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July 20, 1993 | CHUCK PHILIPS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Wherehouse Entertainment has gone to court over its right to sell used compact discs, filing a multimillion-dollar antitrust suit against the nation's four largest record distributors: Sony, Warner Elektra Atlantic Corp., CEMA Distribution and UNI Distribution Corp.
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July 20, 1993 | CHUCK PHILIPS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Wherehouse Entertainment has gone to court over its right to sell used compact discs, filing a multimillion-dollar antitrust suit against the nation's four largest record distributors: Sony, Warner Elektra Atlantic Corp., CEMA Distribution and UNI Distribution Corp.
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BUSINESS
May 19, 1992
Live Entertainment Inc., a financially troubled Van Nuys videocassette distributor and retailer, said it did not pay the $8 million in interest due May 15 on $110 million of 14.5% senior subordinated notes. Live said it has a 30-day grace period during which it can make the interest payment before going into default. The company previously said that it hired Bear, Stearns & Co. and Jefferson Capital Group Ltd. to recommend ways to restructure the notes and to review Live's capital structure.
BUSINESS
June 28, 1994
UNI Distribution Corp., the music distribution arm of MCA, promoted Paul West to vice president of studio operations, engineering and quality assurance. West will expand the range of UNI's studio operations. He will also oversee quality assurance and engineering at UNI's new compact disc plant in Pickneyville, Ill., and its audiocassette plant in Gloversville, N.Y. West previously was director of studio operations, engineering and quality assurance.
BUSINESS
April 4, 1995
Ned Dowd has signed a new three-year agreement with Caravan Pictures and will continue to oversee all aspects of physical production for motion pictures created under the Caravan Pictures banner. He has served as head of production on all of Caravan Pictures' feature releases. Dowd has worked as an assistant director on 35 feature films as well as co-producing such films as "The Last of the Mohicans" and "The Three Musketeers."
BUSINESS
March 18, 1994
Terry Curtain is leaving independent producer Morgan Creek, where she was vice president of worldwide publicity and promotion, for MGM/UA Distribution Co., where she has been named senior vice president of worldwide publicity and field promotions. Separately, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. has named Alan Cole-Ford to the new position of executive vice president for strategy and development. * Youngheart Music has named Jim Recor general manager.
BUSINESS
May 10, 1994
Warner Bros. has named composer Doug Frank senior vice president of music. Frank is a longtime composer whose works include the hits "After You" and "Out of My Hands" for Dionne Warwick, songs for the Spinners and the Manhattans and the score for the 1983 Broadway show "Marilyn: An American Fable." He will work with Warner Bros. Music President Gary LeMel supervising music used in feature films and animation.
BUSINESS
October 11, 1994
Spelling Entertainment named executives Peter H. Bachmann, Thomas R. Carson and J. Ronald Castell to a newly established Office of the President that will oversee the day-to-day operations. Spelling is 78%-controlled by video retailer Blockbuster Entertainment, which was just acquired by Viacom Inc. A fourth member of the staff will be Steven R. Berrard, who was recently tapped to run Blockbuster by Viacom. Berrard serves as president and chief executive of Spelling.
BUSINESS
July 10, 1996 | From Associated Press
The nation's six largest makers of compact discs have been accused of scheming to keep CD prices artificially high, in a lawsuit that could result in payments to millions of buyers. A law firm representing two CD buyers filed the lawsuit Monday and won immediate class-action status, which means other aggrieved CD consumers can join. The suit does not specify how much it is seeking but limits each individual claim to $5,000.
BUSINESS
February 1, 1994
Embattled pop star Michael Jackson, whose inner circle has been in a state of flux since summer as he has battled child molestation allegations, has added a new publicity firm to his camp. Entertainment publicist Michael Levine confirmed that Jackson last week hired his Levine/Schneider firm, whose work includes public relations for such clients as Barbra Streisand and Jackson's sister Janet.
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