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March 27, 2006 | From Reuters
Warner Bros. plans to open about 200 stores in China over the coming years as demand for branded merchandise increases in China, the Chinese partner of the company's consumer products unit said Sunday. The unit of Time Warner Inc. opened its first China store in Shanghai on Sunday. It is operated by Hutchison Harbor Ring, a subsidiary of conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. "In the long run, we would like to open no less than 200 stores.
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BUSINESS
March 18, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Warner Bros. delayed the release of new high-definition home videos by three weeks, the second time the products have been postponed, because of technical issues including copy protection. The studio, a subsidiary of Time Warner Inc., will release three films in the HD-DVD format April 18 and an additional 17 videos in the following weeks, Burbank-based Warner Bros. said. The company had previously planned to release 50 films starting in the fourth quarter and 24 films beginning March 28.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 2006 | Scott Martelle, Times Staff Writer
And the Oscar for "longest stretch in movie marketing" goes to ... " 'Syriana'!" Warner Bros. Pictures, which produced what it describes as a "multilayered political thriller about the global oil industry," announced Wednesday that the movie featuring car bombings, the torching of an oil facility and an exploding ocean tanker was "green friendly."
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
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
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
BUSINESS
September 4, 2004 | Elaine Dutka, Times Staff Writer
A clash between David O. Russell and Warner Bros. over the DVD re-release of his Gulf War film "Three Kings" intensified Thursday as studio executives informed the filmmaker the video could not be released before the November election. The news came days after the movie studio's decision to drop his 35-minute antiwar documentary, "Soldiers Pay," as a DVD bonus feature because of its political content.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2004 | Patrick Day, Times Staff Writer
Warner Bros. and Columbia Pictures filed separate lawsuits Wednesday against actor Carmine Caridi and his friend Russell W. Sprague in connection with the piracy of Academy Awards "screener" tapes. The studios, which accused Caridi and Sprague of unauthorized copying and distribution of copyrighted material, are seeking minimum damages of $150,000 per pirated film from each defendant. The movies include "The Last Samurai" and "Mystic River" from Warner Bros.
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