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December 2, 1997
If you think being a top Hollywood agent is always glamorous, think again. Yes, the salaries and perks can be enormous. And getting thanked by a client at the Academy Awards, in front of some 1 billion TV viewers, must be very gratifying. But those benefits go hand in hand with a daily grind and unrelenting stress that few are willing to discuss publicly. "It's like swimming in the ocean.
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January 30, 2004 | Elaine Dutka, Times Staff Writer
Jane Sindell woke up Tuesday morning to a congratulatory phone message from Ron Meyer, president and chief operating officer of Vivendi Universal Entertainment. The studio's "Seabiscuit," on which she was a producer, had landed a best picture Oscar nomination. Before day's end, however, it became a good-news/bad-news scenario. The rules of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences limit the number of producers who can receive the statuette to three, and "Seabiscuit" has four.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2004 | Elaine Dutka, Times Staff Writer
Jane Sindell woke up Tuesday morning to a congratulatory phone message from Ron Meyer, president and chief operating officer of Vivendi Universal Entertainment. The studio's "Seabiscuit," on which she was a producer, had landed a best picture Oscar nomination. Before day's end, however, it became a good-news/bad-news scenario. The rules of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences limit the number of producers who can receive the statuette to three, and "Seabiscuit" has four.
BUSINESS
December 2, 1997
If you think being a top Hollywood agent is always glamorous, think again. Yes, the salaries and perks can be enormous. And getting thanked by a client at the Academy Awards, in front of some 1 billion TV viewers, must be very gratifying. But those benefits go hand in hand with a daily grind and unrelenting stress that few are willing to discuss publicly. "It's like swimming in the ocean.
NEWS
September 10, 1992 | LIBBY SLATE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Two years ago, screenwriter-producer-director and Creative Artists' Agency client Joan Tewkesbury sent CAA literary agent Jane Sindell a notice that a contribution to the Literacy Volunteers of America Inc. had been made in Sindell's name. That was Sindell's introduction to the organization, which trains tutors and pairs them with adults and teens who cannot read, write or speak English. Impressed by LVA's work and by the staggering illiteracy rate--about 30 million Americans, an estimated 1.
BUSINESS
August 24, 1995 | CLAUDIA ELLER and JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
One of Creative Artists Agency's most high-profile consulting ventures--advising three regional phone companies on an interactive video venture--has collapsed in the wake of CAA Chairman Michael S. Ovitz's planned departure to Walt Disney Co.
NEWS
August 7, 2003 | Paul Brownfield, Times Staff Writer
Jan. 7, 2004, Golden Globe Awards The following is the acceptance speech given by Fighting Furrari at last night's 61st annual Golden Globe Awards. The horse and nine other horses were named best supporting actor for their roles as Seabiscuit. Also nominated in the best supporting actor category were Chris Cooper ("Seabiscuit"), Billy Bob Thornton ("The Alamo"), Viggo Mortensen ("Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King") and James Woods ("Northfork"). Fighting Furrari: "Wow ...
BUSINESS
August 22, 1995 | CLAUDIA ELLER
A week after Michael S. Ovitz dropped the bombshell that he was leaving the agency business to become the president of mighty Walt Disney Co., the new order at Hollywood's biggest talent house--Creative Artists Agency--is taking shape. A strategy group of nine CAA agents, a quintet known as the Young Turks and four of their senior brethren, are expected to close a deal this week to buy the 20-year-old agency.
BUSINESS
January 20, 2005 | Claudia Eller and Richard Verrier, Times Staff Writers
The mudslinging in a Delaware courtroom came to a close Wednesday and neither of the two men at the center of the case -- Michael Eisner and Michael Ovitz -- got away clean. Eisner and Ovitz, whose long friendship dissolved during their brief partnership at Walt Disney Co., had hoped to use a shareholder lawsuit filed against them and other company directors to prove they were men of integrity and ingenuity.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 4, 1993 | ELAINE DUTKA, Elaine Dutka is a Times staff writer
In 1982, Judy Hofflund became the first woman to work in the Creative Artists Agency mailroom--an opportunity that opened up when agent Cheryl Peterson protested at a company retreat that that legendary path of upward mobility was an all-male domain. The company line had been that the hours were long, the work very physical and deliveries of film cans had to be made in "bad" neighborhoods late at night. Hofflund managed nonetheless.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 19, 2004 | Kim Masters, Special to The Times
Hollywood isn't known as a place where people are fond of sharing the glory. But there seems to be quite an expansive spirit of fellowship among the producers of the upcoming Warner Bros. film "Constantine." There are no fewer than 11 of them credited on the film, which is based on a comic-book series about a supernatural detective.
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