September 12, 1990 |
A judge Tuesday ordered the arrest of former Australian media millionaire Christopher Skase, whose dreams of becoming a Hollywood movie mogul crumbled last year. Brisbane District Court Judge Ian Wylie ordered the arrest of Skase for failure to appear in court Monday. He was due to give evidence in a liquidator's examination of failed shipbuilding company Lloyds Ships Holdings, an associate of Skase's Qintex Australia Ltd. His lawyer said he was in Barcelona, Spain.
June 4, 1989 |
BARBRA STREISAND closed escrow last week on the former Richard Harris home in the Beverly Hills post office area. Title was taken in the name of a trust to benefit the actress, said realtors not involved in the nearly $6-million deal. The house was sold by John Donnelly, described as the British actor's "front man." Neither Stephen Shapiro, president/partner of Stan Herman & Associates, who represented the seller, nor Juan Alvarez of Alverez, Hyland & Young, who represented the buyer, would comment.
April 8, 1989 |
Christopher Skase, the 40-year-old Aussie who is buying MGM/UA Communications for $1 billion, said Friday that his path for resurrecting 70-year-old United Artists as a movie maker calls for "evolution, not revolution." UA, founded by Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and D. W. Griffith, has been dormant as a producer since MGM/UA folded its two production units into a single operation last fall. During the latter half of 1988, the studio was marked by wholesale departures of film-making talent assembled by Lee Rich, formerly MGM/UA's chief executive.
October 12, 1988 |
American media keep using "brash" to describe Australian financiers, including Christopher Skase. But the label just doesn't seem to fit this 40-year-old television broadcasting baron from Brisbane, who has one foot firmly in Hollywood. In an interview Tuesday, the sartorially exact Aussie came across as cautious and methodical, talking circumspectly about plans to expand his U.S. toehold by, oh, maybe $1 billion or $2 billion.