December 11, 2012
After eight years of legal battle with the entertainment industry, Kaleidescape has found a friend in Hollywood. Starting Tuesday, the manufacturer of high-end media servers will sell movies and television shows from Warner Bros. , a first-of-its-kind deal for the company. Previously, the Kaleidescape system has only let users watch movies that they copy off a DVD or Blu-ray disc. That function landed the Sunnyvale, Calif., company in trouble when the DVD Copy Control Assn., a consortium of studios and electronics companies that manages the anti-piracy technology on movie discs, sued Kaleidescape in 2004.
August 26, 2009
Warner Bros. digital film offerings expanded Warner Bros. Digital Distribution announced this week that it has expanded its digital film offerings through new and existing agreements with Oscilloscope Laboratories, Gravitas Ventures, Wolfe Video, First Look Studios, Full Moon Features, MarVista Entertainment, Image Entertainment and Lantern Lane Entertainment Ltd. Critically acclaimed titles including ?Management? starring Jennifer Aniston, ?Crips and Bloods: Made in America,?
July 3, 2012
Screenwriting jobs and wages in Hollywood declined for a second straight year, reflecting the broader pullback in production by the major film studios, according to the Writers Guild of America West . The WGA , which represents about 12,000 writers, reported that employment fell 8% for screenwriters in 2011, compared with a year earlier. Total earnings were down 12.6% from the prior year. Over the last two years, 15% fewer writers worked in film, earning about 20% less in the aggregate.
June 10, 2011
Roughly 200 positions are expected to be eliminated by the Walt Disney Co., most to be absorbed by the company’s Burbank headquarters, in a round of layoffs next week, according to a company source. Some of the positions to be eliminated currently are vacant, the source added. The company’s massive, growing “Grand Central Creative Campus” in Glendale — where workers develop theme-park rides, games and new commercial uses of familiar Disney characters — will not be affected.
June 13, 2009
BURBANK — Wardrobe, lighting and catering companies that serve studios across Burbank and Glendale reacted with cautious optimism Wednesday to the possibility of increased business after the Screen Actors Guild approved a new contract with film and prime-time television producers. The two-year contract ends a nearly yearlong standoff and gives union members an immediate 3% pay raise, with another 3.5% bump after one year. It also includes a bevy of benefits for actors working on material created for digital distribution, such as residual payments for ad-supported streaming of feature films and television programs.
March 21, 2009
I was paralyzed with fear, surrounded by people looking down at me asking the same question over and over. “What would you like to be?” I was 8, sitting in the chair of a caricature artist at Knott’s Berry Farm; the last person in my family to have his life cemented by the depiction of my overinflated head and tiny body performing some activity that would represent me forevermore. My parents and siblings all had their caricatures drafted — football players, tennis players, boxers — and I had no idea what I wanted to be. Today, I’m still not sure that I have an answer.