March 11, 2009
The number of Insomniacs working in Burbank has doubled in the last five years, from 100 to 200. “We’re everywhere,” said Ted Price, president and chief executive of Insomniac Games, an independent video game developer. In 14 years, the Burbank-based company has sold more than 32 million games for the PlayStation, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 consoles. The creator of such titles as the “Spyro the Dragon,” “Resistance” and “Ratchet & Clank” franchises, Insomniac Games has been named to this year’s Employers Group list of California’s Best Places to Work, placing fifth in the state.
March 15, 2000
Amber Willard The following incidents were taken from police reports. MAGNOLIA PARK 1400 block of Clark Avenue: Police are searching for someone who took items from a home in the area sometime before 1:30 p.m. Saturday. There was no sign of forced entry into the home. Items taken included money, coat and Sony PlayStation. 3201 W. Verdugo Ave.: Police are searching for someone who threw a small bomb into the Verdugo Park swimming pool area around 7:10 p.m. Thursday.
March 19, 2013
A rash of home burglaries was reported in Burbank over the weekend, with computers and video game equipment being the hottest targets, police said. In four of the seven home burglaries reported between Friday and Sunday, computers and video game consoles were stolen from Burbank homes, said police Lt. Eddie Ruiz. Sometime between Saturday and Sunday afternoon, a television, a Nintendo Wii and jewelry were stolen from a home in the 900 block of North Avon Street after thieves pried open the back door.
April 1, 2009
The following were taken from reports filed at the Burbank Police Department: 900 block of East Providencia Avenue : A home was burglarized March 19, and a computer, TV, jewelry, Wii, Playstation, iPod, DVDs and video games were stolen. 200 block of East Valencia Avenue : Residents reported March 24 that their apartment was burglarized. A laptop computer and jewelry were stolen. 500 block of East Verdugo Avenue : Residents reported March 24 that their apartment was burglarized and jewelry was stolen.
March 22, 2003
The following incidents were taken from police reports: MEDIA DISTRICT WEST 551 Hollywood Way: A 33-year-old transient was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of assault after slapping a cup of coffee out of a Hollywood man's hand. Police said the incident, which occurred about 7:30 a.m., appeared to be a misunderstanding, as it was unclear why the transient attacked the other man. 200 block of North Catalina Street: A 93-year-old Burbank woman reported Wednesday an antique steamer trunk and two garden hoses were stolen from behind her home.
June 28, 2006
Burbank company 'best to work for' For the second year in a row, Insomnia Games, a Burbank-based company that has developed video games for the Sony PlayStation, earned a top spot in the top 50 "Best Companies to Work for in America." The winners were announced in Washington, D.C., at the Society for Human Resource Management's 58th annual conference and exposition. Insomnia, the lone video games company included on the list, received a fourth-place ranking in the small-companies category.
June 22, 2005
Robert Chacon For Insomniac Games Inc., the idea of private companies sinking profits back into the company instead of handing them over to shareholders is an integral component of the Burbank firm's successful business philosophy. Another factor has been keeping employees happy, President Ted Price said. The Burbank-based business that designs video games for Sony Corp.'s PlayStation consoles was designated Monday by the Society for Human Resource Management as the third best small business to work for in the U.S. The designation is significant, since hundreds of companies were evaluated for employee satisfaction and productiveness by the Great Place to Work Institute, which produces Fortune magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work for."
December 20, 2000
Lolita Harper MEDIA DISTRICT NORTH -- From "buy one get one free" coupons to "free gifts with purchase" offers, stores pull out all the stops to entice shoppers. But you won't see many stores advertising the five-finger discount. The illicit discounts have increased during the holiday season, police said. "There is always an increase in shoplifting during the holidays due to an increase in demand for popular items, the multitude of shoppers that create possible diversions and the fact that many [shoplifters]