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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.

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FantasyAces Delays College Exit

Orange County’s lone daily fantasy sports operator doesn’t plan to follow the segment’s leaders in immediately closing contests involving college sports.

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Double Digit Growth at JWA

John Wayne Airport passenger traffic in February grew 12% to 793,553 compared with the same month last year, after January’s passenger traffic grew 10% year-over-year.

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Southwest to Fly Long Beach to Oakland

Southwest Airlines will fly from from Long Beach Airport to Oakland International Airport starting June 5.

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New Owner Cuts Execs at Register

Digital First Media, the new owner of the Orange County Register, has parted ways with several members of prior owner Freedom Communications Inc.’s senior management team, according to sources close to the matter.

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UCI to Start E-Sports Program

University of California-Irvine will launch an e-sports program this fall with a new arena equipped with high-end gaming PCs, a staging area for League of Legends competitions and a live webcasting studio at the Student Center.

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eBay Buys Irvine Auto Marketer

Cargigi Inc. in Irvine was acquired by eBay Inc. on undisclosed terms.