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The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), the labor union that represents Hollywood film stage workers, has set an October 18 deadline to reach a deal with the studios. Read more...

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What's at Issue in These Hollywood Negotiations?

By Harrison Weber

The threat of a strike serves as leverage for IATSE to win concessions from studios on a host of issues, including meal breaks, weekend rest periods and bigger payouts from streaming services. If no deal is reached then, the union will call a strike. At the time of this writing, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) — the group that represents the studios — had not yet publicly responded to the October 18 deadline.

Meet the 12 Techstars Companies at Demo Day

By Samson Amore

Twelve companies are set to show off their work to investors at Thursday's Demo Day after spending three months under the guidance of Techstars mentors in Culver City. These are the 12 companies presenting:

  1. Alva Health
  2. Butterfly Labs
  3. Cheres
  4. ComplYant
  5. Erdos Ventures
  6. Eunimart
  7. Lightbox
  8. People Clerk
  9. Potion
  10. Renno
  11. ViralMoment
  12. Sanity Desk

Edtech Startup Taps College Students for Mentorship

By Sarah Favot

Curious Cardinals bills itself as more than a tutoring company, connecting thousands of middle and high schoolers with college students who teach them specialized topics. It recently raised $4.25 million in a seed round and has grown from a two-person operation to seven employees with $600,000 in revenue during the first year.

Cornerstone OnDemand Takes $5.23 Billion Deal to Go Private

By David Shultz

Cornerstone OnDemand, the Santa Monica–based learning and talent management software company, is shaking things up. Shareholders approved on Tuesday a $5.2 billion deal to take the company private.

Star Trek’s William Shatner Goes to Space

William Shatner, the Star Trek actor who played Captain James T. Kirk, briefly went into space aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard suborbital spaceship on Wednesday. "That was unlike anything they described. … That was unlike anything you could ever feel," Shatner said during the descent.

Pritzker’s Matt McCall on Managing Crisis

Matt McCall is well-known to the L.A. venture community as a partner at the Pritzker Group. The company came from a very large family office, which owned The Hyatt, Royal Caribbean and the Marmon group, among others. On this episode of the L.A. Venture podcast, hear Matt McCall discuss his journey into entrepreneurship and wearing life like "a loose sweater."

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