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By Maria Hsin, maria.hsin@latimes.com | July 29, 2011
The Falcon Theatre, Walt Disney Co., Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon are among the creative forces that will contribute to an art exhibit at the Burbank Creative Arts Center that opens Aug. 5. The center is celebrating 100 years of the city's incorporation and wanted to feature prominent businesses that reflect how they bring art to the community and the world, said the center's Regi Cutler. “We've never done something like this before, and we thought it would be great to showcase these businesses because they do so much for the city,” Cutler said.
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By Rachel Kane | May 5, 2007
While their peers lounge on towels and soak up the sun this summer, three Burbank students will be working on the Warner Bros. Studios lot in Burbank, fulfilling an internship that comes with four years of entertainment experience and a $10,000 scholarship. As part of the studio's 2-year-old Burbank Youth Enrichment Program, Shannon McShane, a senior at Providence High School, Loren Diaz and Greg Fields, both seniors at Burbank High School, have been accepted into the scholarship program and four-year internship program this year.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | March 26, 2014
A jiu jitsu instructor was reportedly tackled at his Burbank studio on Monday, and police are seeking leads. At 5:30 p.m., a man - described by police as Hispanic, 5 feet 8, 180 pounds and wearing a dark sweatshirt - entered the Force Balance Brazilian Jiu Jitsu studio expressing interest in taking a class, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. The instructor, a 39-year-old man, finished up his class and went to grab some pamphlets in the lobby when the man tackled him from behind, Ryburn said.
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By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | October 13, 2012
Warner Bros. is taking promotion of two of its TV series to the streets with truck advertising that boasts how many jobs the shows have created, the economic benefits they've brought to the community and a thank-you to residents and drivers impacted by on-location shoots. It's part of a new marketing strategy that simultaneously promotes the product while tapping into consumer interest in the economy and job creation. “It's kind of a pilot program,” said Michael Walbrecht, vice president of public affairs for the studio.
BUSINESS
By Rachel Kane | June 27, 2007
Sandra Gerstmeyer, owner of the Burbank Dance Biz studio, may soon say goodbye to the business she built almost 10 years ago. A rent increase from $1 per square foot to $2.50 under new ownership of the building at 2424 W. Victory Blvd. would bump Gerstmeyer's payments from $4,100 to $10,250 per month. Gerstmeyer, who admits her previous rate was uncommonly cheap, said she just can't afford to stay. "It's just that I can't pay that," she said. If her situation does not change, Burbank Dance Biz will most likely be no more, as she has not found another place she could afford to move her classes, and almost 200 students, into.
NEWS
April 19, 2003
Ben Godar Outside a row of brownstone buildings, employees of Warner Bros. found tables loaded with safety-related information and products. The street fair was part of the studio's 13th annual Emergency Preparedness Fair on Wednesday. In addition to the vendors, the Warner Bros. and Burbank fire departments displayed several of their new and antique rigs and demonstrated lifesaving techniques. The event is always during the third week of April because organizers said with television shows and pilots in production, they can reach the largest possible audience.
NEWS
March 31, 2001
Josh Goldstein MEDIA DISTRICT WEST-- Burbank Police arrested a woman roaming around the set of the popular TV show "Friends" during a taping March 23 on the lot of Warner Bros. Studios, police said. Heather Holsen, 32, of Tucson, Ariz., was detained by Warner Bros. security after she was found roaming around the backstage are of Studio 24 during the night's taping of the show. There was an audience in the building, but Holsen did not have a show ticket, Burbank Police Sgt. Bill Taylor said.
NEWS
April 12, 2000
Paul Clinton MEDIA DISTRICT WEST -- Instead of delivering a release print to a studio office or rushing between production meetings, the Hollywood workers at Warner Bros. were moving their feet for a different cause. During Sunday's MS Walk 2000, members of the studio and public raised money to fight multiple sclerosis. Nearly 5,000 walkers raised more than $800,000 to help fight the crippling disease, said event spokeswoman Beverly Magid. "It was admirable," Magid said.
THE818NOW
June 21, 2013
Warner Bros. ' Jeff Robinov is stepping down from the top position at Hollywood's largest movie studio. Robinov has served as president of Warner Bros. Pictures Group since 2007. While he has not officially left the Burbank studio, he is making arrangements to do so, according to several people at the studio. The move comes less than a week after Warner Bros.' latest Superman film, "Man of Steel," set a record for the biggest June box office opening with more than $113 million in receipts.
NEWS
By John R. Smith | February 7, 2014
On the eve of “ The Tonight Show's” final show in Burbank , I felt compelled to visit Burbank's hometown newspaper and see what was being written. As expected, a mixture of melancholy and upbeat optimism about the future of Beautiful Downtown Burbank. I was lucky to have worked as a page at NBC in the late 1970s. The network's 3000 W. Alameda Ave. West Coast Headquarters was a hub of television production in those days. In addition to the nightly 5:30 p.m. tapings of Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, the facility hosted Hollywood Squares, sitcoms, several game shows and a soap opera or two. Surrounding NBC were movie studios and video and audio support facilities too numerous to mention.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | March 26, 2014
A jiu jitsu instructor was reportedly tackled at his Burbank studio on Monday, and police are seeking leads. At 5:30 p.m., a man - described by police as Hispanic, 5 feet 8, 180 pounds and wearing a dark sweatshirt - entered the Force Balance Brazilian Jiu Jitsu studio expressing interest in taking a class, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. The instructor, a 39-year-old man, finished up his class and went to grab some pamphlets in the lobby when the man tackled him from behind, Ryburn said.
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By John R. Smith | February 7, 2014
On the eve of “ The Tonight Show's” final show in Burbank , I felt compelled to visit Burbank's hometown newspaper and see what was being written. As expected, a mixture of melancholy and upbeat optimism about the future of Beautiful Downtown Burbank. I was lucky to have worked as a page at NBC in the late 1970s. The network's 3000 W. Alameda Ave. West Coast Headquarters was a hub of television production in those days. In addition to the nightly 5:30 p.m. tapings of Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, the facility hosted Hollywood Squares, sitcoms, several game shows and a soap opera or two. Surrounding NBC were movie studios and video and audio support facilities too numerous to mention.
NEWS
By Tim Traeger, tim.traeger@latimes.com | February 4, 2014
A few lunch cycles after about 300 employees left the iconic NBC building on Alameda Avenue for more modern digs in Universal City, the mood was upbeat for some and downcast for other business owners in the Media District on Tuesday. Workers at local brick-and-mortar establishments that rely on the cast and crew of KNBC Los Angeles and KVEA Telemundo said they have seen a marked decline in foot traffic. But for mobile food trucks at the Pointe, just a quarter-mile away on Alameda, business was hopping.
THE818NOW
November 13, 2013
The studios of KNBC in Burbank were evacuated Wednesday evening after a bomb threat, station officials said. The station reported the threat on Twitter shortly after 7 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Times . The threat "is being looked into by Burbank police," the station said. "Our news desk will be temporarily unavailable. " The studio is located at 3000 W. Alameda Ave. By 7:43 p.m., the incident was cleared and the studio was resuming normal operations, the station said.
NEWS
By Daniel Miller | November 8, 2013
Walt Disney Co. reported a 12% increase in net income for its fiscal fourth quarter, lifted by the performance of its consumer products, studio, and parks and resorts divisions. The Burbank company posted net income of $1.394 billion for the quarter that ended Sept. 28, up from $1.244 billion a year earlier. Revenue rose 7% to $11.568 billion, the Los Angeles Times reported . Disney, the world's largest entertainment and media company, posted adjusted earnings per share of 77 cents, up from 68 cents a year earlier.
NEWS
By Daniel Miller | October 22, 2013
Whimsic Alley calls itself "a shopping haven for wizards of distinction," catering to "Harry Potter" fans with merchandise that includes wands, books, neckties and sweater vests for those looking to re-create the boy wizard's look. It even has a Hogwarts-style "Great Hall" that can be rented out for children's birthday parties and is reminiscent of a hall of the same name in the "Harry Potter" series' fictional boarding school for wizards, the Los Angeles Times reported . Now the Miracle Mile shop is the target of a lawsuit filed by Warner Bros., distributor of the "Harry Potter" movies and since 1998 the owner of the bulk of the "Potter" trademarks.
NEWS
By Bryan Mahoney | October 1, 2013
The reformer exercise machines at Janice Cronkhite's Toluca Lake Pilates studio sometimes serve a higher purpose. In 2008, Cronkhite threw some tables on the low machines and displayed a few donated items for a homegrown silent auction. She'd only recently opened Align & Define at 44461/2 Forman Ave. and the Burbank woman's business was still new to the neighborhood. She couldn't know how her neighbors would respond to Cronkhite's little grassroots fundraiser and silent auction. It raised a few hundred dollars for the Susan G. Komen Foundation's Los Angeles chapter.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jonny Whiteside | September 27, 2013
When local bluegrass band the Brombies gets to work, it always feels more like a family reunion than a professional musical performance. Now in their fourth year of an every-Monday residency at Burbank's Viva Cantina, their fast-moving style, far-ranging repertoire and incandescent, spontaneous soloing underscore the fact that these are some of the most tenured and talented musicians in Southern California. But band leader George Doering's day job is not quite what one may expect from a humble bluegrass picker.
NEWS
August 28, 2013
A sprawling Santa Clarita Valley landscape that Walt Disney selected decades ago to be the backdrop for his movies and television shows will be transformed into one of the largest new studio developments in more than a decade under a plan approved Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Burbank-based Disney's Golden Oak Ranch will include more than 500,000 square feet of studio space, multiple sound stages, writers' bungalows, a commissary and other developments spread over 58 acres of oak-studded land in Placerita Canyon, the Los Angeles Times reported . The vote marks the culmination of a four-year effort by Disney/ABC Studios to build a high-tech production center in the historic ranch where such classics as "Old Yeller" and the more recent " Beverly Hills 90210 " and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" were filmed.
THE818NOW
July 18, 2013
Barry Jossen is exiting as the head of ABC Studios, which is the television production arm and largest supplier of programming for ABC. Replacing Jossen is Patrick Moran, most recently the senior vice president of development for ABC Studios. The restructuring was done by Paul Lee, president of the ABC Entertainment Group. The moves come in the wake of ABC finishing in third place in viewers and fourth place among the crucial adults 18-49 demographic. The only new shows from the 2012-13 season that the network brought back for this fall were the drama "Nashville" and the offbeat comedy "The Neighbors.
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