March 9, 2007 |
Video game maker Activision Inc. said Thursday that investigators conducting an internal probe of stock option grants had recommended that 10 current and former executives and directors give up any related gains. The investigators found that four current or former executives were at least partly responsible for misdated grants, but the inquiry didn't determine whether there was any intentional wrongdoing by those executives, Santa Monica-based Activision said.
November 2, 2010 |
Video games are replete with gangsters, zombies and other evil characters. But for the industry that makes those games, its scariest foe is Jim Steyer. A longtime children's advocate, Steyer has taken up the flag against the game industry and lobbied zealously on behalf of a California law that bans the sale of violent games to minors. The law, which was struck down by lower federal courts as unconstitutional, is scheduled for a hearing Tuesday in the U.S. Supreme Court. For Steyer, the hearing is the culmination of a life's work tackling what he sees as a major health hazard endangering kids.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1990
Let's try to sort this out. There was (ultra) column-left pundit Alexander Cockburn (Commentary, Nov. 12) discussing the silver lining aspects of a Republican real estate developer beating the moderate Democratic incumbent in California's congressional District 1. Cockburn states that this was because a third candidate, a Peace and Freedom type, siphoned off votes from the moderate Democrat. Cockburn then proceeds to lay the victory and foundation for a new political movement on the doorstep of an anarchistic weekly newspaper in Mendocino County that has, at the most, a few thousand subscribers (many out of the region)
July 21, 1986 |
While far smaller than its network cousins, cable TV's Lifetime channel, which says it offers "provocative information and entertainment programming of special interest to today's woman," will report on Wednesday's royal wedding in a big way. With a commentary troupe that includes Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the sex-advice sage, Lifetime plans 13 1/2 hours of live and taped programming, starting with live coverage of the wedding and accompanying festivities from 1:30 to 5:30 a.m. PDT Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2005 |
Clark B. George, 88, a former general manager of KNXT, now KCBS-TV Channel 2, in Los Angeles, who became the president of CBS' radio division and the first president and chief executive of Viacom, died Feb. 28 of complications of prostate cancer at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. George rose within the management ranks of the CBS radio and television divisions, beginning as a publicist for CBS in Los Angeles in 1946. He became general manager of KNXT in 1956 and a vice president in 1959.
March 29, 1992
George Lucas rose to his present eminence with the help of home-grown talent, from the early "American Graffiti" to his later film blockbusters. And now, for his new series "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" (ABC), he is having the music taped in Germany to save money. While it may not be against musician union laws, it does seem immoral, considering that U.S. talent will be deprived of these music jobs. In light of the budgets that Mr. Lucas can command, what kind of saving can justify not only cutting out American musicians, but cloning, via computer, whole armies of people in order to cut the costs of crowd scenes?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1992
Los Angeles Police Officer George A. Rose, accidentally shot in the head by a fellow officer during a gun battle with an armed suspect outside the Southwest Division station, remained in extremely critical condition Thursday--five days after he was wounded. Officials at County-USC Medical Center, where Rose underwent three hours of surgery Saturday, said he is still hooked to life-support systems in the intensive care unit.
June 14, 1994
Here are George Rose's tips for American entrepreneurs. * Plan to lose money on your venture for the first three to four years. * Buy political risk insurance and insurance that protects your investment from drastic fluctuations in the rate of currency exchange. * If you don't speak Russian, hire an experienced guide. It might be a local business person, a consultant or an attorney. * Be obsessed with bringing your product or service to Russia.
February 22, 1988 |
Back in Victoria's day, quality folk went to the theater and common folk went to the music hall. Music hall didn't promise anything high-minded. The audience would groan at the jokes, ogle the ballet girls, sing along with the tunes and swap insults with the master of ceremonies, known as the chairman. That is still not a bad recipe for an evening's entertainment, as proved by "Drood" at Pasadena Civic Auditorium.
June 1, 2012 |
One day before trial was set to begin in a trio of lawsuits with claims totaling more than $2 billion, video game publisher Activision Blizzard Inc. reached a settlement with the co-creators of the "Call of Duty" series and 40 developers who worked on the games. The last-minute agreement Thursday ended two years of litigation during which nasty accusations flew back and forth and Santa Monica-based Activision endured the embarrassing disclosure of private contracts and a plot, code-named Project Icebreaker, to secretly monitor developers' email and voice mails.