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March 1, 2002 |
Peter W. Geiger, 74, a veteran financial advisor to the entertainment industry who had a four-decade career with Bank of America, died Sunday in Los Angeles of complications after heart surgery. Geiger was hired by Bank of America in 1951, when its entertainment lending division was in trouble. Television had begun to keep moviegoers at home, and the bank had foreclosed on 30 films.
November 9, 1999
* Entertainment industry heavyweights Frank Biondi Jr. and Jack Valenti have joined the board of directors of Creative Planet, a North Hollywood firm that creates Web sites for film, photography, design and other industries. Biondi, former chief executive of Universal Studios, is currently a general partner with investment firm WaterView Partners. Valenti is chairman and chief executive of the Motion Picture Assn. of America.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2000 |
Hal Riddle waited seven years before a spot opened up at the Motion Picture & Television Fund's retirement home in Woodland Hills. But his efficiency cottage, the place he has called home for five years, was worth the wait. "No one is thrown out," said Riddle, 80, who lives alone and has no immediate family. "It's a feeling of security that goes a long way when you tend to be our age."
July 30, 1996 |
Last year, it was "content is king" and "vertical integration." This year, it's "brands." The entertainment industry's leading buzzword of 1996 suggests that the entire business is undergoing a massive Procter & Gambleization. "Batman" and "Jurassic Park" aren't just movies. They are like Tide and Coca-Cola, global brands to be exploited. Sony Corp. President Nobuyuki Idei wants to make Sony not only a brand name in Walkmans, but in entertainment as well.
January 16, 2003 |
Suzanne Lloyd has spent the last four years refurbishing her legacy: 26 films made by her grandfather, silent film star Harold Lloyd. She has spent millions on digitally restored prints and full orchestrations. Now, as a result of Wed- nesday's decision by the Supreme Court reaffirming the current copyright law, she knows two things: Her rights to these films are secure for two more decades. And she'll have greater success protecting those rights.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 1995 |
Few cities have been as ridiculed, but these days Burbank can afford to laugh. The butt of jokes dating back to the '60s comedy show "Laugh-In" and perpetuated by Johnny Carson, Burbank was until recently a fitting target. It was hot, smoggy and, in some areas, downright ugly. Adding injury to insult, Burbank lost nearly 14,000 jobs after its biggest employer, Lockheed Corp., packed up and moved in 1990.
February 11, 1993 |
Contrary to popular myth, great art does not always come from hunger. A thriving art scene is fueled by consumption, and consumption is fueled by money. Preferably, lots of it--as in Periclean Athens, Renaissance Florence and New York in the 1980s. Recessions, however, mean less money and less consumption; and Los Angeles, sadly, has been hard hit. But there's one place in Southern California where money, if it doesn't exactly flow, is still being made and spent.
September 11, 1991 |
Eight weeks ago, upon returning home from a Fourth of July weekend at the beach with his wife and daughter, actor Brad Davis pulled out a yellow legal pad and drafted a proposal for a book he never got the chance to write. "The purpose of this book is to reveal what it's like to be infected with HIV, to be receiving treatment, and having to remain anonymous at all costs--chronicling how I have done this for over six years," wrote Davis in spare and simple prose.
January 15, 2014 |
The 1950s television home of George Burns and Gracie Allen is getting a long-overdue upgrade as part of a $390-million development featuring a sleek new 20-story luxury apartment tower in the heart of Hollywood. The revival of the legendary headquarters of CBS on the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Gower Street will provide a vintage backdrop for the new Columbia Square tower with upscale features aimed at attracting entertainment industry workers. With interior touches by designer Kelly Wearstler, known for her modern interpretations of classic Hollywood glamour, the tower is the second new luxury Hollywood apartment building to bank on a big-name designer to add pizazz.