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November 2, 2005 | Claudia Eller, Times Staff Writer
Under pressure to slash costs, Warner Bros. Entertainment confirmed late Tuesday that it had fired 250 to 300 employees at its Burbank studio. At least 100 additional people will lose their jobs in the studio's international operations, according to a senior company executive who spoke on condition of anonymity.
September 23, 2005 | Claire Hoffman
Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez met with senior Hollywood executives at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank to detail anti-piracy plans he unveiled this week. Programs include placing intellectual property rights experts in piracy hot spots worldwide and educating foreign judges and U.S. small businesses on patent and trademark laws. -- Claire Hoffman
September 23, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
A former employee of Warners Bros. who is African American filed a racial harassment lawsuit Wednesday against the studio and a high-ranking executive in its financial department. Pamela Stanton, who was a senior financial analyst at Warner Bros. before being fired in May, alleges in the suit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court that her ex-supervisor, Nairi Gardiner, routinely targeted African Americans with racial slurs and inappropriate comments.
April 19, 2004 | Terril Yue Jones, Times Staff Writer
Warner Bros. and Hewlett-Packard Co. plan to announce today a partnership to digitally restore classic television shows and films such as "The Wizard of Oz" to enhance their color and clarity. The alliance, to be announced at the National Assn. of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas, underscores the growing importance of digital technology to broadcasters and studios -- at least in production and archiving. Warner Bros., a division of Time Warner Inc.
March 26, 2004 | Michael Cieply, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge dismissed fraud and breach-of-contract claims against Warner Bros. Pictures Inc., Radar Pictures Inc. and filmmakers Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz in connection with "The Last Samurai." But he left intact a challenge to the high-stakes credits arbitration process conducted by the union representing Hollywood writers. The written ruling was issued Wednesday in Los Angeles by U.S. District Judge John F. Walter.
January 15, 2004 | From Reuters
Movie studio Warner Bros., moving to embrace the fast-growing video game industry, which increasingly competes with Hollywood for entertainment dollars, said it was setting up its own game division. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment will continue the studio's work building deals with developers and licensing content and also will house a division called Warner Bros. Games that will develop and distribute titles under its own brand name. Warner Bros. is a unit of Time Warner Inc.
May 7, 2003 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
Warner Bros. will produce a Broadway musical version of the Anne Rice vampire novels with the working title "The Vampire Lestat," the studio announced Tuesday. If the project comes to fruition in 2005 as planned, it will be the studio's first venture in producing theater, although Warners has previously invested in theater, said Gregg Maday, executive vice president of Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures. The "Vampire" talent includes names associated with rival Disney's theatrical projects.
December 19, 2002 | Michael Cieply, Times Staff Writer
Warner Bros. will play matchmaker between Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant on Friday with the debut of its romantic comedy "Two Weeks Notice." With that, the studio may want to give its own love affair with movie stars a rest. In the last year, Warner has been wrestling with an unusual concentration of relatively high-cost, and often underperforming, star vehicles. Among them: two previous pictures from Bullock, three from Robert De Niro and two -- both flops -- from Eddie Murphy.
So much for synergy. For Warner Bros., the appointment of HBO chief Jeffrey Bewkes to oversee AOL Time Warner's entertainment units appears to signal a return to the days when the studio operated from its Burbank lot as an autonomous unit so long as it churned out hit films and TV shows. That approach differed markedly from the philosophy of the last 18 months since the America Online and Time Warner merger. Under now-departed AOL Time Warner Chief Operating Officer Robert W.
Officials at the New York Stock Exchange who schedule the appearances of celebrities, newsmakers and other famous people wanted the young cast members starring in the upcoming "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" to ring the opening bell later this month. But executives at Warner Bros. responsible for promoting the long-anticipated blockbuster movie rejected the offer.
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