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Going out of business sales at Sports Authority

Going out of business sales at Sports Authority stores expected to begin the middle of this week, just as the long Memorial Day weekend kicks off. One of the 450 stores closing is at the Empire Center in Burbank. Sports Authority was once the largest sporting goods retailer in the country. Heavily in debt,  the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy back in March. It had hope to restructure and shutter only some of its stores. That plan fell through and last month came word Sports Authority had... Read More →

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In The News: January 23, 2015

Vice-President Joe Biden continues his visit in the Southland today. Yesterday, the Veepee snarled traffic in Burbank with a late afternoon visit to The Ellen DeGeneres Show at the Warner Bros. Studios. Today more headaches for Southland motorist as Biden heads out to West Los Angeles College in Ladera Heights. Biden is expected to have a sit down discussion with students and administrators about helping more Americans go to college — specifically President Obama’s proposed community college program. CBSLA Some serious restructuring at DreamWorks Animation. Reports... Read More →

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In The News: January 20, 2015

Terrorists threaten to kill two Japanese hostages unless they get $200 million ransom!  CNN “American Sniper,” Clint Eastwood’s Iraq war drama, took aim at the box office over the long MLK holiday weekend and made history. It grabbed the number one spot and the crown for the most successful winter film opening ever. Oh, and the film is a top Oscar contender with a slew of nominations. CNN Forbes Variety Lay-offs coming  to DreamWorks Animation reportedly due to underperformance at the Box Office... Read More →

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Warner Bros. CEO admits layoffs are coming

Apparently no one’s job is safe at Warner Bros. A lot of tension and frayed nerves there as the employees wait to see who will get the axe.  In an office memo yesterday, CEO Kevin Tsujihara confirmed reports that layoffs are coming. Tsujihara did not say how many jobs would be cut, but said the axe will fall  “across the Studio. ” Warner, based in Burbank,  has somewhere around 8, 000 employees globally. Here’s part of that memo. “We are doing our best to minimize staff reductions.... Read More →

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Web Buzz: Buyouts and layoffs at Warner Bros.

  There’s chatter on the Internet about buyouts and layoffs at Warner Bros. First reported on Bloomberg  yesterday, buyouts have already begun in the division that includes CNN and TBS. Variety says “500 to 600” employees have received those offers.  However, more are coming for other parts of the Burbank-based company and top brass “may fire staff if too few employees take the offer,” according to the Bloomberg sources. The reasons for the cutbacks and reductions: The rejection of that $75-80 billion takeover bid from Rupert Murdoch and... Read More →

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Layoffs at NBC and Paramount

As the fall season kicks in, several major entertainment companies are trimming their staffs. Some members of the NBC digital team reportedly got the axe yesterday. Here’s more on Deadline. Also, more than a hundred people lost their jobs at Paramount on Tuesday. The job cutbacks hit a number of departments including finance, human resources, and even legal. It hasn’t been a great summer for Paramount. Sure Brad Pitt’s “World War Z” was a box office hit, but the studio also had some stinkers over... Read More →

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Disney-ABC Television Group to layoff 175

The Disney-ABC Television Group is reorganizing and laying off 175 workers. The cutbacks reportedly will start  today, mostly at the unit’s eight owned and operated stations in New York, Southern California, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh Durham and Fresno. The SoCal station is located nearby in Glendale. The firings will reduce the 7,600 staff by 2 per cent. The reason: new technologies forcing the hiring of workers with skills for the digital age. More here on where the axe will fall.

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Award Season: Oscar maker layoffs, Writers Guild and Grammy nominations

Oscar maker to axe  a lot of workers It’s not going to be a ho, ho, jolly holiday season for some employees of the company that makes Oscar. The Wrap is reporting today that R.S. Owens, a Chicago-based company, will be laying off almost 100 workers by December 17. That’s more than a third of the staff. R.S. Owens is the supplier of awards for the Emmys, MTV Video Music Awards, and “American Idol” as well. More details Read More →

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NBC Universal: More cutbacks and layoffs

NBC Universal is showing signs of rising from the ratings cellar, but that has not stopped the cutbacks and layoffs by parent company, Comcast. (Disclosure: I am a former NBC employee). The Internet is buzzing with the latest reports of 500 employees getting the axe throughout the entertainment, news, and cable units. The first story I saw about this was over on Deadline.com yesterday. Comcast, the country’s largest... Read More →

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Talk of the town: Yahoo begins layoffs of 2,000 employees

  Some of those hard working employees at the Internet giant Yahoo are getting shown the door today. Two thousand employees are being sacrificed”…as part of an overall plan to reshape the Company for the future,” Yahoo says in an SEC filing, according to deadline.com. No word yet on how many of the Yahoo employees working in Burbank will get the axe. Yahoo reportedly has around 14,000 employees. While these workers are kicked to the curb, behind the scenes, there’s drama going on over... Read More →

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