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Posts Tagged ‘Haim Saban’

Tina Daunt: Lifestyles of the Rich, Famous and Politically Active

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We don’t like to think of Tina Daunt as a society columnist. She does so much more than just report the latest bon mots of sauced rich white people.

But, we guess, nobody gets a cool gig like hers without having to put in some time doing the expected tales of ostentatious wealth and envy-inducing real estate porn.

So we forgive her for this piece in yesterday’s Los Angeles Times Magazine which offers every last rich detail of the opulent estates of Ron Burkle, Rob Reiner, Norman Lear, Arianna Huffington, Bruce Cohen and Haim Saban.

Our favorite bit of dish comes in the Saban section:

A clear all-weather tent–lighted by chandeliers–is used as a central gathering spot behind the main house. But guests beware: The invitation should come with a Thomas Guide. You’ll find the exit after the watermill, the fountains and the topiary animals on the lawn.

She failed to mention whether the topiaries resembled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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LAT in 90 Seconds

heritage.jpgIndigenous Or Disingenuous? An actor accused of pretending to be something he’s not? Say it isn’t so.

peacock.jpgBlades of Glory Creators Using ‘The Secret’? Consider this quote from director Josh Gordon: “How do we even move a camera along a wet surface while two grown men lift each other in an impossible position? What you start to realize is you have to just imagine what it is you want and somehow solutions present themselves.”

saban.jpgOK’d. Now … Que? The feds approved the $12.3-billion sale of Univision to Haim Saban and four other investors. Now the real work begins.

In The Trades: Remakes, Retreads, Rewards

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Remaking a Hong Kong movie paid off once, so Oscar-winning writer William Monahan will do it again, adapting Confessions of Pain for Warners. Leonardo DiCaprio will star and produce under his Appian Way company.

The CW offers Hell on Earth as a pilot from CBS Paramount. A mean girl gets hit by a bus, goes to purgatory and is given a second chance but this time on the wrong side of the tracks. From the team that gave us The Shaggy Dog and Raising Helen, who haven’t had an original thought in their entire lives.

Nickelodeon Movies continues the trend with Unicorn, a family comedy centers on a man who wakes up with a unicorn in his apartment. And a horn in his ass.

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Jeffrey Immel, chairman and chief executive of General Electric, parent company of NBC Universal, received $15.2 million in compensation last year, and Bob Wright, who until recently headed NBC Universal, received more than $15.6 million in compensation. The company had an excellent year, according to the compensation committee as quoted in a proxy statement.

Univision will pay $24 million in fines to settle complaints over children’s programming. A group of investors, led by Haim Saban offered $12.3 billion for the network. So, instead of continuing to argue that soap operas in Spanish are, too, educational, the fines will be paid.