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Warner Bros. announces merger

Burbank-based Warner Bros. announced Thursday they are merging with New Line Cinema, both Time Warner Inc. divisions.

New Line, which has distributed an array of films such as the newly released “Be Kind Rewind,” starring Jack Black and “American History X,” about a reformed neo-Nazi, will still maintain separate film production operations, but will closely integrate and coordinate those duties with Warner Bros. in an effort to maximize efficiency and cut costs, Time Warner said.

The merge could result in a loss of hundreds of jobs for New Line employees, which was jump-started by the announcement that New Line's co-chairmen and co-chief executives, Robert Shaye and Michael Lynne, would be leaving the studio, officials said.

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Community officer to be honored

The Burbank Temporary Aid Center will hold its fifth annual “Top Award for Citizenship” on Friday, honoring the contribu- tions of a community member and the faculty and staff in the Burbank Unified School District.

The aid center holds the awards to thank those in the community who go above and beyond to serve Burbank residents, said Vicki Williams, event chairwoman and member of the board of directors.

Community Develop- ment Director Sue Georgino will be recog- nized for her role at City Hall, as well as her work with local service organizations and humanitarian groups.

Tickets are being sold for $100, and can be purchased by calling (818) 848-2822, Ext. 110.


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