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Goldman variations

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“The Lion in Winter” scribe James Goldman will return to the stage with a series of projects in London over the next two years. The first will be a play based on the life of Count Leo Tolstoy. F…

IT’S TED’S TURN AT BAT

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Ted Turner was stunned as he received the news in the summer of 1986. Only four months earlier he had sealed a grandiose deal to acquire MGM/UA. Now his advisers told him he would have to sell of…

Cash is catch for cablers

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The looming slugfest between cable operators and telephone companies might be a few years away from its opening bell, but the pre-fight workouts already have transformed the cable industry. Bent on…

Beyond ‘Gettysburg’

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Now that Turner Pictures is fully staffed, much of Hollywood is wondering whether it will reflect more than just Ted Turner’s personal tastes: “Gettysburg,” a mandated production from the Civil War…

Maintaining tech control

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Unlike many of its rivals, Odeon has a policy of retaining control of its “dedicated specialist services,” notes Andy Robertshaw, the loop’s executive in charge of technical services. It has its own…

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