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June 27, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
In the latest effort combat production flight, the Los Angeles City Council is weighing a plan to waive fees producers pay to shoot television pilots in the city. The City Council's Jobs and Business Development Committee on Wednesday endorsed a proposal to waive the various fees pilot producers pay when they shoot substantially in the city. The motion comes in the wake of growing evidence that L.A. is losing its share of new television production, much as it did with feature film work.  In the most recent pilot year, 51% of all television pilots were filmed in the L.A. area, down from more than 80% in prior years.
November 18, 1986 | VICTOR VALLE, Times Staff Writer
Concerned by a 20% audience decline in less than two months, the producers of "Dynasty" said Monday that they plan a series of dramatic changes aimed at luring viewers back to the ABC soap opera. "It will become more emotional, more realistic--without losing the glamour," Esther Shapiro, co-creator and co-executive producer of the series, told a news conference.
March 18, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
The producers of History's enormous ratings hit "The Bible" may want to add a disclaimer to future episodes of the religious miniseries: Any resemblance between Satan and President Obama is purely coincidental. Given its subject matter, it was all but inevitable that "The Bible" would become a magnet for controversy, and so it has, though not for the reasons you might expect -- like, say, its emphasis on violence or its decidedly European-looking cast . No, the reason that executive producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett found themselves on the defensive on Monday is that a  number of viewers, including conservative pundit Glenn Beck, have noticed a resemblance between Obama and Mohamen Mehdi Ouzaani, the actor who plays the Devil in the miniseries.
July 9, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
The heated competition to produce the film version of E.L. James' “Fifty Shades of Grey” has yielded a winner, with producers Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti winning the prize gig. The pair, who will produce alongside James at Universal pictures/Focus Features, now will set about hiring a director and stars for the adaptation of the S&M literary sensation.  Here are a few things to know about De Luca and Brunetti. - The pair have a prestige pedigree, teaming on “The Social Network” in 2010, for which they were nominated for best picture.
April 16, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has hired Craig Zadan and Neil Meron for an encore performance as Oscar producers, retaining them for the 2014 broadcast after this year's show garnered solid ratings. The move is unusual because the job of hiring the show's producers traditionally belongs to the incoming president, who won't be chosen until the end of July. But current President Hawk Koch, whose one-year term will end this summer, made the decision with the support of the 43-member Board of Governors.
July 29, 2012 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
"The Producers" returned to Los Angeles for three performances this past weekend at the Hollywood Bowl. And during the curtain call at Friday's opening, Mel Brooks, who wrote the giddy score and co-wrote the zany book with Thomas Meehan, came onstage to express his gratitude to the audience and to compliment the cast for pulling it together in a short period of time. "They're almost good," he kidded, which pretty much sums up my appraisal of the production, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, whose two Tony wins added to the show's record-breaking haul of 12. The rushed logistics of producing a big musical at the Bowl didn't allow Stroman to live up to her perfectionist reputation.
October 22, 2005 | From Associated Press
Poland's supreme court upheld the conviction on bribery charges of Lew Rywin, the Polish co-producer of the Oscar-winning film "Schindler's List." Rywin, 59, was convicted last year of being an accessory to influence peddling. He was found guilty by a Warsaw court of trying to solicit a $17.5-million bribe from a leading newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza, in 2002. He has been sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay $30,000 in fines.
February 13, 2011
In January, The Times invited three of this year's Grammy-nominated music producers to participate in a conversation on the state of pop music, the changing role of their job and the ways in which sound and melody crossed borders in 2010. Though the artists are less known than the singers who turned their songs into hits, their résumés speak for themselves. London-born Alex Grant, who works under the pseudonym Alex Da Kid, is nominated for two of his 2010 tracks: Eminem and Rihanna's "Love the Way You Lie" and B.o.B.
January 12, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
One of the nation's most prominent pornography producers is suing Los Angeles County in federal court to overturn a new law requiring actors to wear condoms during filming. The suit by Vivid Entertainment, filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, says the 1st Amendment's protection of free expression was violated after 57% of L.A. County voters approved the condom-porn measure during the Nov. 6 election. "The exercise of 1st Amendment freedoms cannot be limited by referendum," the suit said.
September 11, 1986 | United Press International
French escargot producers complained Wednesday about an invasion of their market by cheap imitations and formed a group to alert discriminating snail-eaters. "French gastronomy is being usurped," said snail kingpin Roland Romanzini.
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