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April 26, 2006
* Falcon Waterfree Technologies, the Los Angeles-based manufacturer of water-free urinals, said the investment firm founded by Jeff Skoll, EBay Inc.'s first president, had taken a 25% stake in the privately held firm. * Burger King Corp. former Chief Executive Greg Brenneman will be paid his annual salary of $1.03 million for three years and a bonus of $2.06 million for fiscal 2006 as part of his severance package.
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September 8, 2006 | Lorenza Munoz, Times Staff Writer
The independent film company behind such movies as "Good Night, and Good Luck" and "An Inconvenient Truth" has hired a new chief executive to expand into other forms of media. James Berk, former CEO of Hard Rock Cafe International and founding executive director of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, will head up the Beverly Hills office of Participant Productions. Berk succeeds Jeff Skoll, the EBay billionaire who founded Participant in 2004 and retains the title of chairman.
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BUSINESS
September 8, 2006 | Lorenza Munoz, Times Staff Writer
The independent film company behind such movies as "Good Night, and Good Luck" and "An Inconvenient Truth" has hired a new chief executive to expand into other forms of media. James Berk, former CEO of Hard Rock Cafe International and founding executive director of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, will head up the Beverly Hills office of Participant Productions. Berk succeeds Jeff Skoll, the EBay billionaire who founded Participant in 2004 and retains the title of chairman.
BUSINESS
April 26, 2006
* Falcon Waterfree Technologies, the Los Angeles-based manufacturer of water-free urinals, said the investment firm founded by Jeff Skoll, EBay Inc.'s first president, had taken a 25% stake in the privately held firm. * Burger King Corp. former Chief Executive Greg Brenneman will be paid his annual salary of $1.03 million for three years and a bonus of $2.06 million for fiscal 2006 as part of his severance package.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Silicon Valley Urgency Fund has awarded $2 million to 38 regional nonprofit organizations. Each received a grant of $5,000 to $175,000. EBay co-founder Jeff Skoll initiated the fund in October with a grant of $2.5 million. It was an effort to persuade others to help nonprofits suffering a drop in donations because of the Sept. 11 attacks and the recessed economy.
BUSINESS
September 11, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Abu Dhabi Media Co.'s new movie company subsidiary Imagenation Abu Dhabi has signed a deal with Jeff Skoll's Participant Media as part of its recently announced commitment to fund more than $1 billion in movie productions. The agreement between the government-controlled Abu Dhabi company and Participant -- the first of three deals Imagenation intends to make with producers -- allows for a five-year revolving fund of as much as $250 million to cover production and marketing costs for 15 to 18 features.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2012 | By Susan King
Music producer and hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons will receive the Producers Guild 2013 Visionary Award at the 24th annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony Jan. 26 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The Visionary Award recognizes television, film or new media producers for "their uniquely positive or uplifting contributions to our culture through inspired storytelling or performance," according to the guild. Simmons is being honored for his work in TV ("Def Comedy Jam") and film but also for his humanitarian efforts and role as a United Nations goodwill ambassador.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 7, 2006 | Tina Daunt
"AN Inconvenient Truth," a documentary about global warming, is being marketed as "the most terrifying film you will ever see." And indeed the message, delivered by Al Gore, is scary: We have just 10 years to clean up our acts before the Earth's climate system falls into a tailspin of epic destruction. The film -- which opens in Los Angeles and New York on May 24 -- is based on a slide show Gore has been giving to audiences since 1990.
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January 21, 2007 | Douglas McGray, Douglas McGray is a contributing writer for West and a fellow at the New America Foundation
They seemed so young. That's what Peter Hero remembers most about the day, nine years ago, when Pierre Omidyar and Jeff Skoll walked into his office at Community Foundation Silicon Valley with an odd idea to give away a fortune. Omidyar wore jeans and a T-shirt; his thick black hair was tied back in a ponytail. Skoll had on what looked to Hero like a varsity jacket. He couldn't still be in high school, could he?
ENTERTAINMENT
November 26, 2012 | By Susan King
Wes Anderson's quirky coming-of-age comedy "Moonrise Kingdom" was named best film of 2012 Monday evening at the 22nd annual Gotham Independent Film Awards. Anderson did not attend the awards, presented at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City, because he is prepping his next production.  Emayatzy Corinealdi won the breakthrough performance award for her role as a young woman whose husband is in prison in "Middle of Nowhere," and Benh Zeitlin earned breakthrough director honors for "Beasts of the Southern Wild.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 25, 2009 | Susan King
Just two days after earning 10 Academy Award nominations, "Slumdog Millionaire" on Saturday won the Producers Guild of America's Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award. The award went to producer Christian Colson. The film, which revolves around the fortunes of an impoverished Mumbai teenager, has become this movie season's darling, winning multiple Golden Globes and critic's awards. "Slumdog" went into wide release in the U.S.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2012 | By Susan King
The movie awards season officially arrived Thursday morning with the nominations for the 22nd Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York City. Four films earned two nominations each -- "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Bernie," "Middle of Nowhere" and "Moonrise Kingdom. "  Nominations were announced in seven categories: Best feature: "Bernie," "The Loneliest Planet," "The Master," "Middle of Nowhere" and "Moonrise Kingdom"  THE ENVELOPE: Awards from A to Z Best documentary: "Detropia," "How to Survive a Plague," "Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present," "Room 237" and "The Waiting Room" Breakthrough director: Zal Batmanglij, "Sound of My Voice"; Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky, "Francine"; Jason Courtland and Julia Halperin, "Now, Forager"; Antonio Mendez Esparza, "Aqui y Alla" and Benh Zeitlin, "Beasts of the Southern Wild.
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