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September 10, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Rich Cronin, the lead singer and songwriter for the band LFO who wrote the catchy 1999 hit "Summer Girls" — in which he rapped about Abercrombie and Fitch — has died of complications of leukemia. He was 36. Cronin, who was diagnosed with the disease five years ago, died Wednesday at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, said Melissa Holland, his business partner. He wrote "Summer Girls," the boy band's most popular song, after touring Europe with LFO and performing pop songs that he said he didn't really believe in. Depressed and "ready to call it quits," he later said, he penned the pop culture mash-up that showcased a penchant for offbeat wordplay.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Rich Cronin, the lead singer and songwriter for the band LFO who wrote the catchy 1999 hit "Summer Girls" — in which he rapped about Abercrombie and Fitch — has died of complications of leukemia. He was 36. Cronin, who was diagnosed with the disease five years ago, died Wednesday at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, said Melissa Holland, his business partner. He wrote "Summer Girls," the boy band's most popular song, after touring Europe with LFO and performing pop songs that he said he didn't really believe in. Depressed and "ready to call it quits," he later said, he penned the pop culture mash-up that showcased a penchant for offbeat wordplay.
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BUSINESS
May 3, 2001 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Game Show Network on Wednesday named cable veteran Rich Cronin president and chief executive, replacing Michael Fleming, who has headed the cable channel since its 1994 launch. Cronin, former president and chief executive of the Fox Family Channel and Fox Kids Network, is the first management change since Sony Pictures Entertainment sold a 50% stake in the network in February to Liberty Digital Inc.
BUSINESS
May 3, 2001 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Game Show Network on Wednesday named cable veteran Rich Cronin president and chief executive, replacing Michael Fleming, who has headed the cable channel since its 1994 launch. Cronin, former president and chief executive of the Fox Family Channel and Fox Kids Network, is the first management change since Sony Pictures Entertainment sold a 50% stake in the network in February to Liberty Digital Inc.
BUSINESS
May 24, 1997 | MARLA MATZER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Rich Cronin, president of Nick at Nite's TV Land, can roll with the punches. As the man in charge of MTV Network's newest and fastest-growing channel, Cronin is trying to make a household name out of the year-old, 24-hour cable channel devoted to rerunning shows from the '50s, '60s, '70s and '80s. TV Land was launched on April 29, 1996, with 5 million subscribers and a simulcast on Nick at Nite.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 2005
Grammy deal: The Grammy Awards will continue on CBS at least through 2011 under terms of a contract extension announced Monday by the network and the Recording Academy. * In the works: Calling it "a fresh spin on a great classic game show," GSN President Rich Cronin said his network is making a pilot for a new version of "I've Got a Secret," with an all-gay panel. * Remembering Vandross: Celine Dion, Mary J.
BUSINESS
February 5, 1998 | MARLA MATZER
Former Viacom executive Rich Cronin will become president and chief executive of Fox Kids Network and Fox Family Channel on July 1, following a New York Supreme Court judge's preliminary ruling Wednesday that he could not start before his contract expires with Viacom's MTV Networks. Cronin and Fox Kids Worldwide still face a lawsuit from Viacom alleging breach of contract.
BUSINESS
October 11, 2001 | Bloomberg News
Fox Family Worldwide, which is being purchased by Walt Disney Co., faces a $12.7-million breach-of-contract lawsuit from the former president of the children's cable-TV network. Rich Cronin claims he was never allowed to exercise his lucrative stock-option package when he was fired from Fox Family in May 2000. Cronin claims in his lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, that stock options lured him from Viacom Inc.'s TV Land network in July 1998.
BUSINESS
October 23, 1997 | MARLA MATZER
Viacom's MTV Networks said Wednesday that the company had fired Nick at Nite's TV Land President Rich Cronin after learning that Cronin had signed a contract to work for Fox Kids Worldwide immediately after his MTV contract expires in July 1998. TV Land's No. 2 executive, marketing veteran Larry W. Jones, was named to replace Cronin. Jones has the new title of general manager of TV Land. Cronin was a 13-year veteran of MTV Networks.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 2003 | Roy Rivenburg, Times Staff Writer
Finally, a candidate debate that won't put everyone to sleep. On Oct. 1, five of California's top gubernatorial hopefuls will match wits on "Who Wants to Be Governor of California? The Debating Game." The one-hour special will air on the Game Show Network and will feature candidates choosing questions from various categories ("I'll take 'The Death Penalty' for 20 points") and racing through an obstacle course that might include a swarm of lobbyists carrying briefcases stuffed with bills.
BUSINESS
May 24, 1997 | MARLA MATZER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Rich Cronin, president of Nick at Nite's TV Land, can roll with the punches. As the man in charge of MTV Network's newest and fastest-growing channel, Cronin is trying to make a household name out of the year-old, 24-hour cable channel devoted to rerunning shows from the '50s, '60s, '70s and '80s. TV Land was launched on April 29, 1996, with 5 million subscribers and a simulcast on Nick at Nite.
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November 21, 1997 | MARLA MATZER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Fox Kids Network said Thursday that Margaret Loesch, founding president of the 7-year-old programming block on News Corp.'s Fox network, has resigned. Loesch is given much of the credit for turning Fox Kids into one of the biggest successes in children's television. The move comes at a time of heightened competition for Fox Kids, as ABC and the WB Network challenge Fox's Saturday morning dominance.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2007 | Maria Elena Fernandez
Here we are again. Same TV critics. Same networks. Different ballroom. We at the semiannual Television Critics Assn. Press Tour have traded the ritzy Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Spa in Pasadena for the posh 90210 Beverly Hilton. We like this. Sprinkles Cupcakes is within walking distance. Maybe we will run into Paris Hilton. In the meantime, we are at full attention at a PBS session about words, pegged to "Wordplay" and an "Independent Lens" documentary for the fall about crossword puzzles.
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