April 3, 2007 |
After more than 120 years, the Chandlers are getting out of the newspaper business. The much-celebrated and maligned family that once dominated the civic, cultural and political life of Southern California through its control of the Los Angeles Times agreed Monday to sell its entire stake in Tribune Co., the newspaper's parent.
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August 4, 2012 |
Every pew at St. Hilary Church of Perpetual Adoration in Pico Rivera was filled Friday morning for the funeral of actress-activist Guadalupe "Lupe" Ontiveros, who died July 26 at 69. Inside the white brick walls, where Ontiveros attended Mass for more than 30 years, her former "Desperate Housewives"cast mate Eva Longoria stepped behind a lectern. "But the just man, though he die early, shall be at rest," Longoria said, voice wavering, reading from the Bible. "For the age that is honorable comes not with the passing of time, nor can it be measured in terms of years.
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November 5, 1995
As a Burbank resident, I was delighted to read "Bustling Burbank" Oct 25. It was encouraging to read that the city is shedding its negative image of so many years of targeting by Johnny Carson and others. But when The Times wrote of the area's phenomenal growth, I wondered why you neglected to mention that Burbank now has a flourishing university to add to its attractiveness. One of the oldest institutions in California, Woodbury University relocated from Downtown Los Angeles to Glenoaks Boulevard in 1987.
March 20, 2013 |
Federal Communications Commissioner Robert McDowell, who was seen as a free-market advocate and friend to the media industry and a foil to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, announced he is leaving the regulatory agency in the next few weeks. A Republican, McDowell has been at the FCC for almost seven years and was seen as a potential chairman if Mitt Romney had won the White House in November. McDowell did not say what his future plans are. McDowell often disagreed with Genachowski on how to best regulate the media industry.
March 27, 2013 |
One of the longest-serving chief executives in the media industry is stepping down. Frank A. Bennack Jr., chief executive of Hearst Corp. since 1979, will give up that title in June. Steven Swartz, currently president and chief operating officer, will become CEO. Bennack will remain vice chairman of the Hearst Board. Although best known for its magazine unit, which includes Cosmopolitan and Esquire, Hearst also has a major presence in the TV industry. It owns stakes in several powerful cable networks including ESPN, A&E, History and Lifetime.
January 1, 2006 |
Just five years ago, Microsoft Corp. was considered the Big Bad Wolf of the media business. Armed with a stockpile of cash and the Windows operating system that dominates office computing, Bill Gates' company was expected to huff and puff its way into America's living rooms as well, with video game consoles, home networking systems and TV set-top boxes. But today, there's a different wolf at the door. Although Microsoft is still flush with $40 billion in cash, it is Google Inc.
May 1, 2013 |
President Obama officially nominated lobbyist-turned-venture capitalist Tom Wheeler on Wednesday as the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Wheeler is well known to the media industry. He has headed both the National Cable & Telecommunications Assn. and the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Assn. Most recently he was a managing director at Core Capital, a private equity firm. "For more than 30 years Tom has been at the forefront of some of the very dramatic changes that we've seen in the way we communicate and how we live our lives," Obama said in announcing Wheeler's appointment.
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November 29, 2006 |
Federal agents have raided the home and business of a longtime Hollywood producer in connection with Italy's ongoing tax fraud, embezzlement and false accounting investigation of its former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
October 15, 2012 |
Lions Gate Chief Executive Jon Feltheimer is urging people in the media industry to play nice with each other. In a speech Monday to cable industry executives in Orlando, Fla., Feltheimeier warned that while "the marriage of content, technology and choice offers an unprecedented experience of our consumers," all that will be wasted if big media companies can't get along. "We can screw it up when all the constituents in our business are so focused on their narrow agendas that they can't work together to look at the big picture," Feltheimer said at the Cable & Telecommunications Assn.
January 11, 2013 |
Sen. Jay Rockefeller's announcement that he won't seek reelection in 2014 may not upset too many folks in the entertainment business. The Democrat from West Virginia and chairman of the powerful Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee has never been shy about bashing the media industry. Last fall at a confirmation hearing for two nominees for the Federal Communications Commission, Rockefeller said that television news has been "dumbed down" and that entertainment programming was too too "obscene" and "promiscuous.