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October 17, 2009 | Meg James
General Electric Co. Chief Executive Jeffrey Immelt, sounding less committed to the entertainment business, said Friday that his company was getting its peacocks in a row for a possible change in ownership at NBC Universal. The industrial giant has mostly kept quiet about plans to sell part of its stake in NBC Universal as its broadcast TV and movie studio have faltered amid an advertising recession, its programming has missed at the network, and a string of costly box-office duds has prompted the ouster of two top film executives.
April 20, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
Last year, Los Angeles entertainment giant AEG weathered a major corporate shake-up, endured a six-month trial spotlighting its role in the last days of Michael Jackson and fell short in its efforts to bring L.A. a pro football team. Even so, the company - owner of Staples Center, L.A. Live and the Los Angeles Kings hockey team - seems to be on the rebound. Although AEG has taken a decidedly low profile in Southern California in recent months, the company has seen most of its worldwide operations surge.
July 14, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
BusinessWeek magazine is the latest major publication facing an uncertain future amid a deep advertising slump. McGraw-Hill Cos., BusinessWeek's New York-based owner, sounded the alarm by announcing that it's "exploring strategic options" for the 80-year-old magazine. The recession knocked out rival Portfolio magazine in May.
April 11, 2014 | By Meg James
Los Angeles' largest advertising agency, TBWAChiatDay, has shaken up its top management, ousting its longtime president, Carisa Bianchi, and installing a new leader. Luis DeAnda, who joined the 500-person agency in January as general manager, was elevated to president, the company said in a statement Friday. DeAnda replaces Bianchi, who is leaving the agency. DeAnda previously was managing director of the TBWAMedia Arts Lab. Before that, he served as chief operating officer of the TBWAHakuhodo branch in Tokyo.
November 21, 2004 | By Lisa Dillman
Debacle ... The Day After. So what happens next -- other than the Clippers getting on the plane to fly to Oklahoma City -- after Friday's mind-boggling collapse, in which Toronto rallied from a 22-point deficit to defeat the Clippers, 104-89? Tone and attitude would suggest a major shake-up for the Clippers, at least the way team officials were looking after the dust cleared against the Raptors. Frankly, change would be looming for almost any sports team in any league after such a series of debacles.
July 8, 1992
After digesting all the theories in The Times' article ("Quake Theories Get Rattled by Scientists," June 28) on earthquakes including rupture, dynamics, stress, a rock in the wrong place, etc., one comes to the conclusion the chances of predicting an earthquake are about the same as the chances of The Times having a study on earthquakes in tandem with a Sunday morning shake-up wake-up call. As Charles Richter once said, "Only liars, charlatans and idiots" predict earthquakes. LOUIS E. HYMAN Los Angeles
June 22, 1989 | From Times wire services
House Democrats today elected Rep. Vic Fazio (D-Sacramento), a member of the Ethics Committee, to a post in their leadership. Fazio was elected vice chairman of the House Democratic Caucus on the second ballot of a four-way race. Fazio, 46, bested his nearest rival, Rep. Martin Frost (D-Tex.), by a 2-1 margin in the race to fill the last vacancy remaining from the party shake-up triggered by the resignation of House Speaker Jim Wright. Reps. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) and Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.
March 30, 2006
Re "Bush Deals Card Out as Chief of Staff," March 29 The Republicans were calling for a shake-up of administration staff. Now, with the resignation of Andrew H. Card Jr. and the installment of Budget Director Joshua B. Bolten as the new chief of staff, they are all patting each other on the back. From here, however, it seems that President Bush merely moved the players around the board. How can someone who has been advising Bush since at least 2000 actually be considered a fresh face or infusion of new ideas?
December 16, 2008 | Richard Rushfield, Rushfield is a Times staff writer.
With the debut of Season 8 a mere 28 days away, "American Idol" producers are offering the first hints of what looks to be the biggest shake-up in its format since the show's early seasons. In an exclusive conversation, executive producer Ken Warwick confirmed the rumors sweeping the Internet on some of the changes afoot, knocked down a few others, urged patience on some more and gave his thoughts and insight on the entire shake-up. Below are a few high points: Warwick said the biggest challenge to making this season work stems from the show having been on the air for so long.
June 20, 2009 | Claudia Eller
Paramount Pictures, shaking up its management ranks, ousted its two top production executives Friday, signaling unhappiness with the pace of development and performance of movies developed under their watch, including the current Eddie Murphy bomb "Imagine That."
April 9, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
The sudden death of the Ultimate Warrior on Tuesday night in Scottsdale, Ariz., has left the pro wrestling world stunned, with many sending out tweets of condolences after hearing the news. A sampling:   We are all so sad that the Ultimate Warrior has passed away. Our heart is with his wife Dana and his two daughters. - Vince McMahon (@VinceMcMahon) April 9, 2014 Devastated to hear of the passing of @UltimateWarrior . He was a childhood hero of mine & he vs @HulkHogan WM6 is still one of the best ever - Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho)
March 28, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
Even before the disappearance of its Boeing 777, Malaysia Airlines faced financial turbulence and stiff competition from low-cost carriers in Asia. Still, airline experts say Malaysia's flagship carrier could survive the economic blow of the disaster by responding with new management and a safety campaign, among other changes. "The airline needs to show it is committed to safety, security and reliability," said Henry H. Harteveldt, a travel industry analyst for advisory firm Hudson Crossing.
March 21, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
One of the supposed byproducts of the Kings acquiring Marian Gaborik was the notion that forwards Jeff Carter and Mike Richards could resume their partnership, helping shake Richards out of a prolonged slump. It hasn't quite happened. Richards has three goals in 2014 - nine in all this season - and has no points in the last six games since scoring the game-winner at Winnipeg on March 6. In the last five games, Carter has one assist, but he did score in the shootout of Thursday's win against Washington.
February 26, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- A day after going on a leave of absence, Sen. Roderick Wright (D-Inglewood) was replaced Wednesday as the chairman of the Senate Governmental Organization Committee by Sen. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana). Wright was removed as chairman after a jury last month found him guilty of eight felonies including voter fraud and perjury for lying when he signed forms indicating that he lived in his Senate district when he ran for office. On Wednesday, the Senate Rules Committee appointed Correa to head the committee overseeing gambling and liquor laws.
February 17, 2014 | By Shan Li
Joey Mucha used to seal a business deal with a handshake or an e-mail. Now he whips out his smartphone. The San Francisco entrepreneur runs a side business renting out skee ball machines. With the company growing steadily, Mucha decided last year he needed to use contracts to protect his clients and the business. But he didn't go to a pricey lawyer. Instead, the 27-year-old downloaded a smartphone app called Shake. It guided him through the process of creating easy-to-read contracts, which customers can then sign with a swipe of their fingers on the screen.
February 15, 2014 | Jean Merl
When Rep. Gary Miller this week became the latest California congressman to throw in the towel, the Rancho Cucamonga Republican in effect delivered his district into Democrats' hands. While Miller's is the only one of the five open House seats in California that analysts say is likely to flip from one major party to the other in this year's elections, the state's relatively new "top two" primary system is helping to reshape all of them. Contests in districts dominated by one major party, once essentially settled in primaries, could now continue into the fall.
February 15, 2014 | By Shashank Bengali
KURUKSHETRA, India - Sakit Poswal, an engineering graduate and aspiring actor, never gave much thought to politics until last fall, when a new party burst into the spotlight promising total transparency and handing out white caps stamped with the message, "I am the common man. " The grass-roots group that has upended India's staid political scene is the Aam Aadmi Party, whose name means "common man" and whose platform amounts to a full-throated rejection...
February 13, 2014 | By Robert Abele
In Manuel Carballo's pre-apocalyptic zombie drama "The Returned" - set years after an outbreak has been medically contained - getting bitten is no walking-death sentence, as long as you get your timely zombie protein shots. Then you can still be a functioning - if often discriminated against, or outright hated - member of a still-fearful society. So why, then, is returned-advocate doctor Kate (Emily Hampshire) secretly hoarding doses for her loving, infected boyfriend Alex (Kris Holden-Ried)
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