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UFC sold for $4 billion, White stays on to run promotion

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The UFC has been sold for approximately $4 billion to a group led by Hollywood talent agency WME-IMG. UFC President Dana White confirmed the sale of the mixed martial arts promotional company in text messages to The Associated Press on Sunday night. WME co-CEO Ari Emanuel also announced the sale early Monday in an internal company email that included SNTV — a joint venture between The Associated Press and IMG. “We’ve been honored to have UFC and a number of its athletes as clients…

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Jerry Brown to Rick Scott: “Start doing something about climate change”

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California Gov. Jerry Brown is calling on Gov. Rick Scott to stop the “silly political stunts and start doing something about climate change.” Scott is in California this week as part of a trade mission to Los Angeles, San Jose and San Francisco. The Associated Press reported that Scott is scheduled to meet with 13 companies. He also participated in a panel discussion being hosted by the Milken Institute. In his letter to Scott, Brown welcomed the Naples Republican back…

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Universal Orlando looks back 25 years, more innovation ahead

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When the Universal Orlando theme park opened in 1990, it was a way for visitors to have fun inspired by the movies they loved – without traveling to California. Director Steven Spielberg held the scissors at the ribbon-cutting. One of the first rides was themed on his movie “E.T.” Even ads for the park had the tone of a movie-quality teaser, promising the “greatest Hollywood production ever.” Jason Surrell, creative director at Universal Creative, saw that ad while still in…

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Superheroes, for once, don’t rule Hollywood’s summer

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After a lackluster 2014 summer, Hollywood has bounced back with one of its best seasons ever. But the most surprising part of the turnaround is that superheroes aren’t the ones who saved the day. Instead, Hollywood’s summer was led by a banner season from Universal Pictures, the lone major studio with nary a cape in its cupboard. With a record-setting $5.3 billion-plus in revenue so far this year, Universal has powered Hollywood to a near record summer with a diverse…

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They will be back! Sequels multiply in summer movie season

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“I’ll be back,” the line Arnold Schwarzenegger first uttered more than 30 years ago in that indelible manly monotone, belongs to the Terminator, of course. But it also might as well be the official slogan of the summer movie season. It’s the time of year when Hollywood’s older, reliable brands, with the tenacity of Schwarzenegger’s lethal cyborg, claw their way back onto the big screen in a popcorn parade of big-budget sequels, reboots and re-dos. That’s nothing new, but the…

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Bob Sparks: Entertainment industry adds to Florida’s economic menu

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For years Florida governors and legislators stressed the need to diversify Florida’s economy. A state’s financial well-being so heavily dependent upon tourism and agriculture is a disaster or recession away from economic calamity, they said. They, and their successors who toe the same line, are right. Resorts, parks and Fresh From Florida are great for our economy in so many ways, but our menu needs more entrees. Television, film and entertainment production will not drive an economy, but it pedals…

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