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July 7, 2001 | MEG JAMES and DANA CALVO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The letter began innocently enough. "We are delighted that you have agreed to take on the challenge of leading the Screen Actors Guild." But the nine actors who wrote this letter to John F. Cooke ignited a controversy that prompted Cooke to back out of the job Thursday, 10 days after accepting it, leaving the fractious union without an executive director.
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July 7, 2001 | MEG JAMES and DANA CALVO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The letter began innocently enough. "We are delighted that you have agreed to take on the challenge of leading the Screen Actors Guild." But the nine actors who wrote this letter to John F. Cooke ignited a controversy that prompted Cooke to back out of the job Thursday, 10 days after accepting it, leaving the fractious union without an executive director.
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NEWS
November 14, 1996 | Associated Press
A study of why Americans are "so cynical, so distressed, so angry, so ticked off about so many things" will begin next year, former Education Secretary William J. Bennett and retiring Sen. Sam Nunn (D-Ga.) announced Wednesday. Bennett and Nunn announced the formation of a 25-member National Commission on Civic Renewal. It will be underwritten by a $950,000 grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts.
BUSINESS
July 6, 2001 | MEG JAMES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John F. Cooke, named last week as chief executive of the Screen Actors Guild, said Thursday that he won't be taking the job after all. Cooke, a former Walt Disney Co. executive, was named to the expanded chief executive job June 25 after a search that spanned four months and 200 candidates. Members of the SAG executive search committee and more than half of the 105 board members voted unanimously to appoint Cooke, who is currently an executive vice president at the J. Paul Getty Trust.
BUSINESS
July 6, 2001 | MEG JAMES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John F. Cooke, named last week as chief executive of the Screen Actors Guild, said Thursday that he won't be taking the job after all. Cooke, a former Walt Disney Co. executive, was named to the expanded chief executive job June 25 after a search that spanned four months and 200 candidates. Members of the SAG executive search committee and more than half of the 105 board members voted unanimously to appoint Cooke, who is currently an executive vice president at the J. Paul Getty Trust.
BUSINESS
December 6, 1999 | AMY WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John F. Cooke, Walt Disney Co.'s executive vice president for corporate affairs and one of Disney Chairman Michael Eisner's top advisors, will leave Disney after 15 years to become a top executive at the J. Paul Getty Trust.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 1987
Garrison Keillor's public radio program, "A Prairie Home Companion," will become a weekly TV variety series in March on the Disney Channel. John F. Cooke, president of the Disney Channel, and William Kling, president of Minnesota Public Radio, said the two-hour weekly radio program of music and storytelling will debut as a TV series March 7 on the pay-television channel. "The visual aspect of the show has delighted its theater audiences for more than 12 years," said Kling.
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February 4, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Garrison Keillor's public radio program, "A Prairie Home Companion" soon will keep people company on cable television, too. John F. Cooke, president of the Disney Channel, and William Kling, president of Minnesota Pubic Radio, said Tuesday the two-hour weekly radio program of music and storytelling will become a series beginning March 7 on the pay-television channel. "The visual aspect of the show has delighted its theater audiences for more than 12 years," said Kling.
BUSINESS
September 11, 2001 | JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Veteran studio executive and lawyer A. Robert Pisano was hired late Monday night as the Screen Actors Guild's chief executive and national executive director of the industry's largest union representing actors. Pisano fills a void created when SAG's first choice, former Walt Disney Co. executive John F. Cooke, abruptly bailed out of the job in July, 10 days after accepting it. The vote by SAG directors was 80 to 20 to hire Pisano.
BUSINESS
July 12, 2001 | JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Actress Melissa Gilbert announced Wednesday that she plans to run for president of the Screen Actors Guild, vowing to end the bitter infighting plaguing Hollywood's main acting union. Best known as a star of the 1970s TV drama "Little House on the Prairie" as well as numerous TV movies, Gilbert, 37, said she wants to end the personal agendas and attacks bogging down the 98,000-member union. "There are no sides here. We're all members of the same union," she said.
BUSINESS
December 6, 1999 | AMY WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John F. Cooke, Walt Disney Co.'s executive vice president for corporate affairs and one of Disney Chairman Michael Eisner's top advisors, will leave Disney after 15 years to become a top executive at the J. Paul Getty Trust.
NEWS
November 14, 1996 | Associated Press
A study of why Americans are "so cynical, so distressed, so angry, so ticked off about so many things" will begin next year, former Education Secretary William J. Bennett and retiring Sen. Sam Nunn (D-Ga.) announced Wednesday. Bennett and Nunn announced the formation of a 25-member National Commission on Civic Renewal. It will be underwritten by a $950,000 grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts.
NEWS
September 29, 1994 | KATHRYN HARRIS and JESUS SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Walt Disney Co. unexpectedly hoisted a white flag Wednesday on the Civil War battlefields of Virginia, abandoning its preferred site for the $650-million "Disney's America" theme park that had been pilloried as a vulgar commercial assault on a piece of the nation's most hallowed ground. Disney vowed not to scrap the project itself, however, and announced that it will search for a less controversial location for the historical theme park, preferably still in Virginia.
BUSINESS
June 25, 1985
Royce Diener, who has served as chief executive of American Medical International for nearly 10 years, said Monday that he will step down from that post in August as part of the Beverly Hills company's management succession plan. Diener, 67, will remain as chairman of the board and executive committee. Succeeding him as chief executive will be President and Chief Operating Officer Walter L. Weisman, 50.
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