October 3, 2009
In my near 20 years in the entertainment industry I’ve seen the bubble of self-importance in which A-List Hollywood resides. This has been only a minor personal annoyance for me. But with the recent uproar over Roman Polanski’s arrest, I can’t keep quiet. I know this isn’t really a local issue. But as the father of two daughters, I think it’s a human issue. We live in the entertainment capital of the world, many of us gainfully employed there, and this negatively affects all of us. Hollywood is already condemned for being morally depraved.
July 27, 2005
Walt Disney Studios names new president The Walt Disney Co. named Daniel Battsek president of Miramax films Monday, immediately placing him in charge of building a new executive team and building a new line-up of Miramax films. Battsek will work with co-chairmen Bob and Harvey Weinstein, and as of Oct. 1, will take over all operations for Miramax Films including creative, acquisitions, productions, distribution, marketing and publicity. Previously, Battsek was executive vice president and managing director of distribution and production for Buena Vista International UK. Burbank Chamber mixer Thursday The Burbank Chamber of Commerce is looking to cool off for its July mixer.
April 2, 2005
Mark R. Madler The Walt Disney Co. will retain the name of Miramax Film Corp., following a split with Miramax chairmen Bob and Harvey Weinstein, it was announced this week. The Burbank-based studio and the brothers who founded Miramax in 1979 had a parting of the ways, it was announced Tuesday, yet the door is open for future collaborations with the brothers' still unnamed new production company. From the city's perspective, there is an understanding that change is inevitable, especially with a company the size of Disney, City Manager Mary Alvord said.
December 17, 2005
New technologies, high-quality films, expanding markets on agenda for new company head. MEDIA DISTRICT WEST -- Expanding into new technology and creating profitable yet high-quality films will be among the areas of focus for the new president of the Walt Disney Studios. Alan Bergman was promoted to the post Wednesday by Walt Disney Pictures Chairman Dick Cook. Bergman had been serving as executive vice president and chief financial officer for the studios. "I'll be focusing on strategy and operations of the studios," said Bergman, who joined the Disney company in 1996.
September 24, 2005
Walt Disney Co. President Robert Iger said Wednesday that the company will scale back its investments in live-action films and instead focus on films released under the Disney name. The company has found it gets a better return on Disney-branded films and it is a better investment overall to allocate money to strengthen the Disney name, Iger said. "By investing in a Disney-branded film we have the ability to leverage or exploit across multiple businesses in the company, multiple platforms technologically and multiple markets internationally," Iger said.