April 11, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before getting my taxes done. The Skinny: Is it football season yet? Oh, well. Thursday's headlines include layoffs at Walt Disney Co., China yanks "Django Unchained" and Fox tries a new way to keep viewers watching during commercials. Daily Dose: When does synergy cross the line into shameless self-promotion? Watchers of "NBC Nightly News" get to think about that all the time. The most recent example was this week when, during a story about North Korea's stepped-up nuclear activity, a scene from the "Weekend Update" segment of "Saturday Night Live" was used to illustrate a point.
April 10, 2013 |
Walt Disney Co. has begun the process of laying off about 150 people who work at the company's movie studio. Analysts said that the layoffs, which were confirmed by the Burbank-based company Wednesday, are probably related to redundancies created by Disney's recent acquisitions of Marvel Entertainment in 2009 and Lucasfilm in 2012. “I am sure there is some overlap from those acquisitions,” said Disney analyst Harold Vogel, president of Vogel Capital Management. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments The cuts, which are expected to affect the studio's marketing and home entertainment divisions and possibly other areas, are believed to be the result of an internal corporate review initiated by Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger.
April 10, 2013 |
Walt Disney Co. has confirmed that it is laying off staff at its movie studio, which several media outlets reported last week. The Los Angeles Times reported April 5 that the cuts were expected to affect the studio's marketing and home entertainment divisions and possibly other areas. “As part of an ongoing review to ensure that the studios' operational structure and economics align with the demands of the current marketplace, we...
April 5, 2013 |
The Walt Disney Co. is expected to begin layoffs in the coming weeks, with the cuts centering on the company's movie studio, a source with knowledge of the matter has confirmed. The cuts, first reported by trade publication Variety, are said to be the result of an internal corporate review. Layoffs are expected to affect the studio's marketing and home entertainment divisions, and possibly other areas, according to a source. Variety reported that the cuts would also be made in the production department.
March 24, 2013 |
It has been a season in which the Clippers rarely seem to avoid talking about injuries, and Sunday was no different. But at least Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro had positive reports about the injuries involving Chris Paul and Eric Bledsoe . But not so much about Chauncey Billups . Paul bumped his left knee while setting a screen on Keith Bogans during the Clippers' victory against Brooklyn on Saturday night. The Clippers didn't practice Sunday, but Paul went to the team's practice facility for treatment on his knee.
March 17, 2013 |
On a hot summer-like Sunday afternoon, in a stadium that rises out of the Southern California desert like a huge misplaced castle, Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal slid onto his back and into the bright lights of his sport once again. It was match point of the men's final in the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. The clock showed that he had been out there 21/2 hours. A crowd of 16,741 squeezed into this 16,100-seat spectator mansion had waited for this moment. Winning this tournament is always a huge deal, but they all knew that, for Nadal, this would be even bigger.
March 16, 2013 |
LONDON, Canada -- For Olympic gold medalists, making a comeback after time away from the sport is as likely to produce disappointment as further distinction. For every Evgeny Plushenko, who took three years off from competition after winning gold in 2006 and barely missed gold again in 2010, there is a Brian Boitano, Viktor Petrenko or Katarina Witt, none of whom could reach the podium in their return engagement. Sometimes even the effort to regain peak form seems too much, as 2010 Olympic men's champion Evan Lysacek has learned, his body having said no twice (groin injury and hernia)
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March 15, 2013 |
Arnella Sims already has witnessed the effects of broad cuts to the Los Angeles County court system: The lines in the courthouses are getting longer; the calls from the public angrier. And Sims -- who has worked as a court reporter for 37 years -- knows things could get much worse. In the coming months, the Los Angeles County Superior Court is to enact a cost-cutting plan that includes the complete closure of eight regional courthouses, consolidations of court services and layoffs of hundreds of court employees.
March 12, 2013 |
Despite the surprising drop in the unemployment rate and strong job growth reported for February, a lot of people looking for work probably wouldn't agree that the employment market is looking much better. They have a point: To a large extent, the labor market improvement has to do more with companies not cutting back staff than actually stepping up their hiring. Take the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics' monthly survey of job openings and labor turnover. In January, the layoff rate nationwide inched down to 1.1%, falling to a level matched only one other time in the last 12 years for which the data are available.
March 11, 2013 |
Mardy Fish gets a dispensation. He is seeded 32nd in the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells and, by the numbers, was expected to beat fellow American Bobby Reynolds, 30, a qualifier, who if he has gained any stardom, it has come from anchoring the Washington Kastles during the World Team Tennis season. But Fish has been tentative and emotional since discovering last summer that he has an uneven heartbeat. He had a procedure done on that most vital organ and didn't play in the Olympics.