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October 29, 2008 | Dawn C. Chmielewski and Meg James, Chmielewski and James are Times staff writers.
Worried by the worsening economy, Kristen Olson decided she'd better start saving money. She tallied her expenses and was walloped by sticker shock: She and her roommates were spending $900 a year for cable TV. "I'm not watching $900 worth of cable," said the 25-year-old advertising account coordinator, who lives in North Hollywood. She's trying to persuade her roommates to drop the service.
March 29, 2014
Re "Copyright law for the 21st century," Editorial, March 24 The Times' editorial rightly points out the significant burden placed on content owners to get unauthorized, online copies of creative works removed from illegal pirate sites. The current notice-and-takedown system is often compared to a game of whack-a-mole. The creative and tech communities should work together to come up with a more efficient alternative; it's in everyone's interest. In recent years, the entertainment industry has made dramatic improvements in how it delivers digital content to meet the changing viewing habits of today's audiences.
November 20, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
Robert Kleinhenz, chief economist with the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., recently spoke with The Times about a new report on the entertainment industry's effect on the L.A. County economy. What was the purpose of the study? We know that the entertainment industry looms large on the world stage and that L.A. is the entertainment capital of the world. We said, 'Okay, how big is this industry?' This study was an effort to evaluate the size of the entertainment industry and to measure its impact on the L.A. economy in terms of jobs, income and taxes.
March 10, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - Aaron Levie, the 29-year-old chief executive of Box Inc., walked the red carpet at the Oscars this year in a dark suit and tie, pressed white shirt and his trademark neon blue sneakers. "I asked about the sneaker dress code," said Levie, who like many Silicon Valley entrepreneurs doesn't like anything slowing him down, least of all a pair of dress shoes. "Apparently it was not a problem. " It was the movie industry's biggest night and Levie didn't waste any time talking up cloud computing to Hollywood stars including Harrison Ford.
January 25, 2013 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
The Hollywood jobs picture continued to improve last year. Employment in Los Angeles' entertainment industry climbed nearly 4% in 2012, reflecting an upswing in feature film production in the fourth quarter and a surge in commercial shoots, which climbed to a record level last year as major brands spent more money on campaigns to promote their products. The so-called motion picture and sound recording category - including those who work at the major film studios, music labels and post-production houses - employed an average of 129,675 people in 2012, up 3.7% from the average employment in 2011, according to the state Employment Development Department.
December 4, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
A new report on Los Angeles' creative economy shows the entertainment industry emerging from its recession-induced slump, with modest job gains in 2011 hinting at the early stages of a recovery. The entertainment industry employed about 120,400 people in Los Angeles County last year -- off about 7% from the peak in 2006, but an improvement over 2010, according to the Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region released Tuesday. Motion picture and video production accounted for the greatest number of job losses in the entertainment sector from 2006 to 2011.
June 26, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Hollywood's job market dimmed last month. After three consecutive months of year-over-year job gains, the entertainment industry posted a nearly 4% decline in jobs in May, state employment figures show. The motion picture and sound recording category -- which includes those working at the major studios, post-production houses and on film crews - accounted for 112,100 wage and salary jobs in May, down from 116,500 jobs a year earlier and 128,500 jobs in April. The figures are subject to revision and do not count those who work as freelancers or independent contractors.
February 3, 2010 | By Richard Verrier
David Tillman, the beleaguered head of the Motion Picture & Television Fund, has resigned, capping a yearlong feud with residents of Hollywood's oldest nursing home and their families. The fund, which operates the nursing home and hospital for entertainment industry workers that are slated to close, said that board member Bob Beitcher, a former chief executive of Panavision, would replace Tillman as chief executive on an interim basis until a successor could be found. Tillman headed the fund for a decade but came under sharp criticism over his handling of the board's controversial decision a year ago to close the Woodland Hills facilities that have been a fixture of the entertainment industry for more than half a century.
January 9, 2011 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
She was a young actress with designs on mega-stardom. But to realize her dreams, Jang Ja-yeon was resigned to take her place in the seamy realm of the South Korean sexual casting couch. In the end, the disgrace proved too much. In the seven-page note she wrote before her March 2009 suicide, the 27-year-old TV sitcom regular described how her manager forced her to have sex with industry VIPs such as directors, media executives and CEOs, many of whom she cited by name. Jang's death stunned this nation transfixed by celebrity and all its trappings.
March 30, 1999
A nonprofit organization that offers high school students paying jobs in the entertainment industry is accepting applications for its summer internship program. The goal is to give students, "a view of the real world, as far as the business of entertainment," said Marsha Cole, program coordinator for YES to JOBS. Students will be placed in entry level positions at record companies, television and radio stations, film and production companies and trade publications. The internship lasts 10 weeks.
March 1, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
Tom Capizzi is going to Hollywood Sunday night for the 86th Academy Awards, but not in a limo or a tux. Instead, he will be protesting near the Dolby Theatre, hoisting a green sign saying "Chase Talent Not Subsidies. " Capizzi will be among hundreds of visual effects workers staging a pre-Oscar rally, hoping to bring attention to the plight of rank-and-file entertainment industry workers who have been hard hit by the flight of film and TV jobs to other states and countries offering rich incentives.
February 22, 2014 | By Richard Verrier, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
More than 1,000 entertainment industry workers gathered in Burbank on Saturday, launching a campaign to support an expansion of California's film and TV tax credit program. The rally, organized by a coalition of entertainment industry unions, drew an unusually large swath of set decorators, prop makers, grips, camera operators and other technicians who filled two conference rooms at the Pickwick Gardens on Riverside Drive. They were urged by union leaders to volunteer their services and write emails and letters to state lawmakers in support of legislation recently introduced by Assemblymen Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima)
February 6, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
The entertainment industry in Los Angeles County has lost more than 9,000 jobs since 2007.  The data comes from a report by Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. that measures the scope of California's entire "creative economy," which includes industries such as architecture, digital media and fashion along with entertainment. Creative industries contributed $273 billion to the California economy, accounting for nearly 8% of the gross state product in 2012.  ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll In Los Angeles County, entertainment alone accounted for 132,900 jobs in 2012, down nearly 6.6% over the previous five years.  Within the industry, movie and video production -- which accounts for the bulk of entertainment employment -- posted the biggest decline, down by 7,800 jobs, or 7.2%, since 2007.
January 15, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
The 1950s television home of George Burns and Gracie Allen is getting a long-overdue upgrade as part of a $390-million development featuring a sleek new 20-story luxury apartment tower in the heart of Hollywood. The revival of the legendary headquarters of CBS on the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Gower Street will provide a vintage backdrop for the new Columbia Square tower with upscale features aimed at attracting entertainment industry workers. With interior touches by designer Kelly Wearstler, known for her modern interpretations of classic Hollywood glamour, the tower is the second new luxury Hollywood apartment building to bank on a big-name designer to add pizazz.
December 3, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
The Sumner M. Redstone Charitable Foundation has made a $20 million gift to the Motion Picture & Television Fund, the nonprofit group that provides healthcare and social services to active and retired entertainment industry workers. The donation from Redstone, who is executive chairman of the board of CBS Corp. and Viacom Inc., brings to about $300 million the amount the fund has raised since February 2012. The fund's goal is to raise $350 million. "For me, it is a privilege to help provide essential services for those who truly drive this industry, so they can continue to focus on bringing entertainment magic to so many around the world," Redstone said.
November 26, 2013 | By Richard Verrier and Kate Linthicum
President Barack Obama put the klieg light on Hollywood Tuesday, crediting the motion picture and television industry for being an engine of growth and a bright spot in a recovering economy. "Entertainment is one of the bright spots of our economy," Obama told a crowd of nearly 2,000 people gathered at the Glendale campus of DreamWorks Animation SKG. "The gap between what we can do and other countries can do is enormous. That's worth cheering about. " Obama was hosted by DreamWorks Animation Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg, who is one of Obama's biggest contributors and fundraisers.
February 25, 2010 | By Richard Verrier
Nancy D. Sidhu is chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., a private research and business development group that prepares economic forecasts of national, regional and local business trends. A former economics professor and corporate planner with Inland Steel Industries in Chicago, Sidhu moved to California in 1987 from the Midwest, first to work at Toyota Motor Sales before joining Bank of America as a senior economist. Sidhu joined the LAEDC in 2000 and eight years later succeeded longtime forecaster Jack Kyser, now the group's founding economist.
January 17, 1997
Beverly Hills will hold a luncheon "Celebrating the Entertainment Industry in Beverly Hills" at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, International Ballroom, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., on Jan. 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Beverly Hills Mayor Thomas S. Levyn and Fox Television business analyst Joel Kotkin will be featured speakers. Information: (310) 248-1000.
November 14, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
The Motion Picture Assn. of America has hired Washington attorney Steven Fabrizio as its senior executive vice president and global general counsel. Fabrizio is considered one of the nation's leading copyright and content protection lawyers and has long ties to the MPAA and its member companies, having served for many years as lead outside counsel.  He succeeds Henry Hoberman, who resigned in September, overseeing all legal, content protection and rights management programs within the MPAA.
October 26, 2013
Home Hotel Buenos Aires is the first boutique hotel in the Palermo Hollywood neighborhood of Buenos Aires and still its epicenter. We have stayed here for seven years in a row. It's small and intimate, with five-star service from a friendly staff. Have lunch in the English garden and watch the parade of fascinating people - both tourists and locals from the entertainment industry. Home Hotel Buenos Aires, 5860 Honduras, Palermo Hollywood, Buenos Aires; (011) 54-11-4778-1008, . Rooms from $150.
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