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November 24, 1998 | CLAUDIA ELLER and SALLIE HOFMEISTER
When Nancy Josephson first gave up her entertainment-law career to join International Creative Management's New York office as a television agent, her colleagues would speak in hushed tones when they saw her in the halls. "Oh, she's the daughter," they'd whisper. Or, if she happened to pass by an office and hear an agent cursing at someone, the door would suddenly shut as if she might report it to her father, Marvin Josephson, the owner of the agency.
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June 10, 1993 | JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Superior Court judge on Wednesday sentenced a former Burbank talent agent to five years and four months in prison for sexually assaulting nine aspiring actresses and a female Glendale police officer who posed as one to investigate him. A Pasadena Superior Court jury convicted Wallace Kaye, 52, on April 28 of 10 counts, ranging from felony sexual battery by restraint to felony imprisonment by violence to misdemeanor battery.
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October 8, 1992 | JIM HERRON ZAMORA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Burbank talent agent was arrested Wednesday on charges he sexually assaulted five actresses or models during interviews in his office and then molested an undercover female police officer sent to investigate, police said. Wallace Kaye, 52, was being held at Burbank police headquarters in lieu of $50,000 bail on suspicion of four counts of sexual battery and two counts of false imprisonment, said Burbank Police Detective David Gabriel.
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March 10, 2000 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tim Shumaker has a sinking feeling that he's reached the end of the line with the new Los Angeles subway. That's because there seems to be no end to the nearly six years of misery that Hollywood's only blind talent agent has suffered since tunneling for the Red Line destroyed his business and left him homeless. Shumaker's world collapsed in 1994 when subway construction beneath Hollywood Boulevard caused the building where he lived and worked to abruptly drop 9 inches. Police gave Shumaker and his business partner-wife, Maggie, five minutes to grab what they could.
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November 7, 2010 | Claire Noland, Los Angeles Times
Martin Baum, an old-time New York theatrical talent agent who became a veteran voice of experience for the upstart Creative Artists Agency in the late 1970s and who brought to the firm such established star clients as Sidney Poitier and Peter Sellers, has died. He was 86. Baum died Friday at his home in Beverly Hills, the agency announced. The cause was not given. "To those of us in his CAA family, Marty was a hero," the agency's partners said in a statement. "He was not only a brilliant agent, but a generous mentor to so many.
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October 16, 2013 | Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports
Hans Riegel, 90, a marketing executive who made German candy maker Haribo and its signature gummi bears a chewy hit across the globe, died Tuesday of heart failure in Bonn, the company announced. He had been recovering from an operation to remove a benign brain tumor. Riegel was the son of the company founder, also named Hans Riegel, who in 1920 set up Haribo - an acronym for "Hans Riegel Bonn. " In 1922, his father invented the "dancing bear," a small bear made out of fruit gum that laid the foundations for Haribo's later success with the "gold bear.
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December 11, 1998 | AMY WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pity the poor Hollywood agent. In the '80s and early '90s, talent agents ruled the industry. Movie studios and television networks found themselves beholden to International Creative Management, the Creative Artists Agency and the time-tested William Morris Agency, the "big three" agencies that had a lock on most A-list stars. Agents made big money for both their clients and themselves, charging the TV networks, for example, huge so-called packaging fees to assemble talent for shows.
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October 6, 2012 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Budd Burton Moss is in his upstairs office at his Westwood Village house, working his computer to find work for actor Maxwell Caulfield. He signs on to a Hollywood casting service - to which he subscribes for $250 a month - that lists the acting roles that production companies around town are seeking to fill. Moss notices the synopsis of an episodic TV crime show that is looking for someone to play the part of an attorney. With a few clicks on his computer, he pulls up a photo of Caulfield dressed in a suit and tie and composes a quick note to the show's producers, inviting them to attend the play "Helen," in which Caulfield was performing at the Getty Villa.
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April 24, 2011
RICHARD J. DORSO Talent agent, TV exec, boutique owner Richard J. "Dick" Dorso, 101, whose lengthy Hollywood career ranged from talent agent to television writer and producer to haberdasher, died April 6 at his home in Los Angeles, his family said. The cause was not given. Born in San Francisco in November 1909, Dorso as a talent agent represented such entertainers as Artie Shaw, Judy Holliday, Ethel Merman, Gordon McRae, the Andrews Sisters and Doris Day. When television was overtaking film and becoming the dominant entertainment medium, Dorso was an executive overseeing programming for United Artists Television.
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January 29, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Veteran Hollywood talent agent Jeff Berg has launched a talent and literary agency dubbed Resolution, with backing from an Arizona private investment firm. Berg, who served for nearly three decades as chairman and chief executive of International Creative Management, will be chairman of the new agency. He will be joined by Jeff Franklin, a film and television producer and music agent, who will serve as chief operating officer. Franklin and his former agency, ATI, represented such artists as Neil Young, AC/DC, Marvin Gaye, Ozzy Osbourne and the Beach Boys.
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