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Los Angeles Times

Richard Verrier

Writer

Richard Verrier covers the film and television industry, with a focus on production trends, labor, the exhibition sector and Hollywood’s expanding relationship with China. He also covers Warner Bros. He joined The Times in 2001 to cover the Walt Disney Co. and Vivendi Universal after working as a business reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and the St. Petersburg Times in Florida. He is a native of Montreal, Canada, and graduated from the University of Toronto and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Recent Articles

  • Feds clear Teamsters Local 399 of vote-tampering claims

    The National Labor Relations Board has dismissed vote-tampering allegations by officials with Teamsters Local 399, the union representing location managers, casting directors, studio drivers and animal wranglers. The labor relations board last year launched an investigation into claims that the...

  • China's Wanda in talks to buy Legendary Entertainment

    China's Wanda in talks to buy Legendary Entertainment

    In a potential watershed moment for Hollywood, the company behind “The Dark Knight,” “Jurassic World” and “The Hangover” is about to become Chinese-owned.Dalian Wanda Group, the giant Chinese media and real estate company, is closing in on a deal to acquire a majority stake in Burbank-based Legendary...

  • California courts 'Mistresses' with new state film tax credits

    California courts 'Mistresses' with new state film tax credits

    California has lured "Mistresses" from British Columbia, Canada. The ABC drama is relocating from Vancouver to film its fourth season in California to take advantage of the state's expanded film and TV tax credit program. The drama was approved for a $5.7 million tax credit, the California Film...

  • Kirk Douglas helps finance new Motion Picture & TV Fund facility

    Kirk Douglas helps finance new Motion Picture & TV Fund facility

    The Motion Picture & Television Fund, the nonprofit group that provides healthcare and social services to Hollywood workers and their families, is expanding its operations. The motion picture fund said Wednesday that it plans to build a $35-million care facility on the Woodland Hills campus that...

  • Theaters are messing with your senses to make movies more real

    Theaters are messing with your senses to make movies more real

    Neuroscientist Poppy Crum was watching a video of a fire dancer when she had a distinct physical sensation — the flush of her body expelling heat. Her body reacted as if the fire was real. The experience led to a series of experiments in which Crum and her colleagues at Dolby Laboratories tested...

  • DMG Entertainment CEO Dan Mintz to buy Taiwan's top TV network for $600 million

    DMG Entertainment CEO Dan Mintz to buy Taiwan's top TV network for $600 million

    Dan Mintz, chief executive of the Los Angeles-based media company DMG Entertainment, has signed a deal to acquire Taiwan's top television network. Mintz told The Times that he recently reached an agreement to buy EBC from the private equity firm Carlyle Group for $600 million. A spokesman for Carlyle...

  • IPic sues AMC and Regal over business dispute

    IPic sues AMC and Regal over business dispute

    The legal skirmish between small movie theaters chains and larger exhibitors over alleged anti-competitive practices shows no signs of abating. On Tuesday, IPic-Gold Class Entertainment sued Regal Entertainment and AMC Entertainment in a Texas district court, alleging the nation's two largest theater...

  • Former SAG pension plan executive pleads guilty to tax charge

    A former chief information officer of the Screen Actors Guild's Producers Pension and Health Plans has pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return. Nader Karimi, 51, of Los Angeles pleaded guilty Thursday to one felony count of filing a false tax return. The U.S. attorney's office said Karimi failed...

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