November 27, 1995 |
MCA Music Entertainment Group Chairman Doug Morris is expected to announce a reorganization today that will include the appointment of Melvyn R. Lewinter as vice chairman of the record company and Zack Horowitz as president. The move comes just 12 days after Morris took over the reins of MCA Inc.'s music operations after the sudden ouster of former chairman Al Teller. MCA is 80% owned by Seagram Co.
March 21, 1995
Amy Pell, one of the co-producers of the hit Walt Disney animated film "Aladdin," was named senior vice president, production for Warner Bros.' new features animation division. Pell most recently was a creative consultant to Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. She reports to Bruce Berman, the studio's president of worldwide production. * Lawrence J. Kirk Jr. was named senior vice president of operations for The Samuel Goldwyn Co.
October 2, 1995 |
In a move foreshadowing major changes at the world's most famous African American record label, East Coast R&B Wunderkind Andre Harrell takes over the reins today at Motown Records. "Chapter 3 in the Motown Story is about to be written," said outgoing Motown Chief Executive Jheryl Busby, who will step down after eight years. "Motown Records has a rich African American heritage. Berry Gordy founded this great company and passed the torch to me. Now it's my turn to pass the torch to Andre."
July 11, 1995 |
It didn't take long for former Warner Music U.S. chief Doug Morris to land a new job. A few hours after Time Warner fired Morris on June 21, the 56-year-old industry veteran got a call from Seagram Chief Executive Edgar Bronfman Jr., who offered a deal to run a multimillion-dollar joint-venture label at MCA Music Entertainment. MCA Music Chairman Al Teller announced the pact with Morris on Monday, shortly after news broke that Bronfman had hired former CAA President Ron Meyer to run MCA Inc.
July 4, 1993 |
Described as "the Berry Gordy of rap," New York-based Russell Simmons is an entrepreneur who's expanded his original record company, Def Jam, into a management company, a clothing line and a TV/movies development branch. Significantly, he's even become a brand name. Comic actor Martin Lawrence may be the host of HBO's smash Friday night comedy series, but the show is called "Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam."