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March 10, 1991 | NINA J. EASTON and ALAN CITRON, Nina J. Easton and Alan Citron are Times staff writers.
Peter Guber and Jon Peters were determined to acquire a fleet of corporate jets for Columbia Pictures Entertainment that would rival that of Warner Bros., where they had last made their home. Fine, the word came back from Sony headquarters in Tokyo, but the planes were to be used for internal corporate purposes, not jetting stars around the country like their idol, Warners chief Steve Ross, was fond of doing. Impossible, said Columbia's co-chairmen in Culver City. Who was going to tell director Ivan Reitman to find another way to get his family to Canada?
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BUSINESS
May 10, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
The ownership records of this property read like a “Who's Who” in Hollywood. Actress Kate Jackson sold the place to saxophonist Kenny G in 1990. Tennis champ Pete Sampras sold it to film producer Jon Peters in 2004. Now the Westside home is on the market at $4.995 million. The Traditional-style house, built in 1976, sits on 1.5 landscaped acres with a tennis court, a swimming pool, a spa, patios and lawns. The living has vaulted ceilings and a fireplace, the family room contains a bar and the master suite features dual bathrooms and closets for a total of four bedrooms, five bathrooms and 5,076 square feet of living space.
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BUSINESS
May 10, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
The ownership records of this property read like a “Who's Who” in Hollywood. Actress Kate Jackson sold the place to saxophonist Kenny G in 1990. Tennis champ Pete Sampras sold it to film producer Jon Peters in 2004. Now the Westside home is on the market at $4.995 million. The Traditional-style house, built in 1976, sits on 1.5 landscaped acres with a tennis court, a swimming pool, a spa, patios and lawns. The living has vaulted ceilings and a fireplace, the family room contains a bar and the master suite features dual bathrooms and closets for a total of four bedrooms, five bathrooms and 5,076 square feet of living space.
SPORTS
March 28, 2012 | By Steve Zeitchik
Peter Guber is bringing some Hollywood flash, and drama, to the Dodgers. A longtime player in film and television, Guber, 70, has had a hand in some of the best-known movies of the last four decades — including "Batman," "Rain Man" and "Midnight Express" — but also has a checkered record, stemming primarily from his troubled tenure as head of Sony Pictures. Guber and Magic Johnson have joined forces before, including on the Dayton, Ohio, single-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, which they continue to own. Guber also once owned the Dodgers' triple-A affiliate when it was located in Las Vegas.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 8, 2006 | From City News Service
A former personal assistant has sued "Superman Returns" producer Jon Peters, alleging she was forced to quit her job because he sexually harassed her, including exposing himself to her and her 3-year-old daughter. Shelly Morita filed her lawsuit in L.A. Superior Court this week, alleging hostile work environment, failure to prevent sexual harassment and constructive termination. She is seeking unspecified damages. Representatives for Peters could not be reached for comment.
BUSINESS
May 9, 1991 | ALAN CITRON and NINA J. EASTON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Jon Peters, the mercurial movie producer hired as co-chairman of Columbia Pictures Entertainment two years ago in one of the richest and messiest deals in Hollywood history, relinquished his post Wednesday to establish an independent production company. Peters is expected to develop film, television and music projects under an exclusive deal with Columbia's parent company, Sony Corp.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 1991 | NINA EASTON and ALAN CITRON
Anyone who spends much time around Jon Peters will probably hear his "I Have a Dream" speech. It usually begins with something like, "You see, I'm the dreamer, Peter's the insider." Then he segues into how he's fought the odds to make all his past dreams come true, and it ends with a description of his current fancy, Sonyland.
BUSINESS
October 14, 1989 | KATHRYN HARRIS, KATHRYN HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A tug-of-war between Sony Corp. and Warner Bros. for the movie-making talents of Peter Guber and Jon Peters turned nastier Friday as Warner filed a $1-billion lawsuit accusing Sony of unlawfully recruiting the producers to run Columbia Pictures Entertainment while under contract to Warner.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 1989 | NINA J. EASTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After two months of haggling with Warner Bros. over their exclusive production contract with that studio, producers Peter Guber and Jon Peters are finally free to take over Sony's newly purchased Columbia Pictures. And they're hitting the ground running. Already they've talked about the corporate jets they will order. Plans are in the works to build a gym and day-care center and to spruce up the executive offices at Columbia Pictures' new home at the former MGM lot in Culver City.
BOOKS
June 16, 1996 | Steven Bach, Steven Bach is the author of "Final Cut" and "Marlene Dietrich: Life and Legend." His forthcoming biography of Moss Hart will be published by Knopf
"Hit and Run" is such a page-turner that it seems petty to quibble about the subtitle co-authors Nancy Griffin and Kim Masters chose for it: "How Jon Peters and Peter Guber Took Sony for a Ride in Hollywood." It's not that the book doesn't deliver what the subtitle promises; it does, with the satisfying jolt of a front-end collision. It's that the story the authors tell in their efficient, journalistic prose is larger than Guber and Peters.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 8, 2006 | From City News Service
A former personal assistant has sued "Superman Returns" producer Jon Peters, alleging she was forced to quit her job because he sexually harassed her, including exposing himself to her and her 3-year-old daughter. Shelly Morita filed her lawsuit in L.A. Superior Court this week, alleging hostile work environment, failure to prevent sexual harassment and constructive termination. She is seeking unspecified damages. Representatives for Peters could not be reached for comment.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 2006 | Robert W. Welkos, Times Staff Writer
This summer, moviegoers will flock to theaters to see the Man of Steel battle archnemesis Lex Luthor in "Superman Returns." But the $200-million-plus comic book extravaganza also marks another drama-filled return: the reemergence of movie producer Jon Peters. He was the onetime hairdresser whose romance with Barbra Streisand led to an almost unfathomable ascent to blockbuster producer and then studio power broker. His messy 1991 departure as co-chairman of Columbia Pictures Entertainment Inc.
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September 15, 1996 | Verlyn Klinkenborg, Verlyn Klinkenborg is the author of "Making Hay" and "The Last Fine Time." His last poece for the magazine was a profile of Martha Stewart. He lives in Housatonic, Mass., and considers himself a consummate Hollywood outsider
The following letter was found several weeks ago in a Federal Express box placed on the desk of a New York publicist who had gone out to lunch and who has asked to remain unidentified. (The air bill was missing). Besides this letter, which is written on paper of mid-19th century manufacture, the box also contained decrepit galleys of three books: "Hello, He Lied--and Other Truths From the Hollywood Trenches," by Lynda Obst; "The Vipers' Club," by John H.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 1996 | JOE ESZTERHAS, Joe Eszterhas is a screenwriter
I have a simple rule of thumb when I assess a book that mentions me. I see how accurate the book's account is of me and then assume that the rest of the book is as accurate . . . or not. On that basis, I have serious doubts about Nancy Griffin and Kim Masters' "Hit & Run: How Jon Peters and Peter Guber Took Sony for a Ride in Hollywood" ("A Hit With the Industry Insiders," Calendar, June 20). The authors state that my fee for writing the script "Gangland" was $1.6 million. It was not.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 1996 | JUDY BRENNAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If you don't believe that Hollywood wants to know the dirt about Hollywood, check out the goings-on the other day at Brentano's Books in Century City: A theater-chain executive went to the store to buy Hollywood's latest industry tell-all, "Hit & Run: How Jon Peters and Peter Guber Took Sony for a Ride in Hollywood," by Nancy Griffin and Kim Masters. "I see Leslie Nielsen in there doing a book signing on his golf book," the executive said.
BOOKS
June 16, 1996 | Steven Bach, Steven Bach is the author of "Final Cut" and "Marlene Dietrich: Life and Legend." His forthcoming biography of Moss Hart will be published by Knopf
"Hit and Run" is such a page-turner that it seems petty to quibble about the subtitle co-authors Nancy Griffin and Kim Masters chose for it: "How Jon Peters and Peter Guber Took Sony for a Ride in Hollywood." It's not that the book doesn't deliver what the subtitle promises; it does, with the satisfying jolt of a front-end collision. It's that the story the authors tell in their efficient, journalistic prose is larger than Guber and Peters.
SPORTS
April 23, 1989
Jon Peters, unbeaten in his high school baseball career at Brenham (Tex.) High School, won his 50th consecutive game, tying the national prep record for consecutive pitching victories. Peters struck out 12 and retired the last 15 batters as Brenham defeated Katy Taylor, 3-1. The victory tied him with Timmy Moore of McCall, S.C., who won 50 straight from 1978-80.
NEWS
October 30, 1995
In the news: Jenny Church, on Sunday's end of daylight-saving time: "Newt Gingrich went around and set all the clocks back. Sixty years." Jay Leno, on Dan Quayle saying Colin Powell might not be a very good President because when the chips are down, Powell might not be willing to go on the offensive: "You all remember, when Powell was hiding in Vietnam, Quayle was bravely protecting the Dairy Queen in Bloomington, Ind."
BUSINESS
March 8, 1994
Producer Jon Peters' return to Warner Bros. has happened sooner rather than later. Warner Chairman Robert A. Daly and President Terry Semel announced Monday that Peters has signed an exclusive joint venture agreement to develop movies and other projects at the Burbank-based studio. Under the terms of the five-year deal, Peters is also expected to bring outside financing to the table. Peters co-produced "Batman," Warner's highest-grossing movie of all time, before moving to Sony Pictures in 1989.
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