Thursday, August 2, 2012
THE MOB & THE INVENTION OF HOLLYWOOD
Ronald Reagan was an invention of the Hollywood
conglomerate, MCA, which was founded in 1924 by
Jules Stein, a Chicago ophthalmologist who quickly
became friendly with the local underworld. Every
facet of Reagan’s life, from his careers in acting and
politics to his financial successes, were directed
by MCA, which, with the help of the Mafia,
was the most powerful force in Hollywood
from the mid-1940s until the Bronfman family
purchased the company in 1995.
In walks Weitzman to MCA remember the year 1995
Company Town : Celebrity Lawyer Named to MCA Post :
Executives: Howard Weitzman's reputation as a tough
litigator may position him as the firm's 'bad cop.
August 18, 1995
JAMES BATES TIMES STAFF WRITER
"I've been fortunate to do just about everything one
could hope for in my legal career. I've tried some of
the highest-profile cases and been involved in some
of the largest transactional work. An opportunity
like this comes along once in a lifetime," Weitzman said.
The reaction at MCA was mixed. Some in the corporate
staff were said to be nervous that an outsider was
given the post. But others praised Weitzman.
Famed Los Angeles lawyer Howard Weitzman,
who made a name rushing to the aid of such celebrities
in trouble as Hugh Grant, O.J. Simpson, Michael
Jackson and John DeLorean, confirmed Thursday
that he is leaving his law practice to join the new
management at MCA Inc. as executive vice president
of corporate operations.Although the choice is unusual
given Weitzman's background, he has been close friends
for about 15 years with Ron Meyer, the former Hollywood
agent who was hired last month as MCA's president and
chief operating officer by Seagram Co.
In June, Seagram bought 80% of MCA from
Japan's Matsushita Electric Industrial Co..
READ ABOUT THE MOB AND MCA
In fact, according to the federal prosecutors chronicled in Stiffed,
organized crime seemed to play a big hand in the music division
of the entertainment conglomerate MCA Inc.
In 1983, under the new regime of MCA Records Group president
Irving Azoff (ex-manager of the Eagles and Steely Dan),
reputed mobster Salvatore ”Sal the Swindler” Pisello became
a major player in the label’s business.
Though Pisello had neither office nor salary,
MCA kept writing him large checks — and he had the run of the place.
IRVING AZOFF/RANDY PHILLIPS
A RELATIONSHIP THAT GOES BACK WAY
BACK TO THE EARLY DAYS OF MCA
HOWARD WEITZMAN GRACED
HIS PRESENCE THERE...
THE INFAMOUS DAYS OF MCA
MICHAEL JACKSON WENT TO BED
THINKING HE WAS DOING 10 SHOWS
WAKING UP HAVING TO DO 50.
HOW DID THIS EVER HAPPEN!
But you’ve got to look back further...to AEG.
Irving Azoff (Ticket Master and Partners with
Trudy Green /Howard Kaufman) built AEG.
By resuscitating ConcertsWest Eventually Irving
sold his interest to Anschutz, Randy Phillips was
handed the keys, took the day to day reins, and
Irving’s got a special place in their board room
As the head of AEG Live, Phillips manages a
division that grossed over $1 billion last year.
Understand Ticketmaster UK was the one to sell
Tickets in the UK for Michael Jackson O2 LONDON
until things took a sudden turn June 25.
Michael Jackson Everything stopped.
I'm hearing that AEG have a bid in to purchase
the field after the London Olympics are over.
May 10 (Bloomberg) -- Live Nation Entertainment Inc.,
the world’s largest concert promoter, and
billionaire Philip Anschutz’s entertainment
company will compete to operate London’s Olympic
Stadium after the games end in August.
Executives at Live Nation, based in Beverly Hills,
California, and Los Angeles-based Anschutz
EntertainmentGroup said separately in interviews
yesterday they will offer to manage the 80,000-
seat venue, which will host the opening and
closing Olympic ceremonies.
The arena is the U.K.’s third-largest,
behind Wembley Stadium and Twickenham Stadium.
Live Nation, which operates 200 venues,
would fill it with concerts and other events,
Chief Executive Officer Michael Rapino said
yesterday in a telephone interview.
He said the company’s interest will depend on price.
“It’s a prestigious stadium,” Rapino said.
“We will make a competitive offer.
If we can secure it, we will.”
ITS ALL CONNECTED!!!
Wasnt weitzman involved with Aladena "Jimmy the Weasel"
Fratian-no, a confessed mob hit man!!!
Regarding Fields Pellicano what happened
that day?? Did Weitzman set Pellicano up?