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BUSINESS
August 16, 2000 | JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Talent agent Ben Press says he feels like "a spy behind enemy lines . . . like I parachuted in." "American Pie" producer and talent manager Warren Zide says he feels like he's serving as "an apologist during the week" and "an ambassador of sorts in a foreign land." For producer and former studio chief Frank Price, it feels like "I'm not part of that particular club. It's not hard to join the club, but I have other opinions." They're the loneliest people in Hollywood this week: Republicans.
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NATIONAL
November 16, 2003
Here's a sampling of entertainment industry donations to presidential campaigns during the first nine months of 2003: President Bush $2,000 Chuck Norris, actor Dino De Laurentiis, producer Terry Semel, Yahoo CEO Richard Zanuck, producer Lili Zanuck, producer-director Amy Grant, musician Jami Gertz, actress Jeff Shaara, writer $1,000 Ben Stein, writer-actor * Former Illinois Sen.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 4, 1986 | WENDY HASKETT
If you were casting the part of a talent agent for a movie, what sort of person would you pick? A rotund man in a checkered polyester jacket? White belt? Shaggy eyebrows? Rosy, rubbery lips that clamp around his cigar as he murmurs, "Kid, I can make you a star"? Meet Key Dee Alan. Real life San Diego talent agent. Warm, motherly, able to sing opera and responsible for guiding the entertainment careers of more than 30 San Diegans.
BUSINESS
November 12, 2001 | MEG JAMES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The outcome of a low-profile court case between an up-and-coming actor and his former manager could send a huge jolt through the working class of Hollywood, where managers are already antsy over a new push to criminalize much of what they do. At issue is whether the state should further limit the role that Hollywood managers play in finding jobs for their actor clients. California has the nation's most stringent constraints on managers in the form of the Talent Agencies Act, legal experts say.
NEWS
February 16, 1997 | MAX VANZI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a roomful of egos, Democrat Kevin Murray of Los Angeles can still create his own kind of sizzle on the floor of the California Assembly, even as the oratory ends and the mood turns social. Tall, broad-shouldered, the drape of his stylish suit just right, he moves through the chamber with a big-city confidence that exudes more kissy-face Hollywood--where he once worked as a talent agent--than backslapping Sacramento.
BUSINESS
February 25, 2002 | MEG JAMES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Negotiators for the Screen Actors Guild this weekend reached a tentative agreement with the Assn. of Talent Agents that would allow agencies to make and receive investments in companies involved in production, sources said Sunday. The proposed three-year contract would significantly change the ground rules of Hollywood that have been in operation since 1939--the same year "Gone With the Wind" and "The Wizard of Oz" hit the silver screen.
BUSINESS
February 14, 1997 | CLAUDIA ELLER
Is Hollywood loyalty an oxymoron? It's a question being pondered this week throughout the industry by those who were stunned that Arnold Schwarzenegger had terminated his longtime agent after a 15-year run that catapulted the Austrian bodybuilder into arguably the biggest star in the world.
REAL ESTATE
June 18, 1989 | RUTH RYON, Times Staff Writer
There is a house in Brentwood that its owners can't give away. The Spanish-style home is owned by Debra and David Tenzer, a young couple who want a larger house but who don't want to move. They want to build a new home on the lot, not remodel the existing one. "And it occurred to us that we might try to donate the house to a nonprofit organization to use elsewhere," Debra Tenzer said, "because there are so many people with no place to live, so many people with no place to die."
NEWS
June 7, 2002 | VALLI HERMAN-COHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With his oversized black-rimmed glasses, elegant dark suits and pristine white shirts, the late Lew Wasserman came to personify Hollywood power. Along the way, his look became an archetype for legions of talent agents today. As the former chairman and chief executive of the Music Corp. of America, Wasserman, who died Monday, not only created a way of doing business but also inspired the unofficial dress code that governs the way Hollywood agents look today.
BUSINESS
February 15, 2002 | Claudia Eller
Hollywood agent John Lesher, who represents such clients as directors Sydney Pollack, Paul Thomas Anderson, David O. Russell, Kimberly Peirce and Jessie Nelson and actress Jennifer Jason Leigh, has left United Talent Agency to become a partner at rival agency Endeavor. UTA agreed to settle Lesher's contract, which still had 14 months to go. At this point, it is unclear which of Lesher's clients will follow him. Lesher will be one of 10 partners at Endeavor. Lesher worked at UTA since 1991.
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