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March 14, 2000 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Walt Disney Co.'s planned Grand Central Creative Campus in Glendale will eventually employ 10,000 workers and include 3.6 million square feet of offices, sound stages and studio production facilities, according to interviews and documents filed with the city of Glendale. In announcing the development in September, Walt Disney Imagineering executives declined to disclose the project size, the number of employees or the dollar value.
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December 26, 2013 | By John Horn
If you're among the small number of directors or actors who isn't white, there is finally some cause to be excited about what's happening in Hollywood. For the first time in Academy Awards history, a black man - British filmmaker Steve McQueen - may win the directing Oscar for his heralded, harrowing film "12 Years a Slave. " Besides McQueen, critics and awards voters are celebrating the work of other people of color, singling out "Gravity's" Mexican-born filmmaker, Alfonso Cuarón, the African American talk show host Oprah Winfrey from "Lee Daniels' The Butler," and a variety of black actors, including Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave")
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2012 | By Meg James
Fourteen years ago, the gender breakdown for behind-the-scenes employment in the top 250 films was 83% men and 17% women. By last year, women had improved their representation -- ever so slightly. In 2011, the division of labor in the same number of movies was 82% men and 18% women, according to a San Diego State University study looking at directors, writers, executive producers, producers, editors and cinematographers. "The shocking underrepresentation of women in our business" is how Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep described the "dreadful" statistics Tuesday night during Women in Film's 2012 Crystal and Lucy Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton hotel.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Where movie studios see trouble, Red Granite Pictures sees opportunities. The new finance and distribution company's business plan is both contrary and simple: Make the films the studios don't. Among its first projects are Martin Scorsese's “The Wolf of Wall Street,” which comes out Wednesday, and next year's “Dumb and Dumber To,” the intentionally misspelled sequel to the 1994 comedy. On the surface, those pictures don't exactly seem like the sort that a major studio would cast aside.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
After the coffee. Before wishing I had submitted as a comedy instead of a drama. The Skinny: I didn't watch the 12/12/12 concert last night but I know a lot of you did because I got more than my share of live snarking on Twitter and Facebook. Lesson learned: Stay offline during popular cultural events. Today's news includes the Golden Globe nominations, Redbox Instant taking on Netflix, and an analysis of which studios actually still make movies. Daily Dose : Time Warner Cable subscribers in Los Angeles are getting new channels including BBC World News and Aspire, the cable network being launched by Dodgers co-owner Magic Johnson.
BUSINESS
July 11, 2012 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Hollywood's movie studios are heading to Comic-Con with less spring in their step this year. Stung by splashy presentations in the past that resulted in costly box-office duds like"Scott Pilgrim vs. the World"and"Green Lantern,"the major studios will not arrive in full force in San Diego for the annual event that begins Thursday. Although Sony Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, Warner Bros. and Lionsgate are making presentations and trumpeting their wares for fans, 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures are skipping the show this year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 1989
A move to preserve some of the movie studio buildings dating to Hollywood's golden age has gained acceptance from studios and preservationists, City Councilman Michael Woo said Thursday. "I think that we can preserve Hollywood's precious past without sacrificing its future," Woo said at a press conference at the gates of Paramount Studios on Melrose Avenue.
BUSINESS
February 13, 1998 | From Associated Press
Japan's Sony Corp. will invest about $55 million in a movie studio near Berlin, where developers are hoping to revive a film production operation that once rivaled Hollywood. Sony is investing in the Babelsburg studio, which was known in the 1920s and 1930s as Universal Film Co. and featured work from directors such as Fritz Lang and Josef von Sternberg and stars such as Marlene Dietrich.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2012 | By Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times
An ex-convict who was free on probation has been arrested after police discovered tens of thousands of dollars' worth of items they say he may have stolen from cars parked near movie studios. Police believe Sean C. Ray, 35, of Los Angeles rented a Mercedes-Benz convertible to avoid calling attention to himself while driving the streets and scouting cars to burglarize. Ray was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of receiving stolen property, LAPD Det. Jim Hays said at a news conference in front of the Hollywood Community Police Station.
BUSINESS
January 4, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Hollywood studios have approved a new technology and licensing arrangement that should remove a major obstacle consumers now face with burning movies they buy digitally over the Internet onto a DVD that will play everywhere. Sonic Solutions today is introducing the Qflix system for adding a standard digital lock to DVDs burned in a computer or a retail kiosk.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
These are tough times to be a film critic. Not because the number of quality films for adults is diminishing - it is, but that's an old story - but because the movies are not getting the respect they should. Everywhere I turn, people are writing stories insisting that "the conversation is moving away from movies to TV" and "television is the new cinema" or asking questions like "can the cinema still thrill?" There was even a story positing that film school graduates would rather - oh, the horror - run a TV series than direct a feature.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
NEW YORK - She knew they were waiting to hear from her - Channing Tatum's millions of fans. It had been more than an hour since LaQuishe Wright had posted a photo of the actor on his Twitter account, dressed in a suit "Headed to the Zeigfield. " Now she and Tatum had arrived at the "White House Down" premiere, and Wright needed to give his followers another update. So as he began walking down the red carpet, posing for photographs and greeting reporters, she stayed close by. Glued to her iPhone, she was barely noticeable among the melee, a diminutive 38-year-old in an airy halter dress flanked by hulking bodyguards, publicists, studio handlers.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 28, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Ted Sarandos, chief content officer of Netflix, might want to bring his own popcorn and soda the next time he goes to the movies or think about hiring a food taster if he decides to try his luck at the concession stand. During a speech at the 2013 Film Independent Forum, Sarandos blasted movie theater owners while trying to make the case to movie studios that Netflix should get films the same time they debut on the big screen. "Why not premeire movies on Netflix the same day they're opening in theaters?"
ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Director  James Cameron  and his Lightstorm Entertainment Inc. appeared to have prevailed earlier this month in a legal case brought by a man who alleged that his ideas were stolen by the filmmaker for use in the 20th Century Fox blockbuster "Avatar. " But the matter may not be entirely laid to rest. On Oct. 3, Judge Susan Bryant-Deason granted Cameron's motion for summary judgment in the Los Angeles County Superior Court case, ruling that the 2009 science-fiction film was independently created by the director.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before getting my World Series tickets. The Skinny: I'm a little disappointed Twitter hasn't reached out to me yet to buy shares in advance of the IPO. I feel like all my tweeting has been for nothing. Friday's report includes the weekend box office preview and a look at what is driving many of the executive shifts at the movie studios around town. Also, Sony may be getting some more movie financing. Daily Dose: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent an email to the media Friday talking about all the league is doing these days to try to improve player safety.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Amazon, the online bookseller turned online department store, turned e-book-reader manufacturer, turned publisher, turned video streaming service, turning movie-and-TV studio, has posted its first 14 "TV pilots" -- six kids' shows and eight grown-up comedies -- online for your ratings and comments. (That is the Amazon way.) What is a studio? Once it meant a physical place, with soundstages and a back lot and departments full of craftspeople with crazy skills. Now it requires only a name and money.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2001 | From Reuters
Britain's Pinewood Studios, famous for James Bond movies, is buying rival Shepperton Studios for $50.55 million, creating a company capable of taking on Hollywood, British newspapers reported today. The merger of Europe's two biggest studios will enable the joint company to attract major filmmakers with the biggest budgets. Already, two-thirds of the work undertaken at Pinewood and Shepperton comes from Hollywood.
BUSINESS
November 17, 1989 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an attempt to duplicate the success of its Florida studio tour, Walt Disney Co. will open a French entertainment production facility and tour next to Euro Disneyland in 1996, the Burbank company announced Thursday. Disney MGM Studios-Europe will, like the Disney MGM Studios Theme Park that opened in May at Florida's Walt Disney World, be a combination working studio and theme park. Located 18 miles east of Paris, the $2.5-billion, 4,800-acre Euro Disneyland is scheduled to open in 1992.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
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...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 23, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
The baby boomers are booming again. At least at the box office. According to a study by the Motion Picture Assn. of America, the number of older frequent moviegoers -- people over the age of 40 who see a movie once a month or more -- was on the rise last year.  This finding could lead movie studios, production companies and film financiers to make more movies that cater to adult audiences.  According to the MPAA, last year there were...
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