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Ordower out as exec VP at Universal

Fred Ordower, exec veep of Universal Entertainment Services, ankled his post Friday. He still had a year left on his six-figure employment contract.

Ordower, who joined the then-MCA Entertainment Services unit from concert production and facility management firm Ogden Presents in 1992, oversaw the operation of MCA’s licensed merchandise arms Winterland Prods. and Facility Merchandising Inc. MCA (now Universal) Concerts also reported to Ordower.

Earlier this year, Ordower helped orchestrate an eight-figure sale of Winterland, the entertainment merchandise company founded by the late concert promoter Bill Graham, to MML. a manufacturing company. (Daily Variety, June 19). MCA bought the firm in 1988.

He also participated in the sale of MCA’s Facility Merchandise Inc. (FMI), a re-seller of novelty items to venues across the country, to its president Milt Aronsohn.

Sources said the new MCA regime felt that in the wake of the sales of the two firms, most of Ordower’s duties became obsolete.

He departure was set to be announced sometime after the first of the year.

Ordower could not be reached for comment.

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