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May 2, 1997
Cathy A. Nichols, a 22-year veteran of the management consulting firm McKinsey & Co., has been appointed chairman and chief executive of Universal Studios Recreation Group. Her appointment fills a key position for Universal Studios because the entertainment conglomerate has identified the theme park business as a prime area for strategic investment. The company is a unit of Seagram Co.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 1996 | KATE FOLMAR
Let them eat . . . well . . . everything. Some 75 Los Angeles-area chefs will whip up tapas, Chinese food, cheesecake, ice cream, espresso, sausage and much, much more at the ninth annual Share Our Strength Taste of the Nation Los Angeles smorgasbord and fund-raiser Saturday night at Universal Studios Hollywood. The event is part of a circuit of Share Our Strength events taking place nationwide, with 100% of the proceeds going to hunger-relief programs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 1999
Alfred Hitchcock made Janet Leigh film the bloody shower scene in "Psycho" 70 times before he was satisfied. Even so, Leigh still remembers the luminary filmmaker as one of the easiest people to work with in Hollywood. "Hitchcock was always so well-prepared that filming with him was pleasant no matter how scary the material," said Leigh, who starred in the 1960 Hitchcock classic. "He's made some of the best pictures ever. You just can't say enough about him."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 1999
* Crane Aerospace, Burbank, a division of Crane Co., announced promotions at two of its operating units. Greg Ward has been named president of Hydro-Aire Inc. Ward joined Hydro-Aire as vice president of manufacturing in 1993 and most recently was senior vice president, operations and customer satisfaction. Elise Kopczick has been named president of Lear Romec. For the past four years, Kopczick had been vice president, people and processes at Hydro-Aire.
BUSINESS
December 18, 1990 | ALAN CITRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The battle for Southern California theme park supremacy intensified Monday as MCA Inc. announced that two of Hollywood's great icons, "E.T." and Lucille Ball, will be saluted with new attractions as part of a $100-million expansion of Universal Studios Hollywood. MCA executives said the changes will bring tour visitors closer to the filmmaking process. Universal plans to revamp its tram service, cutting the ride from 2 hours to 45 minutes.
NEWS
April 8, 1995 | Patricia Ward Biederman
VALLEY ELDER: MCA, the entertainment giant expected to be acquired by the Seagram Co. (A1, D1), has 80-year roots in the Valley. . . . In 1914, Universal Pictures founder Carl Laemmle paid $165,000 for 240 acres of ranchland northeast of the Cahuenga Pass. Twenty thousand people turned out on March 15, 1915, for the opening of Laemmle's state-of-the-art motion picture studio, now part of MCA. Its first feature was "Damon and Pythias" (1914).
ENTERTAINMENT
October 12, 1995 | DAVID WHARTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jet Skiers crisscross a turquoise lagoon, dodging explosions. As fireballs shoot skyward, a smoking airplane crashes into the water. What is this? Reshoots for the video release of "Waterworld"? No, it's actually "WaterWorld--A Live Sea War Spectacular," a new attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood. The 16-minute stunt show is the most elaborate live production in the theme park's history. It is also the most expensive--which seems appropriate since the movie was the costliest ever made.
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