NAME: Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus
STATUS: Head of 21st Century Film and exec at MGM/Pathe, respectively
FOUND: At the MIP-TV market, April 19 to 24, in Cannes
LAST SEEN TOGETHER: AFM market, 1989
Dubbed the “Go-Go” team of the mid-1980s, Golan and Globus were considered inseparable. But the two Israeli cousins parted ways acrimoniously in early 1989 in a dispute over Italian financier Giancarlo Parretti. At the time, Parretti dethroned the cousins from their lofty positions at the Cannon Group, the indie distrib they founded in 1982. Golan opted to take a payoff and leave; Globus stayed to become the unswaying loyal defender of Parretti. The two cousins have not spoken to each other since.
Nor apparently did they speak to each other during the recent MIP TV. Both attended the television market, like fish out of water. Those few who noticed their presence commented about the contrast in their fortunes and demeanor from the days turning the Cannes Film festival into the Cannon Film Festival, where virtually hundreds would line up outside their huge Martinez terrace offices for just a three-minute audience.
At MIP, Golan was spotted from behind walking up the Palais steps sporting a leather with large venting slits on the back. From afar, the jacket looked torn in several places, but it instead apparently was a sartorial statement.
Golan sat virtually alone at his small 21st Century stand, company fliers in hand ready to distribute to anyone who bothered to walk by. True to his former blustering self, however, Golan told colleagues that next market he will take up half the convention floor for his company’s stand. He also announced signing a $10 million co-production deal with a French network. He said that he was negotiating with major stars to play the leads.
Meanwhile, cousin Globus was hanging around the MGM/Pathe stand also somewhat at loose ends and also virtually unnoticed by the television world. Recovering from major surgery, Globus looked pale and moved considerably slower than the days when he would manhandle unfortunate distributors out of his Carlton suite.