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May 7, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Health insurer Humana Inc. and Virgin Group Ltd. said they would form a partnership to sell health insurance and develop Virgin-branded health clubs. Financial terms weren't disclosed. The health clubs and insurance would be connected so that users could win discounted healthcare or Virgin products such as airline tickets and music if they met targets for keeping themselves healthy, the companies said.
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February 11, 2014 | Hugo Martín
Virgin America, the California-based airline backed by billionaire Sir Richard Branson, is planning to go public this year now that the air carrier has two consecutive profitable quarters behind it. Investment banks Barclays and Deutsche Bank have been picked to co-lead the initial public offering, which could take place as soon as the second half of this year, according to a person familiar with the matter who was not authorized to speak publicly....
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BUSINESS
May 8, 2012 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
British tycoon Sir Richard Branson has made a career out of bucking conventions — opening a recording studio in a country estate, building an affordable, premium airline service with soft violet mood lighting and seat-back entertainment screens, and even launching a space tourism company. Now Branson's Virgin Group is breaking the mold in the movie business. Virgin's America, Atlantic and Australian airlines have teamed up with the company's new film and TV company to shoot a half-hour movie filmed and edited entirely aboard regularly scheduled commercial flights — believed to be a first.
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April 22, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deals and Travel Blogger
Virgin America kicked off service from Los Angeles to Las Vegas on Monday and rolled out a new in-flight system that allows a passenger to anonymously send a perfect stranger a cool cocktail during the flight. Yes, it's a flirty seat-to-seat way to hit on someone in midair. The airline also rolled out introductory fares between L.A. and Las Vegas of $39 each way for those who buy by Monday night. Dubbed "get lucky," the service allows a passenger to use a seat-back touch screen to buy a drink or a meal and send it to a fellow flier using a digital seat guide map. The seat-to-seat delivery already allows folks to e-chat with anyone on the plane (provided they want to engage)
BUSINESS
July 15, 1997 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kinko's Inc., that purveyor of round-the-clock instant photocopy-and-fax gratification, is invading the land of tea and crumpets with the help of flamboyant British entrepreneur Richard Branson. Branson's Virgin Group and Ventura-based Kinko's on Monday announced a joint venture to open a Kinko's outlet in London by the end of the year.
BUSINESS
November 11, 1993 | Greg Johnson, Times staff writer
Virgin Retail Group's second U.S. Virgin Megastore--at Triangle Square in Costa Mesa--plans a grand opening celebration on Nov. 26 with a "Rockin' California Holiday Beach Party." The grand opening follows the "official opening," which will be Saturday. Virgin's first Megastore opened in London in 1970. The first U.S. Virgin Megastore did not open until last year in Los Angeles.
BUSINESS
September 3, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Virgin Group Forms TV Facilities Division: London-based Virgin Group, owner of Virgin Airlines, has formed Virgin Television to provide "high-end" post-production facilities for TV programs, commercials and music videos in Los Angeles and London. The plan also calls for opening a facility in Tokyo next year and possibly Paris, Miami and Mexico City. Virgin formed the division by consolidating investments in four post-production houses acquired in recent years.
BUSINESS
June 28, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Virgin Mobile USA is buying Helio, a struggling Westwood cellphone firm founded to bring the advanced features of South Korean phones to the U.S. market. Virgin Mobile said it would pay $39 million in stock for Helio, which has 170,000 subscribers. At the same time, Virgin Group and SK Telecom, the South Korean carrier that is Helio's majority owner, will each invest $25 million in Virgin Mobile. That will give SK Telecom a 17% stake in Virgin Mobile.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 4, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
Richard Branson 's Virgin Group has debuted the trailer for its "Departure Date," believed to be the first movie to be filmed entirely at 35,000 feet. As highlighted in an On Location story last month, Virgin's America, Atlantic and Australian airlines recently teamed up with the company's new film and TV unit to shoot a half-hour movie that was filmed and edited aboard regularly scheduled commercial flights. "Departure Date," directed by Kat Coiro and starring Janeane Garofalo, Ben Feldman and Luis Guzman, is an airborne romance tale about two people who meet on a plane.  The film, which was shot over nine days in three continents, is part of a marketing campaign to promote Virgin's services to Los Angeles and will be featured as in-flight entertainment.  'Departure Date' will debut later this month at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
BUSINESS
May 8, 2012 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
British tycoon Sir Richard Branson has made a career out of bucking conventions — opening a recording studio in a country estate, building an affordable, premium airline service with soft violet mood lighting and seat-back entertainment screens, and even launching a space tourism company. Now Branson's Virgin Group is breaking the mold in the movie business. Virgin's America, Atlantic and Australian airlines have teamed up with the company's new film and TV company to shoot a half-hour movie filmed and edited entirely aboard regularly scheduled commercial flights — believed to be a first.
BUSINESS
May 6, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
To celebrate the launch last month of Virgin Atlantic's newly redesigned upper-class section, the British-based airline is giving passengers some extended face time with Richard Branson, the carrier's billionaire founder. Upper-class passengers can order drinks chilled by ice cubes shaped to look like Branson's head and face. Four designers hired by the airline spent six weeks creating the mold for the Branson cubes. Branson founded the Virgin Group, a conglomerate that owns interests in Virgin Atlantic and San Francisco-based Virgin America airlines, among other businesses.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2008 | Maria Elena Fernandez
Jeff Probst started it all with "The tribe has spoken." Howie Mandel urges "Deal or no deal?" Heidi Klum warns contestants, "Either you're in, or you're out." Ryan Seacrest exclaims, "This is 'American Idol!' " And Tom Bergeron? He may not have a signature catchphrase, but the "Dancing With the Stars" host wasn't at a loss for words on Thursday, saying he was pleased the television academy created the new reality show host category and "doubly happy that I'm in the virgin group. I only hope that they're gentle.
BUSINESS
June 28, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Virgin Mobile USA is buying Helio, a struggling Westwood cellphone firm founded to bring the advanced features of South Korean phones to the U.S. market. Virgin Mobile said it would pay $39 million in stock for Helio, which has 170,000 subscribers. At the same time, Virgin Group and SK Telecom, the South Korean carrier that is Helio's majority owner, will each invest $25 million in Virgin Mobile. That will give SK Telecom a 17% stake in Virgin Mobile.
BUSINESS
October 13, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A consortium headed by billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Group Ltd. offered to rescue Northern Rock by proposing a plan Friday to inject cash into the struggling mortgage lender and rebrand it Virgin Money. Under the plan, put forward by a consortium of Asian and U.S. investors led by Virgin, Northern Rock would be renamed in return for equity.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 4, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
Richard Branson 's Virgin Group has debuted the trailer for its "Departure Date," believed to be the first movie to be filmed entirely at 35,000 feet. As highlighted in an On Location story last month, Virgin's America, Atlantic and Australian airlines recently teamed up with the company's new film and TV unit to shoot a half-hour movie that was filmed and edited aboard regularly scheduled commercial flights. "Departure Date," directed by Kat Coiro and starring Janeane Garofalo, Ben Feldman and Luis Guzman, is an airborne romance tale about two people who meet on a plane.  The film, which was shot over nine days in three continents, is part of a marketing campaign to promote Virgin's services to Los Angeles and will be featured as in-flight entertainment.  'Departure Date' will debut later this month at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2008 | Maria Elena Fernandez
Jeff Probst started it all with "The tribe has spoken." Howie Mandel urges "Deal or no deal?" Heidi Klum warns contestants, "Either you're in, or you're out." Ryan Seacrest exclaims, "This is 'American Idol!' " And Tom Bergeron? He may not have a signature catchphrase, but the "Dancing With the Stars" host wasn't at a loss for words on Thursday, saying he was pleased the television academy created the new reality show host category and "doubly happy that I'm in the virgin group. I only hope that they're gentle.
BUSINESS
May 7, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Health insurer Humana Inc. and Virgin Group Ltd. said they would form a partnership to sell health insurance and develop Virgin-branded health clubs. Financial terms weren't disclosed. The health clubs and insurance would be connected so that users could win discounted healthcare or Virgin products such as airline tickets and music if they met targets for keeping themselves healthy, the companies said.
BUSINESS
July 15, 1997 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kinko's Inc., that purveyor of round-the-clock instant photocopy-and-fax gratification, is invading the land of tea and crumpets with the help of flamboyant British entrepreneur Richard Branson. Branson's Virgin Group and Ventura-based Kinko's on Monday announced a joint venture to open a Kinko's outlet in London by the end of the year.
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