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October 7, 1999 | JAMES BATES
Ron Bension, former head of Universal Studios' theme park unit, was named president and chief executive of Sega GameWorks, a video game entertainment center venture between Universal, DreamWorks SKG and game company Sega Enterprises. Bension replaces Michael Montgomery, who left the 4-year-old company to join Digital Coast Partners, a Santa Monica merchant bank for technology companies founded by his brother Jamie.
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December 20, 2001 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ron Bension, who quit suddenly last week as head of video game maker Sega GameWorks, took over this week as chief executive at Tickets.com Inc., the Irvine event ticket firm said Wednesday. Bension, 47, who previously rose through the ranks of Universal Studios Inc. to head its theme-park business, takes over a firm that hasn't posted a profit since going public in November 1999. He replaces W. Thomas Gimple, who becomes chairman. Gimple had been co-chairman with C.
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September 13, 1999 | KAREN KAPLAN
Digital Coast Partners, a Santa Monica merchant bank that opened its doors last week, said Friday that Michael Montgomery has joined the firm as a co-managing partner. Montgomery was president and chief executive of Sega GameWorks, a joint venture of DreamWorks SKG, Universal Studios and Sega Enterprises that owns high-tech video arcades. He also spent nine years financing deals at Walt Disney Co. Digital Coast Partners was founded by Montgomery's brother, Jamie Montgomery.
BUSINESS
October 7, 1999 | JAMES BATES
Ron Bension, former head of Universal Studios' theme park unit, was named president and chief executive of Sega GameWorks, a video game entertainment center venture between Universal, DreamWorks SKG and game company Sega Enterprises. Bension replaces Michael Montgomery, who left the 4-year-old company to join Digital Coast Partners, a Santa Monica merchant bank for technology companies founded by his brother Jamie.
BUSINESS
September 20, 1996 | JAMES BATES
The DreamWorks SKG executive who has been overseeing the company's plans to build a new studio lot at Playa Vista is leaving to help run a new entertainment venture DreamWorks has with MCA Inc. and video game giant Sega. Michael Montgomery will become president and chief operating officer of Sega GameWorks, which is developing so-called location-based entertainment centers where visitors will play an array of games.
BUSINESS
February 28, 1997 | JAMES BATES
Top MTV marketing executive John Shea is expected to disclose in the next few days that he is leaving to join Sega GameWorks, the fledging joint venture of interactive entertainment centers launched by video game maker Sega, DreamWorks SKG studio and entertainment giant MCA Inc. As senior vice president of marketing at the cable channel, Shea has supervised all of MTV's marketing programs. He joined the company in 1988 as director of promotions.
BUSINESS
May 2, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sega to Equip Entertainment Centers: Cineplex Odeon said Sega GameWorks will develop and operate some of the company's new interactive entertainment centers adjacent to its North American movie houses, although financial details and the number of locations have yet to be decided, the companies said. GameWorks last month announced its plan to open 100 of its own entertainment centers around the world, featuring arcade games, high-tech attractions, simulators, food and merchandise.
BUSINESS
December 20, 2001 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ron Bension, who quit suddenly last week as head of video game maker Sega GameWorks, took over this week as chief executive at Tickets.com Inc., the Irvine event ticket firm said Wednesday. Bension, 47, who previously rose through the ranks of Universal Studios Inc. to head its theme-park business, takes over a firm that hasn't posted a profit since going public in November 1999. He replaces W. Thomas Gimple, who becomes chairman. Gimple had been co-chairman with C.
BUSINESS
November 2, 1998 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When The Block opens in Orange on Nov. 19, it won't be just another mall: It'll be another mall with yet another SEGA GameWorks. The 20,000-square-foot entertainment complex houses dozens of the latest virtual reality and arcade video games, as well as a full restaurant and bar. Aimed at game lovers and novices alike, these high-tech playgrounds serve as a natural hangout for suburban teens and young adults, said company chief executive Michael Montgomery. "Somewhere between Chuck E.
BUSINESS
November 11, 1999
* Byron Schweigert has been named chief executive of the 741-bed Long Beach Memorial Medical Center in Long Beach. He had been senior vice president of administration. He succeeds Chris Van Gorder, who was recently named chief of health-care operations for Scripps Health in La Jolla. * Sega GameWorks, a venture formed by DreamWorks SKG, Universal Studios and Sega Enterprises, has named Ron Bension president and chief executive.
BUSINESS
September 13, 1999 | KAREN KAPLAN
Digital Coast Partners, a Santa Monica merchant bank that opened its doors last week, said Friday that Michael Montgomery has joined the firm as a co-managing partner. Montgomery was president and chief executive of Sega GameWorks, a joint venture of DreamWorks SKG, Universal Studios and Sega Enterprises that owns high-tech video arcades. He also spent nine years financing deals at Walt Disney Co. Digital Coast Partners was founded by Montgomery's brother, Jamie Montgomery.
BUSINESS
November 2, 1998 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When The Block opens in Orange on Nov. 19, it won't be just another mall: It'll be another mall with yet another SEGA GameWorks. The 20,000-square-foot entertainment complex houses dozens of the latest virtual reality and arcade video games, as well as a full restaurant and bar. Aimed at game lovers and novices alike, these high-tech playgrounds serve as a natural hangout for suburban teens and young adults, said company chief executive Michael Montgomery. "Somewhere between Chuck E.
BUSINESS
February 28, 1997 | JAMES BATES
Top MTV marketing executive John Shea is expected to disclose in the next few days that he is leaving to join Sega GameWorks, the fledging joint venture of interactive entertainment centers launched by video game maker Sega, DreamWorks SKG studio and entertainment giant MCA Inc. As senior vice president of marketing at the cable channel, Shea has supervised all of MTV's marketing programs. He joined the company in 1988 as director of promotions.
BUSINESS
September 20, 1996 | JAMES BATES
The DreamWorks SKG executive who has been overseeing the company's plans to build a new studio lot at Playa Vista is leaving to help run a new entertainment venture DreamWorks has with MCA Inc. and video game giant Sega. Michael Montgomery will become president and chief operating officer of Sega GameWorks, which is developing so-called location-based entertainment centers where visitors will play an array of games.
BUSINESS
May 2, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sega to Equip Entertainment Centers: Cineplex Odeon said Sega GameWorks will develop and operate some of the company's new interactive entertainment centers adjacent to its North American movie houses, although financial details and the number of locations have yet to be decided, the companies said. GameWorks last month announced its plan to open 100 of its own entertainment centers around the world, featuring arcade games, high-tech attractions, simulators, food and merchandise.
BUSINESS
May 5, 1997 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sometimes, the old-fashioned ways work too. Irvine computer and video game maker Interplay Productions Inc. is all over the Web and has been getting a lot of notice because several of its games are featured at the new and extremely high-tech Sega Gameworks entertainment center in Seattle. But now its Interplay OEM Inc. subsidiary has signed a marketing deal that will put artwork from some of its hottest games on notebooks--the paper kind. The deal with Vestwin Paper Corp.
BUSINESS
December 10, 1997 | MELINDA FULMER
Stage 35 has garnered something of a reputation as a hangout at Universal Studios. Actors kick back there and play video games during breaks from movie shoots. Even Steven Spielberg stops by sometimes. The catch is, it's not an arcade, but the corporate offices for designers of Sega Gameworks, a chain of entertainment centers founded in 1996 by Universal, Spielberg's DreamWorks SKG and Sega Enterprises.
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