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May 23, 1998 | MICHAEL BAKER
Master animator and puppeteer Bob Baker this week helped launch a new series at the North Hollywood Library celebrating the television industry. As part of the library's "50th Anniversary of the Emmy Awards Celebration," Baker, who has been a puppeteer and worked on numerous animation projects for more than 60 years, lectured Thursday night on creating animated productions. "Basically, anything that can be moved by man is animation of some sort," Baker said.
March 28, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Like the sluggish box office, the jobs picture in Hollywood isn't looking pretty so far this year. Employment in the motion picture, television and sound recording category fell 7.3% to 114,700 jobs in January, compared with the same period a year ago, according to the latest figures from the state's Employment Development Department. In fact, the employment level in January was the lowest of any month since January 2001, when employment also stood at 106,300 jobs, according to the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.
June 10, 1996 | MEG INGLIMA, Meg Inglima is a writer and producer. Her e-mail address is:
In Greg Braxton's article "NBC's Loss of Minority Roles a Gain to Independents" (Calendar, May 16), Doug Alligood, senior vice president for BBDO Worldwide Inc. (advertising), discusses the move of minority programs to independent networks and says, "Many of the black-oriented shows do not do well with the general population." What "general population" is he talking about and what does he base it on?
Despite self-proclaimed efforts by the television industry to lessen violence amid threats by federal legislators, TV violence actually increased by 41% over the past two years, according to a study released Friday by a nonprofit research organization. The findings were immediately attacked by network officials, who called the study "irresponsible" and inconclusive.
January 20, 2012 | By Barbara Demick and John Lee, Los Angeles Times
It is the television show that everybody watches and everybody loves to hate. On Sunday night, the eve of the Chinese New Year, a billion people could tune in for a ritual that is as deeply ingrained in the holiday tradition as watching the Rose Parade is for Americans. The show is CCTV's annual New Year's Gala, a five-hour pastiche of dancing, singing, comedy, magic tricks, propaganda and kitsch. CCTV claims that more than 90% of the Chinese population watches the show (more on that claim later)
January 17, 2012 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
After a marathon meeting, Hollywood's two main actors unions took a historic step toward creating the largest and potentially most powerful entertainment union in the industry. Leaders of the 125,000-member Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, which has about 70,000 members, reached a merger agreement Monday after nine days of intensive talks at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel. If approved as expected by the union boards and memberships, the merger would end a decades-long competition between the two groups to organize actors.
May 14, 2001 | GLORIA TRISTANI
Imagine an America where Native American women do not exist and Latinos are a mere 2% of the population, where there is only one woman for every two men, and where mostly persons of color occupy lower-rung occupations. If you tuned in to prime-time network television during the 2000-01 season, that was the America you saw, according to Children Now, a child policy and advocacy organization ("Diverse Casts on Television Are Still Over the Rainbow," by Greg Braxton, May 1).
November 22, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Visual effects artists are planning to show their colors next week when President Obama visits DreamWorks Animation SKG. Hundreds of visual effects artists who work at the Glendale studio are expected to wear green T-shirts to draw attention to the plight of their industry when Obama visits the campus Tuesday as part of a fundraising trip to the West Coast. At least that's the plan of a group of visual effects workers who have been trying to combat the effect of tax breaks and foreign subsidies on California's beleaguered visual effects industry.
July 29, 2013 | By Joe Flint
The consolidation of the television industry continued Monday with Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group striking a $985-million deal to acquire Allbritton Communications, owner of seven television stations. For Sinclair, this is the second major acquisition it has made in this year. In April, it bought Fisher Communications Inc., owner of 20 television stations, for $373 million. Allbritton's biggest assets are WJLA-TV, the ABC affiliate in Washington, D.C., and NewsChannel 8, an all-news cable station serving the nation's capital.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) warned the television industry Tuesday that, if it does not announce satisfactory voluntary changes in its current program-rating guidelines by early next week, he will push for Senate action on measures that could require a content-based system. "We need closure on this issue," McCain, chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, said after meeting with representatives from the four major broadcast networks.
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