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November 7, 1998 | PAUL BROWNFIELD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Back in 1995, when he created a brief sensation with "The Spot," Scott Zakarin thought he had stumbled onto the future: a soap opera that would begin life on the Internet, building the kind of audience that would eventually make the show a multimedia phenomenon--a hit on both television and the World Wide Web.
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November 7, 1998 | PAUL BROWNFIELD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Back in 1995, when he created a brief sensation with "The Spot," Scott Zakarin thought he had stumbled onto the future: a soap opera that would begin life on the Internet, building the kind of audience that would eventually make the show a multimedia phenomenon--a hit on both television and the World Wide Web.
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BUSINESS
May 4, 1998 | KAREN KAPLAN
Three months after America Online abruptly fired the executive team of Entertainment Asylum in Culver City, three of its former leaders have decided to form a company to focus on film and TV projects. Scott Zakarin, Troy Bolotnick and Rich Tackenberg today will announce the formation of Creative Light Entertainment in Beverly Hills, taking the trio back to their traditional media roots.
BUSINESS
August 11, 1997 | KAREN KAPLAN
Northern California may have Silicon Valley, but Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan is determined to ensure that the Southland has its share of the new-media industry and becomes known as the "Digital Epicenter." Riordan last week announced the formation of a Los Angeles New Media Roundtable, which will focus on defining, supporting and promoting the new-media industry here.
BUSINESS
October 22, 2007 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
Emboldened by the success of video series within its pages, MySpace is taking on the ownership role of a television network as it seeks a bigger piece of the action. The top social networking site co-developed a new scripted serial, "Roommates," that premieres today. The Web show -- about several underdressed young women who make ends meet by starring in a reality show about underdressed young women -- will air daily at Myspacetv.com and on new MySpace pages devoted to the subjects.
BUSINESS
February 12, 1998 | MARLA MATZER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
One day after announcing a broadened "commitment to content creation," leading Internet service provider America Online on Tuesday fired 105 employees from its proprietary Entertainment Asylum and WorldPlay entertainment/game sites. Culver City-based Entertainment Asylum lost 40 people--half its staff--including programming president Scott Zakarin, who co-founded the site with the late entertainment executive Brandon Tartikoff.
BUSINESS
March 10, 1997 | KAREN KAPLAN
America Online is going Hollywood. The world's No. 1 consumer online service and Internet access provider will boost its production of entertainment-oriented content, with the aim of introducing at least a dozen new "shows" in the fall. To jump-start the effort, Greenhouse Networks--AOL's original-content division--will buy LightSpeed Media, a Los Angeles company founded by the creators of the original cybersoap, "The Spot." The deal, for an undisclosed sum, will be announced today.
NEWS
October 12, 1999 | MICHAEL HARRIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Most of us weren't paying attention, and that was part of the problem. During the years 1995-98, we were jogging along as usual, reading books, watching TV and sending a little e-mail, while in warp speed "Internet time" a would-be revolution in online entertainment got off the ground, wobbled furiously and crashed. The corporate landscape was littered with the wreckage of start-up firms. Hundreds of millions of dollars were lost. What happened?
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 1995 | Tracy Johnson, Tracy Johnson is a Los Angeles-based free-lance writer. and
It's a virtual hangout where almost anything can happen. Raucous parties rage all night. Romance sizzles among the roommates. Hollywood wanna-bes pass through wearing feather boas and it's rumored that a former landlord was wearing a dress when he drowned in the bathtub 40 years ago. The site is a seven-bedroom beach house in Santa Monica, home to three women and two men. Each is an aspiring something-or-other and a member of Generation X. They admit all visitors. Grab a computer and drop in.
BUSINESS
October 27, 1997 | KAREN KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Over the last seven months, about 60 producers, artists, actors, computer programmers and others have been camped out in an avant-garde concrete building along Culver City's multimedia row, drinking Diet Coke and eating bagels and trying to do something that so far has stumped the best and brightest of Hollywood and Silicon Valley: Create a new genre of entertainment programming on the Internet.
BUSINESS
March 3, 2006 | Chris Gaither, Times Staff Writer
Oscar-winning director Steven Spielberg, actor-producer Ashton Kutcher and reality TV impresario Mark Burnett are just a few of the Hollywood heavyweights trying to develop new programs for the Web. Yet for all their success in television and movies, they are grappling with a fundamental question: What defines a hit on the Internet? "There are as many answers to that question as people you ask it to," said Blair Westlake, a former TV executive who is Microsoft Corp.'
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