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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 1996
Re "Ovitz to Leave Disney After Rocky Year as President," Dec. 13: It will be interesting if the $90-million severance package that Michael Ovitz "earned" for 14 months of work will come out of [Disney Chairman] Michael Eisner's next enormous bonus. Or, is this yet another example of no-fault management so prevalent in American business? One wonders why someone is paid $90 million if the unidentified source in the article is correct when he stated entertainment executives are "deified more than they should be when the truth is one management guy doesn't make that much difference."
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NEWS
February 8, 2013 | By Booth Moore
NEW YORK -- Kimberly Ovitz, the daughter of Hollywood power player Michael Ovitz, showed her fall-winter 2013 collection Thursday afternoon at New York Fashion Week. The setting was the now-vacant Cafe Rouge, site of historic performances by such jazz legends as Count Basie and Duke Ellington, which the designer chose because of its history and rustic feel. Ovitz moved her business from Los Angeles to New York about a year and a half ago. The look: Otherworldly warrior princess.
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BUSINESS
August 15, 1995
Selected statements over the years from Michael Ovitz: "This country is poised to set the standards around the world for information and entertainment services.... A mega-industry is coming, but a lot of ideas are just ideas because no one's been able to find critical mass or a marketplace." --On the Information Age, at a 1994 entertainment industry conference * "Every time we get involved in consulting for a company ... there are accompanying rumors....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2010 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Rivers represented Kevin Costner, Richard Dreyfuss and Oliver Stone. He helped organize events for Seeds for Peace, the Magic Johnson Foundation and the Rock the Vote initiative. Veteran Hollywood publicist and political activist Stephen M. Rivers died Tuesday after a lengthy bout with prostate cancer. He was 55. Over the span of his publicity career, Rivers represented some of the most recognizable names in entertainment, including director and actor Kevin Costner, actor Richard Dreyfuss, director Oliver Stone, playwright Anna Deavere Smith, actress Jane Fonda and former super-agent Michael Ovitz.
BUSINESS
November 11, 2001
I've averted my eyes from "The Shrinking Empire of Michael Ovitz" [Oct. 28]. Why does Mike Ovitz deserve any ink? It's as bad as more Madonna programming on VH1. Eric Spies Santa Monica
BUSINESS
March 21, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
Michael Ovitz has settled a suit seeking as much as $10 million brought by the top executive at his shuttered Artists Management Group television unit. Eric Tannenbaum claimed that the Hollywood agent lured him away from his job as president of Sony Corp.'s Columbia TriStar Television by falsely claiming that the TV unit had a $1-billion line of credit. The parties reached their agreement within the last two weeks, Tannenbaum's attorney said.
BUSINESS
May 31, 1995 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Management succession at MCA Inc. and the future of Seagram Co.'s stake in Time Warner Inc. will be the top issues at Seagram's annual meeting today. Foremost among the questions that investors and analysts hope Seagram President and Chief Executive Edgar Bronfman Jr. will address is whether talent agent Michael Ovitz will be appointed to head MCA.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2007 | S. Irene Virbila
After months of construction, Michael Ovitz, the former uber-agent and Disney executive, has opened Kumo, a high-end sushi restaurant in the former Citrine (and before that, a number of other restaurants) space. Seems karma, the good kind, doesn't lie thick on the ground at the Melrose Avenue address. But the neighborhood has certainly changed around, as rug and antique stores have given way to elegant boutiques.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 19, 1989 | NINA J. EASTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For years, former clients and agents of Creative Artists Agency, considered the most powerful talent agency in Hollywood, have privately complained that agency president Michael Ovitz and his underlings have threatened to damage the careers of those who defect. Now one of Hollywood's top screenwriters, Joe Eszterhas, has documented his own allegations in a four-page letter to Ovitz, a copy of which was obtained by The Times this week.
NEWS
August 11, 1998 | JAMES BATES and PATRICK PACHECO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Flamboyant theater impresario Garth Drabinsky and a top colleague were suspended Monday after "serious irregularities" were uncovered in the financial records of Livent Inc., one of Broadway's top producers, now controlled by onetime Hollywood superagent Michael Ovitz. Livent's suspension of its founder and creative force shook the theater world, and came after a new Ovitz-picked management team began raising questions late last week about Livent's financial practices.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson
Michael S. Rosenfeld, a talent agent and producer who was one of the founding partners of Creative Artists Agency, has died. He was 75. Rosenfeld died Thursday of respiratory failure at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center after a long illness, the agency announced. "He enjoyed an exemplary career as a talent agent," the agency said in a statement. "He played an important role in the growth and success of CAA, and prided himself on starting the agency's literary department." In 1975, Rosenfeld and four other successful middle-management executives with the William Morris Agency left to form Creative Artists Agency, which would become a talent agency powerhouse.
BUSINESS
July 26, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Ex-Walt Disney Co. president and Hollywood power broker Michael Ovitz settled a multimillion-dollar lawsuit involving online business opportunities that he filed against billionaire supermarket mogul Ronald W. Burkle, an attorney said. A resolution was reached last weekend, Eric M. George, who represents Ovitz, said Thursday. He declined to reveal terms. Trial had been scheduled to begin Aug. 4. A call to attorney Russell F. Sauer, who represents Burkle, was not returned Friday.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2008 | Rachel Abramowitz, Times Staff Writer
Editor's note: Rachel Abramowitz will be periodically checking in on the trial of Anthony Pellicano -- former private eye to the stars, who faces 79 counts of racketeering, wiretapping, conspiracy and other federal charges -- and writing about what the case means to Hollywood. -- Each day the trial goes on, it becomes clearer that Anthony Pellicano was Hollywood's favorite rage-aholic enabler. Got a grudge? Call Pellicano. Want to destroy a former wife? Call Pellicano. Feeling hostile?
BUSINESS
March 28, 2008 | Alana Semuels, Times Staff Writer
Former Walt Disney Co. president and Hollywood agent Michael Ovitz won a legal victory over billionaire investor Ron Burkle in a Los Angeles courtroom Thursday. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Soussan Bruguera granted motions for summary judgment, preventing Burkle's claims against Ovitz stemming from two failed Internet ventures from going forward.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2008 | Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles police officer on Anthony Pellicano's payroll plumbed law enforcement databases for confidential information on two reporters after Hollywood super-agent Michael Ovitz told the private eye he believed the journalists had written negative stories about him, federal prosecutors alleged in court papers released on Friday.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2007 | S. Irene Virbila
After months of construction, Michael Ovitz, the former uber-agent and Disney executive, has opened Kumo, a high-end sushi restaurant in the former Citrine (and before that, a number of other restaurants) space. Seems karma, the good kind, doesn't lie thick on the ground at the Melrose Avenue address. But the neighborhood has certainly changed around, as rug and antique stores have given way to elegant boutiques.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 2006 | Andrew Blankstein and Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writers
A former Los Angeles Times reporter has alleged in a civil lawsuit that onetime Hollywood power broker Michael Ovitz participated with indicted private investigator Anthony Pellicano and others to intimidate and threaten her. The former reporter, Anita M.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2006 | Diane Haithman
A collection of about 90 photos that once adorned the walls of Michael Ovitz's now-defunct Artists Management Group will be auctioned in New York this month at Phillips de Pury & Co.'s fall photography sale.
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