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May 14, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
ABC announced its fall prime-time schedule on Tuesday, whittling "Dancing With the Stars" down to one night, slotting Rebel Wilson's "Super Fun Night" in the coveted post-"Modern Family" slot and placing the much-anticipated "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” on at Tuesdays at 8 p.m. Here's the full schedule: MONDAY    8 p.m.     “Dancing with the Stars”    10 p.m.    “Castle” TUESDAY     8 p.m.    “Marvel's...
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April 11, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before getting ready to fly back to D.C. The Skinny: Traveling to D.C. on Saturday for Passover on Monday. Given the cost of flying and renting a car, this will be a very expensive Seder. Don't worry, eating matzo won't stop me from doing the Morning Fix on Monday and Tuesday. Today's roundup includes analysis of Stephen Colbert's move to CBS and a preview of the weekend box office.  Daily Dose: Although it doesn't look like DirecTV is going to carry the Dodgers-owned, Time Warner Cable channel SportsNet LA any time soon, don't expect that to change the $3.63 sports surcharge the satellite broadcaster hits its Southland subscribers with every month.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
“Scandal” is already a hit with TV viewers and a social-media smash , but if ABC's upfront presentation is any indication, the soapy political drama is also a clear favorite of executives at the network eager to put a positive spin on the their fourth-place finish in the 18-to-49 demographic this season. “'Scandal' is a game-changing hit,” proclaimed ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee on Tuesday afternoon at New York City's Avery Fisher Hall, touting the show's extremely engaged, Twitter-happy followers to a theater packed with media buyers and ad executives eager to harness the power of social media.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
Oxygen Media on Tuesday unveiled its 2014 programming slate in New York, which will include seven new reality series aimed at modern young women.  The new lineup will include two competition series. In "Nail'd It," hosted by Adrienne Bailon, top nail designers will vie against each other for a $100,000 prize, while "Street Art Throwdown" will feature up-and-coming street artists aspiring to be the next Banksy. In "Fix My Choir," struggling choirs will receive mentoring from Michelle Williams, formerly of Destiny's Child, and Deitrick Haddon, star of the network's "Preachers of L.A. "  From executive producer T.I., "Sisterhood of Hip Hop" will follow a number of female hip-hop artists looking to break out to mainstream success.
BUSINESS
June 27, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
GRP Partners, one of the go-to venture capital firms in the L.A. area, made a slew of major announcements Thursday: It's changing its name to Upfront Ventures, has a new $200-million fund and is moving from Century City to Santa Monica. We got a sneak peek of the new space this month and it's pretty sweet. At the corner of Arizona Avenue and 7th Street, the office boasts 8,000 square feet of indoor space and a 4,000-square-foot sprawling rooftop deck with 360-degree views. PHOTOS: Top smartphones of 2013 After searching for a new location for several months, Upfront signed a 10-year lease and plans to move in February after extensive construction and remodeling to make the space more open and modern.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 2013 | By Joe Flint
A sense of "meh. " That's the takeaway of one top media analyst after sitting through programming presentations to advertisers from ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC this past week. "Our overwhelming impression is this: the more we see of the broadcast lineups, the more excited we get -- about the cable lineups," said Todd Juenger of Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.  Of particular concern to Juenger was Fox's schedule, which he called "disappointing. " The new dramas -- which include J.J. Abrams' "Almost Human" -- "struck us as shockingly and uniformly violent.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 18, 2012 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before canceling my Facebook account until I get in on the IPO. The Skinny: Running around Manhattan for a week has left yours truly with no voice. I didn't lose it from laughing at all the comedy clips the networks showed to advertisers, it was the weather. Friday's headlines include a look back at upfront week, a preview of this weekend's box office, Comcast's move to expand broadband data caps and a senator wants to put some heat on News Corp.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
The “blue skies” network is about to get a little more diverse: On Thursday, USA announced series order for two half-hour comedies as well as a WWII drama from “The Walking Dead” producer Gale Anne Hurd. “Sirens,” from executive producer Denis Leary, will follow three Chicago EMTs and is based on a UK series of the same name. Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham will executive-produce and star in “Playing House,” a single-camera comedy about two best friends --  one single and career-driven, the other expecting a child.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2012 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before watching "Goodfellas" again. The Skinny: The first time I went to a concert as a teen they searched you for any illegal recording equipment that could be used for bootlegs. When I saw Van Halen on Saturday the whole audience was recording the show on their phones. My, how times change. Wednesday's headlines include the Justice Department probing the cable industry, the broadcast networks wrapping up ad sales for the fall season and a review of TNT's new version of "Dallas.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
NEW YORK - Like a teenage Carrie Bradshaw changing outfits before school, the CW network is trying out a new schedule get-up - with a few staple pieces in place, and one gearing up for its last outing. Just as it did last season, the network is heavily revising its schedule. Changes will come to every slot except two: Wednesday at 8 p.m. will retain its superhero superstar “Arrow,” and Thursday at 8 p.m. maintains its grip on “The Vampire Diaries” - both series are solid performers for the young network and will serve as launchpads for incoming dramas.
BUSINESS
February 26, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
L.A. techies, typically found close to the beach, are going east of the 405 -- at least for a day. Hundreds of top entrepreneurs and investors are congregating at the newly opened Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday for the Upfront Summit . The annual technology and investor conference, hosted by Santa Monica venture capital firm Upfront Ventures (formerly GRP Partners), quickly reached capacity thanks to a lineup of speakers that includes Jeremy Liew of Lightspeed Venture Partners, Nate Redmond of Rustic Canyon and Dana Settle of Greycroft.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2014 | By Larry Gordon and Jason Song
The recent expulsions of 11 students from an Orange County high school because of a cheating scandal appeared to be a forceful stand against academic dishonesty. But that discipline also has focused attention on the murkier questions about whether, and how, colleges should be informed about applicants' histories of misbehavior. College admissions officials say the expelled students and others in similar situations should come clean quickly to schools they've applied to, and they should be prepared for the consequences, including the possibility of having acceptance letters revoked.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2013 | By Meg James
ABC has wrapped up the bulk of its upfront advertising sales for the upcoming television season, holding back some commercial time to sell throughout the year. After more than two months of negotiations with the various ad agencies, the Walt Disney Co.-owned broadcast network on Thursday was putting the finishing touches on its final deals, according to a person close to the negotiations. ABC became the last of the Big Four broadcast networks to end the haggling with ad buyers -- but not because of a lack of interest in ABC's slate, which includes "Modern Family," "Scandal," "Grey's Anatomy" and "The Bachelor.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2013 | By John Horn
After toiling for years in a series of unsatisfying jobs, Robert Rossil finally hit on an idea that he believed could turn everything around: He would become a Hollywood screenwriter. "I had some downfalls. I thought I had to do something big," said Rossil, 41, of Palmdale, who has delivered flowers, worked as a care-giver and sold homes. "I always wanted to grow up to be rich. " Having played soccer as a teen, Rossil thought a script about Uruguay's stunning upset of Brazil in the 1950 World Cup could be his ticket.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Behold, stargazers:  Fox has unveiled the first trailer for “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” the Neil deGrasse Tyson-hosted update of Carl Sagan's classic PBS documentary series, and it's a doozie. The 3.5-minute preview, which had its premiere last weekend at Comic-Con, begins with Sagan's narration from the 1980 original: “The cosmos is all that is, or ever was, or ever will be. Our contemplation of the cosmos stirs. We know we are approaching the grandest of mysteries,” he intones.
BUSINESS
July 12, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
The gig: Mark Suster is an entrepreneur, angel investor and managing partner at Century City venture capital firm Upfront Ventures, formerly known as GRP Partners. A vocal proponent of L.A.'s growing tech scene, Suster has become known as the go-to guy for early-stage technology companies looking for funding. His current investments include Adly, Maker Studios, Moonfrye and Pose. Suster also founded tech accelerator program Launchpad LA and writes a blog, Both Sides of the Table, in which he shares his views on tech trends and offers advice to start-up founders.
BUSINESS
June 27, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
GRP Partners, one of the go-to venture capital firms in the L.A. area, made a slew of major announcements Thursday: It's changing its name to Upfront Ventures, has a new $200-million fund and is moving from Century City to Santa Monica. We got a sneak peek of the new space this month and it's pretty sweet. At the corner of Arizona Avenue and 7th Street, the office boasts 8,000 square feet of indoor space and a 4,000-square-foot sprawling rooftop deck with 360-degree views. PHOTOS: Top smartphones of 2013 After searching for a new location for several months, Upfront signed a 10-year lease and plans to move in February after extensive construction and remodeling to make the space more open and modern.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before cleaning five days of mail off my desk. The Skinny: I've been listening to a lot of Jackson Browne lately. Might explain the somber mood. Anyway, back in Los Angeles after five days in D.C. I'll miss family but not the humidity. Thursday's headlines include the latest on the upfront market, Gannett acquires Belo Corp. and the Tennis Channel chief executive regrets a late-night email to staff. Daily Dose: After Gannett closes on its deal to acquire Belo Corp.
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