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November 4, 1999
* Charles Newman has joined the Los Angeles office of executive search firm Blackshaw, Olmstead, Lynch & Koenig as managing principal. Newman most recently was senior vice president of human resources at Airport Group International Inc., an affiliate of Lockheed Martin Corp. and Soros Capital. * Walt Disney Co. named Chris Montan as president of Walt Disney Music, a new position to oversee music for animated movies, stage productions and other operations.
October 24, 1992 | JIM HERRON ZAMORA
Walt Disney Studios has donated $25,000 to a proposed Burbank branch of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County--the largest gift the fledging project has received. T.J. Baptie, a spokeswoman for Burbank-based Disney, said she became interested in supporting the museum after she was asked by City Councilman Michael Hastings to serve on a committee raising money for the project.
July 11, 1992 | JAMES QUINN
A draft environmental report on a proposed $600-million expansion of Walt Disney Studios in Burbank has concluded that the mammoth project will not significantly worsen air quality or nearby traffic congestion. The development--all of which would take place on the company's existing 44-acre lot--would expand the studio facilities to 3.2 million square feet from 1.2 million square feet, Alan Epstein, vice president of Disney Development Co., said Friday.
March 19, 2004 | James Bates, Times Staff Writer
Former top Walt Disney Co. TV executive Rich Frank is joining the Firm entertainment company as chairman of the board, folding his Integrated Entertainment Partners venture into the business. Founder Jeff Kwatinetz will continue as chief executive, with Kwatinetz and partner Rick Yorn sharing a chairman's title. Julie Yorn will head Firm Films. Before starting his most recent venture, Frank was chairman of C3, a production company started by Comcast Corp.
October 9, 1987
Walt Disney Co. announced three management changes at two of its subsidiaries. Jeffrey A. Rochlis was named to the new position of executive vice president of Walt Disney Imagineering, the design and engineering unit handling Disney theme park expansion and entertainment complexes. He was formerly executive vice president of Walt Disney Studios.
Walt Disney Studios, seeking to limit spiraling production costs, is informing Hollywood talent agents that it will not pay more than $25,000 an episode for lead performers in new TV shows next season. The action--which represents a rollback of more than one-third from what stars have gotten for new shows--is the latest example of how the cost-conscious Hollywood studio is coming to grips with the deteriorating economics of prime-time TV programming.
November 22, 1993
William Koehler, a writer and animal trainer whose innovative methods were seen in animal performances in dozens of Disney motion pictures and TV shows, and read about in best-selling books, has died. Koehler, 79, of Sequim, Wash., died of a heart attack Wednesday at his home, his family said. Koehler trained dogs for movies such as "The Shaggy Dog," "Big Red" and the original "The Incredible Journey" during 23 years as chief animal trainer for Walt Disney Studios.
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