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May 5, 2012 | By Richard Cromelin, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It had only been a few years since Adam Yauch had found fame as the in-your-face rapper and bass player MCA in the transgressive, boundary-breaking trio the Beastie Boys. But in 1992 he was searching for something else, traveling in Nepal to snowboard and pursue a growing interest in Buddhism when he came upon a group of Tibetan refugees. The encounter intensified his interest in the teachings of the Dalai Lama, and he was soon one of the world's leading advocates for the cause of Tibetan independence.
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August 10, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
The Beastie Boys' breakout debut, 1986's “Licensed to Ill,” is an undeniable classic. Just don't expect to see “Brass Monkey” -- or any other Beastie Boys track, for that matter -- licensed to sell a product. Adam "MCA" Yauch, the group's fallen member, has forbidden the use of his music and “artistic property” to be used in advertisements, according to Rolling Stone, which obtained a copy of his will. It was filed on Tuesday in Manhattan Surrogate court. RELATED: Adam Yauch appreciation: A Beastie Boy tamed by age and wisdom "Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, in no event may my image or name or any music or any artistic property created by me be used for advertising purposes," the will reads.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 1992 | RANDY LEWIS
Thought-provoking is a description that applies to few country acts these days, but this Miami band is one of those few. Looking beyond the insular world of just-you-and-me-babe, the Mavericks comment intelligently and forcefully on such topics as America's disillusioned ("Mr. Jones") and Cuba's refugees (the title tune). Traveling the socially aware road, the Mavericks are bravely stepping where too many country colleagues fear to tread.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2012 | By Richard Cromelin, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It had only been a few years since Adam Yauch had found fame as the in-your-face rapper and bass player MCA in the transgressive, boundary-breaking trio the Beastie Boys. But in 1992 he was searching for something else, traveling in Nepal to snowboard and pursue a growing interest in Buddhism when he came upon a group of Tibetan refugees. The encounter intensified his interest in the teachings of the Dalai Lama, and he was soon one of the world's leading advocates for the cause of Tibetan independence.
BUSINESS
February 3, 1987 | KATHRYN HARRIS, Times Staff Writer
Despite industry speculation, GenCorp and MCA said Monday that they're not discussing a reduction in the price of GenCorp's WOR-TV, the New Jersey television station that MCA agreed last year to acquire for $387 million. One published report said MCA might seek a lower price because of a slump in national advertising and other problems besetting independent TV stations. "If they are, we'd like to get some communication from them," said Joseph Leyden, assistant to GenCorp President A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 1994
Please stop the late bid to relocate the Metro Red Line station from the previously accepted location on Lankershim Boulevard. A site half a mile east in Cahuenga Pass, with all its inherent traffic congestion and access problems as well as air quality problems with the arrival of 26 buses an hour, is not a sound plan. It would be great for MCA-Universal, and the worst thing for the community it is intended to serve. I am dismayed by the campaign of misinformation and distortion being waged by MCA-Universal with no regard to the transportation needs and convenience of the community.
BUSINESS
May 7, 1986 | Wm. K. KNOEDELSEDER Jr., Times Staff Writer
MCA announced Tuesday that it intends to acquire all of the stock in three entertainment-related firms partly owned by MCA Records President Irving Azoff and to sign a new, long-term contract with the record executive. In acquiring the firms, MCA gets a talent management firm that handles such popular recording artists as Don Henley, Jimmy Buffett, Stevie Nicks and Heart; a small record label whose most successful artists are Dan Fogelberg and Chicago, and a merchandising firm.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 1995
The question posed by your headline "Fallout From MCA Expansion Plan--Benefit or Blight?" (Valley Commentary, April 30) is answered simply--both benefit and blight are received, but in differing degrees. The banner of "new jobs" is becoming a catchword to stir our patriotism and brand those in opposition as anti-family or left-wing extremists . . . you know, the feared "radical environmentalists." If you are against jobs, you must want to outlaw apple pie and moms. Fact is though, the harm done by further expansion will far outweigh the benefit of the jobs MCA alleges it will create.
BUSINESS
February 20, 1985 | KATHRYN HARRIS
MCA Inc. on Tuesday reported a 35% decline in net income for 1984, despite record revenue. The Universal City-based company blamed the "very disappointing results" of its motion picture releases for the earnings decline. For the fourth quarter ended last Dec. 31, MCA reported net income of $18.58 million, down 25% from the same period the year before. The filmed entertainment division posted an operating loss of $2.
BUSINESS
September 17, 1987 | KATHRYN HARRIS, Times Staff Writer
MCA, already building its second studio tour attraction in the United States, confirmed Wednesday that it is planning to build a major theme park in Europe but provided no other details. "We are going to do something in Europe," said Charles S. Paul, the MCA vice president who oversees new acquisitions for the entertainment conglomerate.
SPORTS
May 4, 2012 | By Mark Medina
In honor of the late MCA, grab a Brass Monkey and join the Lakers chat below!  
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 2009 | Dennis McLellan
Berle Adams, a onetime big-band booking agent who co-founded Mercury Records in the 1940s and later became a senior executive at MCA before launching his own successful business as an international television program sales representative and distributor, has died. He was 92. Adams, who had been ailing during the last year, died Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said Ken Kleinberg, his son-in-law. "One of the things that's exciting and fortuitous about his life is he rose to great stature during a period when the music business was young and the television business was young," said Kleinberg, an entertainment lawyer.
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January 13, 2006 | Meg James
Former MCA Records President Jay Boberg plans to announce today that he is launching a Los Angeles-based firm, Liberation Entertainment, with a library of films; 2,500 hours of television; and music footage, such as performances by Louis Armstrong and Tom Petty. The library had been owned by Liberty International. Boberg acquired it with financing from private equity firm Clarity Partners. Boberg separately struck a deal with Genius Products to handle DVD distribution. -- Meg James
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
Louis N. Friedland, a former president and chairman of entertainment conglomerate MCA's television division who helped pioneer syndicated programming, has died. He was 92. Friedland died Wednesday in New Hyde Park, N.Y., of respiratory failure, said his son, Eric. The Brooklyn-born Friedland joined MCA, formerly known as the Music Corp. of America, in 1952 and remained a consultant long after his retirement in 1986. He worked closely with company Chairman Lew Wasserman.
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December 2, 2004 | Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writer
Albert A. Dorskind, the former MCA executive who created the popular Universal Studios tour and spearheaded construction of Universal City, including its amphitheater and multiscreen motion picture complex, has died. He was 82. Dorskind, who was vice president of MCA Inc. and president of MCA Development Corp., died Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after a long battle with prostate cancer, said his son, Jim.
BUSINESS
June 10, 2003 | Jeff Leeds, Times Staff Writer
The Grim Reaper finally paid a visit to Vivendi Universal's MCA Records, often derided as the "Music Cemetery of America." Universal Music executives began a long-rumored reorganization of the Santa Monica-based label, issuing pink slips to 50 to 100 employees and preparing to slash acts from its roster, according to sources familiar with the situation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 1985 | MARC IGLER, Times Staff Writer
A Woodland Hills man who police said was a "key player" in an embezzlement scheme that bilked MCA Inc. out of nearly $300,000 was in jail Thursday after more than $250,000 worth of cocaine was seized in a search of a storage locker he was renting, authorities said.
BUSINESS
April 29, 1995 | JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The proposed merger between movie theater giants Cineplex Odeon Corp. and Cinemark USA--which would be the largest combination in movie exhibition history--is on shaky ground. Both companies confirmed on Friday that the deal has been clouded by Seagram Co.'s plan to buy 80% of MCA Inc. MCA owns 42% of Cineplex, while the Charles R. Bronfman Trust owns 26%. Seagram is controlled by the Bronfman family. MCA would own 23% of the newly merged company while the Bronfman trust would own nearly 15%.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 8, 2003 | James Bates, Times Staff Writer
It's fitting that the most candid revelation from the late Hollywood mogul Lew R. Wasserman in Connie Bruck's new biography, "When Hollywood Had a King," is Wasserman's admission that the dumbest thing he ever did was selling his beloved MCA Inc. to a Japanese electronics company in 1990. As someone who throughout his life was Hollywood's sphinx, Wasserman's confession is significant.
BUSINESS
January 17, 2003 | Jeff Leeds, Times Staff Writer
Jay Boberg abruptly quit Thursday as president of Vivendi Universal's MCA Records, becoming a casualty of the music industry's deep sales slump. Universal Music Group also realigned its management structure, putting MCA under the direction of Jimmy Iovine, who heads the larger Interscope Geffen A&M division. The company said MCA promotion chief Craig Lambert would run the label and report to Iovine until Boberg is replaced.
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