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Shareholder suit airs Disney deals

...relive one of his most embarrassing mistakes, hiring Michael Ovitz as president. The suit filed in 1997 is finally going...going to show that the board had no grounds to terminate Michael Ovitz for cause and that he had every right to obtain the...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/10/03/bus_430205.shtml
Business
Parting pay remains sweet for outgoing executives

...and Michael D. Eisner, the former CEO of Walt Disney Co. who once championed a $140 million golden parachute for Michael Ovitz, a friend who lasted just 14 months as his deputy. Eisner departed prematurely last year with a parachute of nearly...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2006/02/13/bus_55573.shtml
Business
Celebrity CEOs often no bargain for shareholders

...until his company-sponsored lavish living triggered a government investigation. And don't forget superagent Michael Ovitz, who was supposed to save The Walt Disney Co. from a leaderless future but only lasted 14 months before walking away...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2005/02/14/bus_442765.shtml
Business
Severance compensation is large for departing CEOs

...handed out during the go-go years, most notably the $140 million bonanza Walt Disney Co. gave former president Michael Ovitz. A recent survey of 223 public companies by the Hay Group found that half would not be obligated to pay more than...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/06/28/bus_420427.shtml
Business
Business briefs

...war and sharply lower demand for military charter flights. Ovitz takes stand in Disney hearings GEORGETOWN, Del. - Michael Ovitz, Walt Disney Co.'s former president, testified Tuesday that he was undercut several times by Disney chief executive...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/10/27/bus_432467.shtml
Business
Nation's largest pension fund to withhold support for Disney chief

...company's current management. The Glass Lewis report also made reference to a lawsuit stemming from the departure of Michael Ovitz as Disney president in 1996 after serving less than two years. That suit, brought against the Disney board on behalf...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/02/27/bus_405979.shtml
Business
Hollywood hell raiser Eszterhas finds peace in suburbia

...full of exactly that. There are gossipy tidbits on his wild evening with actress Sharon Stone, his battle with agent Michael Ovitz and his fight with action star Sylvester Stallone over writing credits on his first script, "F.I.S.T." Now...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/02/23/ent_405539.shtml
Things to Do
Disney CEO Michael Eisner facing his most serious challenge yet

...animated film hits as "Finding Nemo" with Disney and is negotiating a new contract. In 1995, he hired his friend Michael Ovitz as Disney president, a disastrous decision that led to the departure of several executives and a multimillion-dollar...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2003/12/04/bus_388158.shtml
Business
Mutombo quietly contributes to win

...Saturday Night Live" alumni Mike Myers and Will Ferrell (with two-tone blond hair), Penny Marshall, super agent Michael Ovitz, and Los Angeles Dodgers chairman Bob Daly and his songwriter-wife Carole Bayer Sager. Just off the court were...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2001/06/08/nba_311738.shtml
NBA
NFL chooses Houston over LA

...Houston's franchise bid was $150 million higher than that offered by either the LA Coliseum group or another headed by Michael Ovitz, who proposed building a stadium at Hollywood Park. Ovitz and his money man, grocery billionaire Ron Burkle, offered...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1999/10/07/pro_272043.shtml
NFL