November 17, 1999 |
Former Sony Pictures head Alan J. Levine on Tuesday returned to practicing law, joining the powerhouse entertainment law firm of Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca & Fischer. Levine will be "of counsel," meaning that he won't be a partner in the firm. Since leaving Sony in 1996, Levine has been a business consultant in entertainment and media.
October 3, 1996 |
Sony Corp. ousted Alan J. Levine as head of its entertainment unit on Wednesday, the second move in three weeks to clean up what has been an embarrassing management and financial mess for the Japanese electronics giant during its seven-year ownership. The departure of Levine, the last remaining top executive from the regime led by former Chairman Peter Guber, follows the firing last month of Mark Canton as head of Sony's Columbia and TriStar pictures units.
September 14, 1996 |
Mark Canton was fired Friday as head of Sony Corp.'s ailing movie studio, ending a lengthy melodrama and underscoring the chaotic condition of the Japanese electronic giant's film holdings. Ousting Canton may be only the first of several moves to play out over the next few weeks, with further top management purgings possible, sources said. Sony Pictures Entertainment President Alan Levine, who fired Canton, is widely seen by Hollywood to be on shaky ground and could be replaced soon.
July 8, 1994 |
At Sony Pictures Entertainment, Hollywood's most colorful and contentious studio, Alan J. Levine enjoys a remarkable degree of anonymity. The Sony president and chief operating officer has functioned so quietly during his five-year stint that colleagues privately refer to him as "the invisible man." And even a close friend confesses, "I'm sorry, but I'm not really sure what he does."
April 15, 1990 |
Sony Corp. hasn't quit making waves since it bought Columbia Pictures Entertainment from Coca-Cola Co. and other shareholders for $3.4 billion last fall. First came a nasty scrap with Time Warner Inc. over the services of Columbia's prospective co-chairmen, "Batman" producers Peter Guber and Jon Peters, who happened to be under contract to the American media giant.
December 1, 1989 |
In their first major appointment, Columbia Pictures Entertainment Co-chairmen Peter Guber and Jon Peters have named their longtime lawyer, Alan J. Levine, to the post of president and chief operating officer at Columbia's newly formed Filmed Entertainment Group. The move puts the 42-year-old Levine above Columbia Pictures President Dawn Steel in the company's hierarchy.