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September 16, 1998 | MARLA MATZER
Former Walt Disney TV chairman Rich Frank has become chairman of Cybermeals, a San Francisco-based firm that allows consumers across the country to peruse local restaurant menus and order meals from its Web site. Frank made a large investment in Cybermeals but declined to say how much. The company (at http://www.cybermeals.
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December 2, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Alfred Masini, a pioneer of first-run syndication who created such hit television shows as "Entertainment Tonight" and "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," has died. He was 80. Masini died Monday in Honolulu from complications of melanoma, said Kristin Jackson, his publicist. "He was one of the creative forces in the development of non-network programming and a key force in helping to move the industry away from a three-network environment," Rich Frank, a former president of Disney Studios, said in a statement that called Masini "an early mentor.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Alfred Masini, a pioneer of first-run syndication who created such hit television shows as "Entertainment Tonight" and "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," has died. He was 80. Masini died Monday in Honolulu from complications of melanoma, said Kristin Jackson, his publicist. "He was one of the creative forces in the development of non-network programming and a key force in helping to move the industry away from a three-network environment," Rich Frank, a former president of Disney Studios, said in a statement that called Masini "an early mentor.
BUSINESS
September 16, 1998 | MARLA MATZER
Former Walt Disney TV chairman Rich Frank has become chairman of Cybermeals, a San Francisco-based firm that allows consumers across the country to peruse local restaurant menus and order meals from its Web site. Frank made a large investment in Cybermeals but declined to say how much. The company (at http://www.cybermeals.
BUSINESS
October 26, 1990 | JOHN LIPPMAN
Garth Ancier, president of network television production at Walt Disney Co., resigned suddenly after he clashed with senior management over what he called "autonomy issues." Ancier, 33, was only 18 months into a five-year contract at Disney. He became widely known as the first programming head at Fox Broadcasting Co. when it started in 1986. Rich Frank, president of Walt Disney Studios, said Ancier had "done a terrific job in building up the TV operation here."
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June 11, 1995 | Lucinda Irwin Smith, Lucinda Irwin Smith is the author of "Women Who Write," Volumes I & II (Simon & Schuster)
Biography is not a polite business. Any pretense of biographical etiquette was done away with long ago. Beware then, the writer who aspires fame. Heed the confidential letter, the diary confession, the hidden photograph, the discreet friend and the whispered remark. There are no secrets. Virginia Woolf was a noted biographer and critic herself. She was famous for her notorious wit and dry humor.
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May 15, 1997 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Frank Capra was the first of the Hollywood directors to have his name above the title. His populist movies championed lost causes, the inherent goodness of the common man and American values. His films lifted the spirits of audiences of the Great Depression, though cynics referred to his fable-like tales as "Capra-corn." Capra, who died in 1991, won Oscars for best director for 1934's sparkling "It Happened One Night" (Columbia TriStar, $20), 1936's "Mr.
BUSINESS
September 25, 2010 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Most popular prime-time shows aren't run by a producer and star who has to finish shooting by 6 p.m. to rush to a night job waiting tables. Then again, most shows aren't like "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. " The irreverent comedy — created by Rob McElhenney, 33, who six years ago was making ends meet by working at a restaurant — revolves around a clutch of morally challenged misfits who own a dingy bar in South Philadelphia. McElhenney and two buddies write and star in the series, which this month began its sixth season on the FX cable channel.
BUSINESS
June 9, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Disney Gives Exec New Animation Duties: Dean Valentine, president of Burbank-based Walt Disney Co. and Touchstone Television, will assume added responsibilities for television animation, in preparation for the expected departure in January of Gary Krisel, president of Walt Disney TV Animation, the company said. Krisel has said this week that he intends to leave the company when his contract expires in January and that he expects to announce a new job within days.
BUSINESS
November 21, 1990 | JOHN LIPPMAN, From Times Staff and Wire reports
Walt Disney Studios said Tuesday that it signed the husband-and-wife television writing team of Neal Marlens and Carol Black to a four-year contract to develop "a wide range of projects." Marlens and Black created "The Wonder Years" and originally produced "Growing Pains," both on ABC. The couple has a commitment for three more series at ABC.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 1997 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Frank Capra was the first of the Hollywood directors to have his name above the title. His populist movies championed lost causes, the inherent goodness of the common man and American values. His films lifted the spirits of audiences of the Great Depression, though cynics referred to his fable-like tales as "Capra-corn." Capra, who died in 1991, won Oscars for best director for 1934's sparkling "It Happened One Night" (Columbia TriStar, $20), 1936's "Mr.
BOOKS
June 11, 1995 | Lucinda Irwin Smith, Lucinda Irwin Smith is the author of "Women Who Write," Volumes I & II (Simon & Schuster)
Biography is not a polite business. Any pretense of biographical etiquette was done away with long ago. Beware then, the writer who aspires fame. Heed the confidential letter, the diary confession, the hidden photograph, the discreet friend and the whispered remark. There are no secrets. Virginia Woolf was a noted biographer and critic herself. She was famous for her notorious wit and dry humor.
BUSINESS
October 26, 1990 | JOHN LIPPMAN
Garth Ancier, president of network television production at Walt Disney Co., resigned suddenly after he clashed with senior management over what he called "autonomy issues." Ancier, 33, was only 18 months into a five-year contract at Disney. He became widely known as the first programming head at Fox Broadcasting Co. when it started in 1986. Rich Frank, president of Walt Disney Studios, said Ancier had "done a terrific job in building up the TV operation here."
BUSINESS
March 19, 2004 | James Bates, Times Staff Writer
Former top Walt Disney Co. TV executive Rich Frank is joining the Firm entertainment company as chairman of the board, folding his Integrated Entertainment Partners venture into the business. Founder Jeff Kwatinetz will continue as chief executive, with Kwatinetz and partner Rick Yorn sharing a chairman's title. Julie Yorn will head Firm Films. Before starting his most recent venture, Frank was chairman of C3, a production company started by Comcast Corp.
BUSINESS
January 30, 1992 | JOHN LIPPMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an unusual retreat, Walt Disney Co. said Wednesday that it had dropped a lawsuit against rival studio Fox over what it alleged was a conspiracy to block the purchase of Disney cartoon shows by Fox-affiliated TV stations. Disney charged in its 1990 lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles that Fox had threatened to drop affiliates that carried a two-hour syndicated block of programming called "The Disney Afternoon."
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