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July 29, 1990 | MICHAEL CIEPLY and ALAN CITRON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Marvin Josephson, principal owner of International Creative Management, likes to tell how his company's Chase Manhattan bankers were at a business meeting when someone, yet again, brought up the phenomenal success of rival Creative Artists Agency. The speaker carried on about the drawing power of CAA superstars Mel Gibson, Eddie Murphy and Arnold Schwarzenegger. All three, the Chase contingent had to point out, are actually represented by ICM.
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September 29, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Former William Morris Agency Chief Executive James Wiatt has listed his mansion in Pacific Palisades for sale at $16.5 million. The 11,544-square-foot house built in 2007 features a sweeping staircase, high ceilings, a paneled library/bar and a master bedroom suite with dual bathrooms, a marble fireplace and a patio. There are five bedrooms, 12 full bathrooms and five half-bathrooms. The nearly one-acre property includes a swimming pool, cabanas and a guest house. Public records show the property was purchased in 2004 for $3.2 million.
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BUSINESS
August 10, 1999 | CLAUDIA ELLER and JAMES BATES
William Morris Agency on Monday hired Jim Wiatt, the just-departed co-chief of International Creative Management, as president and co-chief executive, a move that is expected to set off a war among Hollywood's major talent agencies. Wiatt replaces former president and movie chief Arnold Rifkin, whose failure throughout the years to sign top stars and directors kept the agency a distant third to its more aggressive rivals ICM and Creative Artists Agency.
BUSINESS
August 10, 1999 | CLAUDIA ELLER and JAMES BATES
William Morris Agency on Monday hired Jim Wiatt, the just-departed co-chief of International Creative Management, as president and co-chief executive, a move that is expected to set off a war among Hollywood's major talent agencies. Wiatt replaces former president and movie chief Arnold Rifkin, whose failure throughout the years to sign top stars and directors kept the agency a distant third to its more aggressive rivals ICM and Creative Artists Agency.
BUSINESS
August 7, 1999 | CLAUDIA ELLER and JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In a move that shakes up Hollywood's talent agency business, Jim Wiatt quit Friday as co-chairman of agency powerhouse International Creative Management, home to such stars as Julia Roberts, Mel Gibson and Eddie Murphy. Wiatt's resignation after 22 years at the agency, which followed long-simmering tensions with ICM co-chief Jeff Berg, marks the single biggest event to rock the agency business since superagent Michael Ovitz left Creative Artists Agency in 1995.
BUSINESS
September 29, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Former William Morris Agency Chief Executive James Wiatt has listed his mansion in Pacific Palisades for sale at $16.5 million. The 11,544-square-foot house built in 2007 features a sweeping staircase, high ceilings, a paneled library/bar and a master bedroom suite with dual bathrooms, a marble fireplace and a patio. There are five bedrooms, 12 full bathrooms and five half-bathrooms. The nearly one-acre property includes a swimming pool, cabanas and a guest house. Public records show the property was purchased in 2004 for $3.2 million.
BUSINESS
July 29, 1990 | MICHAEL CIEPLY
Facing losses from his Herzfeld & Stern brokerage unit--and discontent among ICM agents, who felt that their profits were paying for the parent's missteps--Marvin Josephson began selling non-agency businesses in 1985. Three years later, he and top managers tried to buy out Josephson International for a package of cash and debt that they valued at $13.50 a share, only to have outside directors reject the bid after several shareholders filed suit. Eventually, the group paid $14.
NEWS
November 4, 1991 | BETTY GOODWIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Scene: Sony Pictures Entertainment's cocktail party in honor of Mark Canton, the newly named chairman of Columbia Pictures. The gathering, which shut down Morton's on Friday night, was a schmooze fest of the highest order.
BUSINESS
June 25, 1993
International Creative Management President James A. Wiatt has been named to the USC School of Cinema-Television's board of councilors, an advisory group made up of major names in the entertainment field. Wiatt, a 1969 graduate of USC, is the first new member added since the board was formed early last year. Other members include Barry Diller, David Geffen, George Lucas, Marvin Davis, Sidney Poitier, Steven Spielberg and Frank Price, the group's chairman. Film.
BUSINESS
October 9, 2011 | LAUREN BEALE
A-list actor Jack Nicholson has sold his longtime retreat in Malibu for $3.5 million, the Multiple Listing Service shows. The 28-acre property came on the market in February at $4.25 million. Zoned for equestrian use, the spread includes a ranch-style main house, a caretaker home, a tennis court, a cabana, a putting green, a swimming pool, a grotto-style spa and miles of trails. The single-story main home, built in 1966, has mountain and ocean views. Its 2,313 square feet of living space contains three bedrooms, two bathrooms and maid's quarters.
BUSINESS
August 7, 1999 | CLAUDIA ELLER and JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In a move that shakes up Hollywood's talent agency business, Jim Wiatt quit Friday as co-chairman of agency powerhouse International Creative Management, home to such stars as Julia Roberts, Mel Gibson and Eddie Murphy. Wiatt's resignation after 22 years at the agency, which followed long-simmering tensions with ICM co-chief Jeff Berg, marks the single biggest event to rock the agency business since superagent Michael Ovitz left Creative Artists Agency in 1995.
BUSINESS
July 29, 1990 | MICHAEL CIEPLY and ALAN CITRON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Marvin Josephson, principal owner of International Creative Management, likes to tell how his company's Chase Manhattan bankers were at a business meeting when someone, yet again, brought up the phenomenal success of rival Creative Artists Agency. The speaker carried on about the drawing power of CAA superstars Mel Gibson, Eddie Murphy and Arnold Schwarzenegger. All three, the Chase contingent had to point out, are actually represented by ICM.
NEWS
August 4, 1988 | NINA J. EASTON, Staff Writer
As the Hollywood writers strike lumbered into its 22nd week, the prospect of a settlement looked bleak. At a press conference Sunday, the producers described their talks with striking writers as hopelessly deadlocked. But the swarms of TV cameras had barely taped those words at the producers' Sherman Oaks headquarters when--somewhere on the Beverly Hills side of the Sepulveda Pass--attorney Kenneth Ziffren got back on the telephone.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 1985 | MICHAEL LONDON, Times Staff Writer
Rumors in Hollywood often take on a life of their own, but this week's fact--or fiction--downright refused to die. Despite vehement denials, Tri-Star Chairman Victor Kaufman was said by numerous sources to have decided on a previously unheralded NBC programming executive, Jeff Sagansky, as Tri-Star's new production chief. Kaufman is scheduled to return to his New York base today after a week of interviewing candidates for the production job.
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