. Fouce, an impresario of Spanish-language entertainment who turned downtown's historic Million Dollar Theater into a prestigious venue for a burgeoning Latino market and helped launch the television network that became Univision, died Sept. 22 in Los Angeles. He was 85. The cause was lymphoma, said his daughter, Paula Fouce. Fouce was a cofounder of Spanish International Communications Corp., which operated the first Spanish-language television stations in the United States, including KMEX-TV (Channel 34)