June 14, 1987 |
We reported that Columbia's "La Bamba," about '50s rocker Ritchie Valens, was being touted as the first title from the David Puttnam regime. We stand corrected on the film's paternity. Columbia production chief David Puttnam called us to assert that "Roxanne," opening Friday, the Steve Martin comic update of Cyrano, is actually the premiere offering from his new regime. Then "La Bamba," which opens in July, will be second.
February 13, 1987
David Puttnam, chairman and chief executive officer of Columbia Pictures, will receive the 10th annual Jean Renoir Humanities Award tonight at banquet beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Sportsman's Lodge, Studio City. He will receive the award, which is sponsored by the Los Angeles Film Teachers Assn., from actor Sidney Poitier. The event is open to the public. Information: (818) 894-6254.
June 26, 1986 |
British producer David Puttnam, whose movies include "Chariots of Fire," "The Killing Fields," and "Midnight Express," today was named chairman and chief executive officer of Columbia Pictures, the studio's top creative post. Puttnam, 45, will take over on Sept. 1, succeeding Guy McElwaine, who resigned in April.
September 17, 1987
British film producer David Puttnam, the head of Coca-Cola's Columbia Pictures Corp., has agreed to step down after just over a year at the helm of the film company that has been battered by management turmoil for a decade. Puttnam's decision was announced today by the Coca-Cola Co. in New York. Earlier this month, Coke announced it would merge its Entertainment Business Sector with Tri-Star Pictures Inc., a 5-year-old studio of which it owns 29.3%.
June 3, 2012 |
When it comes to contemporary American culture, its slogan ought to be "same old same-old. " Same old movies -- one bombastic comic book adventure after another. Same old TV shows -- one "Friends" clone after another, from "How I Met your Mother" to "Happy Endings" to "Whitney" to "Men at Work. " Same old journalism. Same old politics. There are, of course, outliers and renegades, but there seem to be fewer of them nowadays, and they are just that: outliers. For all the obsession with the new and different, we seem to be living within deja vu. If you are looking for an explanation for this cultural gravitational pull that drags everything to the predictable center, it may very well be what one might label "Puttnam's Law" after David Puttnam, the British film producer.
December 4, 1987 |
Dismissal notices have been sent to some top- and middle-level Columbia Pictures executives as the studio trims its staff in preparation for a merger with Tri-Star Pictures at the first of the year. There was no official word Thursday on how many of the Burbank studio's executives were dismissed. However, one report indicated that at least 50 people were let go. Among those leaving Columbia are Fred Bernstein, president of worldwide production; Stanley G.
May 19, 1988 |
David Puttnam has been giving his side of his dispute with Columbia Pictures for months--in newspapers, magazines such as Vanity Fair, on the "Today" show, and in speeches in Los Angeles and elsewhere. On Wednesday, Columbia started talking, too. For the record and, notably, in the show-business bible, Variety.
June 26, 1986 |
British film producer David Puttnam is expected to be named chairman and chief executive officer of Columbia Pictures at a press conference being held this morning at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Puttnam, 45, who is best known to American filmgoers for such recent hits as "Chariots of Fire" and "The Killing Fields," would assume the studio's top spot vacated in April with the resignation of Guy McElwaine.