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April 22, 2001 | MEGAN GARVEY and JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A much-anticipated sequel to last year's scathing Federal Trade Commission report on the marketing of violent entertainment to children is expected to single out the recording industry for failing to respond to federal officials' recommendations. The film and video game industries are said to have shown some progress but have not completely ceased the marketing of inappropriate material to children, according to industry sources familiar with briefings given to congressional aides.
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NEWS
September 11, 2000 | JUBE SHIVER Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hollywood has systematically marketed violent, adult-oriented films, music and video games to children, using popular cartoon shows, comic books and even young kids themselves to do it, according to a Federal Trade Commission report released today. Despite the entertainment industry's participation in warning label programs designed to shield children from violence in such products, the FTC found that advertising and other marketing tools were routinely used to attract young customers.
BUSINESS
May 17, 1999 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER and JENNIFER OLDHAM, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
For more than a decade, the computer game industry has struggled to shed its geek image and gain recognition as a legitimate entertainment business. And just when it finally accomplishes that goal--hauling in $6.3 billion in revenue in 1998--it faces the much greater challenge of dealing with intense scrutiny over ties to recent violent acts in schools. Game executives are divided over how to deal with this unwanted attention.
BUSINESS
April 7, 1999 | CYNDIA ZWAHLEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Another in an occasional series revisiting Business Make-Overs. Like the extreme-sports enthusiasts he shoots for his video and film production company, Michael Strassman has learned that he has to top past achievements if his Range of Light Productions is to succeed. The company, located near Mammoth Lakes in the Eastern Sierra, posted its best year ever last year with $240,000 in revenue.
BUSINESS
March 16, 1999 | JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hollywood studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. said Monday that it will pay Warner Bros. more than $225 million to end an onerous video-distribution pact that has scared off suitors and kept MGM from joining in productions with other major studios. The deal gives MGM control of its post-1986 video library but comes at a high price. MGM said it will take a $225-million pretax charge in its first quarter to cover the costs. Warner Bros., a division of Time Warner Inc.
BUSINESS
March 3, 1999 | SCOTT COLLINS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Less than a year ago, Billy Blanks was a $70-an-hour personal trainer with a growing celebrity clientele--not exactly a rare job description in Los Angeles. Today, thanks to the power of video and an oft-aired TV infomercial, Blanks is on the verge of becoming the most popular fitness guru since Jane Fonda.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 1999 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The public television network--known for Big Bird, "Masterpiece Theatre" and fund-raising telethons--cheated former Monkee Michael Nesmith in a home video deal and must pay him nearly $47 million, a federal jury in Los Angeles has found. The Public Broadcasting Service initially sued Nesmith and his defunct Santa Monica-based Pacific Arts Corp.
BUSINESS
September 22, 1998 | THOMAS K. ARNOLD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Even before President Clinton's grand jury testimony about his affair with Monica Lewinsky hit the airwaves on Monday, four home-video suppliers were already locking horns in a price war over the video release. Their goal: to capture the lion's share of video sales, which could total millions of dollars. Since the product will be virtually the same, the prize in this contest will go to the company that is first on the stands, with price playing a central role.
BUSINESS
September 17, 1998 | MARLA MATZER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A year and a half after the roll-out of the digital videodisc, or DVD, a long-anticipated hybrid known as Divx is set to launch nationally within the next few weeks. The question is whether Divx (digital video express) will be DOA (dead on arrival). The backers of Divx say it has the potential to fundamentally change the way video is consumed: The discs look like regular DVDs or audio CDs. But Divx discs are a rental/sales combination. For an initial charge of about $4.
BUSINESS
September 16, 1998 | MARLA MATZER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Titanic" is king of the world in video sales. According to VideoScan, Paramount nabbed a stunning 61.5% share for the week ended Sept. 6 on the strength of the Sept. 1 release. "Titanic" looks to be the top-selling live-action video of all time, unseating 20th Century Fox's "Independence Day," which has sold more than 18 million copies. Based on its count of 6 million copies sold at retail, VideoScan estimates that about 15.5 million copies were sold at all outlets.
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