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November 17, 1998 | CLAUDIA ELLER and JAMES BATES
Seagram Co. fired the head of its entertainment division on Monday amid a wholesale restructuring of the company, raising further questions about the liquor giant's ability to manage the movie, TV, music and theme park operations it bought just three years ago. The move--The Times reported Friday that it was expected--suggests that Seagram's 43-year-old scion, Edgar Bronfman Jr., is still struggling to secure his footing in the entertainment business.
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December 18, 2000 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Onetime TV anchorman Pierre Lescure, an American pop culture fanatic and Porky Pig collector, has the keys to Universal Studios firmly in his grip. Running a Hollywood studio fulfills a lifelong dream for the 55-year-old co-chief operating officer of Vivendi Universal. With the completion of its $31-billion buyout of Universal's parent more than a week ago, French utility giant Vivendi will become the world's second-largest media conglomerate behind America Online, which will be No.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 1995 | FRANK WILLIAMS
Asmall fire at Universal Studios on Tuesday morning prompted firefighters to shut down four sound stages at the entertainment complex, a Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman said. Firefighter Larry Duran said the fire started about 9 a.m. near the "Cinemagic" portion of the Universal Studios tour. The fire was doused in about 20 minutes but not before ripping through a wall on Sound Stage No. 32. Duran said no one was injured. The amount of damage was not disclosed.
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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.
BUSINESS
March 19, 1998 | MARLA MATZER
In a move the studio says will make it the first to open a "multifaceted" amusement attraction in China, Universal Studios on Wednesday unveiled plans to participate in a Beijing retail/office/apartment complex project. The 20,000-square-foot Universal Studios Experience is expected to open in June in the complex, developed by Hong Kong-based Henderson (China) Investment Co.
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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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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
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.
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