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January 5, 1994 | AMY HARMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
MCA Inc. has formed a multimedia entertainment division to develop and publish video games and interactive software, the company said Tuesday. The new business unit, Universal Interactive Studios, will be headed by Skip Paul, MCA executive vice president. Its first title, expected to be released within a few months, will be a CD-ROM game based on Steven Spielberg's blockbuster movie "Jurassic Park."
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April 3, 1997 | AARON CURTISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Adulthood comes with certain responsibilities. Among them: dinner parties. I've learned through experience that most hosts just don't understand a no-show who uses video games as an excuse. So I took the responsible course one Saturday by ripping myself away from Disruptor, an absolutely fabulous first-person shooter for Sony PlayStation from Universal Interactive Studios.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 1997 | AARON CURTISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Adulthood comes with certain responsibilities. Among them: dinner parties. I've learned through experience that most hosts just don't understand a no-show who uses video games as an excuse. So I took the responsible course one Saturday by ripping myself away from Disruptor, an absolutely fabulous first-person shooter for Sony PlayStation from Universal Interactive Studios.
BUSINESS
January 5, 1994 | AMY HARMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
MCA Inc. has formed a multimedia entertainment division to develop and publish video games and interactive software, the company said Tuesday. The new business unit, Universal Interactive Studios, will be headed by Skip Paul, MCA executive vice president. Its first title, expected to be released within a few months, will be a CD-ROM game based on Steven Spielberg's blockbuster movie "Jurassic Park."
BUSINESS
March 24, 1998
Irvine-based Interplay Entertainment Corp., a money-losing developer of video games, filed plans to raise up to $72 million in an initial public stock offering, according to an SEC filing. Proceeds will be used to repay $33.6 million in debts, a $1-million bonus to founder Brian Fargo and $1.5 million to distributor Universal Interactive Studios, according to SEC documents. The company, which has not turned an annual profit since 1995, has a reputation for outrageous marketing campaigns.
BUSINESS
June 18, 1998 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Computer-game maker Interplay Entertainment Corp. is sharply scaling back the size of its initial public stock offering. The Irvine-based company, which said in March that it hoped to raise about $72 million in a public stock sale, said it now plans to raise $27 million, according to documents filed Tuesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company said it expects to sell 5 million shares of common stock, down from an original 6.25 million.
BUSINESS
April 26, 1996
News Corp. has named Preston Padden chairman and chief executive of the new satellite TV venture it has formed with MCI Communications Corp. and hired Fox alum Lana Corbi to take his place as head of affiliate relations for Fox Broadcasting. Padden built Fox's distribution system to its current 201 stations and oversaw founder Rupert Murdoch's extensive Washington lobbying efforts.
BUSINESS
March 24, 1998 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hoping to take advantage of investors' interest in digital entertainment, game developer Interplay Entertainment Corp. said Monday it plans to raise about $72 million by selling stock in an initial public offering. The company--best known for its outrageous marketing campaigns--has struggled to make a profit over the last several years, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
BUSINESS
July 14, 2001 | RICHARD VERRIER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To help build its image and identity in the U.S. market, French media giant Vivendi Universal is turning to a storybook character: Curious George. The mischievous primate of children's books has been making prominent appearances in full-page newspaper ads across the country in the last two weeks. The ads tout Vivendi Universal's acquisition of book publisher Houghton Mifflin, which publishes the Curious George books.
BUSINESS
June 21, 1994 | AMY HARMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Guess who's coming to the Consumer Electronics Show this week. Not video game veteran Sega of America, for one. Nor Electronic Arts, the nation's biggest independent publisher of interactive games. Several small game developers caught in a cash crunch also won't be exhibiting this year.
BUSINESS
May 10, 1994 | AMY HARMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The silhouetted Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton, the dramatic musical score, the massive advertising campaign splashing the red, yellow and black "Jurassic Park" logo everywhere. No, it's not a flashback to last summer. It's the launch of the 3DO video game version of MCA/Universal's mega-movie, which arrives in stores today. Last year, the high-tech dinosaur film broke all box office records.
NEWS
December 20, 2001 | ALEX PHAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two guys in a garage. It's a romantic notion of how pluck, perseverance and programming prowess can generate cool games--and millions of dollars. Just ask Jason Rubin and Andy Gavin, the guys who founded Naughty Dog, a Santa Monica game studio that developed the enormously successful "Crash Bandicoot" franchise in 1996. They'd tell you that in 1986, when they were both 16, they formed a company called Jam Software and started cranking out computer games.
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