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August 2, 1995 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an unexpected move Tuesday, the new owner of Century 21 Real Estate Corp. said it has taken on a co-investor who will become chief executive of the Irvine-based international residential real estate business. Hospitality Franchise Systems Inc., a New Jersey hotel franchiser, completed its acquisition of Century 21 for $200 million in cash and stock Tuesday and immediately announced that it had sold a stake in the real estate company to entertainment executive Robert W. Pittman.
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July 19, 2002 | THOMAS S. MULLIGAN and SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
AOL Time Warner Inc., the world's largest media conglomerate, shook up its top management ranks Thursday in an effort to breathe new life into a hybrid company that has seen its vision for a digital future fade as its fortunes sank. The latest casualty of the company's miserable stock performance was Robert W. Pittman, who resigned under pressure as chief operating officer of the corporation and head of the struggling Internet flagship, America Online.
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BUSINESS
August 2, 1995 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an unexpected move Tuesday, the new owner of Century 21 Real Estate Corp. said it has taken on a co-investor who will become chief executive of the Irvine-based international residential real estate business. Hospitality Franchise Systems Inc., a New Jersey hotel franchiser, completed its acquisition of Century 21 for $200 million in cash and stock Tuesday and immediately announced that it had sold a stake in the real estate company to entertainment executive Robert W. Pittman.
BUSINESS
July 13, 2002 | JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Taking another step toward trying to reestablish credibility with investors, AOL Time Warner Inc. confirmed Friday that it has hired an executive search firm to find someone to run its ailing America Online Internet division. The action comes amid growing speculation that the unit's temporary head, AOL Time Warner Chief Operating Officer Robert W. Pittman, may leave the company in a few weeks.
BUSINESS
December 7, 2001 | CORIE BROWN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert W. Pittman didn't get the big title in Wednesday's reshuffling of the AOL Time Warner executive suite. But there is no doubt he's been handed the harder job. Elevated from co-chief operating officer to the sole COO managing the disparate businesses within the world's largest media conglomerate, Pittman must make bottom-line sense of AOL Time Warner. "His job is to make the trains run on time, have the divisions work together.
BUSINESS
August 13, 1995 | DEBORA VRANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It may have been a sign of things to come, or maybe it was just a fashion statement. But last week, Robert W. Pittman, Century 21's new chief executive officer, firmly but politely declined to don the company's trademark gold coat during his first visit to the firm's gleaming Irvine headquarters. "I like this jacket I have on," said Pittman, dressed more for a power lunch in Beverly Hills than a walk through a hallway festooned with photos of gold-jacketed real estate agents.
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July 28, 1991 | ROBERT PITTMAN, Robert Pittman started his broadcasting career at the age of 15 as a disc jockey in Mississippi. In the mid-'70s, he engineered the rise to dominance of WMAQ in Chicago and WNBC in New York. He joined Warner Amex in 1979 at age 25 as director of programming and soon became vice president with responsibility in developing new programming, out of which came . Pittman was president and chief executive officer of MTV Networks before leaving in 1986. He continues to launch new cable channels for Time Warner; his latest is Court TV
"Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles will be remembered, if for nothing else, as the video clip that launched MTV. The date: Aug. 1, 1981. Of course, MTV didn't kill the radio stars. It enshrined them. It energized rock 'n' roll culture. Everybody associated with music benefited--from radio stations to Rolling Stone magazine. MTV turned pop music artists into recognizable faces. Before MTV, the top artists were rarely recognized.
BUSINESS
September 4, 1986
Pittman, currently president and chief executive of Viacom International's MTV Networks, is expected to leave that post after Jan. 1 to launch the new firm, described as a "diversified entertainment and communications company." Even though Pittman and MCA will be 50-50 partners, MCA President Sidney J. Sheinberg said his company will provide 100% of the new venture's funding at the outset.
BUSINESS
July 13, 2002 | JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Taking another step toward trying to reestablish credibility with investors, AOL Time Warner Inc. confirmed Friday that it has hired an executive search firm to find someone to run its ailing America Online Internet division. The action comes amid growing speculation that the unit's temporary head, AOL Time Warner Chief Operating Officer Robert W. Pittman, may leave the company in a few weeks.
BUSINESS
January 13, 2001 | EDMUND SANDERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even as the celebratory champagne flowed Friday, executives at the newly created AOL Time Warner began the sobering task of leading the world's largest entertainment and media conglomerate. After a yearlong government review, America Online, the No. 1 Internet firm, and Time Warner, the world's leading entertainment company, closed their $99-billion deal late Thursday night, the biggest corporate merger in U.S. history.
BUSINESS
December 7, 2001 | CORIE BROWN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert W. Pittman didn't get the big title in Wednesday's reshuffling of the AOL Time Warner executive suite. But there is no doubt he's been handed the harder job. Elevated from co-chief operating officer to the sole COO managing the disparate businesses within the world's largest media conglomerate, Pittman must make bottom-line sense of AOL Time Warner. "His job is to make the trains run on time, have the divisions work together.
BUSINESS
January 13, 2001 | EDMUND SANDERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even as the celebratory champagne flowed Friday, executives at the newly created AOL Time Warner began the sobering task of leading the world's largest entertainment and media conglomerate. After a yearlong government review, America Online, the No. 1 Internet firm, and Time Warner, the world's leading entertainment company, closed their $99-billion deal late Thursday night, the biggest corporate merger in U.S. history.
BUSINESS
August 13, 1995 | DEBORA VRANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It may have been a sign of things to come, or maybe it was just a fashion statement. But last week, Robert W. Pittman, Century 21's new chief executive officer, firmly but politely declined to don the company's trademark gold coat during his first visit to the firm's gleaming Irvine headquarters. "I like this jacket I have on," said Pittman, dressed more for a power lunch in Beverly Hills than a walk through a hallway festooned with photos of gold-jacketed real estate agents.
BUSINESS
August 2, 1995 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an unexpected move Tuesday, the new owner of Century 21 Real Estate Corp. said it has taken on a co-investor who will become chief executive of the Irvine-based international residential real estate business. Hospitality Franchise Systems Inc., a New Jersey hotel franchiser, completed its acquisition of Century 21 for $200 million in cash and stock Tuesday and immediately announced that it had sold a stake in the real estate company to entertainment executive Robert W. Pittman.
BUSINESS
August 2, 1995 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an unexpected move Tuesday, the new owner of Century 21 Real Estate Corp. said it has taken on a co-investor who will become chief executive of the Irvine-based international residential real estate business. Hospitality Franchise Systems Inc., a New Jersey hotel franchiser, completed its acquisition of Century 21 for $200 million in cash and stock Tuesday and immediately announced that it had sold a stake in the real estate company to entertainment executive Robert W. Pittman.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 28, 1991 | ROBERT PITTMAN, Robert Pittman started his broadcasting career at the age of 15 as a disc jockey in Mississippi. In the mid-'70s, he engineered the rise to dominance of WMAQ in Chicago and WNBC in New York. He joined Warner Amex in 1979 at age 25 as director of programming and soon became vice president with responsibility in developing new programming, out of which came . Pittman was president and chief executive officer of MTV Networks before leaving in 1986. He continues to launch new cable channels for Time Warner; his latest is Court TV
"Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles will be remembered, if for nothing else, as the video clip that launched MTV. The date: Aug. 1, 1981. Of course, MTV didn't kill the radio stars. It enshrined them. It energized rock 'n' roll culture. Everybody associated with music benefited--from radio stations to Rolling Stone magazine. MTV turned pop music artists into recognizable faces. Before MTV, the top artists were rarely recognized.
BUSINESS
July 19, 2002 | THOMAS S. MULLIGAN and SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
AOL Time Warner Inc., the world's largest media conglomerate, shook up its top management ranks Thursday in an effort to breathe new life into a hybrid company that has seen its vision for a digital future fade as its fortunes sank. The latest casualty of the company's miserable stock performance was Robert W. Pittman, who resigned under pressure as chief operating officer of the corporation and head of the struggling Internet flagship, America Online.
BUSINESS
September 4, 1986
Pittman, currently president and chief executive of Viacom International's MTV Networks, is expected to leave that post after Jan. 1 to launch the new firm, described as a "diversified entertainment and communications company." Even though Pittman and MCA will be 50-50 partners, MCA President Sidney J. Sheinberg said his company will provide 100% of the new venture's funding at the outset.
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