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September 07, 1987| Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

Columbia Pictures chief David Puttnam says he isn't worried about losing authority or autonomy in a recently announced merger of his company with Tri-Star Pictures Inc. "It's fair to say I could be caught in the fallout," Puttnam told the Los Angeles Daily News, but added that he got "a massive vote of confidence" from the management of Coca-Cola Co., owner of both studios. Puttnam said he met with Coca-Cola chairman Roberto Goizueta and president Donald Keough and was assured that the two studios "will continue to run as separate entities and that . . . from the point of view of Coca-Cola Co., it's business as usual." Puttnam expects minor cuts in support staff in areas where Tri-Star and Columbia overlap.

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