Hollywood California - World Film Capital

Hollywood California - World Film Capital

Hollywood, an area in Los Angeles, California, also referred to as Tinseltown, is known for its association with the American film industry. It's located northwest of downtown Los Angeles and is surrounded on the east by Hyperion Avenue, on the south by Beverly Boulevard, on the north by the Santa Monica Mountains, and on the west by Beverly Hills. The first house in Hollywood was an adobe structure built in 1853 in Los Angeles, which was then a small city in the new state of California. Harvey Wilcox, a Kansas prohibitionist who envisioned a city based on his sober religious values, mapped out Hollywood as a real-estate subdivision in 1887. H.J. Whitley, widely regarded as the "Father of Hollywood," later converted Hollywood into a wealthy and popular residential district. Whitley was in charge of bringing telephone, electric, and gas lines into the new suburb around the start of the twentieth century.

In Los Angeles, California, a new age of Hollywood studios began. Before World War I, several American film studios produced films. During the early days of the film business, filmmakers were drawn to southern California. As a result of the First World War, it became the world's film capital. Because Thomas Edison and his Motion Picture Patents Company were not responsible for violation of motion picture film patents, Hollywood was the ideal location for film production. By 1915, many major motion-picture studios had migrated from the East Coast to Hollywood.

In 1911, a location on Sunset Boulevard became Hollywood's first studio, and by 1912, 20 firms were creating pictures there. As more independent filmmakers from the East Coast came to Hollywood, it became the heart of the American film industry by 1915. Studios owned movie theaters (which played their movies). Previously, independent theaters offered a block of films known as "block booking; these included "good" and unpopular films. Instead of "per film," all performers, directors, and producers were given a wage as contracted.

Los Angeles -or "Hollywood", as it is more often known- is recognized for its radio, television, music, and film industries and its numerous tourist attractions and amusement parks. Los Angeles, which is at times referred to as the Entertainment Capital of the World, is a significant entertainment metropolis. According to a survey by Film LA, which distributes licenses for filming in the West Coast metropolis, have come to regard California as the birthplace of the film and television business in recent years.

For a multitude of reasons, Hollywood became the epicenter of film production. The Trust's offices were far away, and it offered cheap labor, a diversified landscape for outdoor filming, and a moderate temperature appropriate for year-round production. Los Angeles became the premier film city due to its position as the film industry's capital in the United States. Because of its mountains, plains, and affordable property prices, Hollywood was an ideal location for establishing film studios. Furthermore, the weather was ideal, and there were a variety of settings to pick from. Los Angeles became the premier film city due to its position as the film industry's capital in the United States. Because of its mountains, plains, and low property prices, Hollywood was an ideal location for establishing film studios.

It is crucial to highlight that moviemakers did not relocate to Hollywood in order to avoid the film trust; Selig, the first company to relocate, was a member of the trust. By the early 1920s, Hollywood had established itself as the world's foremost film metropolis. Hollywood has been the dominating force in motion picture history due to the studios' combined control over distribution and production. Hollywood's most prominent film companies produce the most successful and popular films in the world. A handful of Hollywood's highest-grossing films have earned more box-office income and ticket sales outside of the United States than films made in other countries.

Evidently, Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., and Sony Pictures are the leading five in today's market. Every year, the three major film companies — Warner Bros., Disney Pictures, and Columbia Pictures – release hundreds of pictures on the global market. Indeed, Hollywood produces more films than any other location on the planet. A 2016 movie industry study reveals that the United States and Canada produced $11 billion in income. Holywood has made more than $4 billion in sales, making it the most profitable film industry on the planet.

Russia and Global Asset Management Education

Russia and Global Asset Management Education

The "Outlook for Global Markets and Investment Strategies" panel on the first day of Quinnipiac University's 11th Global Asset Management Education (GAME) Forum was guardedly optimistic about avoiding a recession. But caveats and risks abound, including the possibility that the Federal Reserve Board will over-react and raise interest rates too high.

"It depends on how Ukraine plays out," said David Kelly, chief global strategist at J.P. Morgan Asset Management. He offered several scenarios, including an escalation that would force Europeans to abandon Russian energy. "In that case, Europe is hurt worse than the U.S., but Europeans are pulling together now," Kelly said. "I see the U.S. well positioned as COVID fades, the economy opens up, and job demand remains high. But the longer inflation stays around the stickier it gets."

Celia Dallas, chief investment officer at Cambridge Associates, sees investment opportunities in clean tech and energy transition infrastructure due to heavy spending there to achieve net zero climate emissions in 2050. She added, "I do think the Fed worries about inflation becoming unanchored, and is becoming more aggressive — that's a risk." Dallas also said that challenges to the dollar-dominated global financial system have been "overstated in the popular press—for decades they've been predicting the dollar's demise as the international reserve currency."

Eric Veiel, head of global equity at T. Rowe Price, noted that "China is putting its foot back on the accelerator and pushing to stimulate, which should help global markets broadly. I think overall the global economy will be OK." Veiel agreed that inflation remains difficult. "Who would want Jerome Powell's job now?" he asked.

Jimmy Chang, chief investment officer at the Rockefeller Global Family Office, was the most bearish panelist. "My concern is that even before the Ukrainian crisis we were already experiencing the most difficult inflation in almost 40 years," he said. "Every previous instance of elevated inflation since World War II ended with recession." But Chang said that prices for used cars and oil could turn around and become deflationary.

The panel was moderated by Peter Spiegel, U.S. managing editor for the Financial Times. The virtual GAME conference drew more than 1,300 participants from more than 120 universities. There are 16 panels, 71 speakers and 41 companies represented.

It's a complex situation but the problem in placing sanctions on all Russian citizens is that most of them are not involved in the conflict and some even opposed to it. Also one would expect the US would like to replace current leader in Russia but to do so one might expect one of their elite to take over, however sanctions on the oligarchs means they are now less likely to be able to manoeuvre into position of power. Also the rise in oil and gas prices will of course affect prices for other consumer goods including food. As foods price increase, that has the biggest potential to create social disorder. So only time will tell if the sanctions are actually useful or if they will come back and bite to US business.

LG Electronics USA and IGEL cloud-enabled digital workspaces

LG Electronics USA and IGEL cloud-enabled digital workspaces

Leading thin client provider LG Electronics and IGEL, provider of the next-gen edge OS for cloud workspaces, announced that the IGEL OS will be available pre-loaded on many of LG's All-in-One Thin Clients, starting in the spring of 2022. This milestone in the collaboration between IGEL and LG Business Solutions is a result of the validation of select LG All-in-One Thin Clients through the IGEL Ready Program.

"We are on a mission to elevate work-from-anywhere by making it possible for organizations to use IGEL OS in the delivery of a secure, high-fidelity digital workspace experience from any cloud, and on any endpoint," said Jed Ayres, CEO, IGEL. "The out-of-the-box availability of IGEL OS on select LG All-in-One thin clients is yet another historic moment in IGEL's evolution as we continue to expand our partner ecosystem and align ourselves with the world's leading hardware manufacturers."

LG's alliance with IGEL has helped the company quickly expand its reach in the enterprise sector, according to Kim Bong-soak, LG's vice president of IT Vertical Sales. "Achieving IGEL OS validation for our All-in-One Thin Client solutions represents another milestone in LG's continued collaboration with the IGEL team as we help our mutual customers and partners optimize the end user computing experience," he said.

The availability of IGEL OS on select LG All-in-One Thin Clients offers many benefits for organizations across a wide range of vertical markets – from healthcare to educational institutions and government agencies, Kim said. "These benefits extend beyond the end-user experience to include simplified procurement, implementation, and support of IGEL OS-powered LG endpoints."

Support for reliable multi-protocol connectivity to VDI environments and cloud workspaces including Citrix, VMware and Microsoft, provides organizations with great flexibility to choose the way in which they want their digital workspaces delivered. Through the IGEL Universal Management Suite software, users of LG's endpoint cloud displays benefit from a robust and secure standardized endpoint security and optimization system, which also enables the cost-effective management of any endpoint device running IGEL OS.

IGEL OS will ship pre-loaded on LG 24CN650/CL600 LG All-in-One Thin Clients and desktop computer planned for spring 2022. Testing and validation of these endpoints was performed through LG's participation in the IGEL Ready program at the Strategic Platform Partner level. The two companies are also collaborating in the global delivery and support of the integrated solutions.

The IGEL Ready program, established in July 2020, now includes more than 100 technology partners providing hardware, software, and peripheral solutions that have been verified for use with IGEL OS. LG is one of the inaugural partners in the new IGEL Ready Strategic Platform Level, which is offered to members by invitation only. The latest integrations underscore how IGEL and LG are helping businesses improve the end-user experience in the work-from-anywhere era.

The LG Electronics USA Business Solutions division serves commercial display customers in the U.S. lodging and hospitality, digital signage, systems integration, healthcare, education, government and industrial markets. Based in Lincolnshire, Ill., with its dedicated engineering and customer support team, LG Electronics USA Business Solutions delivers business-to-business technology solutions tailored to the particular needs of business environments. Seven-time ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year, LG Electronics USA Inc., (based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J.), is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics Inc., a $56 billion global force in consumer electronics, home appliances and air solutions.

IGEL is one of the world's leading providers of next-gen edge OS for cloud workspaces. The company's innovative software products include IGEL OS™, IGEL Universal Management Suite™ (UMS), and IGEL Cloud Gateway™ (ICG). These solutions comprise a more secure, manageable and cost-effective endpoint management and control platform across nearly any x86 device and some ARM/RPI4 devices. Easily acquired via just two feature-rich software offerings, — Workspace Edition and Enterprise Management Pack — IGEL software presents outstanding value per investment. IGEL enables enterprises to save vast amounts of money by extending the useful life of their existing endpoint devices while precisely controlling all devices running IGEL OS from a single dashboard interface. IGEL has offices in Europe and the United States and is represented by partners in over 50 countries.

Positive Financial Forecasts for US Markets in 2022

Positive Financial Forecasts for US Markets in 2022

US financial experts say that the country's prospects for 2022 financial markets are generally encouraging. The US supply chain in 2021 is, however, too snarled for what has been called "the Biden Christmas fix," analysts say. According to Reuter's news, US President Joe Biden is actively pushing to tame rising prices and ease supply shortages well before Christmas- this would be an ideal Christmas gift for all Americans in the month of December. Reuters says that the unsnarling US supply chains seem to stand between the President and his noble desires.

Recently, President Biden summoned all key powerbrokers from the union, ports ad big business. The main agenda was to address labor, warehousing, and shipping pain in the greater US supply chain. At this forum, the President announced a new plan for a 24-hour port operation in Los Angeles. As the President's Republican opposition seized the opportunity for criticism over the "Christmas gift" and tried to connect his policies to inflation, the message from the Whitehouse was clear: Genuine solution is in sight. The Republicans hope that an anticipated Christmas shortage would help them in efforts to stall the Congress-driven multitrillion-dollar spending. They hope they can achieve this in the next few weeks.

But the President has a peaceful message for his detractors: "We're offering a commitment across the board that we're going to a 24/7 mode," the recently installed Democratic Party leader said. President Biden said the first big step in this endeavor is the port opening and a commitment from retailers like Walmart and Target to move more merchandise at night. He called on the rest of the private sector chain to help make the process a success.

Undoubtedly, the fact that there's more cooperation among the perennially competing and secretive US supply chain players is one huge plus. However, logistical experts warn that the efforts by the White House may only be incremental at best. Many US labor unions and economic experts concur with this view. The Chief Economist at the Mizuho Securities, Mr. Steven Ricchinto puts it succinctly: "The actions and intentions of the President aren't really going to hurt; regardless, at the end of the day, this is not a solution to the nagging problem."

Overall, Americans (who are actually the world's biggest consumers) have simply been on a buying spree, buying much more goods during the pandemic. Notably, much of these goods are imported products. If you couple this with equipment shortages, lack of storage space for the goods, and labor shortages, you have a mind-boggling situation. Most of the key players- from the retail chains to the ports- are already working full throttle to deal with the pandemic-driven fuel surge in imports. This is how they hope to get the "Christmas gifts" onto the shelves and e-commerce centers, just in time for the Black Friday kick off on November 26th. This would also kick off the US holiday season.

On the persistent, high inflation issue in the US, analysts note that gold now holds the biggest gain; as we advance to the end of 2021. A Bloomberg news report recently indicated that gold is edging higher, taking advantage of a weaker dollar. This happened after the precious commodity's biggest advance in over 7 months. Most investors weighed their worries around the looming cut down in stimulus and stubbornly high inflation.

In September 2021, the US consumer price indexes significantly rose by more than what the pundits forecast. This fuelled the resumption of a faster growth pace, underscoring the continuity of inflationary pressures in the national economy. Subsequently, the yield on the 10-year Treasuries declined after an initial increase; this followed the release of the most recent data. It further boosted a soaring demand for the non-interest-bearing bullion.

A commodity analyst at the UBS Group AG, Mr. Giovanni Staunovo had this to say: "When real interest rates fell, it significantly supported gold. Indeed, the dominant perception in the market suggests that inflation might stay elevated for much longer." The October 2021 data further showed that China's factory-gate prices significantly grew; they grew at the fastest imaginable pace in almost 26 years. This added to the risk of global inflation. Economic stakeholders expected that the US producer index would be released later on in the month.