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Agency Ups Role in Client Work With Startup Stakes

Gets Equity Share In Exchange for ServicesIrvine-based agency INK is taking an active role in its startup clients. It launched an “equity based model for agency-client relationships” that enables it to acquire a stake in promising enterprises.

By Mediha DiMartino March 21, 2016 midnight   $$ Share
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Anaheim Hotelier in 2nd SD Buy

An affiliate of Anaheim-based Marwaha Group Inc. bought the 94-room TownePlace Suites hotel in Vista from Carlsbad-based TMACK Melrose LLC for $15 million, according to CoStar Group and public data.

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Auction of Baseball Rules Sets Record

Baseball’s oldest rule book fetched a record $3.2 million this weekend as part of the 2016 Spring Premier auction run by Laguna Niguel-based SCP Auctions.

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PHG to Add 145 Rooms in Napa

Irvine-based Pacific Hospitality Group plans to break ground April 29 on a four-story, 145-room hotel across the street from its Meritage Resort & Spa in Napa, according to a local news report.

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JWA Numbers Up Again

John Wayne Airport handled 907,000 passengers in March, a 9% increase compared with 832,000 in the same month last year.

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Busch Family Gives $15M

The Busch Family Foundation in Irvine gave $15 million to Catholic University of America, news reports said.

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Anaheim Advances $209M Hotel

Anaheim’s Planning Commission on Monday approved plans for a 580-room hotel at the corner of Harbor Boulevard and Disney Way, which sends the proposal to the city council to consider on May 17.

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Register Has New VP Advertising/GM

Digital First Media appointed Henry Williamson to oversee sales strategies as vice president of advertising at The Orange County Register.

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DFM Taps Register Opinion Editor

Digital First Media expanded Brian Calle’s duties as opinion editor at the Orange County Register in Santa Ana and Riverside-based Press-Enterprise to include oversight of the editorial board and opinion content for its entire Southern California News Group.

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Johnny Rockets in Rebranding

Johnny Rockets Restaurant Group plans to recast the retro burger chain for a changing customer base.

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NAWBO Honors Gilbert, Dickson

Loreen Gilbert, president of Irvine-based WealthWise Financial Services, is scheduled to receive the Business Owner of the Year Award.

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House of Blues to Add 100 Jobs

House of Blues Anaheim owner Live Nation Entertainment Inc. lists a May 31 closing date for the Downtown Disney venue in a filing with the California Employment Department.

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Music Festival Debuts in Dana

A music festival will debut at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point August 27-28, a press release said.

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BlizzCon Dates Set

Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment Inc.’s annual fanfest is November 4 and 5 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

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Top Digital First Editor to Oversee Register Newsroom

Digital First Media’s Executive Editor Frank Pine will be in charge of the Orange County Register in Santa Ana and the Press-Enterprise in Riverside, according to sources close to the matter.

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Mirman Exits Freedom

Freedom Communications Inc. Chief Executive Rich Mirman was let go Thursday along with about 70 staffers, including Editor and Senior Vice President of Content Rob Curley; Vice President of Circulation Bruce Blair; and Lake Trout, senior vice president of sales.