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NEWS
June 25, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Despite a near-record number of pilots made here this year, Los Angeles is still struggling to keep television production in town. Out of 186 television pilots this season, 96 were produced in the Los Angeles region, the second-largest annual tally in the city's history, according to a study by FilmL.A., a nonprofit group that handles film permits for the city and county. However, the region continued to see a troubling slide in its share of the overall pilot production pie -- especially in the lucrative category of one-hour dramas -- as New York and rival cities grabbed a larger share of business, the report said.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
In his newest Hollywood role, Sid Ganis has gone from promoting the Oscars to pitching a sprawling film studio complex in China. In an interview, the former president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences predicted that Wuxi Studio outside of Shanghai will become a magnet for Hollywood productions within a few years. "It took 100 years for our industry to evolve and our studios to be working at full capacity," said Ganis, a consultant and honorary chairman for Wuxi.
BUSINESS
April 1, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple reportedly will begin producing its next iPhone sometime in May, but one version of the device may face delays. For months, the Cupertino, Calif., tech giant has been rumored to be developing 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions of its next smartphone, commonly referred to as the iPhone 6. The last two generations of the iPhone have featured 4-inch screens. The 4.7-inch version is expected to go into production next month, according to a report Tuesday by Reuters , which cites unnamed sources.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 2012 | By Thomas Suh Lauder
Television production in and around Los Angeles has continued to slide, keeping overall production numbers flat in the most recent quarter, according to a report released Tuesday from FilmL.A. Inc. The nonprofit organization, which issues permits for Los Angeles and parts of L.A. County, reported that on-location production was down 0.4% for the three months ending June 30 (11,209 permitted production days) compared with the same period in 2011 (11,260 days). Television shoots, which accounted for 30% of all production days in the quarter, showed the most worrisome decline.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2013 | By Jessica Garrison and Kim Christensen
Air quality regulators have ordered the embattled Vernon battery recycler Exide Technologies to cut production after an air monitor revealed lead emissions had exceeded health standards over a 30-day period. The excessive lead emissions occurred even as elected officials and community members across southeast Los Angeles have been calling for the plant's closure amid an outcry over high arsenic emissions. Last week, in an unprecedented move, state and Los Angeles County officials unveiled a plan to make blood tests for lead available to a quarter of a million people who might be affected by the emissions.
WORLD
March 22, 2011 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
The natural disasters that struck Japan's northeast continued to wreak havoc on the nation's economy on Tuesday, with two of the country's largest carmakers announcing further delays in resumption of production at their plants because of continued disruption in parts supplies. Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co., which were scheduled to resume production at their earthquake-affected plants early this week, said Tuesday that operations would not begin again until the weekend. Toyota had suspended operations at four plants, Honda at three.
BUSINESS
November 27, 1985
The company said it plans to resume production of aldicarb at its Institute, W.Va., unit in late December or early January to meet demands for agricultural chemicals during the next growing season, company officials said. The firm's aldicarb unit was shut down Aug. 11 when a mixture of aldicarb oxime and methylene chloride leaked from a storage vessel, sending 135 people to area hospitals.
BUSINESS
March 24, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Toyota Motor Corp. expects to halt some production in the United States because of a parts shortage caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. "We continue to assess our supply base in Japan," the automaker said Wednesday. "Some production interruptions in North America are likely. It's too early to predict location or duration. " Toyota has factories in Georgetown, Ky.; San Antonio, Texas; and Princeton, Ind. Toyota said that it was working with its suppliers to minimize any disruptions and that for now, its dealers had an "ample" supply of vehicles.
BUSINESS
September 29, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co., Japan's two largest carmakers, may start production in Russia to boost their market share in what is expected to be the world's third-fastest-growing car market over the next four years. The carmakers said they were examining setting up factories in the country. They would be following General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co., which has a five-month waiting list for its Russian-built Ford Focus.
BUSINESS
March 18, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
General Motors Co. is suspending production of Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks at a factory in Shreveport, La., for at least one week starting Monday because of a shortage of parts coming from Japan. About 900 employees work at the plant. The workers will file for state unemployment benefits and will also receive some supplemental pay from GM that will bring their income to about 70% of their regular wages, according to the automaker. All of the major Japanese automakers have suspended production in Japan because of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the island nation last week, but GM's closure was the first indication that damage to the auto parts supply chain would affect production in the United States.
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