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BUSINESS
December 21, 1999 | BRAD BERTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A San Francisco-based real estate company has closed one of the biggest industrial-property sales transactions in Southland history. Bristol Group and its institutional investor partners bought 53 buildings with 3.8 million square feet of floor space for $190 million in cash.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 1998 | MELINDA FULMER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Financing has been secured for Los Angeles Center Studios, a long-awaited sound stage complex to be built on the site of Unocal Corp.'s former downtown headquarters, a local developer said Wednesday. Construction on the 10-acre facility, which had been stalled in the planning stage for about a year and a half, should begin in the coming weeks with the demolition of several small buildings, said the development's architect, Gary Bastien of Irvine. Developer Smith & Hricik Development Co.
BUSINESS
December 6, 2001 | JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Film and TV workers told state lawmakers Wednesday that they must pass meaningful tax incentives and cut bureaucratic red tape if California is to thwart competition from Canada and other low-cost countries that are siphoning off production. But while sympathizing with their plight, state officials repeatedly warned that the climate in Sacramento for Hollywood tax breaks increasingly is cloudy because of the state's worsening financial picture.
NEWS
February 23, 2001 | LOUISE ROUG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the Grammy parties, which lasted into the wee hours Thursday, Eminem played the part that a skimpy Versace dress did last year: He was on everyone's lips. From the EMI party at the Hotel Figueroa across from Staples Center to the BMG bash next to the Conga Room on Wilshire Boulevard--and everywhere in between--the topic of conversation at the rock 'n' roll water cooler (the bar) was the controversial rapper.
BUSINESS
December 9, 2005 | Richard Verrier, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles' film permit coordinator is getting a Hollywood-style makeover. Seeking to jazz up its image to filmmakers, the Entertainment Industry Development Corp. is scheduled to announce today that it is shedding its lengthy bureaucratic name for the punchier Film L.A. Inc. "Now, you actually know what they do," Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said.
OPINION
July 26, 1998
Competing visions of the future of downtown Los Angeles have become a fixation among developers and policymakers. Should we, can we, have a "real" downtown again that attracts upscale shoppers and an after-hours dinner and theater crowd? Or because Los Angeles is so different from other cities, so widespread and diverse, must we settle for a smaller vision, one that sees a downtown of cultural attractions but not the thriving commerce and night life of other cities?
BUSINESS
January 4, 2007 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
What better place to launch a cable channel with the lofty ambition of being the authority on movies than in the industry's own backyard? From its headquarters at the bustling Los Angeles Center Studios downtown, the new ReelzChannel resides in a complex where countless commercials, TV shows and movies are shot every year.
BUSINESS
December 14, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
The crew of "NCIS: Los Angeles" was in the middle of filming a scene on the Venice boardwalk when a man wearing only his underwear and a cape rode by on his bicycle shouting obscenities. On another occasion, a stranger wielding a plastic light saber showed up on the set and challenged one of the actors to a duel, temporarily halting production. "Those kind of things continually go on in Venice, but we love going down there because it's so colorful and captures the essence of what people think Southern California is — the beaches, the sunshine, the palms and the craziness," said Tony Salome, location manager for the crime drama starring Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J. Venice Beach, a storied cinematic backdrop since the silent film era, continues to play a starring role in Hollywood.
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