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Producers I Have Known – Brad Gilbert

September 4th, 2012 · No Comments

Another producer I once worked with is Brad Gilbert. Brad never hesitated to tell you that he was the son of Ron Gilbert, who (among other accomplishments) was one of the producers of the 1970 movie “Diary of a Mad Housewife”, starring Carrie Snodgress. I ran into Brad when I was President of Gold Circle […]

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Producers I Have Known – Pieter Kroonenburg and Gary Howsam

September 3rd, 2012 · 4 Comments

One day at a party I ran into this guy Pieter Kroonenburg.  We hit it off right away, maybe it’s because we shared Dutch ancestry (he sometimes spelled his last name Kroonenberg).  Kroonenburg’s partner was a Canadian producer named Gary Howsam.  Their company was called Kingsborough Pictures.  “I’m the senior partner in this relationship,” Kroonenburg […]

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Stephen J. Cannell RIP

October 2nd, 2010 · No Comments

Stephen J. Cannell died on September 30, 2010. Laudatory obituaries now have appeared in both the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times. What this style of Hollywood eulogy invariably misses is that the person they are lauding frequently was a jerk. Such was my experience with Cannell. Back in 2000 I financed an […]

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Recent Transitions in the Independent Film Business

August 20th, 2010 · 3 Comments

In the late 1990s – early 2000s, most independent films were produced using a “structured financing”-type structure.  Various collateral items were comprised including foreign pre-sales; syndicated tax benefits; and domestic theatrical, television and video rights.  These were used as collateral for a bank loan to finance production.  Portfolios of these loans were amassed and syndicated […]

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Weintraub Entertainment Group – Form 10-K

April 15th, 2010 · No Comments

Here is a copy of Weintraub Entertainment Group’s Form 10-K for 1988, filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. This mainly is of interest because of Jerry Weintraub’s failed attempt to resuscitate United Artists Films and United Artists Records (the latter apparently without license from Capitol-EMI, which accquired it in 1978). For further discussion, […]

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Transamerica Corporation – United Artists Records – United Artists Films – Annual Reports

April 15th, 2010 · No Comments

Here are the annual reports for Transamerica Corporation for 1980 and 1981. They mainly are of interest in connection with United Artists Records and United Artists Films, owned by Transamerica at the time. Here is a post describing Capitol’s acquisition of United Artists Records in further detail. Transamerica Corp. 1980 10-K Transamerica Corp. 1981 Annual […]

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Interpreting Financial Information

March 14th, 2010 · No Comments

Historical financial information about companies primarily is derived from their annual reports and Form 10-Ks filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  As a shareholder in various entertainment firms, over time I have compiled a collection of these documents, which I have scanned and posted as downloadable files elsewhere on this site.  To my […]

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RIAA and MPAA Statistics

March 14th, 2010 · No Comments

RIAA is the trade association for the U.S. record industry. It is the counterpart to the Motion Picture Association of America (“MPAA”), which is the trade association for the U.S. film industry. One of their activities is compiling and disseminating statistics pertinent to each of their respective businesses. I have maintained a database of RIAA […]

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MCA Annual Reports

March 13th, 2010 · No Comments

Here are copies of most of MCA’s annual reports or Forms 10-K since 1966. One item of note is the 1969 annual report where management specifically identifies large write-offs on the films “Sweet Charity” and “The Loves of Isadora.” This level of detail is unusual. MCA 1966 Annual Report MCA 1967 Annual Report MCA 1968 […]

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Jennifer Jones and the Human Potential Movement

December 18th, 2009 · No Comments

The actress Jennifer Jones died on December 17, 2009; her death was reported in today’s New York Times and Los Angeles Times. I remember attending several receptions at her home in Bel Air. It was a novel sensation to see multi-million dollar works of art casually displayed on a wall in a hallway where others […]

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