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January 31, 1995
Creative Artists Agency has hired Matthew Jacobson to work in an executive capacity in the talent agency's corporate advisory group. He will concentrate in the areas of new media and interactive entertainment services. Jacobson was formerly vice president of entertainment services at Delphi, an on-line service and Internet access provider. Before joining Delphi, Jacobson managed syndication sales for Twentieth Television.
February 6, 2014 | By David Colker
Clint Eastwood had a "make my day" attitude about Hollywood agents, including his own representative, Leonard Hirshan. "If he didn't return a call, he would have been history!" the screen tough guy said this week. But then Eastwood laughed and said, sadly, "I'm just joking. Lenny always returned a call. " Hirshan was Eastwood's agent for more than 50 years, perhaps a record in Hollywood for a major star. It started when Hirshan was already an established agent with the all-powerful William Morris Agency, where over the years he represented stars such as Jack Lemmon, Angela Lansbury, Walter Matthau and Sophia Loren, and also negotiated film deals for the likes of Elvis Presley.
October 19, 1988 | NINA J. EASTON
Hollywood's most powerful and elusive talent agent, Michael Ovitz, has hired a prominent New York public relations firm, Howard J. Rubenstein Associates Inc., to field press inquiries about the company he runs, Creative Artists Agency. But don't watch for publicity-shy Ovitz to appear on the cover of Time or Newsweek--yet.
June 11, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Talent agency Creative Artists Agency was the subject of a derisive advertising blitz by rival William Morris Endeavor on Tuesday. Dozens of ads installed at the Westfield Century City mall featured the word "CAAN'T" in Creative Artists Agency's signature red-and-white color scheme. "CAAN'T," of course, is a playful nod to the CAA acronym.  Individuals with knowledge of the matter confirmed that WME was responsible for the advertisements, which were also plastered elsewhere in Los Angeles.
Creative Artists Agency senior executive Sandy Climan was hired Thursday as an executive vice president of MCA Inc., the first high-level departure from the agency since former Chairman Michael S. Ovitz announced in August that he is leaving to join Walt Disney Co. Climan's exit had been expected in the wake of the Ovitz departure, but the destination was a surprise to Hollywood executives.
April 28, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Ray Kurtzman, 79, an entertainment lawyer who was one of the original 20 employees when Creative Artists Agency was launched in the 1970s, died Monday at his Beverly Hills home of complications from Alzheimer's disease, the agency announced. Michael Ovitz hired Kurtzman from the William Morris Agency in 1978, three years after founding CAA with Morris dissidents Ron Meyer, Bill Haber, Mike Rosenfeld and Rowland Perkins.
January 31, 1991 | AARON BETSKY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Aaron Betsky, a Venice resident, teaches and writes extensively about architecture. He is the author of "Violated Perfection: Architecture and the Fragmentation of the Modern" (Rizzoli Books).
Everything about the year-old Creative Artists Agency headquarters in Beverly Hills--from its curved marble-and-glass facade to the way it asserts its presence at the chaotic intersection of Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards--exudes confidence, wealth, sophistication and finesse. This is a signature office building that is also a landmark of sorts. When you drive past it, you know you are in Beverly Hills.
July 2, 1989 | MICHAEL CIEPLY
Interviews don't come easy to Michael Ovitz. Even in his private sanctum, flanked by a pair of colleagues, safe beneath the dual gaze of Buddha and Marilyn Monroe--totemic bits of art on a movie maker's wall--the sandy-haired president of Creative Artists Agency is wary and tense and never stops wishing the limelight would go away. "This is not a comfortable experience for any of us," he says, his hoarse voice so low a reporter's recorder barely registers. "We really function behind the scenes.
French banking giant Credit Lyonnais and Hollywood's Creative Artists Agency have aligned in a deal that gives them greater clout in the entertainment industry and enhanced opportunities to expand. Credit Lyonnais, stung by problems in its entertainment lending, disclosed Thursday that it has hired the powerful talent agency as a consultant.
A doctor who claims to be the model for the "Medicine Man" depicted by Sean Connery in the recent movie of that name sued the actor and others connected with the film Monday, contending that they misappropriated the doctor's autobiographical story and misrepresented his work with Amazon Indians. In their copyright infringement suit, the doctor, Wilburn H.
January 24, 2013 | By Chris Lee and John Horn, Los Angeles Times
PARK CITY, Utah - Parties at the Sundance Film Festival typically feature maverick filmmakers, the best in nouvelle cowboy cuisine and plentiful pours of high-end spirits and Utah microbrews. But the bash thrown by Hollywood's powerful Creative Artists Agency on Sunday night took festival revelry in an unexpectedly bawdy direction, as Sundance guests mingled with lingerie-clad women pretending to snort prop cocaine, erotic dancers outfitted with sex toys and an Alice in Wonderland look-alike performing a simulated sex act on a man in a rabbit costume.
October 18, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Creative Artists Agency and one of the top talent agencies in India, Kwan Entertainment & Marketing Solutions, have formed a joint venture to represent Bollywood talent, in a move that underscores the importance of the growing Asian market to the entertainment industry. The newly formed CAA Kwan will pursue opportunities for talent in film, television, music, commercial endorsements, sports consulting and other businesses. The company will be based in Mumbai, with offices in Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad.
July 15, 2012 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
SAN DIEGO - More than 24 hours after arriving in town for Comic-Con International, movie producer Daniel Alter had an admission: He hadn't actually been to the Con. "The truth is that for industry people, there are so many great parties that you don't have to go to the convention center anymore," said Alter, chatting at an exclusive rooftop bar with a drink in his hand and a VIP pass around his neck. Most know Comic-Con as the jampacked geekfest where 130,000 fans wait in long lines to see movie, TV, video game and comic book presentations at the San Diego Convention Center and listen as their favorite stars repeatedly say things like "Without you guys, the show would not exist," as "The Walking Dead's" Andrew Lincoln told the enthusiastic crowd during the panel for the hit AMC television series.
March 20, 2012 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
It was a tense negotiation. Fox Sports and ESPN were paying about $54 million a year for the TV rights to Pac-12 Conference games. The Pac-12 guys wanted five times that. And a 12-year commitment. The networks were so taken aback that a top executive sarcastically asked if the Pac-12 was smoking something, according to people who witnessed the exchange but spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the deal. But in the end, the two sides agreed to the biggest TV rights contract in college sports history — a 12-year, $3-billion deal, which works out to a per-year average of $250 million.
January 19, 2012 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
Concert giant AEG is teaming up with Ryan Seacrest, Mark Cuban and Hollywood powerhouse talent firm Creative Artists Agency to launch a pop culture and music cable channel that is expected to debut in June. Called AXS, the cable network primarily will carry live programming aimed at entertainment aficionados. It will include a heavy diet of music and concert coverage as well as lifestyle programming. Los Angeles-based AEG's downtown L.A. Live complex will serve as the network's on-air home.
June 8, 2011 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy, Los Angeles Times
On a recent breezy Saturday, the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica is, like most days, packed with tourists meandering and snapping pictures as the sounds of street acts — claps and chants from an army of break dancers popping and locking, traditional Middle Eastern music with belly dancer accompaniment, and the giggles of pedestrians clamoring to get a handshake from a tiny monkey — compete for attention. Surrounded by it all is singer John West. He is perched on a stool and focused on his guitar.
His name is always there, buried paragraphs below the headlines and after the listing of key executives involved in the latest Paramount shuffle--but noticeable nonetheless. Ah, yes, there it is: Mike Ovitz--brokering another deal.
Seagram Co. Chief Executive Edgar Bronfman Jr. appeared closer Thursday to signing talent agent Michael S. Ovitz to head MCA Inc., with sources saying that Bronfman hopes to finalize and announce the deal as early as next week. However, sources close to Ovitz said the Creative Artists Agency chairman has been wavering, and they insisted that as of Thursday he was still undecided. Still, many Hollywood executives said they now believe the move is a fait accompli .
May 24, 2011 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
David Rone, a former agent at Creative Artists Agency and senior executive at Fox Sports and Walt Disney Co., is joining Time Warner Cable as president of sports. The move further signifies Time Warner Cable's desire to become a force in sports programming. This year, Time Warner Cable snagged the television rights to the Los Angeles Lakers away from Fox Sports and is using the team as the foundation to launch a regional sports network in Southern California. But Rone's background and stature in the media industry is too big for one channel.
December 27, 2010 | By Ben Bolch
Good thing the Pacific 10 Conference hired Creative Artists Agency as part of its image makeover, because it could take some imagination to put a positive spin on the state of the conference's basketball teams. Among the possible slogans heading into the start of conference play Wednesday: The Pac-10: We're no longer behind the Colonial Athletic Assn. in RPI The Pac-10: We may be 0-2 against Montana, but we own Montana State The Pac-10: No need to waste part of your Mondays checking for us in the rankings No Pac-10 team appears in the Associated Press rankings for a third consecutive week, raising the possibility that the conference could be left out of the final rankings for a second consecutive season.
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