Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Is Disney Buying the Tank for Mayor Rahmbo?

I caught this on Lynn Sweet's column commentary about Hollywood Swanger Rahm Emanuel.

By Michael Ovitz on September 14, 2010 10:07 AM
I'm a very strong supporter of Rahm Emanuel for Mayor in our city. I have a couple of facebook fan pages in support of his run for office:

-"Rahm for Mayor"
-"Rahm 2011"

On last week, I conducted a poll to see who the favorite would be for Mayor and overwhelmingly it was Rahm Emanuel with 60% of the vote Today I started a new poll adding a couple of new names to the list, Rahm again is leading with 50% of the vote. These are hard numbers and votes from various people via this link

I've been generating a buzz...and would welcome the opportunity to talk to you about it. I've already spoken with Steve Miller of WBBM radio 780AM here in Chicago. He did a few excerpts of our phone interview last week. If you're interested in hearing them, please let me know.


Mike Ovitz

Mickey Ovitz is a Chicag-born talent agent and, Sweetheart, Mickey and the Gang would love to make Entourage on the Lake! The Mickey Mafia Rides For Rahmbo!

Disney's Mike Eisner is buying the Tribune off of Sam Zell. Hokey Smokes, Pluto!
Rahm Knows Disney! Rahm Hit Up Disney for President Obama, at least.

Washington Post:

Rather than calling ABC, the White House chief of staff phoned Bob Iger, chief executive of parent company Disney. Instead of contacting NBC, Emanuel went to Jeffrey Immelt, the chief executive of General Electric. He also spoke with Les Moonves, the chief executive of CBS, the company spun off from Viacom.

Is Michael Eisner about to surface at Tribune? The Tribune-owned Los Angeles Times says the former Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS) CEO is a contender to replace current chairman Sam Zell once the company emerges from its very messy bankruptcy proceedings. The publication cites four unnamed sources who say that Eisner would be brought on along with Jeff Shell, the current president of Comcast’s programming group and former FOX Cable Networks president, who would be CEO.

Hey, Disney is not only in the tank for Rahmbo. . .it's buying the whole damn tank!

Bubbie, we got us a White House, it's Dog I Know,Let's Get Us Chicago! The Lake! The Steaks! The Take!

Michael S. Ovitz (born December 14, 1946) is an American talent agent who co-founded Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in 1975 and served as its chairman until 1995; Mr. Ovitz also served as President of the Walt Disney Company, from October 1995 to January 1997.

Disney President
In 1995, Mr. Ovitz resigned from CAA to become president of the Walt Disney Company under chairman Michael Eisner. Ovitz quickly grew frustrated with his role in the company and vague definition of duties.[7] After a tumultuous year as Disney's second in command, he was dismissed by Eisner in January 1997.[8] Disney shareholders later sued Eisner and Disney's board of directors for awarding Ovitz a severance package valued at $38 million in cash and $131 million in stock.[9] Later court proceedings reflect that Ovitz' stock options were granted when he was hired to induce him to join The Walt Disney Company, not granted when he was fired, and the $130 million figure was an estimate by news sources of what his stock options might hypothetically be worth. The court eventually upheld Disney's payment.[10]

Personal life
Ovitz is a private investor who continues to advise informally the careers of luminaries such as Martin Scorsese, David Letterman and Tom Clancy. Active in philanthropy, he donated $25 million in 1999 to spearhead fund raising efforts for UCLA's Medical Center[14], and has contributed significantly to numerous other philanthropic endeavors[15]. A private investor and businessman, his notable activities have ranged from attempts to bring an NFL team to the Los Angeles Coliseum [16] to ventures in online media.[17]

Ovitz is considered one of the world's top art collectors.[18] His contemporary pieces include works by Pablo Picasso, Jasper Johns, Willem de Kooning, Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko, and many others.[19]

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