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By Zain Shauk | October 14, 2009
LOS ANGELES ? Animation?s digital evolution over the last decade has created an escalating problem for experienced hand-drawing professionals, a challenge that has been magnified during the recession, artists say. The entertainment industry, which is heavily rooted in Glendale and Burbank, has increasingly moved away from two-dimensional cartoon-style productions, to digitally rendered computer graphics that have put many veteran artists out...
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BUSINESS
By Zain Shauk | February 1, 2009
BURBANK — Experts reacted Friday to reports that the Walt Disney Co.’s ABC Television division will cut 400 jobs, in the latest in a string of recession-influenced reductions from businesses with major operations in Burbank and Glendale. Company officials were not available to comment on layoffs or on specific impacts of cuts to local facilities, but the move followed last week’s announcement from Warner Bros. of 800 companywide layoffs, the majority of which would come from its Burbank location.
NEWS
By Zain Shauk | September 16, 2009
SOUTH GLENDALE — Demand for career advice has skyrocketed at the Verdugo Jobs Center, more than doubling from last year’s stream of about 4,000 monthly out-of-work visitors, the Verdugo Workforce Investment Board reported Tuesday. The board oversees the center, which offers career training and counseling to job seekers, said Don Nakamoto, labor market analyst for the board. It now offers its free services to between 9,000 and 10,000 visitors monthly, he said. “I think because of what’s happened to the economy and how certain areas of the economy have just been devastated, and how their outlook has not been positive, either in the short term or the long term, a lot of people are coming in and hoping that they can just get access to training,” Nakamoto said.
BUSINESS
By Zain Shauk | June 10, 2009
New national unemployment figures released Friday reflect a trend seen locally — the days of sweeping job cuts may be ending, experts say. Although unemployment figures rose nationally in May — from 8.9% to 9.4% — only 345,000 jobs were lost nationwide, about half the average over the last six months, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The change was largely a result of a slowing pace of job cuts, which appears to have also occurred in Glendale and Burbank, experts said.
BUSINESS
By Zain Shauk | April 14, 2010
The number of workers in Burbank and Glendale for digital-related entertainment businesses will remain a mystery after the Verdugo Workforce Investment Board?s efforts to produce a labor database proved too difficult, the board?s head analyst said. The board did, however, produce a count of companies in what it says is the most active and growing segment of the entertainment industry: businesses involved in digital production. There are 650 such companies in Burbank and Glendale, focusing on digital film enhancements, 3-D production, video games or other advanced technologies, the board said.
NEWS
August 23, 2008
Rep. Adam Schiff has served Congress well for the past three terms, and recent rumors suggest he might try to make the jump to the Senate if fellow Democrat Dianne Feinstein runs for governor. Schiff, whose district includes Glendale and Burbank, responded by saying his focus will remain on his district, which is something he’s done well over the past year. Although relatively unknown in Northern California, Schiff has made a name for himself here, and we’d love to see him take a shot at the Senate, as we can’t imagine him taking his eye off Glendale and Burbank even if he were stationed in Washington.
BUSINESS
By By Vince Lovato | November 23, 2005
Jack Kyser addresses businesses in keynote speech at the Hilton Glendale.GLENDALE -- As long as creativity is the power that drives the region's economy, Glendale and Burbank should continue to enjoy strong economies. The challenge is to ensure the region has enough trained workers and affordable housing while finding the right balance between retail and manufacturing. Jack Kyser, chief economist of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., brought that message to local business and city leaders during his keynote address at the Verdugo Workforce Investment Board's Business and Economic Forecast and Workforce Summit at the Hilton Glendale on Thursday.
NEWS
March 16, 2005
Rima Shah Between the Burbank Chamber of Commerce, work and family, there is very little time that new chamber President Bill Jacot has for himself. Yet the new president still finds time to give back to the community. Jacot, 54, is also active in the Workforce Investment Board, the Glendale Community College Foundation Board and the school-to-career consortium, an organization that helps high school students develop the educational and technical skills needed to be ready for the workforce.
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