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January 5, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Kanter Leaves MGM: Longtime Hollywood figure Jay Kanter has resigned as chairman of production at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Kanter's leaving had been expected after the departure in July of Alan Ladd Jr., his longtime associate. Kanter worked at MGM or related companies since 1984. The studio, owned by French bank Credit Lyonnais, is now trying to rebuild under a new executive team led by former Paramount Pictures Chairman Frank Mancuso.
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April 6, 1996
Judy Brennan's article about the industry's high regard for Alan Ladd Jr., producer of the Oscar-winning "Braveheart," was right on the money ("Spoils From a Lost Battle Led to Ladd's Biggest Victory," March 29). However, only Laddie's fellow executives were quoted. If you want to know the true nature of someone in Hollywood, ask those who take the messages and get the coffee. I had the pleasure of working for the great and generous Jay Kanter and Alan Ladd Jr. at MGM. So, to add a little frosting to the cake--let it be known that on Oscar night, when Laddie's name was called, the "water-bearers" were cheering loudest of all. KEEFE FERRANDINI Newhall
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January 29, 1985 | DALE POLLOCK
Jay Kanter has been named president of worldwide motion picture production for United Artists, one of the two newly created film divisions of Culver City-based MGM/UA Entertainment Co. The lateral move from Kanter's former position as president of MGM/UA's worldwide production reunites him with Alan Ladd Jr., who last week was named president and chief executive of United Artists Corp. and vice chairman of the board of MGM/UA Entertainment Co.
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January 5, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Kanter Leaves MGM: Longtime Hollywood figure Jay Kanter has resigned as chairman of production at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Kanter's leaving had been expected after the departure in July of Alan Ladd Jr., his longtime associate. Kanter worked at MGM or related companies since 1984. The studio, owned by French bank Credit Lyonnais, is now trying to rebuild under a new executive team led by former Paramount Pictures Chairman Frank Mancuso.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 1996
Judy Brennan's article about the industry's high regard for Alan Ladd Jr., producer of the Oscar-winning "Braveheart," was right on the money ("Spoils From a Lost Battle Led to Ladd's Biggest Victory," March 29). However, only Laddie's fellow executives were quoted. If you want to know the true nature of someone in Hollywood, ask those who take the messages and get the coffee. I had the pleasure of working for the great and generous Jay Kanter and Alan Ladd Jr. at MGM. So, to add a little frosting to the cake--let it be known that on Oscar night, when Laddie's name was called, the "water-bearers" were cheering loudest of all. KEEFE FERRANDINI Newhall
BUSINESS
March 14, 1985 | KATHRYN HARRIS
Alan Ladd Jr. on Wednesday was named president and chief operating officer of MGM/UA Entertainment Co., assuming the jobs handled by Frank Yablans until the company was restructured seven weeks ago. Yablans lost the chief operating officer's title on Jan. 21 but continued to serve as vice chairman until Monday, when he resigned from the Culver City-based firm. MGM/UA also named two new presidents for its motion picture production companies.
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June 5, 1989 | JEANNINE STEIN, Times Staff Writer
It was the wedding to end all weddings, and the media event to end all media events: the marriage in 1956 of American movie star-glamour queen Grace Kelly to the dashing Prince Rainier of Monaco. Caught up in this fast-lane fairy tale were six young women chosen to be Grace Kelly's bridesmaids. And now one of them has written a book about it, titled "The Bridesmaids." Author Judith Balaban Quine was one of the six who wore a daffodil yellow dress the day Kelly married her prince, along with Maree Frisby, Rita Gam, Carolyn Scott, Sally Parrish and Bettina Thompson.
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February 14, 2010 | Staff And Wire Reports
Gareth Wigan, a longtime studio executive who also was a producer and agent, died Saturday at his Los Angeles home after a brief illness, a spokesman for Columbia Pictures said. Wigan was 78. Wigan, born Dec. 2, 1931, in London, began his career as an agent in the late 1950s and moved to California in the 1970s, working as an executive for several Hollywood studios. In the mid-1960s, he formed his own agency, which was sold to EMI in 1970. Wigan next moved to 20th Century Fox. He was a production executive on "Star Wars."
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August 28, 1991 | From Associated Press
The struggle for control of MGM-Pathe Communications Co. spilled into a Delaware courtroom Tuesday, with an Italian financier and a large French bank accusing each other of broken promises. Opening arguments began in a Delaware Court of Chancery, the state in which MGM is incorporated, in a lawsuit pitting the studio's former chairman, Italian investor Giancarlo Parretti, against its largest creditor, Credit Lyonnais Bank Nederland.
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August 3, 2007 | Josh Friedman, Times Staff Writer
Oscar-winning producer Alan Ladd Jr. and his business partner won a $3.2-million verdict Thursday in their four-year legal fight with Warner Bros. over fees from TV sales for such films as "Body Heat," the "Police Academy" comedies and "Chariots of Fire." A Los Angeles Superior Court jury ruled that the studio shortchanged Ladd and Jay Kanter's Ladd Co. in divvying up proceeds from worldwide television deals for their movies.
BUSINESS
March 14, 1985 | KATHRYN HARRIS
Alan Ladd Jr. on Wednesday was named president and chief operating officer of MGM/UA Entertainment Co., assuming the jobs handled by Frank Yablans until the company was restructured seven weeks ago. Yablans lost the chief operating officer's title on Jan. 21 but continued to serve as vice chairman until Monday, when he resigned from the Culver City-based firm. MGM/UA also named two new presidents for its motion picture production companies.
BUSINESS
January 29, 1985 | DALE POLLOCK
Jay Kanter has been named president of worldwide motion picture production for United Artists, one of the two newly created film divisions of Culver City-based MGM/UA Entertainment Co. The lateral move from Kanter's former position as president of MGM/UA's worldwide production reunites him with Alan Ladd Jr., who last week was named president and chief executive of United Artists Corp. and vice chairman of the board of MGM/UA Entertainment Co.
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June 1, 1991 | STEPHEN WEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
MGM-Pathe Communications Co. said Friday that it has named veteran entertainment lawyer Charles R. Meeker as president of the struggling film studio. Meeker's appointment is expected to beef up the company's business and financial management, complementing the production skills of Chairman Alan Ladd Jr. "As a longtime business associate and friend, I know from experience how fortunate MGM-Pathe is to have someone of Charlie Meeker's caliber," Ladd said in a statement.
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