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May 19, 1992 | DAVID WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The filmmaking team of Ron Howard and Brian Grazer will enter a six-year, 18-movie deal with Universal Pictures next fall, it was announced Monday. Howard and Grazer, whose hits include "Backdraft" and "Parenthood," also announced that they were "prepared to propose" buying out the outstanding public shares of the company that they co-founded seven years ago, Imagine Films Entertainment Inc. Howard's and Grazer's agreement with Universal would become effective after Nov.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 25, 1987 | MICHAEL CIEPLY, Times Staff Writer
Staff cuts at two independent film and television companies that had only recently expanded could point toward a new round of belt-tightening among even relatively healthy small and medium producers. New World Entertainment Ltd., one of Hollywood's largest producers outside the major studios, said it is implementing cuts that could eliminate at least 5% of its approximately 850 employees.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2003 | John Horn, Times Staff Writer
Theodor Geisel wrote "The Cat in the Hat" using just 300 different words. When the film adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic opens Friday, young moviegoers will encounter some additional vocabulary terms, including hip-hop slang for a prostitute and a four-letter acronym for excrement. Three years after "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" became a runaway box-office hit, Hollywood is trying again to marry a leading comic with a unique voice in children's literature.
BUSINESS
December 15, 1995 | JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Imagine Entertainment, supplier of some of MCA Inc.'s biggest movie hits of recent years, including "Apollo 13" and "Parenthood," agreed to a new six-year deal that closely ties director and Imagine partner Ron Howard to the studio over that time. According to the unusual arrangement of the deal, Howard will be virtually exclusive to MCA's Universal Pictures unit. He has the option of directing one film at another studio during the six years if he chooses.
BUSINESS
September 16, 1998 | CLAUDIA ELLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In one of Hollywood's biggest book auctions ever, Universal Pictures has agreed to pay as much as $9 million for the rights to two of Dr. Seuss' classics: "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "Oh, the Places You'll Go." The company negotiated the deal with the widow of Theodor Geisel--otherwise known as Dr. Seuss--on behalf of Imagine Films, Universal's biggest product supplier, which plans to produce full-length, live-action movie versions of each of the books.
BUSINESS
August 27, 1999 | CLAUDIA ELLER and RICHARD NATALE
What in the heck is Imagine Entertainment--one of Hollywood's most successful production companies, with such mainstream hits as "Liar, Liar," "The Nutty Professor" and "Bowfinger"--doing producing a feature documentary on wrestling? It's certainly not for the money, since the box-office dollars documentaries ordinarily generate would hardly cover lunch for Imagine partners Ron Howard and Brian Grazer and President Michael Rosenberg.
BUSINESS
August 31, 2000 | CLAUDIA ELLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The founders of would-be Internet entertainment site Pop.com have found an exit strategy for their once much-balleyhooed but ultimately ill-fated venture. DreamWorks SKG and Imagine Entertainment plan to fold their 10-month-old Internet operation into IFilm, a leading portal that exhibits short films and provides services to the entertainment industry.
BUSINESS
October 26, 1999 | GREG MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
DreamWorks SKG and Imagine Entertainment, two of Hollywood's top movie companies, unveiled plans Monday to launch a new firm that will produce and broadcast content created exclusively for the Internet. The new company represents a significant leap by some of mainstream Hollywood's heavyweights, including directors Steven Spielberg and Ron Howard, into a medium that some believe is poised to upend traditional filmmaking. Bankrolled by Microsoft Corp.
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