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ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 2012 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
The 66th Ojai Music Festival ended in high spirits Sunday. Leif Ove Andsnes and Marc-André Hamelin put on clown's noses and played a hilarious - and spectacular - two-piano transcription of Stravinsky's "Circus Polka. " Andsnes, who is Norwegian, was this year's primarily serious and understated music director. But whatever it is in the Ojai atmosphere that causes the mountains to turn pink at sunset may also incite strange neurochemical uninhibitors in the brains of introspective Nordic music directors.
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BUSINESS
May 24, 2011 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
David Rone, a former agent at Creative Artists Agency and senior executive at Fox Sports and Walt Disney Co., is joining Time Warner Cable as president of sports. The move further signifies Time Warner Cable's desire to become a force in sports programming. This year, Time Warner Cable snagged the television rights to the Los Angeles Lakers away from Fox Sports and is using the team as the foundation to launch a regional sports network in Southern California. But Rone's background and stature in the media industry is too big for one channel.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2013 | By Meg James
Filipinos living in Los Angeles and San Diego can now tune in to a primarily English-language channel called the Lifestyle Network, which launched this month on local Time Warner Cable systems. The new channel is owned by ABS-CBN International, a subsidiary of the largest broadcasting company in the Philippines. Based in Redwood City, Calif., ABS-CBN International has operated in the U.S. for two decades and runs the Filipino Channel. The Lifestyle Network will be a blend of programming from the Philippines, the U.S. and other countries.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder and Joe Flint
The storm between the Weather Channel and DirecTV has finally cleared.  The network will return to the satellite television provider on Wednesday, the companies said, following a carriage dispute that had left the channel blacked out for DirecTV's 20 million customers since January.  As part of the deal, the Weather Channel agreed to scale back on the amount of so-called reality programming it carries. One of the reasons DirecTV cited when dropping the channel was that it had moved too far away from its core mission of being a weather service.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2014 | By Meg James
CBS' entertainment chief, Nina Tassler, has earned a bigger title -- chairman of CBS Entertainment -- and a new employment contract that will keep her at the network through 2017. Tassler will continue to be responsible for all of CBS' entertainment programming, including prime-time, daytime and late-night hours. She also will head program development for all genres, including comedy, drama, reality, mini-series and other TV specials. Tassler will oversee scheduling, research, advertising, promotions, publicity and business affairs for entertainment programming matters, but those division chiefs will continue to report CBS Corp.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2013 | By Meg James
Another influential programmer at Nickelodeon -- Margie Cohn -- is leaving the children's network as the operation struggles to remain relevant with pint-sized viewers who are watching content on different platforms. Nickelodeon said Monday that Cohn, president of content development, as well as Alison Dexter, the Los Angeles-based executive vice president of production, were exiting the network immediately. The shuffles come at a sensitive time for Nickelodeon, which recently made its sales pitch to advertisers looking to buy commercial time for the upcoming season.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2014
Larry D. Mann Canadian character actor, TV announcer Larry D. Mann, 91, a veteran actor who voiced Yukon Cornelius in the animated Christmas favorite "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," died of age-related causes Monday in Los Angeles, said his son, Richard Mann. Mann, a Canadian-born actor and TV announcer, played the role of the hearty prospector in the Christmas TV special first broadcast in 1964. Since the 1950s, Mann did voice work for other animated shows, had small roles in movies, including "The Sting" and "In the Heat of the Night," and appeared in dozens of TV series including "Gunsmoke," "Bewitched" and "Hill Street Blues.
NEWS
January 31, 1993 | N.F. MENDOZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Who says TV can't raise a phoenix from the ashes of a dead show? NBC is trying to do just that Saturday night with a reincarnation of "The Torkelsons" as "Almost Home." Unlike the critically acclaimed "Brooklyn Bridge" on CBS and NBC's "I'll Fly Away," there was no write-in campaign to bring back "The Torkelsons," which bowed in the '91-92 season to mixed reviews. NBC had moved it from Saturdays to Sundays against "60 Minutes," with numerous preemptions, and it sunk in the ratings.
NEWS
January 12, 1987 | From Reuters
Soviet state television, currently trying to expand its programming, started broadcasting news for the deaf Sunday.
BUSINESS
November 3, 1986
Dayna Kalins has been promoted to the newly created position of senior vice president-drama development and current drama programming for the television production division of 20th Century Fox Film Corp. In addition, Michael Klein has been named senior vice president-comedy development and current comedy programming for the division.
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