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September 14, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Fox Filmed Entertainment co-chairman Tom Rothman, who has led the News Corp.-owned studio together with partner Jim Gianopulos since 2000, is leaving his post on Jan. 1. The unexpected move ends long and largely successful run atop the studio for Rothman, who first came to Fox in 1994 when he founded the specialty label Fox Searchlight Pictures. He previously worked as president of the independent studio Samuel Goldwyn Pictures. With Rothman's exit, Gianopulos will become the sole chairman of Fox, the studio behind "Avatar," "Ice Age," and "Prometheus.
October 16, 2012 | By Joe Flint
The main problem with owning a network that specializes in 3D is that there isn't a ton of 3D programming around to fill the schedule. With that in mind, 3Net -- the 3D cable channel owned by Sony, Discovery and IMAX -- have created an in-house production company to make original 3D content. “With the industry now struggling to keep pace with the rapidly accelerating consumer demand for 3D programming across multiple platforms...the formation of a world-class production studio to help fill both the 3D and ultra-high-definition content voids became a logical next step in our evolution as a global player in the entertainment arena,” said Tom Cosgrove, president of 3Net.
September 10, 2012 | By Lisa Boone
When "Parenthood" returns on Sept. 11 for its fourth season, Ray Romano joins the cast as Hank Rizzoli, a curmudgeonly photographer who hires Sarah (Lauren Graham) as his assistant. When it came to designing a photography studio for Rizzoli, production designer Steven Jordan chose to transform an empty firehouse set on the Universal lot into a relaxed but elegant space complete with a darkroom, framing area and an alcove for hanging backdrops. “I wanted to create a space that was a little clunky,” said Jordan.
October 23, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Zynga Inc. has laid off about 150 employees, shut down 13 games and is closing a production studio in a cost-cutting move for the troubled social-gaming giant. The cutbacks Tuesday come almost three weeks after the San Francisco firm reduced its financial projections amid a weakening market for Facebook games and a day before it was scheduled to release third-quarter earnings. Zynga is shutting down a studio in Boston that made its “Indiana Jones Adventure World” game. The company has proposed closing facilities in Japan and Britain as well, and is laying off staff at an Austin, Texas, studio that made “The Ville.” Chief Executive Mark Pincus said in an email to staffers that Zynga is “parting ways” with about 5% of its workforce.
November 7, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
A new perspective on L.A. country-rock band Lone Justice arrives Jan. 14 with the release of “This Is Lone Justice-The Vaught Tapes, 1983,” a collection of live-in-the-studio recordings the band made as its career was heating up. The band, fronted by singer Maria McKee, entered a Van Nuys recording studio in December 1983 with engineer David Vaught and recorded versions of a dozen of the songs that were a core part of the group's set at the...
August 27, 2000
Hooray for Alan Horn and his wife, Cindy ["Studio Chief Is DNC's Secret Weapon," The Biz, Aug. 16]. It's unusual for a studio chief to take a stand against gratuitous sex and violence. He speaks for many parents of young children. LEE LEVEY Los Angeles
November 7, 1992
I got a good laugh from your article about Brandon Tartikoff resigning from Paramount Pictures after so short a time ("Tartikoff: A 'Nice Guy' Who Didn't Finish," Nov. 2). I have good reason to believe that if he ran the studio like he did his own office, it's amazing he lasted those 15 months. I sent him a short letter urging him to have someone on his staff read a novel because it has a part that is just right for Eddie Murphy. Back came a letter from a lawyer informing me that the studio needed no help from the likes of me in getting material for Murphy.
May 23, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Motel 6 and Studio 6, the no-frills budget hotel chains that once offered rooms for $6 a night, are being sold by French parent Accor for $1.9 billion. The new owner, an affiliate of private equity firm Blackstone Group, already owns Hilton Worldwide. Blackstone said it plans to "accelerate the expansion of the franchise base" for Motel 6 and Studio 6. Accor will use proceeds from the sale to slash its debt and grow its luxury Sofitel and Novotel hotels in Asia, Latin America and Europe.
February 24, 2012 | By Don Heckman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Mike Melvoin, a pianist/composer/arranger whose credits reach from Stan Getz and Frank Sinatra to Michael Jackson and the Beach Boys, and who was the first active musician to serve as national president of the Recording Academy, has died. He was 74. A first-call pianist and keyboardist since the early 1960s, Melvoin died Wednesday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, said his daughter Wendy. He had cancer. In addition to his studio work, Melvoin remained strongly linked to jazz, his first musical love, performing on a regular basis in local clubs, frequently touring internationally and releasing numerous recordings of his own groups.
August 26, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
Los Angeles County leaders will decide Tuesday whether to allow the construction of a major high-tech television and film production facility on a sprawling ranch personally selected by Walt Disney to serve as the backdrop for many of his studio's productions. The Disney/ABC proposal, which has been in the works for four years, would develop 58 acres of 890-acre Golden Oak Ranch in the northwestern part of the county, adding more than half a million square feet of studio space, multiple sound stages, writers bungalows and other developments.
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