Can Netflix Sell STEAM?

MARKETING: MGA show features girl inventors whose experiments are available in toy stores.

MGA Entertainment’s STEAM show spawns product line for girls.

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Northrop’s Orbital Purchase Sends Stock Skyward

AEROSPACE: Both defense contractors boast a strong Valley presence.

Northrop Grumman’s stock soars from Orbital ATK purchase.

Aboard in Fillmore

Owner of Fillmore & Western Railway has new marketing plans to bring tourists to the heartland of Ventura County.

Fillmore railroad company settles lawsuit. Now what?

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Venture Capital No Problem for Biotech Leaders

EVENT: At breakfast, execs point to progress for the industry in Conejo Valley.

Valley biotech executives shared their insights and challenges at the Corporate Leaders Breakfast organized by California Lutheran University, held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley on Sept 15.

Accidental Activists

Business owners coalesce to avoid displacement by Metro’s East San Fernando Transit project.

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, or Metro, has plans for a transit project that has raised concerns among Van Nuys business owners.

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Commercial Brokers Evolve Even in Good Times

LIST: In response to market, real estate reps revamp their organizations, procedures.

Brokers discuss the biggest changes for commercial real estate firms.

Political Advocacy Mission Critical for Chambers

LIST: Technology and time constraints make groups ‘more relevant than ever.’

How chambers of commerce strive for relevance.

Trammell Crow Preps Needham Ranch Center

CONSTRUCTION: Santa Clarita to gain 870,000 square feet of industrial space.

A chunk of one of L.A. County’s largest, if not the largest, tract of entitled land is being prepped to eventually become a vast new industrial complex in the southernmost part of the Santa Clarita Valley.

Around the Valleys

News and notes from the greater San Fernando Valley

Disney’s Lack of Corporate Presence

ONE MORE THING: Disney’s so-so performance as corporate citizen.

Olympics May Ease Valley Traffic

Op-Ed: With the 2028 Olympics in L.A.’s future again, public transit needs to step up.


Calendar of Events

Trash Talk Heads to Courthouse

politics: Valley group opposes city’s garbage hauling system.

Apartment owners unite against L.A.’s new garbage franchise system.

Pushback on Newhall Ranch

DEVELOPMENT: Approval for housing projects prompts suit.

Environmentalists sue – again - over Newhall Ranch’s recent approvals.

Reaching Par

SPORTS: Pivotal year for PGA tournament in Thousand Oaks.

Will PGA championship in Thousand Oaks become an annual event?

Universal TV Target Demo: Young Kids

Studio thinks channel will provide portal to older audiences.

NBCUniversal rebrands its children’s cable channel to appeal to kids as they age.

Ethnic Data Fuels Market Decisions

Market research firm focuses on customers’ culture and behavior.

Market research firm reveals culture drives consumer behaviors.

NoHo Hosts Vegan Nights Food Festival

Event organizers hope to replicate small city format elsewhere.

North Hollywood celebrates natural food with its own festival.

The Number

60 Cents: Median income for L.A. saleswomen for every $1 in men’s income

Pay gaps? L.A. women wage earners versus men.

Home Rental In a Box

INTERNET: She automated management of her vacation house and plans to share the system.

Nomadness Rentals’ software appeals to small landlords.

MannKind Relocation Pushes Share Price Higher

BIOTECH: Cost savings, access to talent cited a reasons for move to Westlake Village.

MannKind’s cost-saving move pushes up stock price.

Dole’s Cash Deals

In preparation for an IPO, Dole improves its finances by sellling its headquarters and shutting down berry operations in Ventura County.

Dole Food Co. cuts berry operations and swaps properties to help reduce debt.

Can Stooges Stage Crowdfunded Comeback?

FILM: License holder for comedy trio thinks project could revive slapstick style.

C3 Entertainment Inc. is calling all knuckleheads with a nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.

Leadership Changes at Alfred Mann Foundation

RESEARCH: Hankin exits as CEO, but organization keeps cranking out startups.

David Hankin has stepped down as chief executive of the Alfred Mann Foundation for Scientific Research, the Business Journal has learned.

Americana at Brand Rethinks Advertising Policy

MARKETING: Promotion for Armenian genocide film will reach shoppers for free.

Top Caruso executives met with representatives of the Glendale chapter of the Armenian National Committee of America, or ANCA, in early September to address concerns about the relationship between the Armenian community and the luxury retail developer’s Americana at Brand shopping center in Glendale.