October 14, 1991 |
Anyone who's seen the court scenes in the Emmy-winning television miniseries "Separate But Equal," the pastel neighborhoods in the movie "Edward Scissorhands" or the goofy game shows on Nickelodeon knows the product. That's entertainment--Florida-style. Florida's film, TV and commercial industry totals about $300 million, but state officials are hoping it will grow to the $1-billion level this decade. Industry officials say that goal is attainable, even conservative.
March 27, 2013 |
In offices that once housed Google, four computer geeks pursue their quest for a killer mobile app. Their technology incubator, with its angular, modern furniture and shared kitchen and conference rooms, would be recognizable to any Silicon Valley entrepreneur. But this start-up space was found in Silicon Beach. The Santa Monica offices provided the backdrop for "Betas," one of 14 series pilots put into production by Amazon Studios, the production arm of Amazon.com. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments The show, which will also film at a house in Encino and other locations around L.A., is the latest in a wave of digital productions that have taken off in recent years, as YouTube, Yahoo, AOL, Hulu and others have invested millions of dollars in developing original programming for the Web. Most of the new digital shows are produced locally.
July 30, 2012 |
On a typical day, Kun Lee, owner of Bake It Again Sam, prepares 360 bagels and 240 muffins for his famous customer across the street. And that's not counting the scrambled eggs, sandwiches, quesadillas, cookies and specialty order birthday cakes he often serves up to the crews of such television shows as"Pretty Little Liars" and"Shameless. " "They're a big chunk of my business," Lee said. "If it wasn't for them, I would have gone under a long time ago. " Bake It Again Sam is among 1,200 vendors and suppliers in Burbank that provide more than $550 million worth of goods and services each year to one of the city's A-list residents: Warner Bros.Entertainment, the studio behind such movie franchises as "Harry Potter" and "The Dark Knight" and popular TV shows "The Big Bang Theory" and"2 Broke Girls" on CBS. PHOTOS: Hollywood back lot moments In 2010, the studio spent a total of $1.58 billion on products and services from companies across Los Angeles County and paid $2.5 billion in wages and residuals to county residents.
August 1, 1992
It is true that Ray Middleton played Frank Butler opposite Ethel Merman in the Broadway production of "Annie Get Your Gun." However, John Raitt did not do the national tour with Mary Martin. The actor who played Frank Butler opposite Martin in the national tour was Earl Covert. Raitt played the part in a 1957 revival for the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera and also in the NBC-TV production that year. I played Chief Sitting Bull in the national company tour (1947-48) and also in the 1957 stage and TV productions.
July 25, 1992
It is true that Ray Middleton played Frank Butler opposite Ethel Merman in the Broadway production of "Annie Get Your Gun." However, John Raitt did not do the national tour with Mary Martin ("Ray Middleton in 'Annie,' " Saturday Letters, July 11)! The actor who played Frank Butler opposite Martin in the national tour was Earl Covert. Raitt played the part in a 1957 revival produced by Edwin Lester for the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera and also in the NBC-TV production that year.
August 20, 2012 |
Tony Scott, who died on Sunday, was primarily known as a feature director, with such films as "Top Gun," "Crimson Tide" and "True Romance" standing out on his lengthy resume. But along with his brother, Ridley, Tony was also a prolific force in TV. Starting in 1997, with a little-seen anthology series based on his debut feature, "The Hunger," Scott served as executive producer on a wide range of projects, including two hit CBS series,"Numb3rs" and"The Good Wife. " PHOTOS: Hollywood reacts to Tony Scott's death While Scott mainly directed high-end action films, his TV productions crossed a wide variety of genres, including thrillers ("The Andromeda Strain," "Coma")