The Dean of Chapman University’s film school said Rob Cohen will join Don Hahn as artist-in-residence for the spring semester, which started Feb. 1. Dodge College of Film and Media Arts Dean Bob Bassett said Cohen will be the Marion Knott Filmmaker-in-Residence. Bassett said in December that Hahn would serve as the Pankey Chair at Dodge this semester. Cohen directed the first movie in “The Fast and the Furious” film series in 2001; Hahn produced “The Lion King.” They’ll work with 10 students each and screen a slate of movies for faculty and students.
Newport Beach-based advertising agency O’Leary and Partners was bought by The Shipyard, a marketing firm in Columbus, Ohio, on undisclosed terms. O’Leary, founded in 1983, will change its name to Shipyard and retain senior management in Newport Beach. Founder Steve O’Leary will serve as vice chairman of the newly combined operations. Jim Harrington, president of the Newport Beach ad shop who took on the same title at Shipyard, said it was looking to expand its digital and analytical capabilities and that “Shipyard is a world leader” in those areas. O’Leary employs about 50 and will add clients such as Irvine-based In-N-Out Burger Inc. and Bimbo Bakeries.
An investment group led by Freedom Communication Inc. Chief Executive Richard Mirman doesn’t plan to submit the initial or “stalking horse” bid for the company’s assets by the Feb. 12 deadline. “We believe our interests are better served in letting the auction determine a fair price, rather than prematurely anticipating the ‘right’ price,” Mirman said in a Feb. 11 letter to employees. “Our decision to wait does not reflect any change in our desire to pursue the assets of the company, nor in our enthusiasm to actively participate in the bidding process.” The decision leaves MediaNews Group in Denver and Chicago-based Tribune Publishing Co.—owner of the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune—as potential stalking horse bidders.
Duncan McIntosh Co. in Irvine purchased OC Weekly from Denver-based Voice Media Group Inc. for an undisclosed sum. The free alternative weekly paper, with distribution of 45,000, had been on the sales block since early last year, when its parent company hired Santa Fe, N.M.-based Dirks, Van Essen & Murray to “explore new strategies for its publishing assets.” Duncan McIntosh, founded in 1979, publishes Boating World Magazine, The Log Newspaper, Sea Magazine and journalism trade publication Editor & Publisher.
Nguoi Viet Daily News Inc. in Garden Grove, publisher of Nguoi Viet Daily News, has taken over assets of competitor The Little Saigon News Inc., according to documents filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California in Santa Ana. The acquisition was part of the Little Saigon News Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization plan, under which Nguoi Viet’s equity stake will count as $2.3 million repayment toward a $4.5 million judgment it was awarded in a defamation lawsuit against the Little Saigon News in 2014.
Mother’s Market & Kitchen agreed to sell a majority stake to Mill Road Capital LLC in Greenwich, Conn. on undisclosed terms. The Costa Mesa-based grocery store chain, which sells organic and natural products, operates seven stores, employs about 750, and is profitable.
Irvine-based Ingram Micro Inc. plans to buy the Central and Eastern European operations of Moscow-based RRC Group, a distributor of networking and telecommunications equipment. Terms were undisclosed, but the buy is expected to add $250 million in revenue to Ingram this year.
Southwest Airlines can add up to four flights at Long Beach Airport under an allocation the facility made this week. It doesn’t currently fly from Long Beach; it’s the largest airline by passenger count at John Wayne Airport, with about 4.5 million out of JWA’s 10.2 million passengers last year, and also flies from other Southern California airports. Nine commercial slots opened up at Long Beach in December after an annual test showed the airport was below its noise ordinance limits.