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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.
October 27, 2011 | Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
Daniel Burke, considered one of the architects of the modern television industry and a former president and chief executive of Capital Cities/ABC, died Wednesday. He was 82. He died at his home in Rye, N.Y., of complications from type 1 diabetes, according to his family. Burke spent more than 30 years at CapCities, rising from manager of its television station in Albany, N.Y., to chief executive. Working closely with Tom Murphy, the chairman of CapCities, the duo transformed the company from a handful of TV stations into a broadcasting and publishing giant.
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 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).
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, YouTube and  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)
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.
June 18, 2000 | CHRISTOPHER NOXON, Christopher Noxon is a regular contributor to Calendar
The guest star on medical drama "City of Angels" is playing the part of Mike, a sweet-tempered 7-year-old who is rushed to the hospital with a fractured femur. Splayed out on a gurney with his leg wrapped in bloody gauze, he cringes in pain and moans with each labored breath. Then, with his eyes fixed soulfully in the distance, Mike arches his head forward and gives an attending nurse a long, wet lick.
Fries Entertainment, a major supplier of TV movies and one of the last publicly traded independent TV production companies in Hollywood, filed for bankruptcy reorganization Wednesday after years of mounting financial losses. Fries had missed a bond payment earlier this month, leading to acceleration of $29.5 million in bank debt and other possible defaults.
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