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March 20, 1990 | RICK DU BROW
TV or not TV. . . . FAST FORWARD: What would go well as a companion piece to TV's top-rated series, "America's Funniest Home Videos"? "War and Peace"? "The Iliad"? "Gone with the Wind"? "Videos" producer Vin Di Bona has a better idea. He's already disclosed that the new show he's aiming to pair with his sudden smash hit is tentatively called "Everything Else Funny About America." He now says he's even got an air date, May 13, following "Videos" in ABC's 8:30 p.m.
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August 14, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
The former ABC executive who helped "America's Funniest Home Videos" producer Vin Di Bona bring his vast repository of amateur videos to the Web has left the company they founded amid differences over the future direction of the company. Bruce Gersh, who together with Di Bona launched an independent production company to capitalize on the surging popularity of YouTube videos, said he is departing FishBowl Media Worldwide with the end of his contract. Di Bona said he and Gersh met Thursday to discuss the future of FishBowl Worldwide Media.
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January 27, 1996 | JILL LEOVY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Sherman Oaks" has invaded Woodland Hills, and it isn't pretty. No sooner had the cable television show "Sherman Oaks" set up shop in two earthquake-damaged homes in Woodland Hills than the homeowners dug in for battle. What followed was quintessential Valley: The neighbors complained about "strangers coming into the neighborhood," and building inspectors banned any filming until the proper permit is issued.
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July 1, 2000 | BRIAN LOWRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the start of a new decade, a TV program based on an overseas concept premieres in the U.S. Featuring ordinary people, the show becomes an instant ratings hit, fueling discussion about the wider implications for network television. Would the answer be "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," a British transplant? "Survivor," CBS' Swedish export? Or perhaps "Big Brother," that network's soon-to-premiere Dutch treat? Try "America's Funniest Home Videos," introduced as an ABC series in 1990.
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April 17, 1993 | STEVE WEINSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Arleen Sorkin, the former co-host of "America's Funniest People," has filed a racial discrimination suit against the producer of the show, claiming that he dismissed her because she is white. The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, asks for damages in excess of $450,000 from "Funniest People" executive producer Vin Di Bona and his Vin Di Bona Productions, which produces the show and "America's Funniest Home Videos" for ABC.
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August 14, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
The former ABC executive who helped "America's Funniest Home Videos" producer Vin Di Bona bring his vast repository of amateur videos to the Web has left the company they founded amid differences over the future direction of the company. Bruce Gersh, who together with Di Bona launched an independent production company to capitalize on the surging popularity of YouTube videos, said he is departing FishBowl Media Worldwide with the end of his contract. Di Bona said he and Gersh met Thursday to discuss the future of FishBowl Worldwide Media.
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March 29, 1999
In 1994, Keanu Reeves had all the makings of an action star when he appeared in director Jan De Bont's thrill ride of a movie, "Speed." In the film, Reeves played a Los Angeles cop trying to outwit a sinister bomb expert (Dennis Hopper), who had rigged a bus to blow up if it slowed down. Along with Reeves, the film made a star out of Sandra Bullock, who frantically drove the bus. Hollywood couldn't wait for the sequel, but the industry was stunned when Reeves turned it down.
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July 1, 2000 | BRIAN LOWRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the start of a new decade, a TV program based on an overseas concept premieres in the U.S. Featuring ordinary people, the show becomes an instant ratings hit, fueling discussion about the wider implications for network television. Would the answer be "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," a British transplant? "Survivor," CBS' Swedish export? Or perhaps "Big Brother," that network's soon-to-premiere Dutch treat? Try "America's Funniest Home Videos," introduced as an ABC series in 1990.
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February 14, 1990 | DANIEL CERONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Vin Di Bona took out advertisements in TV Guide and People Magazine six months ago asking readers to send in funny home-video footage for a new TV show, he knew he'd get a response. He knew that many of the brightest moments on videotape were not stored securely in network vaults. He knew they were floating around in America's living rooms in a vast, untapped reservoir of homemade videos.
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June 2, 1993 | SHAUNA SNOW, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Lampoon Soap Spoof: Vin Di Bona, the Emmy-winning producer of "America's Funniest Home Videos" and "America's Funniest People," is developing a spoof of soap operas called "National Lampoon's Desire Under the Magnolias."
ENTERTAINMENT
March 29, 1999
In 1994, Keanu Reeves had all the makings of an action star when he appeared in director Jan De Bont's thrill ride of a movie, "Speed." In the film, Reeves played a Los Angeles cop trying to outwit a sinister bomb expert (Dennis Hopper), who had rigged a bus to blow up if it slowed down. Along with Reeves, the film made a star out of Sandra Bullock, who frantically drove the bus. Hollywood couldn't wait for the sequel, but the industry was stunned when Reeves turned it down.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 1996 | JILL LEOVY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Sherman Oaks" has invaded Woodland Hills, and it isn't pretty. No sooner had the cable television show "Sherman Oaks" set up shop in two earthquake-damaged homes in Woodland Hills than the homeowners dug in for battle. What followed was quintessential Valley: The neighbors complained about "strangers coming into the neighborhood," and building inspectors banned any filming until the proper permit is issued.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 1993 | STEVE WEINSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Arleen Sorkin, the former co-host of "America's Funniest People," has filed a racial discrimination suit against the producer of the show, claiming that he dismissed her because she is white. The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, asks for damages in excess of $450,000 from "Funniest People" executive producer Vin Di Bona and his Vin Di Bona Productions, which produces the show and "America's Funniest Home Videos" for ABC.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 1990 | RICK DU BROW
TV or not TV. . . . FAST FORWARD: What would go well as a companion piece to TV's top-rated series, "America's Funniest Home Videos"? "War and Peace"? "The Iliad"? "Gone with the Wind"? "Videos" producer Vin Di Bona has a better idea. He's already disclosed that the new show he's aiming to pair with his sudden smash hit is tentatively called "Everything Else Funny About America." He now says he's even got an air date, May 13, following "Videos" in ABC's 8:30 p.m.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 1990 | DANIEL CERONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Vin Di Bona took out advertisements in TV Guide and People Magazine six months ago asking readers to send in funny home-video footage for a new TV show, he knew he'd get a response. He knew that many of the brightest moments on videotape were not stored securely in network vaults. He knew they were floating around in America's living rooms in a vast, untapped reservoir of homemade videos.
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May 23, 1990 | GREG BRAXTON, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Smile! Candid Camera's Back: "Candid Camera," an earlier generation's "America's Funniest Home Videos," is being resurrected full time. The show, seen occasionally now in specials on CBS, will return in September, 1991, as a syndicated half-hour series from King World. Vin Di Bona, executive producer of "America's Funniest Home Videos," will serve in the same capacity for the new "Candid Camera." Allen Funt, the show's creator and former host, will be a consultant.
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