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Pacific Club, Lott Team Up on New Programs

The Pacific Club Impact Foundation in Newport Beach announced two new initiatives geared for elementary and high school students, outlining the programs during a luncheon for National Football League Hall of Famer and onetime USC star Ronnie Lott’s annual award program.

By Chris Casacchia May 14, 2014 3:12 p.m.   Share
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Ad Shop Raises $5.2 Million

Adaptive Medias Inc. raised $5.2 million from two investors by selling 2.13 million shares of its common stock at $2.25 per share.

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Innocean Lands Energy Account

InnoceanUSA has branched beyond mainstay client Hyundai Motor America Inc. with the addition of NRG Energy to its growing roster of nonautomotive accounts.

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Wozniak to Speak at NAMM

Apple Computers co-founder Steve Wozniak will speak at the National Association of Music Merchants show in Anaheim in January, the association said.

OC’s Gaming Roots Run From Early Versions to VR

Older Firms Programmed Play for Today’s Innovators

Orange County’s influence in the video game industry traces back decades, from trailblazing studios in the early 1980s to today’s innovators of virtual reality.

Long-Anticipated ‘Wasteland’ Game Sequel on Way

Producer Waited 10+ Years To Get Money for Follow-Up

It’s taken Brian Fargo more than a decade to get the band back together for a follow-up release to the smash hit “Wasteland.”

Errand Turns Into Role in UPS Ad for HB Businessman

Does ‘Mailbox Confession’ Of Small-Business Services

Tony Orlando went to pick up his mail from a shipping and business services center in Huntington Beach and walked out with a contract to star in a commercial for UPS Store Inc.

Manhattan Transfer to Island Hotel; Ham & Keller Refine Focus

Gerard Widder, new GM of the Irvine Company’s Island Hotel, arrives in Newport Center with experience from several high-end Manhattan establishments, including a tenure in the same post for the flagship W.

Latino Shop Branches Further Into General Market

MEDIA: Casanova Pendrill TV ad straddles audiences

Casanova Pendrill’s idea for Nature Valley’s new TV ad was big enough to cross the boundaries of the Latino audience it was initially intended for. That also meant stepping on the turf of McCann Erickson, its sister agency, which handles the brand’s general market account.

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Disney-Area Hotel Sold for $32.5M

Chesapeake Lodging Trust said it sold the 153-room Courtyard Anaheim at Disneyland Resort for $32.5 million, or about $212,000 per room.

OC’s First Din Tai Fung and Other Worthy Food Adventures

Chinese Dumpling House Delights With Each Morsel

Din Tai Fung, the famed Chinese dumpling house, opened two weeks ago at South Coast Plaza (entrance on the upper level next to Sears). I surmise that, having heard the buzz about its international reputation, the crowds will flow.

Segerstrom Center’s Street Smarts

Education Programs Aim for Neighborhoods

Luis Castillo experienced something entirely new when he was touched by the Summer at the Center program back in 1994.

Newport Beach Hotel Software Specialist in China Buy

HOSPITALITY: Healthcare, restaurants, golf also clients

A Newport Beach-based software provider that specializes in the hospitality industry expanded its operations in China last week with the acquisition of a company in Singapore.

Billabong to Sell Swell.com in Irvine

Australia-based Billabong International Ltd. said it plans to sell its surf apparel retailer Swell.com in Irvine to a consortium of investors in a spinoff that also includes a 51% sale of SurfStitch, its other e-commerce business.

Kia Hamsters Bring on Geek Chic With New Ad

Brains, Female Enter Mix Of Popular Marketing Stars

Ever wonder who designed Kia Motors America Inc.’s first electric vehicle?

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$1 Million Grand Prize in Wienerschnitzel Sweepstakes

Wienerschnitzel is offering $1 million as the grand prize in its latest “Cash in on a Corn Dog” sweepstakes.