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July 9, 2013 | Richard Verrier
Fandango, the nation's largest movie ticket service, is ordering up more business in Southern California. The Los Angeles company reached a deal to become the exclusive online and mobile ticketing partner for Pacific Theatres, which operates seven movie houses with a total of about 100 screens from Chatsworth to Lakewood. Its theater at the Grove, Pacific's box-office leader, is one of the highest-grossing in the country. With the deal, Fandango will serve 2,000 screens in Southern California and boost its share of the regional market to 80%. Its control has grown over the last 18 months from 50%. "Pacific Theatres is one of the leading entities in the exhibition business in California," said Paul Yanover, president of Fandango.
July 5, 2013 | Dalina Castellanos
Mylene Guzman walked her three daughters through the gate at Hollingworth Elementary School in West Covina straight to the cafeteria. The girls weren't late to summer school classes, nor were they participating in any of the Rowland Unified School District's theater or art programs. The trio were there for lunch -- pizza and cherry-flavored applesauce. Rowland Unified is participating in the federal Summer Food Service Program, which allows Guzman, who lives within the district's boundaries, to feed her daughters for free.
July 5, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg is in South Korea officially to promote her book "Lean In. " But sources told the Korea Herald that she was also taking the opportunity to lean on Samsung Vice President Shim Soo-ok to form a mobile partnership with the giant social network. Facebook cofounder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg visited South Korea in June to meet with President Park Geun Hye and with Samsung executives. Speculation flew that Zuckerberg was in talks with Shin Jong-kyun, who runs Samsung's mobile unit, over a possible Facebook phone.
July 1, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - Flying over East Africa on Monday, a White House official was in the midst of a briefing on a new initiative to combat rhinoceros poaching and big game trafficking when a reporter got stuck on a detail. "Ten billion or 10 million?" the reporter asked. "Ten million, yes, with an M," said Grant Harris, the National Security Council's senior director for African affairs, to surprised faces. "Yes, million - $10 million. " It's not every day this White House, which proposed more than $3.7 trillion in spending in its 2014 budget, highlights a new program that costs less than the government spends in two minutes.
June 20, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Insomniac Events, the Los Angeles concert producer that puts on the popular Electric Daisy Carnival show, has entered into a partnership with c oncert and ticketing giant  Live Nation  Entertainment Inc. Insomniac Chief Executive Pasquale Rotella confirmed in a statement on the company's website that it had "formed a creative partnership" with Live Nation. Rotella's statement did not reveal financial details of the arrangement, though he said Insomniac would retain creative control of the events it puts on and that Live Nation does not own Insomniac.  " We are still a stand-alone company," he wrote.  TIMELINE: Summer's must see concerts The Los Angeles Times  reported in early May that Beverly Hills-based Live Nation would purchase a roughly 50% interest in Insomniac.  The Wall Street Journal, which first reported news of the pending deal, said Live Nation was paying $50 million for the stake in Insomniac.
June 20, 2013 | By Jill Cowan and Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
When Hoag Hospital announced this spring that it would no longer provide elective abortions, officials at the esteemed Orange County medical center said the decision was made because of low demand. But records and interviews show the decision was closely tied to the Newport Beach hospital's new partnership with a Catholic healthcare provider. Hoag Hospital officials told The Times this week that they wanted the deal to go through and knew elective abortions were a "sensitive issue" for St. Joseph Health System, which has a "statement of common values" that prohibits the procedures.
June 19, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
The HTC First, a smartphone that features Facebook front-and-center, has been a flop. So now Facebook is reportedly turning to Samsung, the world's largest phone maker, for help. Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg met with Samsung Mobile counterpart Shin Jong-kyun on Tuesday in South Korea to discuss potential partnerships, Shin said after the meeting. But Samsung is “unlikely to be considering the request for a Facebook-platform phone in a positive light,” industry watchers told the Korean Herald.
June 6, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Time Warner Inc. has formed a partnership with deep-pocketed China Media Capital to make investments in what has become one of the most important markets for entertainment companies. By partnering with CMC, Time Warner is hoping to smooth the way for purchases and partnerships in China.  “Increasing our global presence is one of Time Warner's strategic priorities and China is one of the most attractive territories in which we operate, but it is complex," said Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes.
May 14, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
Fox and Twitter have entered into a partnership to promote the broadcaster's programs and help advertisers reach TV audiences as they discuss shows on the social network. Twitter Inc., which has established itself as the water cooler where America dissects the latest developments on NBC's "The Voice" or AMC's "Mad Men," is expected to strike more deals with broadcasters. On Tuesday, ESPN and Twitter plan to announce they are expanding their partnership. Last year the sports network, majority owned by Walt Disney Co., incorporated video highlights directly into Twitter feeds related to its coverage of the BCS championship game.
May 13, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Jessica Guynn
Fox and Twitter have entered into a partnership to promote the broadcaster's programs and allow advertisers a way to reach TV audiences as they discuss the shows on the social network. In an announcement Monday timed to coincide with its upfront presentation to advertisers and media buyers in New York City, Fox said it would use Twitter to distribute clips of upcoming TV shows, tout highlights of live events or share video after episodes of various shows have aired.  Brand marketers would use Twitter's advertising platform to promote this network content.  PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 "Social media is a fantastic complement to compelling, live television content," said Toby Byrne, president of advertising for Fox Broadcasting Co. "Not only is it a great marketing tool for us, but it serves as the new water cooler for the most engaged fans ... so that opens up additional ways for us to connect brands with our audience.
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