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July 17, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Time Warner Inc. is overhauling the leadership at its Turner Broadcasting unit. Phil Kent, the longtime chief executive officer of Turner Broadcasting will give up that title in 2014, and John Martin, currently chief financial officer of Time Warner, will take over. Kent will stay on as chairman until his contract is up at the end of next year. There had been rumblings for several months that the move was in the works, but Time Warner had repeatedly denied that was the case. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times The low-key Kent has spent more than 20 years at Turner, and it was no secret that he was likely to leave when his current deal ended.
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BUSINESS
March 21, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
U.S. lawmakers have asked Gilead Sciences Inc. to justify the price of its new $84,000 drug for hepatitis C patients amid growing concern about the high cost to taxpayers and consumers. In a letter to the Foster City, Calif., company, Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Beverly Hills) and two other Democratic lawmakers asked Gilead Chief Executive John C. Martin to explain the rationale for selling Sovaldi for $1,000 per pill. Medical experts say previous therapies for hepatitis C helped only about half of patients and had numerous side effects, such as flu-like symptoms, anemia and depression.
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BUSINESS
March 18, 1997 | GREG JOHNSON
John E. Martin, chairman and chief executive officer of PepsiCo's Casual Dining division--and a longtime motorcycle rider--has a new bike to ride. Martin, who earlier had served as chairman of Irvine-based Taco Bell, has joined Easyriders Cafe's board of directors. The company, which recently began trading on Nasdaq's Bulletin Board, operates one restaurant in Fresno and has announced plans to build restaurants in Los Angeles and Myrtle Beach, S.C.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
The management shakeup continues at Time Warner Inc.'s Turner Broadcasting unit.  Turner Broadcasting System Inc. on Monday promoted David Levy to president to oversee channels including TBS and TNT. He had been president of sales, distribution and sports for Turner.  The promotion comes a few weeks after Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes picked John Martin as Turner's new chief executive when current CEO Phil Kent steps down in 2014....
BOOKS
November 25, 2007 | David L. Ulin, David L. Ulin is books editor of The Times.
Charles BUKOWSKI may be a Los Angeles icon, but reading "The Pleasures of the Damned" -- the new volume of his selected poetry edited by John Martin, his longtime benefactor at Black Sparrow Press -- it's impossible not to ask some hard questions about his status and whether it is deserved.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 2010 | Sandy Banks
They seemed to me at first an unlikely duo. Michael Wainwright is tough-talking and streetwise, with a frenetic sort of energy and a pipeline to summer jobs in Watts. His South Los Angeles rep is rooted in a resume that includes a college degree and a prison term. John Martin is an easygoing retiree, a charming, glad-handing networking whiz whose business career includes video sales, online banking and operating a Mojave Desert gas station once visited by Oprah Winfrey. Still, together they have made college possible for more than two dozen South Los Angeles kids.
BUSINESS
January 25, 1998 | RUSS STANTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Martin is probably somewhere on Pacific Coast Highway this morning, roaring toward Laguna Beach on his 1993 Harley-Davidson lowrider--a drive the former chairman of Taco Bell Corp. makes every Sunday when he's in town. "Being on a bike is like skiing, where you get that feeling of total freedom," he is fond of saying. The excursion conjures up images of risk-taking, rebellion and showmanship--traits that helped make Martin one of the biggest names in the restaurant business.
NEWS
October 11, 1996 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
PepsiCo Inc. on Thursday ousted longtime Taco Bell Corp. President John Martin in favor of a convenience store executive, signaling yet more change in the hotly competitive fast food industry. Martin's departure marks the end of an era at Taco Bell, which was a small, regional player when Martin arrived here as president in 1983. As he transformed Taco Bell into an international powerhouse, Martin also wove the company into Orange County's civic, charitable and social fabric.
BUSINESS
July 18, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Time Warner Inc. is shaking up the leadership at its Turner Broadcasting unit. Phil Kent, chief executive of Turner Broadcasting since 2003, will give up that title at the beginning of next year to John Martin, Time Warner's chief financial officer. Kent will remain Turner's chairman until his contract expires at the end of next year. Turner, the parent of cable channels TNT, TBS, CNN, HLN, Cartoon Network and TruTV, is Time Warner's biggest revenue and profit generator. VIDEO: Summer 2013 TV preview Martin's rise positions him as a potential successor to Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes, whose contract with the media giant expires in about five years.
NEWS
April 5, 1994 | JENIFER WARREN and RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Rebecca Martin, eight months pregnant, was sitting alone in her car in the parking lot of a shopping mall last week, waiting for her husband and 11-year-old son to buy tickets to a movie. Without warning, someone behind a fence opened fire with an assault rifle, spraying the car with 20 rounds and hitting Martin four times in the back. Rushed to the hospital, she gave birth by Cesarean section to a healthy boy. She was in fair condition Monday afternoon, hospital officials said.
BUSINESS
July 18, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Time Warner Inc. is shaking up the leadership at its Turner Broadcasting unit. Phil Kent, chief executive of Turner Broadcasting since 2003, will give up that title at the beginning of next year to John Martin, Time Warner's chief financial officer. Kent will remain Turner's chairman until his contract expires at the end of next year. Turner, the parent of cable channels TNT, TBS, CNN, HLN, Cartoon Network and TruTV, is Time Warner's biggest revenue and profit generator. VIDEO: Summer 2013 TV preview Martin's rise positions him as a potential successor to Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes, whose contract with the media giant expires in about five years.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2013 | By Joe Flint
If recent history is any guide, there may be an exodus of top executives at Turner Broadcasting in the wake of a shake-up there. Time Warner said Wednesday that Phil Kent would step down at the end of the year as chief executive of Turner Broadcasting, the parent of powerful cable networks CNN, TNT, TBS and Cartoon. Replacing Kent is John Martin, currently the chief financial officer of Turner parent Time Warner Inc. Unlike Kent, Martin will not be based at Turner's Atlanta headquarters but instead will remain primarily in New York.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Time Warner Inc. is overhauling the leadership at its Turner Broadcasting unit. Phil Kent, the longtime chief executive officer of Turner Broadcasting will give up that title in 2014, and John Martin, currently chief financial officer of Time Warner, will take over. Kent will stay on as chairman until his contract is up at the end of next year. There had been rumblings for several months that the move was in the works, but Time Warner had repeatedly denied that was the case. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times The low-key Kent has spent more than 20 years at Turner, and it was no secret that he was likely to leave when his current deal ended.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2013 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
Announcements of a well-funded research project at a major university often elicit, welcome or not, professional and amateur advice. But those messages usually don't recount a dead cat's spirit flitting into the afterlife. UC Riverside philosophy professor John Martin Fischer has been besieged with hundreds of such unusual missives for the last few months as word spread that he had won a $5-million grant to study something that, in the end, is probably unknowable: immortality. Under his direction, scientists and theologians will be digging into such mysteries as whether humans should even aspire to eternal life in this world or another - and whether everlasting might just prove to be ever-boring.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 2010 | Sandy Banks
They seemed to me at first an unlikely duo. Michael Wainwright is tough-talking and streetwise, with a frenetic sort of energy and a pipeline to summer jobs in Watts. His South Los Angeles rep is rooted in a resume that includes a college degree and a prison term. John Martin is an easygoing retiree, a charming, glad-handing networking whiz whose business career includes video sales, online banking and operating a Mojave Desert gas station once visited by Oprah Winfrey. Still, together they have made college possible for more than two dozen South Los Angeles kids.
BOOKS
November 25, 2007 | David L. Ulin, David L. Ulin is books editor of The Times.
Charles BUKOWSKI may be a Los Angeles icon, but reading "The Pleasures of the Damned" -- the new volume of his selected poetry edited by John Martin, his longtime benefactor at Black Sparrow Press -- it's impossible not to ask some hard questions about his status and whether it is deserved.
SPORTS
May 17, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
John Martin, baseball coach at California Baptist in Riverside, has resigned to pursue other interests, the school said. Martin was 99-93 in four seasons.
BUSINESS
April 1, 1993 | Greg Johnson, Times staff writer
Silver-Plated Honor: The envelope, please. John Martin, Taco Bell's president and chief executive, recently won a Silver Plate Award at the annual presentation by the International Foodservice Manufacturers Assn. The award, given out for almost 40 years, recognizes outstanding food service operators who have made "significant" contributions to the industry. Martin won in the "Chain Fast Service" category.
BOOKS
August 29, 2004 | Charles Bukowski
we demand that our leaders possess a certain clever charm, a certain mild wisdom, but no madness, at least not madness at its best. maybe the energy is just not there anymore, maybe not only is the air polluted, maybe the brain has been poisoned, maybe the human spirit has been diluted down to a dim imitation of itself until anybody who appears half-right half-the-time is almost always accepted as our new hero-leader.
SPORTS
August 26, 2004 | BOB MIESZERSKI
When trainer John Martin runs a horse at Sacramento, bettors had best pay attention. During the last two years at the California State Fair meet, Martin has won with eight of 10 starters. And the horses that lost each finished second. Martin will have runners in three of the 10 races on today's card -- Our Magistrate and El Gran Patagon in the fourth, Fenway Flyer in the eighth and Dianas Welcome in the ninth. Our Magistrate has the best chance of success.
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