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WORLD
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)
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2012 | By Meg James
In a bid for Internet buzz, premium cable channels HBO and Showtime have released free premiere episodes online of their highly anticipated summer series, HBO's"The Newsroom"and Showtime's "Weeds" and "Episodes. "  HBO on Monday began offering Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom," which premiered on television Sunday night and drew a respectable 2.7 million viewers.  The pilot episode of the show, which takes a sneering look at modern media, will play on several new-media sites, including HBO.com, YouTube and TV.com.  The television start of "The Newsroom" ranks among HBO's highly watched premieres.  HBO said the outing ranked third behind "Boardwalk Empire" (4.8 million viewers)
ENTERTAINMENT
September 8, 1992 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When Brad Davis joined the cast of "The Habitation of Dragons," a drama about family and politics in a small Texas town, he had been HIV-positive for six years and had already developed some symptoms of AIDS. But nobody involved with the film knew that. So nobody knew then that the film--which airs tonight at 5, 7 and 9 as part ofcable channel TNT's "Screenworks" series--would be his last.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 4, 1998 | JON MATSUMOTO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For Fred Katayama, it was a moment of profound inspiration. As a Monterey Park fifth-grader in the early 1970s, he came home from school one afternoon and encountered a figure on television who would change his life. "I ran into the kitchen and I said, 'Mom, there's a Japanese-looking man on TV!' " Katayama recalls. "It was Ken Kashiwahara, who at the time was a reporter for Channel 7 'Eyewitness News.' It was a strong reaction.
BUSINESS
January 12, 1989 | AL DELUGACH, Times Staff Writer
It was, as they say, the end of an era. Lorimar Telepictures Corp. at last was merged Wednesday into the entertainment mammoth Warner Communications Inc. Lorimar, which made its reputation producing "Dallas" and other television series, will survive as a Culver City subsidiary doing what it has always done best: TV. What it has done with notable lack of success--making movies, especially--has been wound down during the many months that the merger has been impending.
BUSINESS
January 23, 1999 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With DirecTV's pact Friday to buy PrimeStar, the satellite television industry is on the verge of shrinking to only two players from five just three months ago. Federal regulators have largely driven the consolidation, aiming to strengthen the satellite industry as a challenger to the long-standing monopoly of cable operators. But some consumer advocates and analysts question whether consumers will benefit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 1996 | MEG INGLIMA, Meg Inglima is a writer and producer. Her e-mail address is: minglima@aol.com
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?
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