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April 21, 2012
Executive changes during the Iger-Ross regime: Oct. 2005: Iger takes Disney reins as CEO. Sept. 2009: Iger fires studio Chairman Dick Cook. Oct. 2009: Iger installs Rich Ross as studio chairman. Oct. 2009: Ross fires Miramax Films chief Daniel Battsek. Nov. 2009: Ross fires marketing President Jim Gallagher. Nov. 2009: Ross fires Mark Zoradi, president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Group. Jan. 2010: Ross fires Oren Aviv as head of production.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Was it an act of altruism or a scam? That's the big question behind media executive Darlene Tipton's efforts to raise money for the family and girlfriend of Philip Wood, a passenger who was on the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Tipton, a vice president at Fox Cable Networks, was fired April 9 after using her work email to contact Wood's girlfriend, Sarah Bajc. The cable executive said in the email that she wanted to discuss a plan to raise $22 million for Bajc and Wood's family via the website GoFundMe.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Brandy is engaged to be married, according to reports out Thursday. The groom-to-be is one Ryan Press, a music exec she's been dating for at least a year. "They are thrilled and happy and Brandy feels this is so right," an insider told Us Weekly . The couple went public with their romance last New Year's Eve, and Brandy openly discussed her desire to marry Press in an interview with People in March. "My daughter Sy'rai loves Ryan, and he loves me for me," said the 33-year-old, full name Brandy Norwood, adding that she'd marry Press "with a bubble-gum ring.
NEWS
April 10, 2014 | By Evan Halper
WASHINGTON - A key panel of senators investigating the security of the nation's power grid Thursday had mostly softball questions for utility executives and regulators about exposure to assaults like the one by gunmen last year that nearly knocked out electricity in Silicon Valley. Instead, the Senate Energy and Public Works Committee focused its fury on the news media. The media, declared Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), has “served to sensationalize the issue of physical grid security instead of helping protect the grid from attack.” Recent coverage of the April 2013 attack near San Jose, in which a pair of gunmen shot up several transformers at a substation and then escaped into the night, has unnerved utility officials and regulators.
BUSINESS
January 25, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
Square Inc.'s chief operating officer Keith Rabois abruptly resigned from the mobile payments company on Thursday after accusations were made that he sexually harassed an employee. The mobile payments company said the allegations first came to light two weeks ago when a New York attorney representing the male employee contacted Square. In a blog post , Rabois vigorously denied the allegations and said the relationship was consensual. He said he resigned to avoid causing a distraction at the company.
NEWS
June 7, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Sarah Jessica Parker, who brought the shoe-loving Carrie Bradshaw to life on "Sex and the City," is reverting to type: She is launching a shoe collection in collaboration with George Malkemus, longtime head of Manolo Blahnik. “In a silly way, I think it's what people have expected of me," Parker, who also recently traveled to the Philippines for a Shoe Mart opening, told Vogue. Parker's new line is to go on sale, exclusively at Nordstrom, early next year. [Vogue] Hollywood legend Esther Williams, who died Thursday , was a swimming star, but also a style icon, reports fashion critic Booth Moore, and she had a lot to do with popularizing the swimsuits made by Cole of California.
SPORTS
December 15, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Boxing's return to network television for the first time in 15 years went off smoothly Saturday, though there were moments when it wasn't certain it would come off without interruption. Stephen Espinoza, the television executive presiding over the situation, breathed a sigh of relief when the fight was barely delayed by an overtime basketball game. "It was a good match and performance for this broadcast, all-action from the opening to the final bell," Espinoza said after world bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz successfully defended his title against Alberto Guevara by unanimous decision on CBS. "We'll look at the ratings and have the discussion about when we can do it again, but I thought the production went extremely well.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Former MTV programming chief David Janollari has signed a production deal with NBC's Universal Television unit. The pact reunites Janollari with former producing partner Bob Greenblatt, who is chairman of NBC Entertainment and has oversight over Universal Television. The duo ran their own company for several years, and their credits included HBO's "Six Feet Under. " "We had a very satisfying and successful producing partnership, and I know first-hand how incredible David is in the creative process,” Greenblatt said in a statement.
BUSINESS
March 14, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google's senior ranks continue to shuffle with Jeff Huber stepping down as head of mapping and commerce. Huber will move to Google X, the lab run by Google co-founder Sergey Brin that is working on experimental projects such as the wearable computer Google Glass and self-driving cars, a person familiar with the situation said. The move was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. With Huber's departure, the mapping division will join the Google search team led by Alan Eustace and the commerce division will move under the advertising group led by Susan Wojcicki.
BUSINESS
May 30, 2012 | By Ryan Faughnder
A former executive at an Orange County valve company pleaded guilty to bribing a Chinese government official, the U.S. Attorney's office announced Tuesday. Paul Cosgrove, former executive vice president of the Rancho Santa Margarita-based Control Components Inc., admitted to taking part in a foreign bribery scheme that resulted in a profit of $46.5 million, according to the U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles. Before U.S. District Judge James V. Selna in Santa Ana, he pleaded guilty to one count of making a corrupt payment of about $7,500 to a foreign government official in China.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Senior executives from Comcast and Time Warner Cable were grilled for more than three hours Wednesday about their proposed merger by a mostly skeptical Senate Judiciary Committee concerned that the more than $40-billion deal would be bad for consumers and competition. “Where's the beef? Where's the 'there' there for consumers?” asked Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who added that there is a "general sense of skepticism" that a combination of the nation's biggest cable and broadband suppliers will benefit anyone other than the two companies.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Stacy Keibler has shown the world what happens after dating George Clooney: marriage! Keibler and Orange County tech entrepreneur Jared Pobre got married in a small beach wedding in Mexico on Saturday, People magazine reported. It was a surprise to family members who were on the trip with the couple. The 34-year-old former WWE wrestler bubbled over to the magazine, saying in part, "Marriage is the ultimate bond of love and friendship. It means putting all your faith and trust into a person that you can't help but believe is your soul mate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
At least three key executives are expected to leave or have already left the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority after their jobs were eliminated to make the agency less top-heavy, Metro confirmed on Friday.  An ongoing restructuring process will reduce by half the number of Metro employees who report directly to Chief Executive Officer Art Leahy, according to sources who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Networks, advertisers and tech start-ups have been trying to better engage consumers who increasingly play with their smartphones and tablets while watching TV. According to a TV industry study, they have a long way to go.  Companies have been putting out apps that let viewers vote during reality shows, participate in polls, play trivia games and comment on the episodes with other viewers, encouraging fans to participate along with the programs...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 2014 | By Meg James
One of Hollywood's most eclectic corporate marriages has ended. On Wednesday, Gail Berman announced that she was leaving BermanBraun, the digital and TV production shop that she co-founded in 2007 with former Yahoo! and ABC Television executive Lloyd Braun. Braun plans to acquire Berman's interest to become sole owner of the Santa Monica firm, the company, which currently employs about 150 people, said in a statement. Berman hinted that she has a new gig lined up. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV "There are several unique opportunities I am considering and intend to make an announcement about my decision very soon," she said in a statement.
BUSINESS
January 27, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
The chief executive of a Bitcoin startup backed by the Winklevoss twins was arrested Monday and charged with laundering money through a notorious drug-trafficking site. The Department of Justice said that it had charged Robert M. Faiella and Charlie Shrem with selling $1 million worth of Bitcoins to people attempting to buy and sell drugs on the Silk Road black market website. PHOTOS: 10 ways to use the sharing economy Shrem is CEO of BitInstant, a Bitcoin exchange that counts the Winklevoss twins as its investors.
BUSINESS
July 2, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Federal prosecutors are accusing a former Tiffany & Co. vice president of swiping and selling $1.3 million in jewelry over a two-year span, charging her with one count each of wire fraud and interstate transportation of stolen property. Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun, 46, worked for the Manhattan company as a vice president of design and product development, according to her LinkedIn profile. Her position at the company, which a criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday called “one of the world's premier high-end jewelers,” required her to work with manufacturing partners on production costs and requirements for the upscale bijoux.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 2014 | By Meg James
One of Hollywood's most eclectic corporate marriages has ended. On Wednesday, Gail Berman announced that she was leaving BermanBraun, the digital and TV production shop that she co-founded in 2007 with former Yahoo! and ABC Television executive Lloyd Braun. Braun plans to acquire Berman's interest to become sole owner of the Santa Monica firm, the company, which currently employs about 150 people, said in a statement. Berman hinted that she has a new gig lined up. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV "There are several unique opportunities I am considering and intend to make an announcement about my decision very soon," she said in a statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
"Lean In," the bestselling nonfiction book by Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg about the dearth of women leaders in the corporate world and what can be done about it, is on its way to the big screen. Sony Pictures has obtained film rights to "Lean In" and tapped Nell Scovell, who helped Sandberg pen the book, to write the script,  Deadline reports . Scovell is also a veteran TV writer and director whose credits include "Murphy Brown," "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" and "Monk.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2014 | By Joseph Serna and Ruben Vives
Los Angeles County prosecutors will soon probably consider whether to file charges against a sheriff's deputy who fatally hit a former Napster executive bicycling on Mullholland Highway, sheriff's officials said Thursday. It's been more than a month since Milton Everett Olin Jr., a former executive of the file-sharing website  Napster Inc. , was struck and killed by a sheriff's patrol car as he was riding his bicycle in Calabasas. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department traffic detectives said they have not completed their investigation into the collision.
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