YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollections


Richard Evans, No. 2 at Gaylord Entertainment, to Join Huizenga's Team

September 10, 1996

Gaylord Entertainment Co.'s No. 2 executive, Richard Evans, has resigned to run billionaire H. Wayne Huizenga's three professional sports teams.

Effective next month, Evans will take the reins at the Miami Dolphins football team, the Florida Marlins pro baseball franchise and the Florida Panthers hockey team.

For Gaylord, Evans' departure leaves a void in the country music entertainment company's executive suite.

Evans, Gaylord's chief operating officer, was considered a possible successor to President and Chief Executive E.W. "Bud" Wendell, 69. Wendell will assume Evans' duties until a replacement is hired, the company said.

Evans, who joined Gaylord after heading Madison Square Garden in New York and the New York Knicks and Rangers pro sports teams, has spearheaded Gaylord's efforts to lure a professional sports franchise to its hometown of Nashville.

* Clifford H. Friedman has been appointed senior vice president at MCA's Universal New Media Group.

* Alison Lyon Segan has been named president of production at Paramount-based Cloud Nine Entertainment.

* King World Productions said Stephen W. Palley, executive vice president and chief operating officer, left the company when his contract expired Aug. 31. Palley also resigned from the board, the company said. He will continue to serve as a consultant through Dec. 31.

* Tracy S. Hampton, a J.P. Morgan vice president, has joined the firm's Los Angeles office to focus on new business development in entertainment, media and multimedia.

* Pam van der Lee has been appointed vice president of marketing at Viacom.

* Charles Weber has been named president and chief executive of Greenlight Entertainment, a U.S. division of Toronto-based Greenlight Communications. Greenlight recently acquired Weber Communications.

* Richard Battista has been named senior vice president of Fox Sports International.

* Ray Donahue has taken the position of president and chief executive of Momentum Distribution, a newly formed company that will produce and distribute television programming.

* Marcy K. Ross has been named vice president of creative affairs for Jim Henson Productions.

* Jeffrey A. Panzer has been appointed vice president of video production at Universal Records.

* Shelley Brown has been promoted to vice president of finance and administration at MGM Worldwide Television.

* Jo Ann Black has been promoted to vice president of human resources at Warner Bros. Studios Facilities.

* Scott Schiller has been named vice president of marketing and advertising sales at Sony Online Ventures.

* Julia L. Dyer-Lopez has been appointed vice president and treasurer of Act III Communications.

* Alan Grunblatt has been promoted to senior vice president at Relativity Records.

Los Angeles Times Articles