July 23, 2012 |
Continuing to add more Hollywood talent to its executive ranks, Silicon Valley giant Netflix has hired Warner Bros.' veteran Kelly Bennett as its chief marketing officer. Bennett worked for nine years at the Burbank studio, most recently as vice president of interactive, worldwide marketing, where he oversaw international online advertising campaigns for a wide range of films including the current release "The Dark Knight Rises. " He replaces 12-year Netflix veteran Leslie Kilgore, who left in January following a very troubled 2011 marked most notably by the abandoned attempt to create a new DVD brand called Qwikster.
August 9, 2011 |
PG&E Corp., owner of California's largest utility, named Anthony Earley as chief executive officer, turning to an outsider for the first time in its 106- year history after a fatal pipeline blast last year. Earley, the 62-year-old executive chairman at DTE Energy Co., will take over at PG&E on Sept. 13, the San Francisco-based company said in a statement yesterday. The start date is about a year after a PG&E natural-gas pipeline exploded in San Bruno, California, killing eight people and destroying 38 homes in the San Francisco suburb.
September 14, 2013 |
Univision Communications Inc.'s networks president, Cesar Conde, has left the Spanish-language media giant to accept a larger role overseeing international expansion at rival NBCUniversal. On Friday, Conde was named NBCUniversal executive vice president in charge of international and business development, signaling the company's growing interest in Latin America. Conde, a polished 39-year-old executive, had a meteoric rise at Univision, where he worked for the last decade, including the last four years overseeing Univision's expanding TV networks group.
November 11, 2012 |
Seat belts on airplanes are useless. That was the latest rant by Michael O'Leary, the chief executive for RyanAir, the ultra-low-cost airline based in Ireland. O'Leary, who opposes seat belts because he is pushing for standing-room sections of his planes, called aviation authorities who disagree with him “plonkers.” “Seat belts don't matter,” O'Leary told The Telegraph. “If there ever was a crash on an aircraft, God forbid, a seat belt won't save you.” ALSO: American Airlines on-time rating drops during labor dispute FAA recommends seat inspections on some airlines Chicago's O'Hare, LAX to be busiest airports for Thanksgiving Follow Hugo Martin on Twitter at @hugomartin
December 12, 2012 |
Sony Pictures Chairman Michael Lynton is the first Hollywood executive to be honored by Harvard's Hasty Pudding Institute. The 242-year-old group is giving Lynton its first-ever "Order of the Golden Sphinx" for his work supporting philanthropy and arts education during his long career in the media business, including stints at Walt Disney Co., Time Warner and AOL, before taking the reins of Sony in 2004. Lynton received his B.A. and M.B.A. from Harvard. Previously, Hasty Pudding has given man and woman of the year awards to such performers as Jimmy Stewart, Elizabeth Taylor and Bob Hope.
March 23, 2012 |
Marje Everett, the former chief executive of Hollywood Park who served as a director of the Inglewood horse racing track from 1972 to 1991, when she was ousted after a proxy fight with R.D. Hubbard, died Friday in Los Angeles. She was 90. Everett's longtime caretaker, Dorothy Carter, confirmed Everett's death. The longtime horse racing executive grew up with the sport. Her father, B.F. Lindheimer, owned the Arlington Park, Washington Park and Balmoral tracks in Chicago before she inherited control when he died in 1960.