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June 8, 1994 | AMY HARMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If the annual Digital World conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center has been oddly free of friction this year, that may change today, when Clinton Brooks of the National Security Agency meets civil libertarian and cyberspace legend Philip Zimmerman, author of a notorious data encryption program called Pretty Good Privacy, on a panel titled "Privacy in the Digital World."
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June 8, 1994 | AMY HARMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If the annual Digital World conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center has been oddly free of friction this year, that may change today, when Clinton Brooks of the National Security Agency meets civil libertarian and cyberspace legend Philip Zimmerman, author of a notorious data encryption program called Pretty Good Privacy, on a panel titled "Privacy in the Digital World."
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BUSINESS
November 1, 1994 | AMY HARMON
Interactive: Author Neal Stephenson has signed a deal with Viacom New Media to develop an interactive version of his cyber-punk novel "Snow Crash." The multimedia rights to the book--a cult favorite among the techno-elite, who also happen to be the target demographic for high-end CD-ROM games--were hotly pursued by a number of software companies.
BUSINESS
March 22, 1994
Viacom Inc. has appointed Edward D. Horowitz chairman and chief executive for new media and interactive television. The new division combines Viacom's new-media and interactive television assets with those of recently acquired Paramount Communications Inc., including Viacom New Media and Paramount Technology Group. Horowitz said he is in the process of reviewing assets of the combined companies to determine if there is any overlap.
BUSINESS
May 3, 1994
Viacom Inc. executive Neil S. Braun has been named president of the NBC Television Network. He replaces Pierson Mapes, whom the network said has chosen to take early retirement after 12 years in the post. As chairman of Viacom Entertainment, Braun oversaw production of prime-time network programming, first-run syndicated programming, international distribution and Viacom New Media. He said his biggest challenge at NBC will be helping to position the network for the interactive future.
BUSINESS
August 5, 1994
Warner Bros. named former Walt Disney Co. animation executive Jerry Davis as director of creative development for its feature animation department. Davis was senior creative executive at Walt Disney Feature Animation, supervising such projects as the forthcoming "Toy Story." He previously was director of television for Landmark Entertainment Group. * Carolyn Baker was named Warner Bros. Records vice president of A&R development for black music.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 22, 1996 | AARON CURTISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No one has ever accused me of being highbrow. My opinion of the film version of "Sense and Sensibility" was that it could have used a few roundhouse kicks to liven things up. Maybe that's why I like Viacom New Media's latest CD-ROM, featuring Beavis and Butthead, so much. Parents reading this may wonder what I or their kids see in the two losers, but I have to admit I think they're hilarious.
BUSINESS
February 7, 1994 | JOHN LIPPMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's going to take a lot more than a pick and shovel to build the information superhighway. Workers who want to join what is touted as the next great economic boom will need high-tech skills in everything from computers to electronics--not to mention such old-fashioned creative talent as knowing how to recognize a good story or having an artistic eye. That's the early consensus among employers involved in the initial stages of the interactive television business.
BUSINESS
February 9, 1996 | LESLIE HELM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Plunging into an already-crowded market, the world's largest toy company will announce Monday its entry into the multimedia business with a series of computer games based on such popular toy brands as Barbie, Hot Wheels and Fisher-Price. Mattel Inc. said it has established a multimedia subsidiary in El Segundo called Mattel Media that will use the toy giant's strength in developing and distributing toys to crack the rapidly growing but increasingly competitive CD-ROM and video game market.
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