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September 25, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Screenwriters who once viewed television as inferior to the big screen increasingly are giving the small screen more props. That's one of the key takeaways from a survey by the Writers Guild of America, East, which polled about 20% of its 4,000 members who write for film, television and new media. Although more than half of the respondents said they wrote feature films in the last five years, nearly 90% said they intend to seek guild-covered work in television in the next year. "In other words, screenwriters plan to explore opportunities in TV,"  the guild said in a statement.
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BUSINESS
September 11, 2012 | By Chad Terhune
Health insurance premiums for employer-sponsored coverage rose a moderate 4% this year, a national survey shows, but experts warn that rates may climb higher next year. Annual insurance premiums for families increased 4%, on average, to $15,745, according to the annual survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust. That was down from a 9% hike in 2011. Still, even modest increases in healthcare costs are difficult to absorb for many businesses and workers struggling to cope with a sluggish economy.
BUSINESS
February 19, 2013 | By Alejandro Lazo
‏ Builder confidence ticked down slightly in February, according to a survey, essentially leveling out at a level slightly below "good. " Builder confidence in how the market for newly constructed single-family homes will fare remained pretty much the same as last month, declining a point to 46, according to the National Assn. of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. "This is partly due to ongoing uncertainties about job growth and consumer access to mortgage credit," Rick Judson, a home builder and NAHB chairman, said in a statement.
BUSINESS
February 7, 2013 | By Shan Li
An increasing number of Americans, taking the glass-is-half-empty approach, believe the economy has gone through a permanent change for the worse since the Great Recession, a survey found. Six in 10 Americans now think that the economy has changed irrevocably, up from 56% in 2010 who thought so, according to a survey by the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University. Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed say the economy will never fully recover, while more than half think it will take at least six years, if not more, for the county to copletely shake off the damage from the Great recession.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2012 | By Marc Lifsher
California's small-business owners worry about the economy, regulatory burdens and taxes, but they're also concerned about the deteriorating quality of public education and crumbling roads and other public works. Those are the findings of an annual survey of 1,067 small-business executives just released by Small Business California, an advocacy group. Employers -- just over half of them with 19 workers or less -- have trouble finding capable staff and then have trouble navigating clogged freeways, said Scott Hauge, a San Francisco insurance broker who is Small Business California's founder and president.
BUSINESS
July 9, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
Small-business optimism fell in June, a turnaround from a slight increase in May, according to a survey from the National Federation of Independent Business. The group's economic index fell to 93.5, from 94.4 in May, which was its second-highest reading since the recession started. Job-creation plans increased slightly in June, the group reported, but expectations for improved business conditions remained negative. “The economy remains 'bifurcated,' with the big firms producing most of the GDP growth with little help from small business,” Bill Dunkelberg, the group's chief economist, said in a statement.
BUSINESS
June 25, 2011 | By Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Times
Baby boomers remain shell-shocked by the devastating bear market that ended in 2009 — despite the impressive rebound in stock prices since then. According to a survey by Allianz Life Insurance Co. of North America, the generation that couldn't get enough of dot-com stocks in the late 1990s and McMansions a few years after that now prizes financial security above all else. A vast majority of those surveyed said they would prefer low-yielding but stable investments over those with better profit potential but more risk.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 1989
Did someone slip up? As I read through this morning's (Dec.13) Times, I became aware that no poll or survey results cluttered its pages. Sometimes I think if I see one more Times Poll, I will scream. You people take a poll about everything! How about polling people on their feelings about public opinion polls? 1. Do you believe polls are accurate? 2. Do you believe the wording of a question can influence the response so that a pollster can obtain any results desired? 3. Are you tired of The Times--and other media--polls?
BUSINESS
September 15, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
Further evidence has emerged that Hollywood has made little progress in hiring women and minorities to work on prime-time television shows. A survey conducted by the Directors Guild of America of more than 2,600 television episodes from 170 scripted TV series for the 2010-11 season found that white males directed 77% of all episodes, and white females directed 11% of all episodes. Minority males directed 11% all episodes and minority females directed just 1% of the shows, according to the DGA survey.
NEWS
February 7, 2012 | By James Rainey
Cable television has become the top source of news about the presidential campaign, while fewer Americans turn to their local TV stations and the networks, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. While public attention to cable news has remained steady over the last four presidential cycles, the attention to other television outlets and to newspapers for election information has declined. Perhaps most surprisingly, the Pew survey found that the percentage of those saying they use the Internet to access campaign news has stayed about the same as it was four years ago. The percentage of the audience who say they regularly get information on the 2012 race was 36% from cable news, 32% from local TV, 26% from network TV, 25% from the Internet and 20% from newspapers.
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