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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 1998 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Actress Hunter Tylo, who convinced a jury that she was fired from the prime-time soap opera "Melrose Place" for getting pregnant, can keep the nearly $5-million verdict she won, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday. In denying Spelling Entertainment Group's request to throw out the verdict or at least reduce the award, Judge Fumiko Hachiya Wasserman also ordered Spelling to pay slightly more than $900,000 in attorneys' fees to Tylo's lawyers.
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BUSINESS
July 24, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Carolco in TV Talks: Financially troubled Carolco Pictures Inc. confirmed that discussions are underway with Spelling Entertainment Inc. over the proposed sale of TV rights to Carolco movies. The deal would be valued at about $70 million, and would include such Carolco films as "Terminator 2: Judgment Day." Carolco also said that as a result of its continuing inability to draw under its bank credit facilities, it is experiencing severe liquidity problems.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 1998 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Claiming a "runaway jury" awarded damages so excessive they were "off the charts," a lawyer for Spelling Television on Tuesday asked a judge to toss out a $5-million verdict won by an actress who convinced jurors that she had been fired from a television show because she was pregnant.
NEWS
December 23, 1997 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a groundbreaking challenge to Hollywood's power to dictate how an actress must look, a Los Angeles jury found Monday that the producers of the television show "Melrose Place" were wrong to fire Hunter Tylo because she was pregnant and ordered them to pay her nearly $5 million in damages. The 10-woman, two-man jury gave Tylo nearly double the $2.5 million that she had sought.
BUSINESS
May 22, 1996 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Viacom Inc. said Tuesday it was pulling Spelling Entertainment Group Inc. off the auction block because it could not get the premium price it had expected. Sumner Redstone, chairman of Viacom and Spelling, told shareholders at Spelling's annual meeting in Los Angeles that Viacom had dropped its plans to sell its 75% stake in Spelling, producer of adult soaps such as "Melrose Place" and "Beverly Hills, 90210."
BUSINESS
June 30, 1994 | AMY HARMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Don't give up on multimedia yet. An interactive "Melrose Place" may soon be on the way. Spelling Entertainment Group Inc., the Los Angeles-based producer of TV shows such as "Melrose," "Beverly Hills, 90210," and "Dynasty," said Wednesday that it plans to buy a controlling interest in Irvine-based Virgin Interactive Entertainment for about $165 million. The deal is the latest example of the accelerating consolidation of the video game industry and the mainstream entertainment business.
BUSINESS
February 20, 1998 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Spelling Entertainment Group plans to close its film unit, laying off six employees immediately and the remaining 14 as projects under development are farmed out to other studios to carry forward. The company, which is 80%-owned by Viacom Inc. and 20% by the public, will take a charge associated with the closing of between $15 million and $20 million in the first quarter.
NEWS
December 23, 1997 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a groundbreaking challenge to Hollywood's power to dictate how an actress must look, a Los Angeles jury found Monday that the producers of the television show "Melrose Place" were wrong to fire Hunter Tylo because she was pregnant and ordered them to pay her nearly $5 million in damages. The 10-woman, two-man jury gave Tylo nearly double the $2.5 million that she had sought.
BUSINESS
July 31, 1996 | From Times Wire Services
Spelling Entertainment Group reported a second-quarter net loss of $18.5 million, or 21 cents per share, contrasted with a profit of $880,000, or 1 cent, in the same period a year ago.
BUSINESS
May 22, 1996 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Viacom Inc. said Tuesday it was pulling Spelling Entertainment Group Inc. off the auction block because it could not get the premium price it had expected. Sumner Redstone, chairman of Viacom and Spelling, told shareholders at Spelling's annual meeting in Los Angeles that Viacom had dropped its plans to sell its 75% stake in Spelling, producer of adult soaps such as "Melrose Place" and "Beverly Hills, 90210."
BUSINESS
June 30, 1994 | AMY HARMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Don't give up on multimedia yet. An interactive "Melrose Place" may soon be on the way. Spelling Entertainment Group Inc., the Los Angeles-based producer of TV shows such as "Melrose," "Beverly Hills, 90210," and "Dynasty," said Wednesday that it plans to buy a controlling interest in Irvine-based Virgin Interactive Entertainment for about $165 million. The deal is the latest example of the accelerating consolidation of the video game industry and the mainstream entertainment business.
BUSINESS
January 27, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Republic Chief Confirms He Is Leaving: Russell Goldsmith confirmed a report, published in The Times, that he will leave the company soon rather than run the combined Republic Pictures and Spelling Entertainment when the two companies are merged in a few weeks. Goldsmith said he will continue to serve as a consultant to video rental giant Blockbuster Entertainment, which will control the merged companies. Goldsmith is leaving in the wake of Blockbuster's $8.4-billion merger with Viacom Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 1993 | TED JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the horror movie "Carrie," a telekinetic teen-ager went on a rampage at a high school that, in reality, was the Hermosa Beach Community Center. And in the TV show "Hunter," the gumshoe protagonist dodged bullets and chased cars in scenes shot on Hermosa Beach streets. But whether Kelly Taylor from "Beverly Hills 90210" will be allowed to make out with Dylan McKay at a posh Hermosa Beach apartment remains in doubt.
BUSINESS
July 1, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Blockbuster Video Ups Spelling Entertainment Stake: The video chain increased its holdings in the television production company to 64% from 54% through a privately arranged stock swap. Analysts speculated that Blockbuster may eventually acquire control of the company. Spelling is known for hit television shows such as "Beverly Hills 90210." The Spelling investment is one of several major ones Blockbuster has made Blockbuster recently in a program of diversification from the video business.
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