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Chapman Indie Film Rights Sold

A film made by Chapman Filmed Entertainment LLC has sold U.S. distribution rights for a “mid-six figures” amount to ARC Entertainment, according to news reports.

By Paul Hughes November 10, 2014 9:08 a.m.   Share
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JWA, Southwest to Add Routes

John Wayne Airport cemented deals for two new round-trip Southwest Airlines routes starting next summer.

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Brand Affinity in BK, Seeks Bidder

Brand Affinity Technologies Inc. has hired Irvine-based GlassRatner Advisory & Capital Group LLC to find potential bidders to acquire the cash-depleted advertising and social media company, according to a filing in bankruptcy court.

HK Buyer Adds Hotel at Gate of Disneyland Resort to OC Portfolio

REAL ESTATE: Renovation seen for 300-room Anaheim Plaza

A 300-room hotel across the street from the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim is expected to see a major renovation following its sale to a Hong Kong-based investor.

2014 in Review: Big Deals, Doings

My, how you’ve grown. What else to say about Orange County’s business landscape over the past year?

Brand Consultant Celebrates 3 Decades With Book

Images in Tome Are A Retrospective on Its Work

InterCommunications Inc., a brand consulting company that specializes in the real estate and hospitality industries, recently published a coffee table book, “Imaging Places”—a 288-page portfolio of projects the Newport Beach firm has taken on over its 30 years in business.

Fisker Automotive Works on New Grand Plans

Costa Mesa Car Maker In Tests for Karma Relaunch

The deep pockets funding Costa Mesa-based Fisker Automotive and Technologies Group LLC’s revival have led the automaker to test several technologies and features as it prepares to relaunch its luxury hybrid Karma.

New Yorker’s OC Junket Puts Jannard in YouTube Picture

Much of this week’s issue is dedicated to a look back at 2014, which has proved to be a remarkable year in many respects for the community of business in Orange County (see overview, page 1; coverage by industry, pages 5 through 18).

VidCon Back to Anaheim for 2015

VidCon will return to the Anaheim Convention Center for its 2015 edition, with a three-day run scheduled to start on July 23, according to the show’s website.

2014 Year in Review: Technology

The Business Journal’s choice of Sailesh Chittipeddi, chief executive of Newport Beach-based chipmaker Conexant Systems Inc., hit the target.

2014 Year in Review: Hospitality

Our prediction of a healthy year for local hotels proved accurate. Our person to watch was Ralph Grippo, president of Irvine Company Resort Properties.

2014 Year in Review: Media & Marketing

Andrew Leisner, publisher of the Bonnier Motorcycle Group in Irvine, appeared on the Business Journal’s radar after a swap of six surf and skateboard publications for nine motorcycle titles from San Clemente-based TEN: Action/Outdoor Group.

2014 Year in Review: Restaurants

We said to keep an eye on Irvine-based Taco Bell Corp. Chief Executive Greg Creed as he began overseeing the brand worldwide in January.

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OC Fair Names CEO

The Costa Mesa-based OC Fair & Events Center named Kathy Kramer its new Chief Executive.

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Times Gets “Protective Order” on Claim Against Register

A Superior Court judge in Los Angeles has granted the Los Angeles Times’ request for a “temporary protective order” against Santa Ana-based Freedom Communications Holdings Inc.’s flagship Orange County Register.

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El Pollo Loco Closes $200M Debt Deal

Costa Mesa-based El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. said today it closed on a new $200 million lending agreement that cuts its interest costs by about $7 million a year.