TOURISM AND MEDIA

Irvine Startup Acquires GameWorks

Irvine-based Oomba Inc. and Barington/Hilco Acquisition Corp. said Oomba will buy Chatsworth-based GameWorks Entertainment LLC for $60 million and take the combined company public.

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Journalist to Join UCI Faculty

Hector Tobar, an author and New York Times contributing op-ed columnist, will be an associate professor in Chicano/Latino Studies and English-Literary Journalism at University of California-Irvine, a UCI spokesman confirmed today.

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Hotel Developer to Lay Off Staff

FJS Inc. said in a regulatory filing it would cut 121 jobs in Anaheim.

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OCers Get Ellis Island Awards

Several Orange County residents, as well as others with ties to OC, are recipients of the 2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

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Veritone Raises $37.5M in IPO

Newport Beach-based start-up Veritone Inc. began trading today on the NASDAQ Capital Markets after raising $37.5 million in an initial public offering.

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OC-Backed Pebble Beach Expands

Pebble Beach Co. in August will open 38 new rooms under the name Fairway One, at The Lodge at Pebble Beach.

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Burba Hotel Network Sold

Burba Hotel Network in Costa Mesa was bought by Northstar Travel Group in Secaucus, N.J., on undisclosed terms.

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Disney Parks Unit Results Up

Walt Disney Co.’s parks and resorts unit led a revenue increase at the Burbank-based entertainment company in its most recent quarter.

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Hotel Manager Adds Three

Twenty Four Seven Hotels in Newport Beach added three management contracts, including a Buena Park hotel scheduled to open in August.

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Advantage Solutions Files for IPO

Irvine’s Advantage Solutions Inc., a provider of sales, marketing, merchandising and digital technology services for packaged goods manufacturers and retailers, has filed plans for an initial public offering.

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Overwatch Drives Blizzard Sales

Booming sales of the first-person, futuristic shooter “Overwatch” and an uptick in “World of Warcraft” subscribers boosted revenue in the first quarter for Blizzard Entertainment Inc.

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UCI Prof Named to Science Academy

University of California-Irvine said Professor James Randerson was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

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Journal Honors 5 Female Leaders

About 750 people gathered at Hotel Irvine on Tuesday for the Business Journal’s 23rd Annual Women in Business Awards ceremony.

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Wanted: Most Community-Minded Companies for New OCBJ List

Is your company about much more than its bottom line? Does it also use its resources to better the Orange County community?

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Franchiser Adds CMO

Home Franchise Concepts LLC in Orange has named Gayle Milling chief marketing officer.

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