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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.
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.
THE818NOW
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 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.
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By Craig Rosen | February 28, 2014
Back in the mid-to-late '80s it appeared that singer/songwriter Jimmer Podrasky and his band, the Rave-Ups, were on the verge of bigger things. "Town & Country," the band's 1985 full-length debut indie album, generated critical acclaim. They appeared in the film "Pretty in Pink," graduated to a major label, released two albums and had a guest spot on "Beverly Hills 90210," but then it all went south. Epic Records couldn't figure out how market the band and Podrasky was dealing with the added pressure of becoming a single dad, so he put his musical career on hold to concentrate on raising his son. More than two decades later, his son Chance is now a full-grown man and Podrasky, 56, is back making music.
BUSINESS
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 Joyce Rudolph | May 22, 2010
Punk rocker Mary Powers is proof there’s life after “American Idol.” The Burbank resident was part of the show’s Hollywood Week audition in February where she vied with about 200 other semi-finalists trying to make the final cut for the TV show’s top 24 contestants. She finished in the top 50, putting in performances of Pat Benatar’s “Love is a Battlefield” and “Sober” by Pink. “There are cameras on you every moment of your life.
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By Brian McGackin | January 25, 2011
It isn’t every day that an artist gives the perfect description of his or her music right in the middle of one of the artist’s own songs. Burbank singer-songwriter Maria Cozette is not your everyday artist, though. Cozette sums up “Born Ready,” her debut album, perfectly in “Just Right,” the second track of the disc: “If you want that feel-good pop, well here it is.” Armenian American Cozette has been performing since 5, and her experience shows.
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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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