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December 22, 2013 | Steve Chawkins
When Edgar M. Bronfman Sr. heard that the pope had honored Kurt Waldheim, the Austrian president he had exposed as an ex-Nazi complicit in war crimes, he fired off a note to the Vatican. Pope John Paul II making Waldheim a papal knight was "like giving a rotten structure a fresh coat of paint," the billionaire head of the World Jewish Congress wrote with his customary directness. He received no reply to his 1987 letter - but the same blunt approach helped him persuade the Soviets to allow Jewish emigration and the Swiss to acknowledge that their banks had swallowed up the life savings deposited by Holocaust victims.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 2013 | Steve Chawkins
When Edgar M. Bronfman Sr. heard that the pope had honored Kurt Waldheim, the Austrian president he had exposed as an ex-Nazi complicit in war crimes, he fired off a note to the Vatican. Pope John Paul II making Waldheim a papal knight was "like giving a rotten structure a fresh coat of paint," the billionaire head of the World Jewish Congress wrote with his customary directness. He received no reply to his 1987 letter - but the same blunt approach helped him persuade the Soviets to allow Jewish emigration and the Swiss to acknowledge that their banks had swallowed up the life savings deposited by Holocaust victims.
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BUSINESS
September 27, 1997 | JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As any film buff knows, the cost of seeing a movie has soared in recent years. Showing movies to Hollywood executives isn't cheap either. Seagram Co. has spent $276,544 to date to build a movie screening room at the Los Angeles home of Frank Biondi Jr., chief executive of the company's Universal Studios Inc. entertainment unit. The information is included in Seagram's proxy statement filed Friday by the Montreal-based spirits and entertainment giant with the U.S.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 4, 2013 | By F. Kathleen Foley
Just what hasn't Tony Abatemarco done in his several decades as a performer? Certainly  he has est ablished himself as a performer of the first rank over the years in an incredibly varied array of roles. Now Abatemarco takes on the challenge of portraying Mark Rothko in “Red,” John Logan's Tony-winning two-person drama about that titanic, troubled artist in the late 1950s, in the years before his 1970 suicide. The play is essentially a Socratic interchange between Rothko and his assistant, Ken (Patrick Stafford, in a sensitive, savvy turn)
BUSINESS
March 26, 1999 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a reversal of strategy that could signal continuing management turmoil, Seagram Chief Executive Edgar Bronfman Jr. is searching for a high-level executive to oversee the entertainment assets bought by his family's liquor conglomerate four years ago. Sources close to Seagram say Leo Hindery Jr., who is credited with saving Tele-Communications Inc.
BUSINESS
October 7, 1987 | From Reuters
A shareholder group including Canadian billionaire Charles Bronfman said Tuesday that it acquired a 21.1% stake in Cineplex Odeon Corp., the second-largest motion picture exhibitor in North America. The group said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it bought the stake for investment purposes only. In addition to Bronfman, co-chairman of the Seagram Co. liquor concern, the group also includes two Montreal-based investment firms--Pentrust Holdings & Co.
FOOD
February 2, 1995 | DAN BERGER, TIMES WINE WRITER
A Southern California restaurateur is taking it as a personal challenge to rescue the age-old tradition of having a small glass of Swedish akvavit on Swedish smorgasbord tables. The tradition became an endangered species in the United States nearly a year ago, when the import of some akvavit stopped. A clear, caraway-flavored spirit that is sipped as an aperitif, akvavit (also spelled aquavit) is made in all Scandinavian countries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 1997
The Times editorial, "2 Studio Expansion Plans Receive Opposite Reactions," is slanted to make it seem as though a few whining, sniveling folks in [Universal Studios'] neighborhood are fearful of what Universal's undefined, mystery monster project may do to them. The neighborhood encompasses more than 10,000 members of homeowners associations that circle Universal and stretch from Sherman Oaks to Hollywood. These people have lived under Universal's tyranny for years and have come to view them as the neighbors from hell!
ENTERTAINMENT
September 4, 2013 | By F. Kathleen Foley
Just what hasn't Tony Abatemarco done in his several decades as a performer? Certainly  he has est ablished himself as a performer of the first rank over the years in an incredibly varied array of roles. Now Abatemarco takes on the challenge of portraying Mark Rothko in “Red,” John Logan's Tony-winning two-person drama about that titanic, troubled artist in the late 1950s, in the years before his 1970 suicide. The play is essentially a Socratic interchange between Rothko and his assistant, Ken (Patrick Stafford, in a sensitive, savvy turn)
BUSINESS
September 24, 1986 | BRUCE KEPPEL, Times Staff Writer
Almaden Vineyards, one of California's oldest names in the wine business with roots reaching back to 1852, is up for sale--along with such brother brands as hot-selling DeKuyper cordials, Vat 69 Scotch, Gilbey's gin and vodka, Windsor Supreme Canadian whisky and Old Grand Dad. All are being turned out by their New York parent, the giant National Distillers & Chemical Corp.
BUSINESS
October 1, 2006 | Bernard Simon, Financial Times
Edgar Bronfman used to say his family was rich because it did not throw its money away. He can no longer make that claim. The Bronfmans made their fame and fortune transforming a bootlegging operation on the Canadian prairies into Seagram, one of the world's biggest liquor companies.
BUSINESS
November 24, 2003 | Jeff Leeds, Times Staff Writer
Edgar Bronfman Jr., the former Seagram Co. chief, is expected to announce a final agreement today to buy Time Warner Inc.'s global music division for about $2.6 billion, sources said. The sale would shift control of Warner Music, the world's fourth-largest music conglomerate, to private hands and vault Bronfman back to his former status as a power in the record industry. It also would end Time Warner's three-decade run as a dominant force in the music business.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2003 | Suzanne Muchnic, Times Staff Writer
The sale of Seagram's $15-million art collection got off to a strong start over the weekend with an auction of 720 photographs that brought $2.8 million -- well over the high estimate of $2.1 million -- at Phillips, de Pury & Luxembourg in New York. All the works were consigned by Vivendi Universal, the French entertainment conglomerate that acquired the 2,500-piece collection with its purchase of Joseph E. Seagram & Sons Inc. in late 2000, but is now liquidating $11.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2003 | Suzanne Muchnic, Times Staff Writer
Death, divorce and debt are the lifeblood of New York's big art auction houses. When such troubles strike, art gets cashed in. As the 2003 spring auction high season unfolds over the next few weeks, it's debt that's providing most of the thrills. Vivendi Universal, the French entertainment conglomerate that acquired a $15-million art collection in late 2000 with its purchase of Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, is selling the 2,500-piece collection as part of a plan to liquidate $11.
BUSINESS
December 20, 2001 | Bloomberg News
Diageo and Pernod-Ricard won U.S. approval to complete their $8-billion acquisition of the Seagram liquor business after Diageo agreed to sell a brand of rum. The Federal Trade Commission had challenged the joint acquisition from Vivendi Universal, saying it would give Diageo too big a share of the U.S. rum market. The FTC accepted Diageo's offer to sell its Malibu rum business in six months.
BUSINESS
December 7, 2001 | JAMES BATES and RICHARD VERRIER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Edgar Bronfman Jr., the Seagram liquor scion who bet his family's fortune buying Universal Studios Inc. before selling it last year to France's Vivendi, formally cut his day-to-day ties to the entertainment business Thursday, saying he wants to eventually manage his own company again.
SPORTS
September 15, 1988 | Jim Murray
It is a conceit of Americans that heroes, like Henry Adams' friends, are born, not made. Environment has nothing to do with it. That may be true. But how come all the great vaudeville comedians and almost all early-day radio humorists came from the Lower East Side of Manhattan? How come the great blues musicians came up the Mississippi out of New Orleans? Why do all the great actors and poets seem to come from England? Why do dancers come from Russia, tenors from Italy, skiers from Austria?
NEWS
March 10, 1988 | Associated Press
Canadian liquor giant Seagram Co. Ltd. announced today it is buying orange juice producer Tropicana Products Inc. from Beatrice U.S. Food Corp. for $1.2 billion. The acquisition, which is expected to be completed next month, marks a broadening of Seagram's product line, Seagram Chairman Edgar M. Bronfman said in a statement. Beatrice U.S. Food Corp., based in Chicago, is a division of Beatrice Co., which put itself up for sale last September.
BUSINESS
January 4, 2001 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The former chief financial officer of Seagram Co. was named Wednesday as chairman of Fox Television, filling a post that has been vacant for six months. Brian C. Mulligan, 41, succeeds Chase Carey, who after serving as the company's chief deal maker was appointed in June as chief executive of Sky Global Networks, News Corp.'s worldwide satellite operations. Mulligan will not assume Carey's role as co-chief-operating officer of News Corp., although he is expected to handle some deal-making.
BUSINESS
December 20, 2000 | Reuters
Britain's Diageo and France's Pernod Ricard clinched the world's biggest alcoholic drinks deal, buying Seagram's wines and spirits empire debt free for $8.15 billion in cash. The Anglo-French bid for the Seagram Co's portfolio, featuring Chivas Regal whiskey and Captain Morgan rum, beat one from a rival grouping of privately owned Bacardi, Jack Daniel's whiskey maker Brown-Forman and Absolut vodka owner Vin & Sprit.
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