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July 3, 2012
Television production in and around Los Angeles has continued to slide, keeping overall production numbers flat in the most recent quarter, according to a report released Tuesday from FilmL.A. Inc. The nonprofit organization, which issues permits for Los Angeles and parts of L.A. County, reported that on-location production was down 0.4% for the three months ending June 30 (11,209 permitted production days) compared with the same period in 2011 (11,260 days). Television shoots, which accounted for 30% of all production days in the quarter, showed the most worrisome decline.
NEWS
March 10, 2001
Katherine Tolford, People NORTH HOLLYWOOD -- After being one of the family to generations of television viewers, actress and former Glendale resident Beverly Garland was officially adopted by the city of Los Angeles. Garland received a resolution from Los Angeles Councilman Joel Wachs declaring Jan. 19 "Beverly Garland Day." In conjunction with her golden anniversary in Hollywood, Garland received the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters' Lifetime Achievement Award at a January luncheon held in her honor at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City.
BUSINESS
By Michael J. Arvizu | January 26, 2010
NBC was one of the first networks to provide color television to its viewers, but it wasn’t until two decades later that color television would find a permanent home with television audiences. The next innovation for television would arguably come in the form of the high-definition format. High-def, or HD, was touted as being crystal clear — even the most minute detail could be picked up, from the individual eyes of a housefly to the beads of sweat on a boxer’s forehead.
NEWS
March 8, 2000
Irma Lemus MEDIA DISTRICT NORTH -- Benny Natanzi learned there was a problem at the Chevron gas station he owns on Hollywood Way and Burton Ave. when he received a call at his Winetka home from one of his employees. Carlos Martinez, the only worker at the gas station Sunday evening, needed information fast. "He called me at about 6:30 p.m. asking me where the emergency switch was at," Natanzi said. "I asked him why and he just told me, 'There's a plane in the gas station!
BUSINESS
February 28, 2007
Warner Bros. Studios names new V.P. Bill Angarola has been named Vice President, Post Production Services, Warner Bros. Studio Facilities. Angarola will have primary oversight of post-production television operations. He will also be charged with managing sound talent as well as growing the television editorial business. He has been a member of the post-production sound industry for more than 25 years. He was employed at Ascent Media Group as senior vice president, television, for the last seven years.
NEWS
April 30, 2005
Burbank Police have received 11 hotline calls with information on a man who police say was scamming people with nonexistent tickets to television shows, movie premieres and other entertainment-related events. Some of the calls to the department came from victims of Kristopher Schwoch, spokesman Lt. Dave Gabriel said. Schwoch, 23, faces five counts of burglary for obtaining free tickets from film and television studios by claiming the tickets would be auctioned off to benefit a children's charity.
NEWS
April 11, 2001
Mary Mallory, Enjoy! BURBANK -- "Private Hearts," a new play written by Charles Emmett, is a strange hybrid of sitcom and drama that raises poignant issues surrounding love and romance without ever completely jelling. The play presents Beth and Andrew, a young interracial couple who meet and marry after knowing each other for only 24 hours. Is it really love at first sight, or a case of rebellion against upbringing and values? Described in production notes as a television sitcom pilot idea, Emmett's "Private Hearts" tries to be both situation comedy and drama, but its opposing emotions prevent it from completely hitting the mark.
NEWS
August 28, 2002
Danielle Cohen David Church gained a new appreciation for Judy Garland while penning the musical comedy "Judy's Scary Little Christmas." In the play -- part of the Victory Theatres' fall season -- Bing Crosby, Ethel Merman, Liberace and Richard Nixon make guest appearances on a Garland television special. "It's a combination of a 1959 Judy Garland Christmas television special and 'The Twilight Zone,' " Church said. The idea for the play came when Church and co-writer James Webber began to think back on the star-filled Christmas television specials of their youth.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2005
Because "Good Night and Good Luck" (rated PG) has been out for several weeks and has received many positive reviews and lots of publicity, it was nearly impossible to see this movie with an objective attitude. What really intrigued me while watching this film was that the protagonist, in making comments about the news media, said, "We all editorialize." He doesn't attempt to portray himself as objective in the pursuit of championing the truth. For those not in the know, Edward R. Murrow (David Strathairn)
NEWS
August 11, 2001
ECHEVERRIA -- GROSS Blanca E. Echeverria of Sunland and James H. Gross of San Diego have announced their engagement and will be married later this month. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Maria and Jose A. Echeverria of Sunland. Blanca works in the Information Technology Department for the city of Burbank. The groom-to-be is the son of the late Doris L. Gross and the late Henry Gross, who lived in Encino. James graduated from San Diego State University, where he majored in environmental design.
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By Bryan Mahoney | March 4, 2014
Irma Kalish had not seen her friend in years, yet here she was, thousands of miles from where they first met, telling Kalish all about the surgery that removed a cancerous tumor from her breast. She mentioned to Kalish the recent episode of “All in the Family” that helped her through it - Edith Bunker found out she also had breast cancer, and the Bunkers get through it together. Kalish had, indeed, known of the episode. She created it. “Those shows we write aren't just on paper - they go out there - they hit people and make an impact on people,” Kalish said this week.
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THE818NOW
February 22, 2014
Marco Zappia, the late Emmy Award-winning film editor, helped shape scores of television shows and one very unusual English Tudor/French Normandy house, which has come on the market in Burbank at $2.199 million. Embellished with gingerbread details and other whimsical touches, the 7,850-square foot house is entered through leaded glass double doors. Beyond the formal entry lie a quaint parlor, a formal dining room, a great room, five bedrooms, six bathrooms, six fireplaces and an elevator, the Los Angeles Times reports . The storybook-style breakfast room features a rounded brick fireplace, high ceilings and French doors that open to the patio.
THE818NOW
December 31, 2013
The New Year brings a time of reflection and hope. The Media City has plenty to look forward to in 2014, though the calendar seems packed with development. The airport is planning to open its transportation center, two hotels are slated to break ground, and work on the new IKEA property is likely to begin later in the year. And, of course, Walmart foes are lauding the stalled development of the store in the Empire Center. In other areas, Burbank is bracing for the loss of the “Tonight Show,” Burbank educators are getting ready for Common Core, and the school libraries will be staffed - by district employees.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | October 23, 2013
Just in time for Halloween, Burbank author Herbie Pilato will be signing his latest book, “The Essential Elizabeth Montgomery: A Guide to Her Magical Performances,” which he called an “encyclopedia” of the entire body of work for the classic TV witch. The book, which includes exclusive interviews with the “Bewitched” star, comes on the heels of Pilato's “Twitch Upon a Star: The Bewitched Life and Career of Elizabeth Montgomery,” a biography he wrote about the actress that was published last year.
THE818NOW
August 21, 2013
The Disney/ABC Television Group, which includes the ABC network, local TV stations and the Disney Channel and ABC Family cable networks, is restructuring its operations, which will result in layoffs across the unit. About 175 jobs are expected to be cut through layoffs or from not filling open positions, a person familiar with the matter said. The Disney/ABC Television Group employs around 7,600 people.   “As technological advances continue to alter the competitive landscape and viewer habits, it's incumbent upon us to stay ahead of the curve.
THE818NOW
June 26, 2013
Despite a near-record number of pilots made here this year, Los Angeles is still struggling to keep television production in town. Out of 186 television pilots this season, 96 were produced in the Los Angeles region, the second-largest annual tally in the city's history, according to a study by FilmL.A., a nonprofit group that handles film permits for the city and county. However, the region continued to see a troubling slide in its share of the overall pilot production pie -- especially in the lucrative category of one-hour dramas -- as New York and rival cities grabbed a larger share of business, the report said.
THE818NOW
June 18, 2013
The Walt Disney Co. means a lot of things these days: Marvel superheroes, "Star Wars" and Pixar among them, but the company is going back to basics for its latest Disney Channel series, titled simply, "Mickey Mouse. " The new series will feature short adventures starring the company's mascot getting involved in slapstick hijinks the way he used to back in the 1930s. In a deliberate attempt to get away from the modern look of computer animation, the new Mickey Mouse shorts will be done in traditional 2-D animation and feature a Mickey Mouse styled as he was in the 1930s, back when his short films were nominated nine times for best animated short film.
THE818NOW
May 23, 2013
Hollywood had another good month, at least when it comes to producing local jobs. Although the number of jobs dipped from March by 2%, reflecting a typical seasonal slowdown in employment, the county added 9,700 jobs from the same time a year ago, according to state employment data compiled by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. The figures -- which are subject to revision and do not count those who work as freelancers or independent contractors -- mark the third consecutive month for over-the-year job growth in the local entertainment industry.
THE818NOW
February 22, 2013
Dozens of healthcare workers from the Motion Picture & Television Fund rallied outside the charity's Wasserman campus in Woodland Hills and other locations around Los Angeles on Thursday to protest stalled contract talks with their employer. The workers, including nurses and other caregivers, said they were picketing after contract talks between the charity and their union, S ervice Employees International Unio n- United Healthcare Workers , appeared to hit an impasse over a host of issues.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | January 11, 2013
Marisa Sanders remembers when television icon Huell Howser wandered into Burbank's Tallyrand restaurant two years ago. She gushed when he sat in front of her in a swivel chair at the diner's counter. “I said, 'I just want you to know - I know who you are,'” she recalled. “'My husband is your No. 1 fan.'” [For the Record, Jan. 14, 2013: A previous version of this story mispelled Marisa Sanders' first name. ] By the end of Howser's meal, the 20-year Tallyrand waitress had shared the whole history of the family-owned diner, including that both owners had met their respective spouses at the restaurant, and that it's famous for its hot turkey sandwich.
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