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Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank expanded its solar panel array to generate more than 500 kilowatts of clean energy. The solar array is composed of more than 2,700 solar panels and covers nearly two acres of the roof of the Mill Building that houses various crafts shops. The studio also recently opened Stage 23, the first sound stage built under specifications of the U.S. Green Building Council LEED program. Pictured with the solar array are (from left) Warner Bros. Executive Vice President & CFO Ed Romano; City of Burbank Mayor Dave Golonski; Shelley Billik, vice president, Environmental Initiatives, Warner Bros. Entertainment; Warner Bros. President and COO Alan Horn; and Jon Gilbert, President, Warner Bros. Studio Facilities. San Fernando Valley Chatsworth Awards: The San Fernando Valley Interfaith Council will hold this year’s Spirit of VIC Awards Dinner May 7, at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City. With the theme “Keeping Faith with Those We Serve”, the event will honor community leaders “whose dedication to service, protects and enhances our quality of life.” The honorees include LAPD Chief William Bratton, LA City Councilmember Wendy Greuel, Providence Health and Services California, and the San Fernando Valley Faith Coalition. Glendale Video: Ignition Entertainment Ltd. has acquired the rights to for the U.S. release of :Muramasa: The Demon Blade”, exclusively for the Nintendo Wii. “Muramasa” was developed by Vanillaware and features a colorful cast of more than 100 characters. The game features eye-popping hand-drawn 2D art that reflects the heritage and tone of its ancient Japanese storyline. Ignition is pleased to bring “Muramasa” to gamers looking for top-quality, original action games on Wii, said Shane Shane Bettenhausen, director of new business development. “The talented developers at Vanillaware have crafted an absolutely stunning adventure through feudal Japan that balances subtle, sophisticated artistry with razor-sharp, addictive gameplay,” Bettenhausen said. Van Nuys Money: Stereo Vision Entertainment Inc. has received funding for two feature 3D films from XA Worldwide Inc. The $33 million in a joint account will fund Stereo Vision’s production of “Three Dimensions Of Jerusalem” and provide pre-production funding and collateral for the financing of the $25 million family fun pirate’s feature, “Booty in 3D.” XA will recoup its money from release of the films and afterward will split with Stereo Vision all subsequent earnings. XA Worldwide Inc is a private Florida corporation that creates Internet, mobile payment, and social media technologies. Certified: Private air charter firm TWC Aviation Inc. received certification as among the best in safety, professionalism, and efficiency in business aircraft operations. Only 16 air charter operators have received the certification to meet the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations. The international code challenges flight departments to review their current systems, programs and procedures, recognize strengths and weaknesses in those procedures, and upgrade to the highest standards. “Our certification acknowledges the excellence of our safety and operational practices, and is particularly meaningful since the audit is conducted by an internationally respected, unbiased and nonprofit organization,” said TWC President Andrew Richmond. Burbank Ideas: The Walt Disney Co. was named to BusinessWeek’s list of the 25 Most Innovative Companies in the April 20 issue. The media and entertainment conglomerate was ranked at No. 21 and cited by the magazine for streamlining its studio, and using iTunes to show its movies. “Disney.com now features a Fairies avatar game, a favorite of girls. Next up: and XD channel for teen boys,” the magazine reported. The list was based on the responses of senior executives around the globe given a 20-question poll. The executives were asked to name corporations that consistently offer inventive products, customer experiences, business models, or processes. In 2008, Disney ranked No. 17 on the list. Calabasas Collection: Profiles in History will auction off movie and television memorabilia on April 30 and May 1. Among the items up for sale are the collections of sci-fi and horror pioneer Forrest J Ackerman, the work of director Tim Burton, and the Stan Winston Studio. The costume worn by Harrison Ford in “Blade Runner” is expected to bring up to $50,000 in the auction. A dinosaur display from “Jurassic Park” is expected to bring in up to $15,000. Profiles in History founder and owner Joe Maddalena is one of the country’s leading dealers in authentic Hollywood memorabilia and original historical autographs. “I find people buy their memories,” Maddalena said. “”It’s all about memories, taking us back to a time, perhaps an event with a long lost relative who took you as a kid to see ‘Star Wars.'” The May 1 auction also features wax figures and costumes from the Hollywood Wax Museum. The figures were crafted by a team of wax sculptors, artists and costumers as tributes to the most iconic people and the most cherished moments in classic and current entertainment. Sherman Oaks Summit: The Fourth Annual Valley Economic Summit will feature Earvin “Magic” Johnson as its keynote speaker. The Athlete and Entrepreneur will speak about his book, “32 Ways to be a Business Champion”. The event, presented by The Valley Economic Alliance and California State University, Northridge, will take place May 6 at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City. The half- day summit will also feature Dale Bonner, Secretary of the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, who will speak about the economic stimulus plan and its impact on the state. San Fernando Valley leading economic and real estate experts will also speak about opportunities available in the current economic recession. Studio City Music: Opus 1 Musical Library will provide music for promos, bumpers and advertising under an agreement with the Journal Broadcast Group, operator of television and radio stations in small and mid-size markets. Opus 1 has a catalogue with more than 15,000 tracks represented by sub-publishers in 35 territories around the world. Opus 1 is a division of the Alan Ett Creative Group. “The Journal Broadcast Group is a strong alliance of stations reaching the heartland of America,” Ett said. “We’re honored that our music will enrich their broadcasts while reaching a vast TV and radio audience.” Journal Broadcast stations are located in Boise, Las Vegas, Milwaukee, and Florida. The Opus 1 library allows the stations to produce music to entertain and attract viewers and listeners, said Jim Thomas, vice president of marketing, programming and interactive media. Santa Clarita Valley Santa Clarita Publicity: T-Bo’s House of BBQ has selected Great Day Advertising as its first ad agency of record. Great Day will be responsible for all of the new restaurant’s traditional and interactive advertising. T-Bo’s was started by Tim and Donna Borruel, who also operate Sunshine Child Care and Legacy Christian Academy in Santa Clarita. The couple chose Great Day because it wanted a local agency with the experience to establish the restaurant’s brand in Santa Clarita. “Things just immediately clicked with Great Day and we know they’ll bring us the fresh thinking we need to optimize our marketing efforts and build our business,” said Donna Borruel. Initial work from Great Day will include the development of a multi-media campaign in support of T-Bo’s House of BBQ grand opening in May. In addition, the agency will complete an extensive strategic brand positioning and media mix analysis prior to launching the restaurant’s ongoing ad campaign this summer. Valencia Affiliation: L/B/W Insurance & Financial Services recently partnered with Liberty Mutual Group to provide commercial property and casualty insurance products and services to their customers. L/B/W Insurance & Financial Services is the largest full-service insurance agency in Santa Clarita. Boston-based Liberty Mutual Group is a diversified global insurer and sixth largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S with $94.7 billion in consolidated assets, $82.3 billion in consolidated liabilities, and $25.9 billion in annual consolidated revenue as of December 2007.

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