April 18, 1993 |
Smoke fumes from Don Ohlmeyer's office. Open packs of Marlboros litter his desk. He bangs an outsize ashtray into the garbage can, then calls to an assistant for a glass of ice water. "I gotta take my vitamins," he apologizes, knocking back the tablets with a couple of gulps. Only eight weeks into the job, the new president of NBC West Coast is trimming his usually full social calendar to be in the office at 7 a.m.
October 16, 1996 |
News directors and executives from more than 200 NBC-affiliated TV stations attending a network-sponsored gathering last week heard an unexpected and harsh critique of KNBC-TV Channel 4 and the news media by Don Ohlmeyer, president of NBC West Coast, sources said. The remarks from Ohlmeyer came after the executives, who were in the middle of a closed-door session at the Sheraton Grande Hotel during the opening day of the annual Radio-Television News Directors Assn.
September 20, 1996 |
In his role as a corporate chieftain this year, Michael Ovitz has been globe-trotting, meeting this week with Disney division heads in Europe and breaking bread last spring with the president of China. But several meetings closer to home in recent weeks may have required more finesse.
February 12, 1993 |
Probably Don Ohlmeyer's ace card as the new entertainment boss of troubled NBC is that he doesn't need the job. It's a long-shot task even for a gambler. And Ohlmeyer, a well-known independent producer, may well be rolling the dice plenty in his attempt to salvage the hemorrhaging network. If he comes up snake eyes, there's no telling the future of NBC, which is often rumored up for sale and has recently lost Johnny Carson, Bill Cosby and David Letterman from its roster of regular performers.
February 5, 1993 |
It was clear to television viewers, in the most obvious way, that NBC was coming apart at the seams. In a matter of just months, Bill Cosby and his historic sitcom were gone; Johnny Carson was gone; David Letterman would soon be gone--to competitor CBS; and the producers of "Cheers" announced that NBC's major hit of recent years would also be gone after this season. As NBC lost its trademark shows, it also lost its identity.
March 6, 2001 |
Don Ohlmeyer, who came out of retirement and brought Dennis Miller into the sports world, is going back into retirement. He said Monday he will not return as the producer of ABC's "Monday Night Football." "I enjoyed my year, but the traveling got to me," he said. Ohlmeyer, 56, of Beverly Hills, has just completed a second home in the Reserve, a new resort development in Palm Desert, and said he plans to devote time to his hobbies--golf, painting and art history.