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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Walt Disney Studios entrance on Buena Vista Street Burbank April 12, 2018

News Bytes April 4, 2023

Disney kicks into action its plan to lay off 7,000 employees The “Happiest Place on Earth” is not so cheerful these days for thousands of Disney employees getting laid off. In an email to employees Monday, March 27, Chief Executive Bob Iger announced the process of notifying the first round of 7,000 workers slated for layoff would start. Iger first announced the cutbacks last February. He says the move is intended to streamline the Burbank-based entertainment conglomerate and save a reported $5.5 billion in costs. The second round... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill 110 North First Street, Burbank Friday, April 1, 2016

New Wood Ranch restaurant in Burbank staffing up

Hiring officially got underway yesterday for the most anticipated restaurant in B-town — the Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill. For months now, extensive renovations have been underway at the old location of the Elephant Bar, 110 North First Street, across from the Islands Restaurant at East Orange Grove and First Street. A while back, Alejandro Benes, a partner in the Wood Ranch restaurants, told Media City Groove the target opening was June 2016 and it appears the new eatery is right on schedule. This will be... 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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President Obama's Labor Day weekend weekly address

Labor Day, jobs, and the minimum wage

On this Labor Day weekend, President Barack Obama is continuing to hammer home his point that it’s time for Congress to raise the minimum wage. Republicans have repeatedly blocked attempts to raise the federal minimum wage gradually from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. In his weekly address, President Obama insisted raising the minimum wage will help more than 20 million struggling Americans make ends meet and grow the economy. The president says “… the states where the minimum wage has gone up this year have experienced higher job growth... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- IKEA store at 600 North San Fernando Boulevard in Downtown Burbank June 27, 2014

IKEA Burbank hourly workers to get a raise as part of new company policy

Many of the more than 300 employees at the IKEA in Burbank will be getting a raise as part of a new company policy.Yesterday, the Swedish furniture giant announced it will adopt a new minimum hourly wage structure for its U.S. hourly retail workers. Beginning in January of next year, the minimum average hourly wage will jump 17 percent to an average of $10.76 an hour. That is $3.51 above the current federal minimum wage. The increase will impact approximately 50% of the 11,000 or so employees in the company’s U.S. division. The amount of... Read More →

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Artist's rendition of SpringHill Suites by Marriott Hotel in Burbank

Ground breaking for new Burbank hotel

Burbank is one step closer to getting a new hotel. Yesterday, a ceremonial ground breaking was held for the $40 million SpringHill Suites by Marriott on San Fernando Boulevard between Providencia and Santa Anita Streets adjacent to Downtown Burbank. Executives from R.D. Olson Development and  Marriott International joined some City of Burbank officials for the event, according to a news release. “SpringHill Suites will add to the continuing vibrancy of South San Fernando Boulevard, placing guests just a few strides from our wonderful downtown. This property will offer tourists yet another... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- A long line of job seekers in front of IATSE Local 33 in Burbank November 16, 2013

More than a hundred job seekers lined up in Burbank for entertainment jobs

The temperatures in the low 60s, the skies cloudy, and a threat of rain hung in the air, but still they came to a union office in Burbank this morning. Shortly before the interviews began at IATSE Local 33, 1720 West Magnolia Boulevard, the line of job seekers stretched around the block. By 9 a.m., more than 160 applications had been handed out to folks hoping to get on the union’s referral list for skilled technicians to work stage and television production jobs. The first person in line, Joey Barreto,... Read More →

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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 here. Writers Guild nominations... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G - Cameras rolling for "CSI: Las Vegas" at Frank's Restaurant on Olive Avenue in Burbank today August 03, 2012

“CSI: Las Vegas” shooting in Burbank

Police yellow tape and crime scene investigators at Frank’s Restaurant on West Olive Avenue here in Burbank today. There were criminalists on the scene, but not from any local law enforcement agency. It’s part of the filming of an episode of the long running TV crime drama, “CSI: Las Vegas.” The shoot began on Thursday and is expected to wrap in the early hours of Saturday morning. Love to see film productions shooting in B-town — keeping entertainment jobs in the Southland.

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Media City G Connection: Jobs and career opportunities

New feature on showcases jobs in the entertainment industry, among the listing an opening for a senior product management assistant over at the Disney Studios here in Burbank. On the list, jobs at Paramount, Sony, Showtime, Fox, and the BBC at locations in Burbank and elsewhere. Also, a number of search and resume tools to help in that hunt for a new gig. Well worth checking out. Clear Channel Radio looking for promotion assistants to represent the station at events... Read More →

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Media City G Connection: Jobs and career opportunities

  Wanted extras for TV crime drama   Extras needed for upcoming filming in Los Angeles. The posting on craigslist says the film shoot involves bank, museum, and jewelry/mall scenes. They reportedly need around 40 males 18-60, and 40 females 18-60 background work.  All ethnicities, character types , and  non-union are encouraged to apply. This is a paid gig.  Call 323-468-7365 for an appointment – pre-auditions/interviews: Tues. 2/21 & Wednesday 2/22. For more details check out the craigslist posting here. The Huntington Library and Botanical... Read More →

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Media City G Connection: Jobs and career opportunities

Ten scribes for the first Fox Writers Intensive program have been announced. The names of the lucky writers appear on The program is “… designed to introduce experienced writers with unique voices, backgrounds, life and professional experiences that reflect the diverse perspectives of the audiences we create to a wide range of Fox staff writers, showrunners, directors, screenwriters and creative executives,” according to the Fox Network. These are not newbies, but writers with plenty of connections as well as relevant experience on their resumes. Oh, employment... Read More →

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Media City G Connection: Jobs and career opportunities

The Los Angeles Dodgers are hiring. The Dodger organization is looking to fill several positions among them, security officer, account executive, usher, and stadium operations assistant.  Deadline to apply is Monday, February 13, 2012. Current Los Angeles Dodgers employees can submit a cover letter and resume directly to the Human Resources Department for consideration.  All other job seekers  are asked to apply on line at or send a cover letter and resume to Human Resources Department via fax at... Read More →

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Spike TV launches “Hire A Vet” campaign

Spike TV is extending a helping hand to veterans searching for work and the companies that offer them jobs.  Last Friday, on Veterans Day, Spike TV launched  its new “Hire A Vet” campaign. The campaign will be spotlighted on the cable channel’s new “Hire A Vet” website. The site is a resource for job hunting veterans and it will salute the companies that hire them. “Spike TV is honored to assist this country’s veterans– real-life heroes who represent the best of what our country... Read More →

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Top creepy crawler careers

Around this time of the year, a lot of us are thinking about the creepy-crawlers. It’s all part of the fun of  Halloween. On the serious side, there are careers where creepy creatures are part of daily operations. Recently,, a job search and career website, identified the nation’s creepiest careers.  “Forensic Entomologist, who studies insects that invade a person’s dead body and decipher insect life cycles to determine the time and manner of death, is the creepiest career on our list,” according to Tony Lee, publisher, “These little... Read More →

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Photo: Chuck Kennedy/White House -- President Barack Obama delivers an address on jobs and the economy to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol September 8, 2011

President Obama calls on Congress to pass the American Jobs Act

President Barack Obama wants to shore up the sagging economy by putting “… more people back to work and more money in the pockets of those who are working.” Last night, in an address to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol, the president presented the American Jobs Act, which he claims will achieve those goals. THE PRESIDENT:  Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, and fellow Americans: Tonight we meet at an urgent time for our country.  We continue to face an economic crisis that has left millions... Read More →

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Job Hunt: OSH in Burbank hiring

OSH is hiring in Burbank . The Orchard Supply Hardware store in the 600 Block of North Victory Boulevard has help wanted signs pasted to its front doors. They are looking for cashiers, sales associates, and pick-up clerks with some special skills. “We are seeking applicants with an outgoing personality, willingness to learn and the motivation to provide legendary customer service…”  OSH job qualification. For details and more qualifications check the store website,, and click on careers at the bottom of the page.

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Job Seekers: Dodgers hang out the help wanted sign

The Los Angeles Dodgers are looking for new talent. You don’t have to be able to throw a fastball or hit a home run. The baseball organization is accepting applications and resumes right now for the part-time seasonal union position of Ticket Seller. The qualifications include excellent verbal communications, outstanding customer service, and at least a high school diploma or GED. For more requirements and details on the position click over to   and check under job opportunities or call Human Resources at (323) 224-1547.  The... Read More →

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Biz Bits: Nasdaq hacked,Google hiring, NBC staffer fired over video

Hackers breach Nasdaq security The Internet is buzzing today about a report of a hacker attack on Nasdaq OMX Group, the company that runs the U.S. stock exchange and several others around the world. The Feds are investigating the computer intrusion — which occurred sometime last year. More about this on the Computerworld website. Google on a hiring spree The word is out. Google is hiring. Last week, the Internet search giant got flooded with more than 75,000 applications, according to a Los Angeles Times article. That’s a company... Read More →

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President Obama visits Home Depot

Photo: Pete Souza/White House —President Obama visits a Home Depot in Alexandria, Virginia on December 15, 2009. Where does the president park when he drops by Home Depot? Not outside in the lot. No way. When President Barack Obama visited one of those home improvement stores in Virginia yesterday, his limo parked in the lumber aisle. President Obama was there to talk up the importance of retrofitting homes with a group of small business leaders on the floor of Home Depot. Obama says retrofitting homes saves a lot of... Read More →

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President Obama talks about those upbeat job figures, the economy, and where we go from here

Photo: Pete Souza/The White House 12/03/09 President Barack Obama gets it. The economic recovery will not really hit home for many until the sluggish job market is revitalized. Yesterday, the Labor Department reported the national unemployment rate took a surprising dip to 10 percent in November— the best it’s been since December of 2007. Companies laid off 11,000 workers last month, compared to 111,000 in October. A significant improvement.  Still, millions of unemployed Americans searched but did not find work last month.   Meanwhile, the nation’s tally of 2009 bank failures hit 130... Read More →

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Jobless rates jump! Where is that recovery?

Some grim economic news out today from the federal government about the number of Americans out of work. The federal data shows the unemployment rate continues to rise despite reports from some experts that the recovery from this dreaded recession is underway. The California jobless rate rose from 11.9% to a record high of 12.2% in August, according to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics. The golden state is not so bright for more than 12,000 of its workers who lost their jobs last month and thousands of job seekers who were looking and... Read More →

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