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January 2, 1990 | PATRICE APODACA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Haim Saban can hardly sit still when he talks. The founder, chairman and chief executive of Burbank-based Saban Entertainment twitches nervously in his chair, cracks a joke, then jumps up and scurries across the room without explanation. But all this energy doesn't go unused. The 45-year-old Israeli native works 16-hour days, seven days a week, trying to build his company into a diversified entertainment concern.
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February 2, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Gov. Gray Davis on Friday announced the appointment of children's television magnate Haim Saban, a major Davis political donor, to fill a vacancy on the University of California Board of Regents. Saban, 57, of Los Angeles, is the founder of Saban Entertainment and former chief executive of Fox Family Worldwide.His appointment must be confirmed by the state Senate. Saban and his companies have contributed more than $400,000 to Davis since 1999, including a $50,000 donation last month.
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BUSINESS
December 12, 2000 | From Bloomberg News
News Corp., the media company controlled by Rupert Murdoch, may be forced to buy the rest of Fox Family Worldwide Inc., a low-rated cable-television venture, from partner Saban Entertainment Inc., Saban said. News Corp. and Saban each own 49.5% of Fox Family, which runs the Fox Family Channel. Under terms of the venture, Saban has the option to require News Corp. to buy its stake for "fair market value in cash," Saban said in a statement.
BUSINESS
May 24, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
'Power Rangers' Producer Forms Children's Group: Saban Entertainment is forming Saban's Children's Entertainment Group to develop, produce and merchandise children's shows, including Saban's hugely popular "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers." Former Bandai America vice president of marketing Peter Dang has been named president of the unit. The group will also be involved in areas such as publishing, video games and live events.
BUSINESS
February 5, 1998 | Marla Matzer
Saban Entertainment and the Screen Actors Guild jointly announced that Saban will resume negotiations with SAG. The goal is to reach an agreement for all its programs to be covered by SAG union contracts; previous talks between the children's television producer and the union broke down last summer. Last week, SAG released a strongly worded statement accusing Saban of the economic exploitation of children on its shows.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Gov. Gray Davis on Friday announced the appointment of children's television magnate Haim Saban, a major Davis political donor, to fill a vacancy on the University of California Board of Regents. Saban, 57, of Los Angeles, is the founder of Saban Entertainment and former chief executive of Fox Family Worldwide.His appointment must be confirmed by the state Senate. Saban and his companies have contributed more than $400,000 to Davis since 1999, including a $50,000 donation last month.
BUSINESS
December 28, 1993 | PATRICE APODACA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Move over Ninja Turtles. The "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" have arrived. The live-action television series is the highest-rated children's program, having swept the nation since its debut on the Fox Children's Network in August. A line of action figurines based on the "Power Rangers"--a group of teen-agers who transform into super-heroes--was the hottest toy this Christmas. More than 1 million "Power Ranger" videocassettes have sold in the past two weeks through PolyGram Video.
BUSINESS
January 31, 1998 | MARLA MATZER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In an unusually strong action by the Screen Actors Guild, the union has declared television producer Saban Entertainment "unfair to performers," and charged the company with the "economic exploitation of children." In a letter sent to SAG members this week, the guild ordered its members not to work for any of the company's shows until it signs an overall agreement with the union. Saban, which last year entered a joint venture with Fox Kids television and its parent, News Corp.
BUSINESS
December 12, 2000 | From Bloomberg News
News Corp., the media company controlled by Rupert Murdoch, may be forced to buy the rest of Fox Family Worldwide Inc., a low-rated cable-television venture, from partner Saban Entertainment Inc., Saban said. News Corp. and Saban each own 49.5% of Fox Family, which runs the Fox Family Channel. Under terms of the venture, Saban has the option to require News Corp. to buy its stake for "fair market value in cash," Saban said in a statement.
BUSINESS
February 5, 1998 | Marla Matzer
Saban Entertainment and the Screen Actors Guild jointly announced that Saban will resume negotiations with SAG. The goal is to reach an agreement for all its programs to be covered by SAG union contracts; previous talks between the children's television producer and the union broke down last summer. Last week, SAG released a strongly worded statement accusing Saban of the economic exploitation of children on its shows.
BUSINESS
January 31, 1998 | MARLA MATZER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In an unusually strong action by the Screen Actors Guild, the union has declared television producer Saban Entertainment "unfair to performers," and charged the company with the "economic exploitation of children." In a letter sent to SAG members this week, the guild ordered its members not to work for any of the company's shows until it signs an overall agreement with the union. Saban, which last year entered a joint venture with Fox Kids television and its parent, News Corp.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 28, 1997 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Cruise. Hanks. Ford. Schwarzenegger. In Hollywood, the most highly paid movie stars are such instantly recognizable icons that one name says it all. Now it's time to add a new moniker to the list: Casper, as in Casper the Friendly Ghost. After languishing in obscurity for years, the cartoon character emerged in 1995 as a formidable box-office attraction with the film "Casper," earning nearly $1 billion in worldwide theatrical, video and merchandising income.
BUSINESS
August 9, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Saban to Move Headquarters to Westwood: Saban Entertainment, which produces original children's programming, is now based in Burbank. Late this year, 10960 Wilshire Blvd. will become Saban Plaza, and the signature Saban logo will crown the 24-story structure. About 350 company employees will take over more than 110,000 square feet of office space and post-production facilities.
BUSINESS
December 28, 1993 | PATRICE APODACA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Move over Ninja Turtles. The "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" have arrived. The live-action television series is the highest-rated children's program, having swept the nation since its debut on the Fox Children's Network in August. A line of action figurines based on the "Power Rangers"--a group of teen-agers who transform into super-heroes--was the hottest toy this Christmas. More than 1 million "Power Ranger" videocassettes have sold in the past two weeks through PolyGram Video.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 28, 1997 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Cruise. Hanks. Ford. Schwarzenegger. In Hollywood, the most highly paid movie stars are such instantly recognizable icons that one name says it all. Now it's time to add a new moniker to the list: Casper, as in Casper the Friendly Ghost. After languishing in obscurity for years, the cartoon character emerged in 1995 as a formidable box-office attraction with the film "Casper," earning nearly $1 billion in worldwide theatrical, video and merchandising income.
BUSINESS
January 2, 1990 | PATRICE APODACA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Haim Saban can hardly sit still when he talks. The founder, chairman and chief executive of Burbank-based Saban Entertainment twitches nervously in his chair, cracks a joke, then jumps up and scurries across the room without explanation. But all this energy doesn't go unused. The 45-year-old Israeli native works 16-hour days, seven days a week, trying to build his company into a diversified entertainment concern.
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