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December 2, 1988 | MICHAEL CIEPLY, Times Staff Writer
Walt Disney Co., sharply countering production cutbacks by other movie makers, said Thursday that it is forming a new film unit and plans to double its production of feature films. The new unit, Hollywood Pictures, will begin operation in February and will make about 12 movies a year by 1991, Disney said. The studio currently releases about 15 films a year, including several "picked up" from outside producers, under the Touchstone Pictures and Walt Disney Pictures labels.
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April 27, 1990 | ALAN CITRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Dick Tracy shoots his way into movie theatres this summer, his won't be the only famous name at stake. Walt Disney Co., in a bold departure, is releasing the film under the classic "Disney" banner usually reserved for such kiddie fare as "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." Loaded with double entendres and featuring Madonna in outfits provocative enough to send Bashful into cardiac arrest, "Dick Tracy" drastically stretches the boundaries of the Walt Disney Pictures formula.
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BUSINESS
April 27, 1990 | ALAN CITRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Dick Tracy shoots his way into movie theatres this summer, his won't be the only famous name at stake. Walt Disney Co., in a bold departure, is releasing the film under the classic "Disney" banner usually reserved for such kiddie fare as "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." Loaded with double entendres and featuring Madonna in outfits provocative enough to send Bashful into cardiac arrest, "Dick Tracy" drastically stretches the boundaries of the Walt Disney Pictures formula.
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April 19, 1989 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
If black film makers and white studio chiefs agree on anything in the heated debate over black opportunities in Hollywood, it's an acknowledgment that Hollywood is an extraordinarily white world. Several studios have black vice presidents, scattered throughout finance, business affairs, publicity or development areas. But a list of the Heavy 100 in Hollywood would display barely a handful of black faces. As film director Spike Lee bluntly put it: "You really get the feeling that white people think (blacks)
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April 19, 1989 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
If black film makers and white studio chiefs agree on anything in the heated debate over black opportunities in Hollywood, it's an acknowledgment that Hollywood is an extraordinarily white world. Several studios have black vice presidents, scattered throughout finance, business affairs, publicity or development areas. But a list of the Heavy 100 in Hollywood would display barely a handful of black faces. As film director Spike Lee bluntly put it: "You really get the feeling that white people think (blacks)
BUSINESS
January 27, 1986
Walt Disney Pictures, Burbank, named Ricardo Mestres senior vice president-production. He joined Disney in 1984 as vice president-production after holding the same post at Paramount Pictures Corp.
BUSINESS
July 16, 1993
Moving up: MCA Records is promoting Ron Oberman, who joined the company in January, to executive vice president of A&R. Oberman began at MCA as senior vice president of A&R, moving over to the company from Columbia Records. At Columbia, Oberman worked with such acts as the Bangles, Warrant and Toad the Wet Sprocket. Hollywood Pictures promoted three executives--Scott Immergut, Gail Lyon and Jay Stern--to vice presidents of production. They will report to Hollywood President Ricardo Mestres.
BUSINESS
June 14, 1994
As expected, Walt Disney Co. has named publishing executive Michael Lynton president of its Hollywood Pictures division. He succeeds Ricardo Mestres, who resigned in April. Lynton's appointment is unusual because of his lack of background in the film business. For the last three years, he has been senior vice president of Disney Publishing Group, where he has overseen Disney's domestic publishing operations, including Hyperion Books.
BUSINESS
August 6, 1996
There's one less Michael at Disney. Michael Lynton, president of Walt Disney Co.'s Hollywood Pictures unit for two years, will return to the New York publishing business as chairman and chief executive of book giant Penguin Group. Lynton's departure, which was expected, comes amid a sweeping reorganization of Disney's film operation, in which Hollywood Pictures will no longer be involved in the production of films as part of a long-term plan to trim the number of Disney live-action releases.
BUSINESS
December 2, 1988 | MICHAEL CIEPLY, Times Staff Writer
Walt Disney Co., sharply countering production cutbacks by other movie makers, said Thursday that it is forming a new film unit and plans to double its production of feature films. The new unit, Hollywood Pictures, will begin operation in February and will make about 12 movies a year by 1991, Disney said. The studio currently releases about 15 films a year, including several "picked up" from outside producers, under the Touchstone Pictures and Walt Disney Pictures labels.
BUSINESS
October 8, 1996
Susan Frank has been named executive vice president of marketing and promotion for Fox Kids Networks Worldwide. Frank had been senior vice president at Hanna-Barbera Cartoons Inc. * Danny Kaye has been named vice president of marketing research for Universal Studios Consumer Products Group. * Randolph M. Blotky has been appointed executive vice president of Warner Bros.' worldwide consumer products. * Dennis Brown has been appointed vice president of production for ABC Pictures. * Bradford W.
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