December 21, 2000 |
Azteca America Inc., which hopes to become the country's third Spanish-language television network, has received Federal Communications Commission approval to construct a full-power Los Angeles station. The approval brings the number of stations Azteca America owns or is in the final stages of acquiring to 12, said Chairman and Chief Executive Harry Pappas. Pappas also owns half a dozen stations in smaller markets that could eventually be converted to Azteca stations.
October 24, 2000 |
While the actors strike is apparently nearing an end, its long-term impact on Los Angeles' commercial-production industry has yet to be determined. Even before actors walked off the job six months ago, local production was being hurt by advertising agencies shooting commercials in less costly locations, most notably Vancouver and Toronto. The strike exacerbated that trend and now it's unclear whether advertisers who have grown accustomed to foreign shoots will quickly return to Los Angeles.
October 6, 2000 |
I watched the 11 o'clock news Wednesday night on Channel 4, because I'd already been watching that channel for two hours, to see how President Sheen got shot. The prez had been directly in the line of fire when last season's last episode of NBC's "The West Wing" came to an end. A gun went bang and everybody ducked. We had to wait all summer to see who caught more flak, Martin Sheen or his flacks. Somebody asked me to guess which West Winger got winged.
October 4, 2000 |
Shooting of commercials on the streets of Los Angeles plunged again in September as Southern California ad production continued to dry up amid the 5-month-old strike by actors against the advertising industry. The number of shooting days devoted to commercials fell 68% during the month to just 168, compared with 533 a year ago, according to the Entertainment Industry Development Corp., the agency that issues permits for most of Los Angeles County.
June 19, 2000 |
KCAL-TV was the big winner in the 52nd annual Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards, picking up nine statuettes in such core categories as live news, sports and special events. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences ceremony was held Saturday night at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The breakdown of Emmy wins by station was: KCAL with nine; KCOP and KCBS with five each; KABC and KTTV with four apiece; Fox Sports Net and Fox Sports Net2, two each; and Adelphi Cable, KCET, KMEX, KTLA, KVEA and L.A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 2000 |
Nearly a decade ago, relations between the motion picture and television industry and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles were incendiary. To borrow a phrase of Hollywood hype, it was a clash of titans, two institutions--perhaps second only to the family--with the power to influence values, form consciences, present role models and motivate human behavior.