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January 25, 2000 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The operator of a Tarzana telemarketing company who bilked investors of $2 million for a phony Universal Studios attraction was sentenced Monday to more than eight years in federal prison, prosecutors said. U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson also ordered David Wolfson, 43, of Marina del Rey to pay $1.8 million in restitution to 100 investors with Century Park Venture Capital, a telemarketing company run out of Tarzana between 1997 and 1999.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 1997 | BARRY STAVRO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tour drivers at Universal Studios have rejected a new four-year contract offer by the entertainment giant and said they plan to go on strike Tuesday. The vote by Teamsters Local 399 was 49 to 41 against accepting Universal's contract offer. The sore point apparently is a $4-an-hour disparity in top pay between what the most experienced drivers are paid now and what newer hires would eventually receive when they reach the top pay tier.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2004 | Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writer
Albert A. Dorskind, the former MCA executive who created the popular Universal Studios tour and spearheaded construction of Universal City, including its amphitheater and multiscreen motion picture complex, has died. He was 82. Dorskind, who was vice president of MCA Inc. and president of MCA Development Corp., died Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after a long battle with prostate cancer, said his son, Jim.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1994
Transit officials have given MCA until Feb. 10 to come up with a final plan to relocate a proposed subway station closer to the entertainment giant's Universal Studios. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board voted unanimously to give MCA the Feb. 10 deadline to come up with its best offer for alternative funding for the station shift.
BUSINESS
September 12, 2000 | From Reuters
The family that owns the rights to cartoon characters Alvin and the Chipmunks filed a $105-million lawsuit Monday against Universal Studios, claiming it failed to adequately license products based on Alvin and his singing friends. The suit, filed in Superior Court in Los Angeles, alleges Universal executives told members of Chipmunks creator Ross Bagdasarian Sr.'s family that the studio would make Alvin, Theodore and Simon (the Chipmunks) "a cornerstone" of the company's various endeavors.
BUSINESS
September 23, 1999 | JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Universal Studios Inc.'s top theme park executive was replaced Wednesday, after slightly more than two years on the job, with a 29-year company veteran who has been responsible for much of the company's growth in Florida. Universal said Cathy Nichols, a management consultant recruited to run the division in 1997 amid an executive shake-up, is resigning to pursue unspecified interests.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 1991 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A welder's torch set off a small fire Wednesday at the "E.T." attraction under construction at Universal Studios, causing minor injuries to five workers and $150,000 in damage, fire officials said. The workers, who suffered smoke inhalation, were taken to St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, where they were treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said. The damage is not expected to delay the planned opening of the "E.T.'
ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 2002 | ROBERT JOHNSON, ORLANDO SENTINEL
Phyllis and Melvin Miles, visiting Universal Studios here from Seabrook, Md., are squealing happily while they bounce several inches off the ground. "Who knew we would be taking 'bouncing lessons' on our vacation in Orlando?" said Phyllis Miles, a 47-year-old music teacher. "They really want you to show enthusiasm if you win, and my bouncing needed some work," added her husband, Melvin, 46, a jazz pianist.
BUSINESS
February 20, 2003 | Richard Verrier, Times Staff Writer
As part of a goal to slash $250 million from its budget, Universal Studios has begun laying off workers as its cash-strapped parent company continues to put the squeeze on its American entertainment businesses. Universal this month has cut more than two dozen workers, including plumbers, electricians and office staff, as part of a plan to cut its budget by 10%.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 1998 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the county's regional Planning Commission nears completion of the first major phase of hearings on the proposed expansion of Universal Studios, opponents are rejoicing in the smallest of victories. Take Wednesday's meeting, when the commission took several small steps forward, but failed to wrap up the first level of hearings--begun more than a year ago--on the unprecedented, 15-year expansion of the Universal theme park and movie studio in Universal City.
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