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November 2, 1988 | AL DELUGACH
MGM/UA Communications, which is restructuring under new management, promoted veteran television producer David Gerber to chairman and chief executive of its new Television Productions Group. He will also be nominated to the firm's board. Gerber, who previously was president of MGM/UA Television Productions, will be responsible for network TV productions, first-run TV production, cable programming and international co-productions.
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April 10, 2014 | By Joseph Serna, Cindy Chang and Ruben Vives
Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies mistakenly shot two hostages, killing one, earlier this week as the men fled a knife-wielding captor in West Hollywood, officials said Thursday. John Winkler, a 30-year-old TV production assistant who had recently arrived from Washington state to pursue a career in entertainment, was hit once in the chest when three deputies opened fire on him Monday night at an apartment complex, officials said in a statement. UPDATES: Death toll rises in deadly bus crash He died at a local hospital.
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BUSINESS
November 15, 1987 | JAMES BATES, Times Staff Writer
Hooray for Canada. And Texas, North Carolina, Arkansas, Wyoming, Florida, Illinois and all the other places that want to be the next Hollywood. The names may not sound glamorous and there are no "Hooray for Hollywood" songs penned for them yet. But these and other areas where it is cheaper to make films and television shows are increasingly siphoning off movie and television business from Southern California to the tune of about $1 billion a year, according to state officials.
BUSINESS
March 25, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Proposed legislation aimed at providing more tax credits to attract so-called runaway movie and television productions back to the industry's birthplace in California won initial approval from a legislative committee Tuesday. The proposal would renew and increase a state tax credit - amounting to as much as $400 million a year - to better compete with generous tax subsidies available in more than 40 states, including New York, Louisiana, New York and Michigan, as well as studios in Canada and Britain.
BUSINESS
October 14, 1991 | From Associated Press
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.
BUSINESS
July 30, 2012 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
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.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
Movies and TV shows that received tax breaks in New York state supported 28,900 jobs and accounted for $6.9 billion in spending in 2011, according to a new study on the state's film incentive program. The study, conducted by the consulting firm HR&A Advisors, also found that the number of jobs in the state's film and television industry jumped by nearly 25% between 2008 and 2011, while private sector employment as a whole declined by 1.6%. The report credits New York's film incentive program, which allocates about $420 million annually to lure film and TV productions - about four times what rival California sets aside each year in film tax credits.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By Susan King
"Ma, sooner or later, there comes a point in a man's life where he's gotta face some facts. And one fact I gotta face is that, whatever it is that women like, I ain't got it. " - Marty Piletti (Ernest Borgnine) in the 1955 Oscar winner "Marty" On May 24, 1953, NBC's "Goodyear Television Playhouse" aired Paddy Chayefsky's transcendent drama "Marty," starring Rod Steiger as a lonely Bronx butcher who finds love with a shy, plain woman (Nancy Marchand). Running just 51 minutes, the live telecast directed by Delbert Mann became one of the triumphs of the Golden Age of television in the 1950s.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2013 | By Daniel Miller, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Harvey and Bob Weinstein are getting the reunion they've long sought. The brothers' film company, Weinstein Co., has struck a production and distribution deal with Miramax, the iconic firm they founded in 1979 that has been responsible for critical and commercial hits including "Pulp Fiction," "Shakespeare in Love" and "Chicago. " Under terms of the 20-year co-production and co-distribution agreement, the companies will collaborate on a variety of projects that mine Miramax's film library, in addition to developing new content.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 9, 2013 | By Meg James
Legendary Entertainment is expanding its television production repertoire by acquiring Asylum Entertainment, the firm behind the biographical miniseries "The Kennedys. " Legendary, the entertainment company controlled by film producer and financier Thomas Tull, announced Monday it had completed a deal to buy 100% of Asylum Entertainment, a 10-year-old production firm. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. Asylum specializes in unscripted and scripted fare.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Santa Clarita's film business reached a record level in the last fiscal year, fueled by such television shows  as "Justified" and "Franklin and Bash. " The suburban northern Los Angeles County city generated 1,069 film days in the year ended June 30, an 18% increase compared to last year's level, which was also a record, the city said. Film and TV productions spent an estimated $25.7 million in the Santa Clarita area during the fiscal year, up 22% from the prior year. "Santa Clarita is one of Hollywood's first choices for location filming, as shown by yet another strong year for location filming,” Mayor Bob Kellar said in a statement.  “Filming is a big part of our business community and local economy, supporting high-paying jobs and hundreds of companies involved in the industry.”  ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll In March 2012, the City Council approved a three-year extension of the city's Film Incentive Program, which refunds permit fees to locally-based productions, those that film on location four or more times in a year, as well as those that qualified for the state of California's film and television tax credit program.  Santa Clarita locations have doubled for many cities around the world, including New York, Washington and Paris.
NEWS
June 25, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Despite a near-record number of pilots made here this year, Los Angeles is still struggling to keep television production in town. Out of 186 television pilots this season, 96 were produced in the Los Angeles region, the second-largest annual tally in the city's history, according to a study by FilmL.A., a nonprofit group that handles film permits for the city and county. However, the region continued to see a troubling slide in its share of the overall pilot production pie -- especially in the lucrative category of one-hour dramas -- as New York and rival cities grabbed a larger share of business, the report said.
BUSINESS
May 1, 2013 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
Hollywood North is going south. That's the fear among many in the once-booming production community in Vancouver, Canada. Although Vancouver still attracts high-profile movies and television shows, including A&E's recently launched "Bates Motel," the city is rapidly losing its perch as one of the industry's busiest production hubs as it faces rising competition from cities in eastern Canada and south of the border. The city that pioneered the use of film incentives now finds itself struggling to compete with emerging rivals offering stronger tax credits and rebates.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Good news emerged Monday for backers of the "Breaking Bad" bill in New Mexico. The New Mexico Senate passed a bill that would increase the state's film rebate to 30% for TV series shooting at least six episodes in New Mexico, up from 25%. The bill, intended to lure other TV series to the state - like AMC's hit series "Breaking Bad" - was previously approved by the state House and now goes to Gov. Susana Martinez, who is expected to approve the...
ENTERTAINMENT
November 25, 2012 | By Scott Sandell
Larry Hagman may have been best known for his role as the delightfully despicable oil man J.R. Ewing on "Dallas," but his six-decade career contained many other memorable moments on screen. After all, the actor -- who died Friday at a Dallas hospital -- appeared in more than 80 TV productions and about 20 films. Although his first TV credits came in 1957 on such now largely forgotten series as "Decoy," "Goodyear Playhouse" and "Studio One in Hollywood," Hagman appeared in the daytime soap opera "The Edge of Night" from 1961 to 1963.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2013 | By Meg James
In an effort to kick-start original television production, Tribune Co. has hired Matt Cherniss, a former Fox and Warner Bros. executive, as president of WGN America and head of a newly formed Tribune Studios.   Cherniss will be responsible for strategy and day-to-day operations at both properties. He will spearhead efforts to create original content for Tribune's 23 television stations as well as cable channel WGN America. Tribune is seeking to establish a beachhead in Hollywood.
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