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By Katherine Tulich | November 5, 2012
When animation director Rich Moore was growing up in Oxnard, he spent so much time in video arcades that his parents worried that their young son was wasting his time. “They would always tell me that I should be concentrating on the real world,” says Moore, who grew up to put all that invaluable research into his first big-screen movie, Disney's “Wreck-It Ralph.” The film is a loving homage to the era of blocky video games of the '80s and '90s. In the vein of “Toy Story,” it gives these childhood favorites a life and story of their own. “The idea had been kicking around at Disney for quite some time, but they could not really come up with the right storyline,” says Moore, who is based in Burbank.
NEWS
June 3, 2000
Amber Willard CIVIC CENTER -- Book reports aren't just for school anymore. In Burbank Superior Court, people who have stolen video games have to write book reports -- along with paying a fine and being placed on probation -- for Judge Rand Rubin. "It's a personal thing," Rubin said from his chambers in Division 2. "My kids' doctors have told me video games and watching TV are passive activities. They cause the mind not to think." To promote brain stimulation, Rubin has young, mostly first-time offenders write the reports, usually ordering them to read a history book, in addition to paying fines and restitution.
NEWS
April 10, 2004
Darleene Barrientos A Los Angeles man pleaded innocent Friday to seven counts of commercial burglary and robbery at three Glendale and Burbank Blockbuster video stores. Edward Dilworth, 45, was arrested Wednesday and is suspected of committing seven burglaries at three Glendale and Burbank video stores, Glendale Police Sgt. Ian Grimes said. Three of those burglaries escalated into robberies, when employees confronted Dilworth and he displayed a gun or a screwdriver to scare them.
BUSINESS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2007
Imagine a full-length documentary about goofball guys playing the classic arcade game Donkey Kong. Who would want to pay money to see that? I would and so should you, if you love video games or off-beat films about strange people. “King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters” gets the high score for unintentional comedy and could go down as one of the great documentaries of recent memory. It tells the true story of two grown men, Billy Mitchell and Steve Wiebe. Both claim to have set the high score on the 1981 vintage game Donkey Kong.
NEWS
By Zain Shauk | April 18, 2010
DOWNTOWN — Parents and their children got a crash course in healthy nutrition and physical activity Saturday during the Burbank Community YMCA’s ninth annual Healthy Kids Day. The event featured a series of booths advertising summer camps and after-school programs for children, and incorporated outdoor activities for kids who attended. “It’s a celebration of healthy activity, but it’s also an education on health,” said JC Holt, YMCA chief executive.
BUSINESS
By By Tsolik Kazandjian | October 19, 2005
The British invasion hits Burbank in the shape of MODS production company.Ian Robinson's vision of the future is quite graphic. It is animated. It is stylized. It's digital, and part of it will take place from a 6,500-square-foot new North Varney Street studio, influenced by images he and his colleagues have seen from their native Britain and fueled by their graphic design skills. Robinson and his colleagues, Simon Reeves, Stephen Marsh and Toby Evetts have started MODS, a new production company that caters to entertainment productions who simply need space, or who need production services from MODS staffers, who do everything from creating three-dimensional graphics to motion-capture elements for everything from television to video games.
NEWS
July 10, 2004
ANNE LOUISE Maybe it's me ... but aren't there some things that you just shouldn't need to say to your children? Like "Don't hit your brother with the hammer." That really shouldn't be necessary, now should it? Not only that, it's dangerous -- saying it, I mean. My father overheard me say that to my daughter, and was, um, slightly alarmed. Fortunately, it was just a minor heart attack. He's OK now. By the way, before you reach for the phone and start dialing Children's Services, it was a PLASTIC hammer.
NEWS
By Robert Phipps | January 6, 2010
The lengthy inner turmoil of the Burbank Police Department has carried with it a heavy cost. A police department is a team, and regrettably but unavoidably, criticism of a team falls upon all its members, even those who are doing a first-rate, professional job. Unfortunately, the overall record of the Burbank Police Department has been substandard. The team has lost focus, and its responsibility — the safety of Burbank’s residents — has been compromised. Proof came in the Dec. 24 Leader article “FBI report: Violent crime’s up.” ( burbankleader.
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THE818NOW
May 6, 2013
The Walt Disney Co. and Electronic Arts Inc. have inked a licensing deal that will see the video game developer make and publish new "Star Wars" games, the companies said Monday afternoon. Under the exclusive, multi-year agreement, Electronic Arts will develop titles for "all interactive platforms and the most popular game genres" related to "Star Wars. " Disney retains certain rights to develop games for mobile, social, tablet and online platforms, the companies said.  The announcement comes a little more than a month after Disney's Lucasfilm Ltd. subsidiary, which is responsible for the "Star Wars" franchise, said it would no longer make video games.
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THE818NOW
April 3, 2013
The Walt Disney Co. 's recently acquired Lucasfilm Ltd.  subsidiary announced on Wednesday that its video game unit will no longer develop games.  LucasArts, which was founded in 1982, is best known for a slew of "Star Wars" video games. Lucasfilm said in a statement that the company will now look to license its intellectual property rather than create video games in-house. "After evaluating our position in the games market, we've decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the company's risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality 'Star Wars' games," Lucasfilm said in a statement.
NEWS
January 30, 2013
Walt Disney Co. 's video game division laid off about 50 staffers Tuesday from several locations on the same day that it closed the Austin, Texas, studio that produced its "Epic Mickey" titles. The layoffs were separate from the people who lost their jobs at Austin-based Junction Point, according to a knowledgeable person not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. Disney's Interactive Media unit, which also includes online content, has shed jobs recently as it attempts to meet Chief Executive Robert Iger 's publicly stated goal of achieving profitability in its current fiscal year.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Katherine Tulich | November 5, 2012
When animation director Rich Moore was growing up in Oxnard, he spent so much time in video arcades that his parents worried that their young son was wasting his time. “They would always tell me that I should be concentrating on the real world,” says Moore, who grew up to put all that invaluable research into his first big-screen movie, Disney's “Wreck-It Ralph.” The film is a loving homage to the era of blocky video games of the '80s and '90s. In the vein of “Toy Story,” it gives these childhood favorites a life and story of their own. “The idea had been kicking around at Disney for quite some time, but they could not really come up with the right storyline,” says Moore, who is based in Burbank.
NEWS
By Zain Shauk | April 21, 2010
Parents and their children got a crash course in healthy nutrition and physical activity Saturday during the Burbank Community YMCA?s ninth annual Healthy Kids Day. The event featured a series of booths advertising summer camps and after-school programs for children, and incorporated outdoor activities for kids who attended. ?It?s a celebration of healthy activity, but it?s also an education on health,? said JC Holt, YMCA chief executive. The educational aspect was important for parents, many of whom want more opportunities for their children to improve their health, said Susan Sebastian, senior marketing director for the YMCA.
NEWS
By Robert Phipps | January 6, 2010
The lengthy inner turmoil of the Burbank Police Department has carried with it a heavy cost. A police department is a team, and regrettably but unavoidably, criticism of a team falls upon all its members, even those who are doing a first-rate, professional job. Unfortunately, the overall record of the Burbank Police Department has been substandard. The team has lost focus, and its responsibility — the safety of Burbank’s residents — has been compromised. Proof came in the Dec. 24 Leader article “FBI report: Violent crime’s up.” ( burbankleader.
BUSINESS
By Michael J. Arvizu | October 21, 2009
After seven years, GameLAN?d, at 401 S. Glenoaks Blvd. in Burbank, is finally open. Daniel and Joanna Moss have created a gaming center they feel is welcoming to kids and their families. But the road hasn?t been easy. The Mosses have spent the last two years wrangling with Burbank on everything from bike racks and surveillance requirements to whether the business should be called an ?arcade? or ?gaming center.? Daniel Moss called the process ?fitting a square peg into a round hole.
NEWS
By Christopher Cadelago | July 15, 2009
CITY HALL — Despite a recommendation of denial from planning executives, the Planning Board on Monday voted unanimously to trump a city recommendation and approve a permit for a 21st-century arcade, complete with 40 Microsoft Xbox and Nintendo Wii video game consoles. The board, pending authorization by the Burbank Police Department, approved the conditional-use permit for the three-room, 3,600-square- foot video game center, allowing 29-year-old applicant Daniel Moss to work creatively with police and city planners to satisfy city regulations that require all “amusement machines” to be readily visible from the entrance.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2007
Imagine a full-length documentary about goofball guys playing the classic arcade game Donkey Kong. Who would want to pay money to see that? I would and so should you, if you love video games or off-beat films about strange people. “King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters” gets the high score for unintentional comedy and could go down as one of the great documentaries of recent memory. It tells the true story of two grown men, Billy Mitchell and Steve Wiebe. Both claim to have set the high score on the 1981 vintage game Donkey Kong.
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