July 14, 1997 |
Jon Sidoli says he knew Irvine-based Ignite Inc. planned huge rounds of layoffs this year. Still, he was shocked when the interactive software company dumped his entire department this spring. After all, Sidoli and his software developers had designed some of the CD-ROMs that had brought early recognition to the company, including "Bob Dylan: Highway 61 Interactive" and "Herbie Hancock Presents Living Jazz.' (Ignite was known as Graphix Zone at the time.
October 10, 1999 |
Wherever there's a deal in the works, Marvin J. Winkler can't be far behind. Heard about that group led by Broadcom techno-billionaires Henry Samueli and Henry Nicholas to buy Walt Disney's Angels and Mighty Ducks? Winkler is part of it. Nicholas and Samueli's new-media start-up hoping to meld the Internet and TV? Winkler is chairman. The indoor snowboard and surf park in Anaheim? The 44-year-old Winkler is behind the $100-million effort to finance it.
February 7, 2000 |
Top talent firm Endeavor Agency, home of "Titanic" director James Cameron and "Ally McBeal" creator David E. Kelley, is expected to announce today an exclusive agreement to create Internet-only programming with Orange County new-media company Broadband Interactive Group. The two companies will form an editorial board to oversee the venture, seeking help from some of Hollywood's creative heavyweights for a medium that could transform traditional filmmaking.
October 17, 2000 |
More than doubling its potential reach, Geocast Network Systems Inc. said it will team with EchoStar Communications Corp. to distribute its personalized news and entertainment service to home computers next year. Menlo Park, Calif.-based Geocast is one of a handful of companies hoping to deliver Internet programming at high speed through airwaves controlled by television broadcasters.
June 11, 1999 |
A government expert testified at Microsoft Corp.'s antitrust trial Thursday that the company's design of Windows 98 had the potential for security risks. The issue revolved around Microsoft's built-in Web browser, which cannot be removed, although some corporate customers would like to do so. "Are there any security issues involved in the choice of a browser or whether to get a browser at all?" U.S.
August 24, 1997 |
Poughkeepsie-born Bill Duke's Hollywood career has spanned from a role in the 1976 disco classic "Car Wash" to directing the new '30s Harlem gangster tale "Hoodlum," starring Laurence Fishburne, Andy Garcia and Tim Roth. Duke, 54, also has written two books (including the recent poetic inner quest "The Journey") and has launched a company, Rawww, developing entertainment-based Internet programming. THE BUZZ: "Everyone's talking about the marriage of Bill Gates and Hollywood.
October 21, 1996 |
Michael Cowpland, the championship-tennis-playing, Lamborghini-driving chief executive of Ottawa, Canada-based software developer Corel Corp., is taking a poke at Microsoft Corp.'s soft underbelly. After acquiring WordPerfect from Novell at a bargain-basement price in January, Cowpland packaged it with Corel's other offerings, including a spreadsheet, an information manager and other office software and began selling the whole suite for just $99.
March 3, 2000 |
Viacom Inc.'s Internet music unit, MTVi Group Inc., said it will feature live, pay-per-view music events online from the House of Blues Entertainment Inc., owner of one of the largest live-music Web sites. MTVi also said it took an undisclosed equity stake in closely held House of Blues. Under the two-year deal, MTVi will run House of Blues events through its MTV.com, VH1.com and SonicNet.com sites. Financial terms weren't disclosed.
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June 11, 2007 |
Laura Ellen Hopper, an early broadcaster of Americana roots music who co-founded a Central California radio station that was a pioneer in Internet programming, has died. She was 57. Days after being diagnosed with lung cancer, Hopper died from complications of the disease May 28 at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, said her husband, Frank Caprista.
July 29, 2012 |
Tired of cable? Here are five alternatives to cable TV, some of which are less costly: Antenna : Young people might not believe it, but there was a time when this was the only way to get television. A preponderance of broadcast stations in Southern California enables most residents to get a variety of TV offerings with a low-cost antenna. You can even make an HD antenna out of coat hangers . Internet : Recent televisions with built-in online connections can get a lineup of Internet-delivered programming.