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July 11, 1995 | CLAUDIA ELLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He is the quintessential Mr. Nice Guy in a world where nice guys typically finish last. Ron Meyer, who Monday was named president of giant entertainment conglomerate MCA Inc., is defined by friends and rivals alike as one of the most generous, trustworthy, accessible and people-savvy agents in an occupation known for its cutthroat nature.
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August 7, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Universal Studios President Ron Meyer will be headed upstairs to parent company NBCUniversal before his time in Hollywood is done. The longtime head of the Universal movie studio and theme parks has a provision in his contract, signed in June 2011, stipulating that at some point in the next year or two he will move into an advisory role working with NBCUniversal Chief Executive Steve Burke, according to two knowledgeable people not authorized to...
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 1989 | MICHAEL CIEPLY
Interviews don't come easy to Michael Ovitz. Even in his private sanctum, flanked by a pair of colleagues, safe beneath the dual gaze of Buddha and Marilyn Monroe--totemic bits of art on a movie maker's wall--the sandy-haired president of Creative Artists Agency is wary and tense and never stops wishing the limelight would go away. "This is not a comfortable experience for any of us," he says, his hoarse voice so low a reporter's recorder barely registers. "We really function behind the scenes.
BUSINESS
June 28, 2011
Cable giant Comcast Corp. isn't changing the channel at Universal Studios. Universal President Ron Meyer has signed a new contract with his bosses at Comcast that will extend his tenure until December, 2015. His previous deal had been set to expire at the end of 2012. The extension is a vote of confidence by Comcast, which acquired the studio's parent company, NBCUniversal, in January. Many people in Hollywood had speculated that the new owner might seek to make a management change at Universal given the poor performance of its movie division over the last two years with a string of costly flops such as "Land of the Lost" and "The Wolfman.
SPORTS
February 8, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Indianapolis Colt Coach Ron Meyer was offered a contract extension that could be worth $3 million over the next four seasons.
SPORTS
October 2, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Ron Meyer was fired Tuesday as coach of the winless Indianapolis Colts and replaced by defensive coordinator Rick Venturi. Meyer was dismissed two days after a 31-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks dropped the Colts to 0-5. The Colts also fired offensive coordinator Leon Burtnett.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 1989 | MICHAEL CIEPLY, Times Staff Writer
A co-owner of Creative Artists Agency reached a settlement in the divorce case that had threatened to throw the secretive agency's finances open to public scrutiny, individuals on both sides of the dispute said Friday. The case involves Ron Meyer, a co-founder of the agency, and Ellen Meyer, a casting director to whom he was married for about 12 years.
BUSINESS
July 19, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Universal Studios President and Chief Operating Officer Ron Meyer signed a five-year contract extension and will continue to lead its film and parks and resorts businesses. Meyer, 60, joined the Universal City-based studio in 1995 from Creative Artists Agency, the talent firm he co-founded in 1975. He was a TV talent agent for William Morris Agency from 1970 to 1975. Universal Studios is a subsidiary of General Electric Co. controlled NBC Universal.
BUSINESS
May 17, 2011 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Comcast Corp. has made an offer to renew the contract of longtime Universal Studios chief Ron Meyer — a potential vote of confidence that could quell speculation in Hollywood that his days in the job are numbered under the studio's new ownership by the cable giant. But the two sides have yet to reach an agreement. A key sticking point in the negotiations is how long Meyer's contract would be extended beyond its current expiration in 2012. Comcast was offering a shorter extension than the executive would like, according to a person familiar with the matter who requested anonymity because of the confidentiality of the talks.
NEWS
May 16, 2011 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Comcast Corp. has made an offer to renew the contract of longtime Universal Studios chief Ron Meyer -- a potential vote of confidence that could quell speculation in Hollywood that his days in the job are numbered under the cable giant's new ownership. But the two sides have yet to reach an agreement. A key sticking point in the negotiations is how long Meyer's contract will be extended beyond its current expiration in 2012. Comcast was offering a shorter extension than the executive would like, according to a person familiar with the matter who requested anonymity because of the confidentiality of the talks.
BUSINESS
January 28, 2011 | By Claudia Eller and Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Cats have nine lives. Ron Meyer has had nine bosses. His 16-year reign as president of Universal Studios has made the former talent agent Hollywood's longest surviving studio head. Now Meyer faces his toughest screen test. His new boss, NBC Universal Chief Executive Steve Burke, has shown that he's not timid about making management changes and shaking up the status quo. Before the cable giant even closed its merger with NBC Universal on Friday, he swept out several of the company's top television executives.
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May 6, 2006 | Greg Krikorian, Kim Christensen and Chuck Philips, Times Staff Writers
In a threatening tape-recorded telephone call that is now in the hands of the FBI, private eye Anthony Pellicano warned Los Angeles attorney Peter Knecht that his longtime client must repay a loan to film executive Ron Meyer. Knecht said in a recent interview that the call from Pellicano was aimed at intimidating businessman Bilal Baroody, who had borrowed $300,000 from Meyer, his longtime friend and onetime neighbor.
BUSINESS
July 19, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Universal Studios President and Chief Operating Officer Ron Meyer signed a five-year contract extension and will continue to lead its film and parks and resorts businesses. Meyer, 60, joined the Universal City-based studio in 1995 from Creative Artists Agency, the talent firm he co-founded in 1975. He was a TV talent agent for William Morris Agency from 1970 to 1975. Universal Studios is a subsidiary of General Electric Co. controlled NBC Universal.
BUSINESS
December 19, 2001 | CORIE BROWN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ron Meyer appears to have landed a devil's deal as part of the $10.3-billion sale of Barry Diller's USA Networks Inc. entertainment operations to Vivendi Universal announced this week: In one fell swoop, he gains responsibility and loses authority. Meyer, the president of Universal Studios, gets a clutch of premium television assets from USA Networks to add to his movie studio and theme park domain.
BUSINESS
July 31, 1995
Former Creative Artists Agency President Ron Meyer, 50, today will spend his first day as president of MCA Inc. after having been a high-powered talent agent for three decades. The buzz in Hollywood continues to swirl around Meyer's former home as well as his new abode. Industry watchers want to know what will happen at CAA in the wake of his departure.
SPORTS
December 21, 1990 | From Times Wire Service
Indianapolis Colts owner Robert Irsay said today that Coach Ron Meyer will return for the 1991 season, but other changes in the coaching staff will be made. Irsay delivered the vote of confidence in his head coach after speculation this season that Meyer would be replaced. The Colts, 6-8, still have an outside shot at the playoffs. "Ron will be here next year," Irsay said. "He has a contract for next year and we're going to keep him.
BUSINESS
June 18, 1999 | JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Film production veteran Stacey Snider and business affairs executive Brian C. Mulligan were named co-chairs of Universal Pictures on Thursday, making official what had been a de facto working arrangement at the studio. Both executives will report to Ron Meyer, president of Seagram Co.'s Universal Studios Inc. They replace Casey Silver, who was fired last November as head of the studio after a long dry spell that included such expensive flops as "Meet Joe Black" and "Babe: Pig in the City."
ENTERTAINMENT
June 23, 1996 | Elaine Dutka, Elaine Dutka is a Times staff writer
Creative Artists Agency President Ron Meyer jolted the entertainment industry last July 10 when he announced that he would leave the outfit he co-founded to assume the presidency of MCA. Five weeks later, CAA's Michael Ovitz, considered by many to be the most powerful figure in Hollywood, accepted the No. 2 spot at the Walt Disney Co. The agency business, industry observers predicted, would never be the same.
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