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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.
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.
Chesapeake Lodging Trust said it sold the 153-room Courtyard Anaheim at Disneyland Resort for $32.5 million, or about $212,000 per room.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brains, Female Enter Mix Of Popular Marketing Stars
Ever wonder who designed Kia Motors America Inc.’s first electric vehicle?
Wienerschnitzel is offering $1 million as the grand prize in its latest “Cash in on a Corn Dog” sweepstakes.
John Wayne Airport said passenger traffic rose slightly in July 2014 compared to the same period last year.
Food Hall Latest Twist for East End
The developer who’s driving downtown Santa Ana’s makeover is doubling down on dining.
TECHNOLOGY: Free game on pace to bring in $100M in 1st year
Blizzard Entertainment Inc.’s first foray into free-to-play video games is turning into a big moneymaker.
MARKETING: Works on par with Goodby on $20M effort
Grupo Gallegos has crossed over the demographic divide to work hand in hand with one of the best-known agencies in advertising on the California Milk Processor Board’s new $20 million ad campaign.
MEDIA: Main Street Films hopeful about latest flick
Main Street Films Inc. had a big weekend.
Irvine-based IT consultancy and service provider Trace3 promoted Tyler Beecher to chief executive.