These are some of the giants of Los Angeles culture and business. In a weeklong reporting trip to L.A., students from the Walter Cronkite School delved into how these titans are changing with the times and shaping the future of the entertainment industry.
In March, Kevin Tsujihara was named the fifth CEO in the history of Warner Bros. Studios, which turned 90 years old the next month. The company aims to become smaller and more focused going forward.
A panel of journalists from the newspaper discussed covering the entertainment industry and how it has changed. Some of the reporting techniques have stayed the same, but the panel said the use of social media has changed media coverage of celebrities.
Warner Bros. Records aims to utilize a healthy mix of up-and-coming artists like Kimbra and Gary Clark Jr., and more well-known acts like Eric Clapton to take its label into the future.
Kimberley Bosso got her big break as a makeup artist when she worked with the Jonas Brothers and other Disney and Nickelodeon stars. Now she’s teaching others how to do it.
Los Angeles is home to companies like American Apparel and Levi’s, which create design and manufacturing jobs. The focus on fashion also creates some small business opportunities.
Chinese electronics and technology company TCL bought the naming rights of the world-famous theater for 10 years starting in January, marking it “TCL Chinese Theater.”
Jay Leno’s late-night talk show production and security crews keep a close eye on the audience. The applause sign’s directions are followed and no pictures are taken during the show.
The video game industry is undergoing a transformation as gamers spend more time on smart phones and tablets, shifting the focus from video game consoles to mobile games.
Los Angeles has seemingly endless entertainment opportunities, but it has been devoid of an NFL team since the Rams moved to St. Louis prior to the 1995 season. That may change, however, as one realty company promotes the possibility of a football stadium in L.A.
In addition to the well-known stars along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, visitors can find aspiring entertainers like LA Spliff and Mauricio “The Snake God.”