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Santa Monica Means Business:

Robert Kotick, Chairman and CEO of Activision, Inc., is presenting remarks at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia XV Conference on September 20 at The Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York. Headquartered in Santa Monica, the company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment and leisure products.

Koning Eizenberg Architecture, of Santa Monica, has been honored this year by the American Institute of Architecture for its design of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. The firm’s founding principals Hank Koning and Julie Eizenberg accepted three awards for the project. Established in 1981, the firm’s other recent award-winning projects include the Standard Hotel/Downtown Los Angeles, Virginia Avenue Park in Santa Monica, Hancock Mixed-Use in West Hollywood and the renovation and expansion of the historic Farmers Market in Los Angeles.

Rev. Ellen Jennrich has been appointed Interim Pastor of Mount Olive Lutheran Church on Ocean Park Blvd. She has been serving at Mount Olive since January of this year, and was Senior Pastor at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Arcadia for eight years. Pastor Jennrich (Ph.D. zoology, UCLA) taught in the biology departments at UC Riverside and UCLA, then worked as a mother and homemaker, and then pursued seminary studies and the ministry.

Farthingales L.A. Inc. has opened a corset shop on Pico Blvd. in Santa Monica. The press release announcing the opening stresses that it’s “not a lingerie shop and it’s not a sex shop.” It is a place that stocks corsets “for almost every body,” offers a custom corset service for everybody else, provides corset-making classes, and sells raw materials for after you’ve taken the classes or if you already know how. Perhaps most interesting, the company was started by Canadian Linda Sparks when she discovered that her Canadian corset company was “shipping more product to California than to anywhere else in the world – including the whole country of Canada!” [Must be all those Hollywood types.]

Ckrush Entertainment Inc. announced that Xenon Pictures of Santa Monica has acquired the United States theatrical and DVD rights to Ckrush’s most recent film National Lampoon’s TV: The Movie, which it describes as delivering “fresh, new, offensive material in a fast-paced series of spoofs.” “We’re very happy that Ckrush has seen fit to entrust us with this…unique…motion picture,” said Steve Housden, Xenon’s Chief Operating Officer. “We eagerly look forward to sharing it with America.” Xenon was established in 1986 and distributes Urban, Spanish language and alternative programming in the United States.

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