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February 24, 2007 | Ashley Surdin, Times Staff Writer
Responding to a drop in international travelers at LAX, two City Council members Friday proposed a new federal committee to boost foreign tourism in Los Angeles and at other U.S. gateway cities. Also Friday, Councilwoman Janice Hahn called on the city's airport agency to produce a timeline for completion of new gates at the Tom Bradley International and West Concourse terminals at Los Angeles International Airport.
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OPINION
June 19, 2003
Your June 12 obituary of L.A. Inc. President George Kirkland understated the impact that the late Convention and Visitors Bureau chief had on our city. As the man entrusted with the stewardship of this city's hospitality industry, Kirkland transformed the Los Angeles landscape, bringing our industry into common public discourse and weaving such separate elements as LAX, Staples Center and must-see visitor destinations into an infrastructure capable of hosting major events on the world stage with great distinction.
BUSINESS
June 29, 1989
L.A. Gear Inc.: The Los Angeles shoe and sportswear maker said net income rose 200% to $16 million in the second quarter. Sales for the quarter rose 207% to $169.6 million. Both net income and sales figures set quarterly records for the company. The company also announced plans to file an offering of 1 million common shares by the end of the year. Tables, Page 13
BUSINESS
July 18, 2013 | By Cale Ottens
Amid a multimillion-dollar renovation, Sunset Media Center is wooing new tenants and keeping old ones with 10-year leases at the 22-story Hollywood property on Sunset Boulevard east of Vine Street. Longtime tenant Nielsen Media Research has renewed its lease but for only 2 1/2 of the 22 floors in the building. Despite the decrease from four floors, it will remain the largest tenant. FilmL.A. Inc., the nonprofit organization that handles filming permits for the city and the county, is moving its headquarters to the media center from downtown Los Angeles.
BUSINESS
April 17, 2013 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
The star trotted toward a small pad in the middle of the 80-foot stage and stopped on his mark. "Look at the camera!" veteran animal trainer Steve Martin commanded. Like a true pro, Shadow, a gray wolf who has made appearances on HBO's "True Blood" series, turned his head and fixed his piercing yellow eyes at the camera operator. "Good boy," another trainer said, tossing him a morsel of meat. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments The shot was among several animal scenes filmed on the giant green-screen stage at Hollywood Center Studios last week, where a leopard, a lion, a monkey, an elephant and even two grizzly bears from Frasier Park performed simple tasks on the empty stage as a film crew captured their movements, snarls, roars and grunts.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 25, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
ABC's Emmy-winning hit series “Modern Family” is a point of pride in Los Angeles, where it stands among the growing crop of comedies filming locally in a region buffeted by production flight. Local drama production has fallen off dramatically due to the proliferation of film incentives offered outside of California. Notably, the other big winner from Sunday night's 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, the Showtime series “Homeland,” is actually produced in North Carolina. But production in Los Angeles of television comedies has been on the rise, climbing nearly 30% to 718 production days January through June compared with the same period a year ago, according to FilmL.A.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
In offices that once housed Google, four computer geeks pursue their quest for a killer mobile app. Their technology incubator, with its angular, modern furniture and shared kitchen and conference rooms, would be recognizable to any Silicon Valley entrepreneur. But this start-up space was found in Silicon Beach. The Santa Monica offices provided the backdrop for "Betas," one of 14 series pilots put into production by Amazon Studios, the production arm of Amazon.com. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments The show, which will also film at a house in Encino and other locations around L.A., is the latest in a wave of digital productions that have taken off in recent years, as YouTube, Yahoo, AOL, Hulu and others have invested millions of dollars in developing original programming for the Web. Most of the new digital shows are produced locally.
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