April 6, 2000
* Los Angeles-based home builder Kaufman & Broad Home Corp. on Wednesday said Chief Financial Officer Michael Henn resigned, effective Friday. The company didn't name a replacement. Henn left to pursue opportunities "outside the home building business," the company said. Henn, 51, who was also a senior vice president, joined Kaufman in 1994. Company shares rose 88 cents to close at $22 on the New York Stock Exchange. (Bloomberg News) * Michael O.
August 13, 1997 |
When Michael O. Johnson first joined Walt Disney Co.'s international home video division 11 years ago as director of sales, it was a backwater operation dwarfed, both in size and respect, by its domestic counterpart. "Let's put it this way--we were grossing less than $80 million a year, and we didn't have any of our own businesses," Johnson recalled. "We operated through licensees, and we were in maybe 30 countries and territories." How times have changed.
September 9, 2003 |
The trade association representing the booming DVD business is revamping and has been renamed the Digital Entertainment Group. The Los Angeles-based organization, formerly called the DVD Entertainment Group, named Amy Jo Donner its full-time executive director. Buena Vista Home Entertainment President Bob Chapek will serve as president, with Sony Electronics executive Joe Stinziano serving as vice president. Philips executive Emiel N.
December 21, 2005 |
France's competition watchdog fined a unit of Walt Disney Co., French retailers Casino and Carrefour and wholesaler SDO a total of 14.4 million euros ($17.25 million) for alleged price fixing. France's Competition Council said Disney's distributor in France, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, kept prices of tapes of children's features "artificially high" by agreeing on them with Casino, Carrefour and SDO between 1995 and 1998.
July 22, 2003 |
Walt Disney Co. can seek as much as $65 for each of the hundreds of thousands of videos it claims Blockbuster Inc. lost during a revenue-sharing agreement, a judge tentatively ruled. Disney's Buena Vista Home Entertainment in January filed a suit claiming that Dallas-based Blockbuster failed to account for "hundreds of thousands" of missing videos and sold videos prematurely under the agreement they signed in 1997.
December 9, 2004 |
Walt Disney Co., the second-largest U.S. media company, adopted Sony Corp.'s Blu-ray format for digital videodiscs, supporting its new standard for the home movie market. Disney's Buena Vista Home Entertainment will start releasing movies in the format when Blu-ray DVD players are available in North America and Japan, the Burbank-based company said. Disney said it might still release movies in the competing format by Toshiba Corp. Toshiba's HD DVD format has been backed by Time Warner Inc.'