Mike Ovitz Explains: “Nobody Called Me”

By | Friday April 9, 2010 @ 3:12pm PDT

UPDATES Shame On Mike Ovitz…

This morning, Mike Ovitz tried to go through a NYC power publicist (Steven Rubenstein, who doesn’t rep him) to get back to me. But I needed to hear the words directly from MO’s mouth. So he just phoned me from a plane … Read More »

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Shame On Mike Ovitz…

By | Thursday April 8, 2010 @ 3:00pm PDT

UPDATES Mike Ovitz Explains: “Nobody Called Me”

Today was the memorial service for Mike Rosenfeld Sr, the William Morris agent who became one of the five founders of Creative Artists Agency and then moved to Sonoma County before passing away on March 25th. All of the … Read More »

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Who You Gonna Call? Sandy Litvack?

By | Tuesday September 9, 2008 @ 5:18pm PDT

Sandy Litvack used to be one of Michael Eisner’s most trusted advisers at the Walt Disney Co. He’s now one of the U.S. government’s. That’s because the Justice Department has hired the Century City lawyer with Hogan & Hartson as an outside consultant on a possible federal antitrust challenge … Read More »

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Cathy Schulman Has Last Laugh On Ovitz

By | Thursday August 14, 2008 @ 12:37pm PDT

My sources within the Hollywood legal community tell me that producer Cathy Schulman, who was sued by Michael Ovitz and at one point facing a terrifying $4 million judgment, has won her appeal and now a new arbitration so that she owes … Read More »

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Ovitz And Burkle Settle Their Lawsuits

By | Friday July 25, 2008 @ 4:02pm PDT

When I last left this litigious twosome, a judge had just dismissed billionaire Ron Burkle’s lawsuit against Michael Ovitz after ruling that the duo had been more friends than business partners … Read More »

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Look At What It Says On Ovitz’s T-Shirt…

By | Friday July 11, 2008 @ 2:52pm PDT

This is a photo of Michael Ovitz arriving at Camp Allen. Look closely at his T-shirt. (FYI, I reported three weeks ago about his renting the I.M. Pei building, the ex-home of CAA, to Sony BMG. Embarrassing for Variety to be so late on this…):

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Ovitz Back In Control… Sort Of

I keep forgetting to report that the old CAA building designed by I.M. Pei, complete with its Roy Lichtenstein mural, is back in the hands of Michael Ovitz. Both his ex-partners Ron Meyer and Bill Haber recently sold to him their financial … Read More »

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Pellicano Trial Update: Jury Has Case

Here is DHD/LA Weekly trial correspondent Steven Mikulan’s wrap-up: “Prosecutor Daniel Saunders got the last word in during the government rebuttal argument. Saunders, who’d been lumbered during his  closing argument by the need to enumerate most of the 78 counts involved in the RICO case, got to unload on … Read More »

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Pellicano Trial Update: Closing Arguments

By | Wednesday April 30, 2008 @ 11:14am PDT

So the trial that would not end is finally ending with closing arguments. Not much of a Hollywood angle to report, except for the lawyer for LAPD Sgt Mark Arneson, who is accused of doing all those illegal law enforcement database … Read More »

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Pellicano Trial Testimony: Ex-FBI Agent Believes Ovitz Behind Anita Busch Threat

Today the retired FBI agent who led the Pellicano investigation testified that he believed Ovitz’s hiring of the Hollywood private-eye led to that June 2002 fish-rose-&-note warning left on Anita Busch’s Audi. But Stan Ornellas stopped short of saying Ovitz specifically ordered the June 2002 … Read More »

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Ovitz Testifies Busch/Weinraub NYT Articles “Wildly Embarrassing”: Says He Suspected Ron Meyer & David Geffen Were The Sources So Hired Pellicano

By | Wednesday April 9, 2008 @ 8:58am PDT

2ND UPDATE: Michael Ovitz on the witness stand at the Pellicano trial today pointed an accusatory finger at his former friend and CAA partner Ron Meyer, now president/COO of Universal Studios, and at his longtime nemesis David Geffen, the billionaire co-founder of … Read More »

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Ovitz Expected Manana At Pellicano Trial

By | Tuesday April 8, 2008 @ 1:21pm PDT

ovitz1.JPGI’m told he showed up at the Roybal federal building although his lawyer shooed away reporters. No, he didn’t take the witness stand today and was left cooling his heels. Supposedly, Mike testifies tomorrow. Speaking of the former CAA co-founder and … Read More »

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Let’s Deal With Latest Bunch Of Rumors

By | Friday April 4, 2008 @ 9:54am PDT

That published report claiming CAA partners Bryan Lourd and Kevin Huvane “may file a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Michael Ovitz — charging that, among other things, he hired infamous private eye Anthony Pellicano to spy on them” is bullshit. Seriously, you’d have to know nothing about Hollywood to think anyone at CAA would … Read More »

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Judge Dismisses Burkle Suit Against Ovitz

By | Friday March 28, 2008 @ 9:56am PDT

While Michael Ovitz’s name keeps coming up repeatedly in the ongoing Pellicano trial (though he’s charged with no wrongdoing), he’s also been the subject of an ongoing multimillion dollar lawsuit brought by his one-time Internet partner, billionaire investor Ron Burkle. But yesterday Ovitz scored a big victory when that lawsuit by … Read More »

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Pellicano Trial: CAA Partners Say Nothing

By | Wednesday March 26, 2008 @ 12:39pm PDT

lourd-huvane1.jpgPoor Bryan Lourd and Kevin Huvane had to cool their heels all morning inside the Roybal federal building. A place near the coffee shop substituted as a Green Room for the Pellicano Trial. Even the government realized this was costing CAA a fortune. Around … Read More »

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Ovitz Pulled This With Bert Fields, Too

By | Monday March 10, 2008 @ 4:06pm PDT

ovitz1.JPGSince Michael Ovitz is in the news right now courtesy of the Pellicano trial, I thought this Rush & Molloy item might amuse: Lunching at that NYC media feeding trough Michael’s, the one-time showbiz power (now pariah) was introduced to Tab Turner, a top … Read More »

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Pellicano Trial Update: Federal Prosecutor Talks About Michael Ovitz During Opener; Pellicano Puts On Puny Self-Defense…

By | Thursday March 6, 2008 @ 9:40am PST

trial-pellicano-side-view.jpg5:30 PM: Today, accused Hollywood P.I. Anthony Pellicano finally gave the court his version of what this case is all about. And if anyone was expecting some impassioned defense of himself, or surprise explanation for his prosecution, there was none. There was, in … Read More »

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Feds Subpoena Hollywood Heavies As Possible Witnesses In Pellicano Trial

By | Thursday February 14, 2008 @ 6:34pm PST

pellicano-witnesses.JPGEXCLUSIVE: It looks like this month’s upcoming trial of Hollywood private investigator Anthony Pellicano isn’t going to disappoint. I’m told that big names from past and present in the entertainment biz like Paramount chief Brad Grey, Universal President/COO Ron Meyer, … Read More »

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There’s A Mike Sucker Born Every Minute

By | Monday January 14, 2008 @ 3:32am PST

So now Michael Ovitz is bringing his “I see into the future” carnival act to the digital crowd who, unbelievable as it sounds, is still impressed with his one-time moniker as “The Most Powerful Man in Hollywood.” You have to wonder if these … Read More »

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