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Image Extends Distribution Agreement for Canada

Image Entertainment Inc. has extended a distribution agreement to release its content in Canada.

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MRV Announces New Partner in Canada

Chatsworth-based telecommunications company MRV Communications, Inc announced that Excel Group Inc. based in Canada will become a reseller of MRVโ€™s entire product line.

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Chamber Coalition Advocates โ€˜Safe Reopeningโ€™ Plan

The California Coalition for Safe Reopening, a group made up of 33 chambers of commerce and other business organizations, has released a three-point recovery program for consideration by state and local governments before ordering any more business shutdowns.

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Valley Voice Actress Busy Talking

Voices.com has helped Studio City woman to snag corporate clients.

Online: Web-based service gives voice actressโ€™s career new life

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Cheesecake in Canada

Cheesecake Factory Inc. will expand into Canada later this year with a restaurant in Toronto, the Calabasas company announced.

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MGA Entertainment Bids on Toys R Us Canada

MGA Entertainment Inc. and a group of affiliated investors have made a bid to acquire the operations of bankrupt Toys R Us in Canada.

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ReachLocal Posts Net Loss in Q1; Partners with Google

Online marketing company ReachLocal Inc. widened its net loss in the first quarter when compared with the same period from a year ago.

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MGAโ€™s Larian Leads Crowdfunding Campaign to Buy Toys R Us

Isaac Larian, chief executive of Van Nuys toy manufacturer MGA Entertainment Inc., has along with unnamed investors pledged $200 million to an online public crowdfunding campaign he created to save Toy R Us as it files for bankruptcy.

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Great American, KKR Arranges Credit for Sears Canada

Great American Capital Partners, a subsidiary of B. Riley Financial Inc. in Woodland Hills, and KKR Capital Markets have agreed to provide a secured loan to Sears Canada for about $220 million.

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Cinedigm Funds Digital Cinema Equipment in Canada

Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. has funded and installed equipment in the 16 screens of independent Canada theater chain La Maison du Cinema.

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Dine Brands, Builder to Open 15 IHOPs in Toronto

Dine Brands International has entered into a franchising agreement with construction firm Minhas Holdings, headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, to bring more than a dozen IHOP diners to the Toronto market.

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ValueClick Takes Poison Pill to Fend Off Takeovers

Westlake Village-based ValueClick Inc. has adopted a so-called "poison pill" stockholder rights plan aimed at staving off a potential hostile takeover.

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Cherokee Licenses Hawk Brand to Walmart Canada

The Sherman Oaks apparel company signs an agreement that will bring Tony Hawk's clothing and shoes to Canada's largest retailer.

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Sporting Goods Retailer Makes Profit in Q4

Sport Chalet made fourth-quarter profit for the first time in years, with revenues largely boosted by an additional week in quarter.

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Cheesecake Opens First Restaurant in Canada

Cheesecake Factory opened a restaurant outside Toronto, the Calabasas companyโ€™s first outlet in Canada, the company announced Tuesday.

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La Canada Nursing Home Operator Files for Bankruptcy

La Canada-based Pleasant Care Corp. has filed Chap. 11 bankruptcy amid charges of elder abuse at some of its 30 facilities.

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Film Tax Break Petition Puts Canada Back in the Spotlight

Film Tax Break Petition Puts Canada Back in the Spotlight

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Despite New Stages, Demand Stays Strong for Production Space in L.A.

Demand remains strong for sound stages throughout Los Angeles, even though nearly two dozen stages have opened in the past 18 months and some television movie production has fled to Canada.

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Sport Chalet Acquires Firm to Extend Reach Among Team Sports

Sporting goods retailer Sport Chalet Inc. has acquired a local supplier of sports clothing and equipment in a bid for a larger share of the team sports market.

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