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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | June 13, 2013
One Glendale veterinarian is betting that the recent growth in animal medical care will mean the $1.5-million renovation and expansion of his business will be a smart move. Rafael Villicaña, veterinarian and owner of the Gateway Animal Hospital, said he purchased the building next to his practice on the corner of Los Feliz Road and Gardena Avenue 15 years ago and leased it to other businesses. Now, he's expanded his veterinary office into that location. "The market is changing, and you need a good facility to attract good new veterinarians," he said.
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June 7, 2013
Even as DreamWorks Animation Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg was in China this week crowing about the box office success of "The Croods" ,  Chinese theater owners were ordered by regulators to end the movie's theatrical run two weeks earlier than anticipated. The move was widely interpreted as a way to make room for local animation films, underscoring how even the Hollywood studios that are most successful in China can be subject to the unpredictable decisions of government authorities eager to expand their own film industry.
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June 7, 2013
DreamWorks Animation is turning to the Australian outback for inspiration for its first full-on animated musical. The Glendale-based studio said it had tapped award-winning composer, actor and writer Tim Minchin to help create a musical project called "Larrikins," which is Australian slang for mischievous youth. The all-animal comedy, based on an original idea written by Harry Cripps ("Supernova") and produced by Christina Steinberg ( "Rise of the Guardians," "National Treasure")
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May 1, 2013
In a deal that underscores the growing importance of digital platforms for reaching young audiences, DreamWorks Animation said it is acquiring the YouTube teen network AwesomenessTV for $33 million in cash. Under terms of the agreement, DreamWorks will pay the up-front cash consideration and there are incentives that could ultimately make the acquisition ultimately worth as much as $117 million, if AwesomenessTV achieves certain performance goals over the next two years. "AwesomenessTV is one of the fastest growing content channels on the Internet today and our acquisition of this groundbreaking venture will bring incredible momentum to our digital strategy," DreamWorks Animation Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg said in a statement.
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April 30, 2013
DreamWorks Animation posted a nearly 40% drop in profit in the first quarter while revenue remained virtually flat. For the three months ended March 31, the Glendale studio posted net income of $5.6 million, or 7 cents a share, on revenue of $135 million. That compared with net income of $9.1 million, or 11 cents a share, and revenue of $136.1 million during the same period a year earlier, the company said in a statement. Still, despite the decline in profits the company's results exceeded what industry analysts had projected.
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April 19, 2013
DreamWorks Animation is moving ahead with a sequel to its prehistoric family comedy "The Croods," according to a spokeswoman at the Glendale studio. Writers-directors Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders will return for the second installment, which does not yet have a release date. "The Croods," which featured the voices of Nicolas Cage and Emma Stone as a cave-dwelling father and daughter navigating familial and tectonic shifts, garnered modest praise from critics, but received a Cinemascore of A from audiences and went on to gross a strong $142 million domestically after its release March 22. Continue reading > > -- Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
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February 27, 2013
DreamWorks Animation SKG said it would take an $87-million charge on last year's holiday movie "Rise of the Guardians," marking the largest write-down the studio has ever taken for one of its own movies. Analysts had estimated that the studio would take a write-down of from $70 million to nearly $100 million on the film, which represented a rare box-office misfire for DreamWorks, creator of the popular " Shrek ," "Kung Fu Panda" and "Madagascar" films. "Rise of the Guardians," which cost about $145 million to make, has generated $302 million in global box-office ticket sales since its debut in late November, well short of a typical DreamWorks Animation movie.
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February 18, 2013
DreamWorks Animation SKG is licensing its movie characters for various theme parks being developed in Russia , an increasingly important market for the Glendale-based studio. The creator of the " Shrek ," " Madagascar " and "Kung Fu Panda" franchises said it had signed a licensing agreement with Regions Group of Companies, which is developing what is billed as Europe's largest indoor theme parks. Regions says it's the fourth-largest retail property owner in Russia.
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By Katherine Yamada | February 15, 2013
Jane Hancock and her family moved to a house on Edmonton Road in 1961. “I fell in love with the house and the neighborhood the moment I saw it.” The weekend after they moved in, their neighbors invited them to a party and there she met Jean Armstrong. Hancock and Armstrong became friends; their children grew up together and went to the same schools. Hancock knew that Armstrong had a mysterious scar but never knew of her adventurous past. That is, until recently. Hancock and her husband Fred raised five boys and taught English and social studies, journalism and media at Toll Junior High from 1962 until 1992.
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