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By Jason Wells | December 19, 2009
GLENDALE — A recovering film industry helped tamp down local unemployment rates in November, pushing the mark back toward single-digit territory, according to state figures released Friday. The unemployment rate in Glendale slid to 10.6% last month, down from 11% in October. In Burbank, the jobless rate fell to 9.9% from 10.3% over the same period, according to the state Economic Development Department. Labor market specialists attributed the gains to continued strong activity in the film industry, which continues to buoy back from the 100-day Writers Guild strike in 2007.
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.
By Jason Wells | March 23, 2009
BURBANK — Burbank and Glendale claim many of the largest movie studios in the world — Warner Brothers, Paramount, Dreamworks, the Walt Disney Company — but it took until Sunday for one of the cities to host a bona fide film festival. The inaugural Burbank International Film Festival kicked off its weeklong program Sunday at Woodbury University in an effort to showcase the city’s prominent role in the filmmaking industry. The festival’s itinerary offers a mix of screenings and industry panel discussions throughout the week, culminating March 29 with an awards ceremony and live performances by Glendale native and Academy Award-nominated film composer John Debney and Burbank’s multi-platinum vocalist Mark Slaughter, of the metal band Slaughter.
February 17, 2009
The Glendale News-Press visited a cinematography course at Crescenta Valley High School and asked students, “Why were you interested in a course on filmmaking?”   “I always shoot movies with my friends and stuff, and I wanted to know how to shoot movies well and learn how to edit.” KATY REED, 17 La Crescenta       “When I’m older, I want to work in the film industry, so I thought it’d be good to know Final Cut Pro and just how to make DVDs.
By by mary o’keefe valley sun | May 23, 2008
The Glendale Police Department substation front window in Montrose sparkles a little more brilliantly now thanks to a local resident and businessman. Several years ago the substation?s front window was vandalized by graffiti that had been etched into it. The station?s rent is paid for by Montrose Shopping Park but there was not money in Glendale?s budget to repair the glass. It wasn?t in danger of breaking but the idea that graffiti was etched into it didn?t go along with the image of what Officer Jerry Uebel wanted the Montrose station to portray.
By Garen Aliksanian | May 12, 2007
The movie business can be harsh. Jack Piandaryan, founder of Piandaryan Films LLC, is well aware of that, but he's hoping that his company's release of its first feature film, "The Parallel," will be his big break. The film, a drama about paying attention to the world around you and not taking anything for granted, was released exclusively at Laemmle's Town Center 5 in Encino on Friday. Piandaryan's journey to his film's opening began as a child in Armenia. There he would spend his allowance going to the local movie theater, sneaking into movies once he ran out of money.
By Charly Shelton | May 12, 2006
It may not exactly feel like summer yet but to the film industry it is. The summer films begin peeking up through the fertilized soil of Hollywood's publicity machine in the spring. It starts with a bang, Mission Impossible 3 staring Tom Cruise was released this weekend. The $150 million film brought in 48 million its first weekend. The movie is getting good reviews and is worth seeing. Word of mouth will probably bring its totals up. To fulfill part of the remake quota, Hollywood is giving us "Poseidon," the remake of the 1972 movie "Poseidon Adventure."
October 21, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman When customers tell Laurene Miller they want to be a flight attendant for Halloween, Miller doesn't think twice before launching into a barrage of questions: "Dead or alive? Domestic or foreign? Hugh Hefner's airline or a normal one?" "I try to get them to verbalize what's on their mind," said Miller, owner of Armies of the World. "Halloween should be lots of fun. We want them to walk out of here and take the prize." For Miller, that means thinking out of the box. Whether a customer walks in with some of his or her own clothing and a detailed vision of the ideal costume or needs an idea, she's ready to help.
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