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April 23, 1996
Michael Williams-Jones will retire as president and chief operating officer of United International Pictures. Williams-Jones will continue to serve as president of UIP until a successor is found. UIP is the joint venture that handles international distribution for Paramount, MCA and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Williams-Jones has been president of UIP since 1984. * Ralph Berge has been named vice president of production for Turner Pictures.
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May 13, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Units of Hollywood's major studios were fined 2.4 million euros ($3.1 million) each by Spain's competition court after a three-year inquiry into allegations of price fixing and other unfair trade practices. The Spanish units of Walt Disney Co., Sony Pictures Entertainment, News Corp.'s 20th Century Fox, United International Pictures and Time Warner Inc.
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BUSINESS
February 25, 1994 | ALAN CITRON
In a world of multibillion-dollar communications ventures, some realized and some not, nothing sounds more quaint than the business of physically delivering movies to the screen. But foreign film distribution has become a hot-button issue in the new media world, as the same European executives grappling with plans for the information superhighway look for ways to stem the flow of Hollywood movies to their shores.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 2000 | Bloomberg News Service
* Vivendi Universal's Universal Pictures unit promoted Marc Shmuger to vice chairman and Rick Finkelstein to chief operating officer. Shmuger had been president of marketing at Universal Pictures in Universal City and Finkelstein was president of the studio, the company said. Shmuger will be in charge of the studio's worldwide marketing, Internet activities, business development and strategic planning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 2000 | Bloomberg News Service
* Vivendi Universal's Universal Pictures unit promoted Marc Shmuger to vice chairman and Rick Finkelstein to chief operating officer. Shmuger had been president of marketing at Universal Pictures in Universal City and Finkelstein was president of the studio, the company said. Shmuger will be in charge of the studio's worldwide marketing, Internet activities, business development and strategic planning.
BUSINESS
July 15, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
U.S. Studios Fire Back in Britain: United International Pictures, the joint distribution arm of Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, has released a study to blunt recent criticism that major U.S. studios suck too much money out of the British economy, pay too little in taxes and don't contribute enough to the British film industry.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 26, 1988 | JOHN VOLAND, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
The Swiss canton of Valais banned director Martin Scorsese's controversial film "The Last Temptation of Christ" over the Christmas weekend, ruling it offensive. The canton's censorship board said it made the decision after seeing the film at the request of distributors United International Pictures, which wanted to show it in two towns in the region.
BUSINESS
May 13, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Units of Hollywood's major studios were fined 2.4 million euros ($3.1 million) each by Spain's competition court after a three-year inquiry into allegations of price fixing and other unfair trade practices. The Spanish units of Walt Disney Co., Sony Pictures Entertainment, News Corp.'s 20th Century Fox, United International Pictures and Time Warner Inc.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 8, 1988 | MICHAEL CIEPLY
Once upon a time in Hollywood----three or four years ago, actually--a ferocious band of movie makers called the Independents came out of Nowhere to take the town by storm. Talk about chutzpah! For eons and eons, Hollywood--the movie capital, where the River of Bankability flowed with glitz and celluloid--had been ruled by the Major Studios. All was calm in the land between the Sea of Red Ink and the Ocean of Profit. According to legend, there were seven fearsome Majors. Or maybe there were 10.
BUSINESS
April 23, 1996
Michael Williams-Jones will retire as president and chief operating officer of United International Pictures. Williams-Jones will continue to serve as president of UIP until a successor is found. UIP is the joint venture that handles international distribution for Paramount, MCA and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Williams-Jones has been president of UIP since 1984. * Ralph Berge has been named vice president of production for Turner Pictures.
BUSINESS
July 15, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
U.S. Studios Fire Back in Britain: United International Pictures, the joint distribution arm of Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, has released a study to blunt recent criticism that major U.S. studios suck too much money out of the British economy, pay too little in taxes and don't contribute enough to the British film industry.
BUSINESS
February 25, 1994 | ALAN CITRON
In a world of multibillion-dollar communications ventures, some realized and some not, nothing sounds more quaint than the business of physically delivering movies to the screen. But foreign film distribution has become a hot-button issue in the new media world, as the same European executives grappling with plans for the information superhighway look for ways to stem the flow of Hollywood movies to their shores.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 20, 1993
Just as it has disposed of box-office records in the United States, director-producer Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park" is chomping them up in Japan. The dinosaur horror movie soared to a record $8.4 million in ticket sales in 237 theaters on Saturday and Sunday. That surpassed "Back to the Future Part II," which had held the record in Japan since 1989, when it grossed $4.5 million in 153 theaters.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 26, 1988 | JOHN VOLAND, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
The Swiss canton of Valais banned director Martin Scorsese's controversial film "The Last Temptation of Christ" over the Christmas weekend, ruling it offensive. The canton's censorship board said it made the decision after seeing the film at the request of distributors United International Pictures, which wanted to show it in two towns in the region.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 20, 1993
Just as it has disposed of box-office records in the United States, director-producer Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park" is chomping them up in Japan. The dinosaur horror movie soared to a record $8.4 million in ticket sales in 237 theaters on Saturday and Sunday. That surpassed "Back to the Future Part II," which had held the record in Japan since 1989, when it grossed $4.5 million in 153 theaters.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 8, 1988 | MICHAEL CIEPLY
Once upon a time in Hollywood----three or four years ago, actually--a ferocious band of movie makers called the Independents came out of Nowhere to take the town by storm. Talk about chutzpah! For eons and eons, Hollywood--the movie capital, where the River of Bankability flowed with glitz and celluloid--had been ruled by the Major Studios. All was calm in the land between the Sea of Red Ink and the Ocean of Profit. According to legend, there were seven fearsome Majors. Or maybe there were 10.
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