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By Brian McGackin | June 24, 2009
Some people were born to perform. They have that spark, that certain extra something that keeps them motivated and moving forward with their dreams no matter what. They can perform anywhere, in front of any crowd. Even when the circumstances aren?t the best, they get up in front of the microphone and do everything they can to keep the fans happy. Local singer/songwriter Jody Whitesides was put in a less than optimal situation Thursday night while performing at the Left Coast Wine Bar in Glendale.
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By Jonny Whiteside | November 22, 2013
So much of today's pop music targeting the youth demographic is dominated by manufactured stars and lip-syncing singing groups that it often comes off as utterly flavorless and predictable, but the teenage Toluca Lake siblings of musical quartet Echosmith are unquestionably the exception which proves the rule. Pop music isn't rocket science; simplicity and honesty are the order of the form, yet its commercial arbiters seldom seem to manage either. Echosmith, comprised of Jamie, Noah, Graham and Sydney Sierota, effortlessly wield these tools of the trade, creating accessible yet elegantly contoured songs like “March into the Sun” and “Cool Kids.” Richly melodic, chronically catchy, these kids' compositions employ equal measures of musical dynamics and understated simplicity.
BUSINESS
September 26, 2007
Disney-ABC Television Group and AOL announced their partnership Thursday to bring full-length television shows to AOL Video. Shows will be viewed from ABC.com?s broadband player at www.video.aol.com . This week, the website will feature ABC?s fall lineup of shows. ?Ugly Betty,? ?Desperate Housewives,? ?Cavemen? and ?All My Children? are among the shows available for viewing. This will be the first time ABC?s primetime shows have been available in full length through a major Internet provider.
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January 15, 2013
When singer-songwriter Alicia Keys wanted to create an animated children's television series about the exploration of music, she turned to Burbank animation firm Bento Box for ideas. Bento's producers suggested an alternative: Instead of a TV show, how about an interactive storytelling app? That idea became "The Journals of Mama Mae and LeeLee," which was released through the iTunes store last fall for $3.99 and expands to Android mobile devices and tablets this month.
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By Lauren Hilgers | April 26, 2006
Although the name might seem mysterious, inside the Green Room at John Burroughs High School there are no master plans being hatched, no secret societies being formed and no interrogations being conducted. Instead, with plush couches, green walls and a bookshelf, it's a spot for students to comfortably plan their finances. "We've had a student credit union there for years," said Anita McLendon, vice president of marketing for the Burbank Community Federal Credit Union. "But the conditions of the room were really pretty wretched ?
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By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | 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.
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By Matt Bellner | October 13, 2007
Interested in seeing an extremely funny R-rated adult comedy? If you answered ?Yes,? then immediately change your plans and head to the theater to see ?The Heartbreak Kid.? It?s a nasty little treat for grown-ups who love to laugh at everything and anything. Ben Stiller stars as a 40-year-old San Francisco businessman named Eddie Cantrow. Eddie has never been married, and everyone in his circle of influence is giving him a hard time about his situation. As fate would have it, Eddie meets a wonderful young woman named Lila (Malin Akerman)
BUSINESS
By Alison Tully | June 25, 2008
When his department at Sony BMG Music Entertainment folded, Robert Shahnazarian Jr. had two choices: either find another desk job or do what he always wanted to do — start his own record label. So in September, he found an office near his home in Burbank and launched Feudal Records. “I was inspired by Sam Phillips from Sun Records,” Shahnazarian said. “He was just this guy who had a small studio in Memphis and signed artists like Elvis, Roy Orbison and Jerry Lee Lewis.
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By Alison Tully | June 21, 2008
A group of Burbank students formed a band in 2006 with the intention of performing fun cover songs. But Friday, they took the stage to sing for a new reason: to remember their friend Austin Cook, 11, who died in November while running laps at John Muir Middle School. Austin’s death was caused by a congenital heart defect that had been undetected. After hearing the news, students in the band Indetention — Luke DeSimone, 11; Noah DeSimone, 9; Ash Hawkins, 11; Sebby Santoro, 12; and Raymond Shideler, 11 — wanted to do something special to remember Austin.
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By Brian McGackin | June 24, 2009
Some people were born to perform. They have that spark, that certain extra something that keeps them motivated and moving forward with their dreams no matter what. They can perform anywhere, in front of any crowd. Even when the circumstances aren?t the best, they get up in front of the microphone and do everything they can to keep the fans happy. Local singer/songwriter Jody Whitesides was put in a less than optimal situation Thursday night while performing at the Left Coast Wine Bar in Glendale.
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