To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of the death of Shapiro Glickenhaus Entertainment have been greatly exaggerated.
This is contrary to a press release mailed to media outlets earlier this week on company letterhead–complete with the signatures of company exex Leonard Shapiro, James Glickenhaus and Alan Solomon.
Although the release appeared to be authentic, much of the statement’s wording indicated this was someone’s idea of a joke, albeit a twisted one.
Reached at his office in New York, SGE chairman Glickenhaus, said, “It’s completely untrue. The whole thing is underinvestigation by both civil and criminal authorities and the appropriate action will be taken.”
While Glickenhaus refused to speculate on who the culprit might be, some company employees believe it was a recently fired employee who had access to the executives’ signatures and company stationery.
After announcing the dissolution of the company, the bogus statement continued, “Words cannot adequately express the grief we feel, at having mismanaged the distribution and promotion of so much potentially lucrative product with our marketing gaffes, incompetent handling, repulsive advertising, dummy sub-licensing and triple bookkeeping.”
In announcing that SGE’s library had been acquired by MCA/Universal, the statement continued, “All of your disturbing little lawsuits will be handled by MCA’s attorneys with their usual reptilian sloth. We will soon move all accounting records from the secret storage room in our parking garage to a secured site, and then sack our loyal but naive office staff.”