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Every Picture Tells a Story The three founders of North Hollywood-based post-production company AnEFX Inc. may look a combined 200 years old in photos on their company Web site, but it’s all in fun, says company president Jack Levy. “I found these pictures of GM’s board of directors from the 1940s and I thought I’d use them,” said Levy, whose company provides post-production services for shows like “The Invisible Man,” “Pacific Blue” and the new series, “The Faculty.” The black and white pictures accompany the biographies of Levy, Daniel Colman and Frank J. Nolan, all in their thirties. But the stern-looking photographs of the former General Motors board members have not fooled many. “I liked the way they looked. Sort of stern, but very respectable. Like us,” he quipped. The company Web site can be found at www.anefx.com. D & #233;j & #341; Vu All Over Again It’s going to be interesting to see how this one pans out. After years of political wrangling over the expansion of the Burbank airport terminal, the airport and the cities of Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena appear to have kick-started a new round of peace talks that includes joint meetings with Airport Authority members. But it appears as though the factions have arrived carrying old baggage. To get talks moving along, Burbank created a “10-Point Tri-City Principles” list outlining its position on how discussion ought to go. Not surprisingly, the airport fired back with a list of its own: “Principles for Airport and Terminal Development Issues.” And, according to a memo from Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard to Glendale Mayor Gus Gomez, the lists don’t quite gel. “As you can see from the Commission’s outline, there are important points of agreement between Burbank and the Authority even while there remains substantial disagreement on major issues,” Bogaard wrote. Surprise, surprise. Where’s Nielsen? For advertisers looking for those little insights to help describe television viewers and radio listeners, here’s one: Leigh Ann and Charlie, morning show hosts on Glendale-based KBIG 104.3-FM, got a call the other day from a listener who reported that she had just received a bill for service to a cell phone that had recently been stolen. Among the calls detailed on the invoice was a charge for 40 minutes of phone time the thief had apparently logged in to the radio station’s morning show. No word on whether her wireless service company advertised on the show, though. Wait ‘Til Next Year Peter Abrahamson, owner of Ronin FX, a special effects company in Burbank, could only grit his teeth when his robot Ronin lost its match during a recent taping of Comedy Central’s “Battlebots.” The show pits radio-controlled robots that try to tear each other apart during three-minute bouts. Abrahamson, who built the $60,000 robot, was philosophical after Ronin was flipped over and incapacitated in the first minute of its match. “Stuff like that happens, Abrahamson said.

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