CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 1996 |
MCA's proposal to more than double the development at its Universal City property will enter a critical phase today, with the release of Los Angeles County's draft environmental impact report along with the media giant's specific plan for the project. As previously announced, MCA over the next 25 years hopes to build $3 billion worth of offices, hotels, shops, restaurants, themed attractions and production facilities. The company says the development will create 13,000 new jobs, add $1.
September 4, 1996 |
Former TriStar Pictures President Marc Platt has landed a job as the head of production at MCA Inc.'s Universal Pictures unit. Platt had been considered the preferred candidate to replace Hal Lieberman, who last month left his post as the studio's production chief to set up shop as an independent producer at MCA.
July 31, 1996 |
MCA Inc. became the latest Hollywood studio to cash in on the exploding German television market with the announcement of two agreements to sell movies and TV shows that could generate revenues of more than $2.5 billion over the next 10 years for the company. With new digital technologies vastly expanding its television channels, Germany has become a grand bazaar for studios eager to sell long-term packages of TV and movie rights. Germany is shaping up to be Europe's largest importer of U.S.
July 23, 1996 |
Two Hollywood studios are nearing agreements to sell movie and television rights packages in Germany in transactions that will likely give the Kirch Group a defining lead over rival Bertelsmann in launching digital pay TV businesses there. Sources said Monday that MCA Inc. is within days of announcing an agreement with Kirch for digital TV rights, making it the fourth major studio--after Sony, Paramount and News Corp. (the owner of Twentieth Century Fox)--to ally with Kirch.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1996 |
A plastic surgeon from Irvine is suing some of Hollywood's biggest outfits, including Steven Spielberg's company, asserting that a melody he wrote to get over the death of his baby daughter was used as the theme music for "Jurassic Park." Dr. Donald I. Altman says film composer John Williams ("Star Wars," "Indiana Jones") "intentionally or unintentionally" copied the melody that Altman composed in 1990, five years after his daughter drowned in a neighbor's pool.
May 22, 1996 |
In the latest attempt to bolster its ailing television business, MCA Inc. has bought a substantial interest in Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, a production company whose shows include "NewsRadio" and "The Jeff Foxworthy Show" on the NBC network and "The Naked Truth," which aired last season on ABC. Under the deal, MCA will also buy half interest in Brillstein-Grey's fledgling movie operation, which next month will release "The Cable Guy," starring Jim Carrey.
May 19, 1996 |
On a shelf in Yoji Yamamoto's office sits a binder with the instructions for reproducing Woody Woodpecker, right down to the correct shade of Dai Nippon paint used to color his bright red topknot. That binder is one piece of MCA Inc.'s strategy as it moves into Japan--true Mickey Mouse territory and the most lucrative foreign market of the powerful Walt Disney Co.
May 16, 1996 |
Biondi Could Get as Much as $15.5 Million From Viacom: Frank Biondi Jr., who was fired as chief executive of Viacom in January and just hired as CEO of rival MCA Inc., will be paid as part of his employment agreement calling for $2.97 million in salary and as much as $10.7 million in bonuses. He will also get options for 1 million Class B Viacom shares and $1.8 million in deferred compensation. Details were filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.