January 27, 1994 |
Republic Chief Confirms He Is Leaving: Russell Goldsmith confirmed a report, published in The Times, that he will leave the company soon rather than run the combined Republic Pictures and Spelling Entertainment when the two companies are merged in a few weeks. Goldsmith said he will continue to serve as a consultant to video rental giant Blockbuster Entertainment, which will control the merged companies. Goldsmith is leaving in the wake of Blockbuster's $8.4-billion merger with Viacom Inc.
January 26, 1994 |
Russell Goldsmith is abruptly leaving as head of Republic Pictures, perhaps as early as this week, sources said Tuesday. In a separate Hollywood personnel change, Michael Nathanson, a longtime Columbia Pictures executive who became embroiled in controversy at the peak of the Heidi Fleiss scandal last year, is leaving the studio. He most likely will join film producer New Regency Productions, sources said. Goldsmith's move was prompted by the $8.
June 30, 1993 |
Republic Pictures Corp. is entering the children's home video market by linking up with the Children's Television Workshop to distribute such shows as "3-2-1 Contact" and "Ghostwriter" made by the prestigious television programmer. But a bigger deal for Republic may be waiting in 1995. That is when an agreement expires between CTW and Random House, which currently distributes home videos of the not-for-profit company's most famous production, "Sesame Street."
January 22, 1993 |
In a move that gives it a toehold in Hollywood movie production, Blockbuster Entertainment Corp. disclosed Thursday that it will spend $25 million for a 35% stake in Republic Pictures. The investment is a further move by Blockbuster, the nation's largest video rental chain, to diversify into other entertainment-related fields. Blockbuster earlier bought 236 Music Plus and Sound Warehouse stores from Roy E.
August 26, 1992 |
Here and There: Dates have been set for the eighth annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. It will be March 4-14. . . . Republic Pictures has picked up the motion picture and TV rights to two autobiographies by Chris Sizemore and plans a sequel to the story of her life that was depicted in "The Three Faces of Eve."