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Experts sweating about Leno’s premiere

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Mitchell Haaseth / NBC Universal

“The Jay Leno Show” is set to air its first episode tonight and it has entertainment industry experts and professionals on the edge of their seats.

The show will take up a prime-time spot in NBC’s nightly lineup and, if successful, may prove to be a low-cost alternative to scripted dramas that employ actors, creative staffs and a host of other workers and service providers, experts have said.

“The big worry that I have is much like when reality shows started to get big and networks started to realize they could get ratings while spending minimal money,” Golan Ramras, manager of industry outreach and a career development advisor for the Los Angeles Film School, said of the show’s debut, which he feared could start a job-killing trend.

As the Los Angeles Times’ Scott Collins writes, Ramras isn’t the only one hoping Leno’s new show falls flat.

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Written by Zain Shauk

September 14, 2009 at 7:15 am

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A BUSD photo op with no camera

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Joan McCarthy, community outreach coordinator for the Walt Disney Co., brought a big check to the Burbank Unified School District Board of Education meeting Thursday, both physically and financially.

The company’s $50,000 donation was printed onto a large, photo-friendly check.

The only problem: no one had a camera.

McCarthy had given her presentation to the board, telling them how excited Disney was to offer the check to the district to fund a scoreboard at Memorial Field and Supt. Kevin Jolly had approached the podium to thank her and shake her hand.

Board President Dave Kemp did the same. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Zain Shauk

August 20, 2009 at 11:25 pm

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Cars are the real stars of the show

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blr.museum.3.81709.acIt’s hard to tell who’s more excited about the new Picture Car Museum that can be seen on the Warner Bros. Studio VIP Studio Tour– the public or the folks who give the tours.

Danny Kahn, director of the tour, loves to watch the reactions of people as they walk through the door and light up upon seeing recognizable cars from their favorite TV shows and movies.

Some of those not mentioned in our printed story in today’s Leader are the Shag Jag from “Austin Powers Goldmember,” Nerd Herd Car from “Chuck,” and the hover copter from “AI: Artificial Intelligence.” Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joyce Rudolph

August 18, 2009 at 10:15 pm

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Finding their niche in horror

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Alex Bram of Studio City has produced, directed and co-written a film “Body of Work” that premiered at a film festival last Thursday in Westwood.

The thriller,  about a husband and wife who move into their dream house only to find it a nightmare, stars Burbank resident Yasmine Zapp of Burbank. Zapp has several credits in the horror genre, she said, and while he has written several thriller scripts and served as a production assistant on a couple indy horror films, this is Bram’s first time out directing.

And he organized his first international film festival where his film was premiered.  The film was shot at  Vera Miles house in Calabasas, Bram said.

For more on the story, check out the story in the entertainment section of the Leader website and in print Wednesday morning.

Written by Joyce Rudolph

August 11, 2009 at 9:28 pm

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