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By James Famera | December 30, 2009
Universal City opened for business March 15, 1915. It?s been nearly 100 years, yet the Strangest City in the World, as it was originally dubbed, is still the oldest operating movie studio in Los Angeles. Today, Universal City is mostly known for its world-renowned theme park and other tourist attractions. The city, however, played a prominent role in the early days of filmmaking and is the subject of a new book by author and La Crescenta resident, Robert S. Birchard. As part of Arcadia Publishing?
By Liana Aghajanian | September 18, 2013
If you ask Richard Smith how he's doing, you're bound to get the same answer any time of the week. "It's just another day in Paradise," he says with a smile. With a clear view of the starry sky every night, the kind of silence that brings on a healthy dose of contemplation and neighbors that include bobcats, quail and deer, it's hard to believe that Smith, his wife, Nong, and their dog, Cody, call Los Angeles home. But they've traded the traffic and busy city life for a different view and perspective.
By Katherine Tulich | November 22, 2013
A garden shed in a northern-beaches suburb of Sydney, Australia, may sound like a remote connection to a Three Stooges film festival being held at Glendale's Alex Theatre on Nov. 30, but the rare find by a film collector there has fans of the zany comedy trio rejoicing. The Three Stooges, a former Vaudevillian troupe, made 190 short films in their long Hollywood career. One film, the Technicolor “Hello Pop,” an MGM 18-minute backstage musical made in 1933 was thought lost forever when a fire at MGM studios in 1967 destroyed what was then thought to be the last print.
By Max Zimbert | October 16, 2009
GLENDALE — Television, commercial and film production shoots have shown small gains from last quarter, but remain significantly down from last year. A writers strike at the end of 2007, screen actors’ turmoil last year and an economic collapse have dried up thousands of job opportunities in Glendale, Burbank and across the county. The latest figures from the main film production permitting group, FilmLA, represented the latest round of bad news for studio-rich Burbank and Glendale.
By Zain Shauk | July 28, 2009
BURBANK — Experts are hoping a new tax incentive program to keep film and television productions within California will help turn around local economies. Entertainment industry businesses are hoping they’re right. Burbank-based Big Screen Cuisine, which caters for movie and television shoots at all major studios, saw an 80% drop in orders this summer from a year ago because of dwindling local film productions, part-owner Michael Glick said. The company had to cut its staff from 20 workers to just four employees that rotated shifts during the summer, Glick said.
November 16, 2012
The film and television industry in Los Angeles County has lost more than 16,000 jobs since 2004, mostly due to work migrating out of state, a new report revealed. Last year, the entertainment business generated 102,100 jobs in the county, down 14% from its peak of 118,200 jobs in 2004, according to a study released Friday by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. During the same period, L.A.'s share of overall jobs in the motion picture and video category fell to 51% from 60%. (The figures exclude employment in the music and post-production industries.)
By Mark Kellam, | January 4, 2012
Technicolor Inc. plans to lay off 50 employees at its relatively new Flower Street facility by Jan. 14, according to a recent state filing. Plans for the layoffs, filed with the California Employment Development Department, affect the 40,000-square-foot lab in the San Fernando Road corridor where the company moved roughly 100 film-processing jobs last summer. Technicolor transferred the jobs to Glendale after it downsized and shuttered its North Hollywood facility. Last month, Technicolor released an update of its 2011 financial performance and objectives for 2012, in which the company said it was “considering a number of cost-reduction action plans.” Last January, Technicolor officials said the move to Glendale was a natural choice because of the city's push for its San Fernando Road Creative Corridor and because the facility would be close to DreamWorks Animation and the Walt Disney Co.'s Creative Campus.
December 5, 2001
Karen S. Kim GLENDALE -- Assemblyman Dario Frommer (D-Glendale) will host a hearing today addressing the growing problem of runaway production in California's film industry. Legislators have been concerned with the increasing number of films and television shows being produced outside of California for the last few years. The hearing will include the Assembly Select Committee on the Future of California's Film Industry, which Frommer heads, and the Assembly Select Committee on Entertainment and the Arts.
By Timothy Rutt, | August 8, 2011
ACONA (Altadena Coalition of Neighborhood Associations) meets tomorrow night, Tues., Aug. 9, from 7-8:30 PM at the Altadena Main Library Community Room, 600 E. Mariposa St. Scheduled topics and speakers are: "The Film Industry in Altadena" with Geoffrey Smith from 'Film L.A.' "Liquor Stores in Altadena" with Alex Garcia from Dept. of Regional Planning, Christina Hernandez of Business License & Collection Services Unit, and Anthony Posada from ABC (Alcohol Beverage Control)
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