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June 14, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Former Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley and former Deputy Dist. Atty. Alan Jackson have joined a high - stakes Hollywood legal battle related to the failed movie business dealings of construction magnate Ron Tutor and a partner. Last month, Cooley and Jackson became members of the legal team representing controversial film financier David Bergstein, who is involved in several lawsuits associated with the bankruptcies of film companies he co-owned with Tutor, the chief executive of Tutor Perini Corp.
A military-type helicopter being used to make a TV commercial crashed Tuesday in the Mojave Desert, killing the co-pilot and slightly injuring two other men. The cause of the crash was not immediately known, authorities said. The co-pilot was identified as Mike Tamburro, believed to be in his 30s.
July 25, 2012 | By Rebecca Keegan
You can't win an Oscar by spamming George Clooney or boozing up the voters. That's the gist of one of the new rules the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced regarding Oscar campaigning, part of its ongoing effort to rein in studios and filmmakers aggressively touting their films during awards season. The academy updated its regulations Wednesday, stipulating that film companies may send a maximum of one piece of mail and one piece of email a week to academy members during the height of Oscar season, the period after the announcement of nominations on Jan. 15, 2013, and before the final polls close on Feb. 19, 2013.
March 15, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Bad news for the "Breaking Bad" bill. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has vetoed a film tax incentive that would increase the state's film credit to 30% for TV series shooting at least six episodes in New Mexico. "I support the film industry as an important contributor to New Mexico's economy," Martinez said in a statement. "But like many New Mexicans, I previously questioned the logic of an unlimited subsidy to a single industry at the expense of other worthy and competing investments the state must make, including classroom spending and healthcare for the most needy.
June 1, 2013 | By DiAngelea Millar
Minnesota has a new Snowbate to entice film and TV productions. The state's new Film Production Jobs Program, known as Snowbate, has been voted into law. Minnesota lawmakers recently agreed to increase annual funding for the rebate program to $10 million from $500,000 starting July 1.  Film producers also will now be eligible to receive a rebate of up to 25% for work done in the state, which is competing with dozens of other states that offer...
April 6, 2004 | Cynthia Daniels, Times Staff Writer
A week of explosives-laden filming on the streets of downtown Los Angeles has left some residents and office workers rattled, prompting officials to consider new regulations governing the way the entertainment industry operates on city streets. Downtown has become a favorite location for filming everything from TV commercials and series to features and music videos. Officials estimate that downtown hosts hundreds of productions a year. But some central city denizens have had enough.
February 1, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - During his State of the State address last week, Gov. Jerry Brown detoured from his high praise for state government's recent thrift to take aim at a program that he says wastes hundreds of millions of tax dollars. Brown's previous efforts to scale back or eliminate the $700-million Enterprise Zone Program gained little traction with lawmakers. The program, which gives employers tax credits of up to $37,000 for each hire they make in areas designated as blighted, has survived despite numerous studies concluding that it does little to create jobs or development.
February 14, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman and Steven Zeitchik
When audiences turn out for “21 & Over” in theaters beginning March 1, they'll see a celebration of a prominent aspect of the American college experience -- the one involving beer pong, pep rallies and sexually liberated sorority girls. The film's Chinese audiences, however, will be exposed to a different message: the perils of a hedonistic West and the importance of embracing one's roots. That's because two different versions of the R-rated Hollywood comedy have been cut. There's the  version that most of the world will see that that takes place entirely in the U.S. and expounds on the joys of campus distraction--and an edition for Chinese moviegoers that contains a more, er, wholesome message.
February 22, 2012 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
On the second floor of a hospital, a criminal profiler is strolling down a hallway with a colleague when an alarm goes off. Several doctors and nurses sprint past him to an intensive-care unit where a child, a potential witness to a crime, is being treated. The scene, for an upcoming episode of the CBS crime drama "Criminal Minds," actually unfolded last week on the former Sherman Way campus of Northridge Hospital Medical Center, which serves solely as a location backdrop for shows that have included several crime dramas such as TNT's "Rizzoli & Isles" and "Hawthorne.
January 21, 1988 | JAMES BATES, Times Staff Writer
Computer Memories, which has been trying to go out of business for some 18 months, is finding itself the object of a takeover fight. The nearly liquidated Chatsworth concern last month agreed to be absorbed by DIC, a Burbank company that is the nation's largest television cartoon factory. But an investment group led by Paul and Natalie Koether of Far Hills, N.J.
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