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July 23, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Continuing to add more Hollywood talent to its executive ranks, Silicon Valley giant Netflix has hired Warner Bros.' veteran Kelly Bennett as its chief marketing officer. Bennett worked for nine years at the Burbank studio, most recently as vice president of interactive, worldwide marketing, where he oversaw international online advertising campaigns for a wide range of films including the current release "The Dark Knight Rises. " He replaces 12-year Netflix veteran Leslie Kilgore, who left in January following a very troubled 2011 marked most notably by the abandoned attempt to create a new DVD brand called Qwikster.
April 11, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
Allen E. Puckett, one of the engineers who after World War II built Los Angeles-based Hughes Aircraft Co. into the nation's leading defense electronics firm - dominant in the markets for air defense, radar systems, tactical missiles and satellites - has died. He was 94. One of the nation's top technologists and defense executives during the Cold War, Puckett died March 31 at his home in Pacific Palisades after suffering a stroke. His wife, Marilyn, confirmed his death. "Allen Puckett was one of the guiding spirits of Hughes Aircraft," said Malcolm Currie, a former deputy defense secretary who later followed in Puckett's footsteps as another president of the company.
August 9, 2011 | Bloomberg
PG&E Corp., owner of California's largest utility, named Anthony Earley as chief executive officer, turning to an outsider for the first time in its 106- year history after a fatal pipeline blast last year. Earley, the 62-year-old executive chairman at DTE Energy Co., will take over at PG&E on Sept. 13, the San Francisco-based company said in a statement yesterday. The start date is about a year after a PG&E natural-gas pipeline exploded in San Bruno, California, killing eight people and destroying 38 homes in the San Francisco suburb.
April 9, 2014 | By David Zahniser and Emily Alpert Reyes
High-level Los Angeles officials were scrambling Wednesday after the City Council approved an ordinance that could have inadvertently boosted the pay of its top executives - a move portrayed by Council President Herb Wesson as "a mistake. " The council voted unanimously for a two-year salary plan covering non-union employees. A document prepared for the council suggested that there would be three increases over the next 15 months - 2.75% in June, 2.75% in December and 2.75% in June 2015 - for about three dozen department heads, including top executives at the police, planning, parks, library and transportation departments.
September 14, 2013 | By Meg James
Univision Communications Inc.'s networks president, Cesar Conde, has left the Spanish-language media giant to accept a larger role overseeing international expansion at rival NBCUniversal. On Friday, Conde was named NBCUniversal executive vice president in charge of international and business development, signaling the company's growing interest in Latin America. Conde, a polished 39-year-old executive, had a meteoric rise at Univision, where he worked for the last decade, including the last four years overseeing Univision's expanding TV networks group.
November 11, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
Seat belts on airplanes are useless. That was the latest rant by Michael O'Leary, the chief executive for RyanAir, the ultra-low-cost airline based in Ireland. O'Leary, who opposes seat belts because he is pushing for standing-room sections of his planes, called aviation authorities who disagree with him “plonkers.” “Seat belts don't matter,” O'Leary told The Telegraph. “If there ever was a crash on an aircraft, God forbid, a seat belt won't save you.” ALSO: American Airlines on-time rating drops during labor dispute FAA recommends seat inspections on some airlines Chicago's O'Hare, LAX to be busiest airports for Thanksgiving Follow Hugo Martin on Twitter at @hugomartin
December 12, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Sony Pictures Chairman Michael Lynton is the first Hollywood executive to be honored by Harvard's Hasty Pudding Institute. The 242-year-old group is giving Lynton its first-ever "Order of the Golden Sphinx" for his work supporting philanthropy and arts education during his long career in the media business, including stints at Walt Disney Co., Time Warner and AOL, before taking the reins of Sony in 2004. Lynton received his B.A. and M.B.A. from Harvard. Previously, Hasty Pudding has given man and woman of the year awards to such performers as Jimmy Stewart, Elizabeth Taylor and Bob Hope.
March 23, 2012 | By Claire Noland
Marje Everett, the former chief executive of Hollywood Park who served as a director of the Inglewood horse racing track from 1972 to 1991, when she was ousted after a proxy fight with R.D. Hubbard, died Friday in Los Angeles. She was 90. Everett's longtime caretaker, Dorothy Carter, confirmed Everett's death. The longtime horse racing executive grew up with the sport. Her father, B.F. Lindheimer, owned the Arlington Park, Washington Park and Balmoral tracks in Chicago before she inherited control when he died in 1960.
May 16, 2012 | Wire reports
Indiana Pacers President Larry Bird was voted the NBA's executive of the year on Wednesday, becoming the first person to win that award, plus the most valuable player and coach of the year honors. The Pacers went 42-24 and are tied 1-1 with Miami in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Bird's moves to strengthen the team during the off-season included promoting Frank Vogel from interim to head coach and signing starting forward David West . He acquired point guard George Hill in a draft-night deal with San Antonio, and traded for Lou Amundson and Leandro Barbosa to fortify the bench for the Pacers, who earned the No. 3 seeding in the East and had the fifth-best record in the league.
December 12, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Volkswagen Group of America is replacing Jonathan Browning, its top executive in North America, as it struggles with stagnant U.S. sales while the rest of the car market is growing. The German automaker said Browning was leaving “for personal reasons” and returning to his native England. He will be replaced by Michael Horn, head of Volkswagen Global After Sales. Browning was facing pressure to grow VW sales rapidly after the company spent about $1 billion to open a factory to build Passat sedans in Chattanooga, Tenn., two years ago. VW Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn and has set an ambitious target to sell 1 million VWs and Audis in the U.S. by 2018, almost double the automaker's current sales.
April 8, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 When San Fernando was on its way to winning the City Section Divison I championship last season, the Tigers were relying on pitching and defense. Now Sylmar (13-3, 5-0) is showing the Tigers how it's done. On Tuesday in the first game of a big two-game Valley Mission League series, pitcher Victor Ramirez allowed three hits, struck out four and walked none in Sylmar's 2-0 victory over San Fernando. The Spartans handed two-time All-City pitcher Alonzo Garcia his first-ever loss in league play over the last three seasons.
April 8, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
It's hard to get executions right. This week, the Supreme Court denied appeals by Louisiana and Missouri death row inmates who argued that they were entitled to know the source of the drugs with which they are to be executed, and that denial of that information compromises their right to due process. It's unclear why the court refused to hear the cases, but the underlying argument remains potent. Another challenge is underway in Oklahoma, where two inmates are seeking stays of execution because state officials have revised protocols on the fly as the lethal drugs they usually use have become more difficult to obtain.
April 8, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - President Obama used his executive power and a hot-button issue to try to stoke support from a key election-year constituency Tuesday, as he issued two directives aimed at ensuring federal contractors pay women as much as men for equal work. Surrounding himself with female supporters at the White House, Obama signed an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from retaliating against employees who talk about how much money they make. Advocates say secrecy about salaries is a major contributor to the gap in average pay between male and female workers in the United States, which the White House says means women make 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. The president also ordered contractors to report data to the government showing the compensation paid to employees by gender and race.
April 4, 2014 | Mike Hiserman
A capacity crowd will be ready for some baseball as the Dodgers play their home opener Friday afternoon against the San Francisco Giants. Whether the Dodgers were ready for all of those fans will be determined by what happens before, during and after the game. Along with spending for the product on the field -- the richest collection of talent in baseball history -- the Dodgers have invested more than $150 million the last two seasons on the ballpark itself, upgrading the infrastructure and adding some fan-friendly features.
April 4, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Four minutes before Hyun-Jin Ryu threw the first pitch of the Dodgers' home opener Friday, Time Warner Cable hit the send button. Vin Scully had just handed the ceremonial first pitch to Sandy Koufax, two of the most beloved sports figures in Los Angeles history teaming up to welcome baseball back to Dodger Stadium. It was a goosebump moment in person and on television, except that most of Southern California cannot see the Dodgers on television. In an email blast to DirecTV subscribers demanding their Dodgers, TWC put the blame on DirecTV.
March 31, 2014 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY - The government of President Enrique Peña Nieto says a proposed new telecommunications law would finally break up Mexico's powerful and much-criticized TV and telephone monopolies. The proposal and other reforms have generated considerable praise abroad for Peña Nieto and his Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, which ruled the country for seven decades before a 12-year hiatus and a return to power in late 2012. But a growing number of domestic critics are reading the fine print of the telecommunications plan and finding many things to worry about.
September 11, 2012 | By Ben Fritz and Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times
Geoff Ammer, a veteran Hollywood marketing executive whose three-decade career spanned multiple studios, died Sunday morning of a heart attack. He was 62. Ammer collapsed at his home in Brentwood and was rushed to St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, where he died, according to his longtime friend and colleague Terry Curtin. Ammer was president of worldwide marketing at Sony Pictures and president of marketing and distribution at the now-defunct Revolution Studios. "Geoff was passionate, a fighter and loyal, which are all things you want in somebody you work alongside," said producer Joe Roth, Ammer's former boss at Revolution, Walt Disney Studios and 20th Century Fox. Born in Toledo, Ohio, on April 6, 1950, Ammer attended the University of Florida and worked in concert promotion before starting his Hollywood career at 20th Century Fox in the early 1980s.
June 7, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
One constant of the Frank and Jamie McCourt ownership of the Dodgers was a constant front office turnover. Bodies came and went so quickly that it sometimes became difficult to know who was in charge of what. Either they wanted out, the McCourts drove them out, or after their divorce, bodies loyal to Jamie McCourt were simply sent packing. When Stan Kasten arrived, he quickly surveyed the organizational landscape and recognized the management shortcomings. On Thursday he moved to add some front-office heft, returning to his favorite right-hand man Bob Wolfe.
March 24, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy and Seema Mehta
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown has built a war chest of $19.7 million to fund his bid for an unprecedented fourth term, easily eclipsing the money raised by his challengers, according to new campaign reports filed with the state. Brown has raised nearly $3 million this year and spent nearly $95,000, his report shows. Top contributors include several labor unions, Netflix Inc. co-founder Reed Hastings, Napster co-founder Sean Parker and several descendants of the founders of the Gap Inc., the clothing company where Brown's wife, Anne Gust Brown, was once an executive.
March 20, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan and Eric Pincus
Here's the Lakers' newest nightmare development, other than the play-so-terribly-they-miss-playoffs one they're living now. It starts with plenty of money to spend on free agents. And there's a player or two who can change a franchise. But he's also being recruited by the New York Knicks. Phil Jackson vs. the Lakers? Could easily happen. It won't be in July unless the Lakers show a renewed interest in Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony should he opt out of his contract. But next year, when Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge could be available, the Knicks and Lakers will have plenty of money.
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