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Master of the Game: Steve Ross and the Creation of Time Warner

By Connie Bruck

In a profession that begun in Brooklyn and spanned Wall road, Hollywood, and the Mafia, Ross equipped his father-in-law's funeral company and a car park corporation into Time Warner, the biggest media and leisure corporation on this planet. Hard-hitting and compulsive examining, this publication takes you into the center of what made this conceited but impossible to resist guy tick.

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Of the cost requests—one to Horwitz and one to Kosman—had acknowledged, “real property consulting fee,” which struck Sarnoff, considering that he used to be in control of genuine property at WCI. in reality, whilst Sarnoff were requested on the SEC even if a person else on the corporation had the authority to rent a true property advisor, he had testified, “Not that I’m conscious of. ” After Sarnoff wondered those money requests, Weiss wrote many extra tests to Horwitz and Kosman, yet he by no means back wrote at the requests “real property consulting rate. ” Weiss’s model of occasions was once additionally contradicted by means of the testimony of his secretary, Linda Horns, who appeared at trial to be doing her point most sensible to not damage him yet used to be herself restricted by way of her earlier testimony. near to Leonard Horwitz, for instance, Weiss within the grand jury had stated realizing him yet, it is going to have appeared from his testimony, purely because the so much passing acquaintance. whilst he have been requested if Horwitz had performed any paintings for WCI sooner than being hired there in 1978, Weiss had responded, “I think so. I don’t recognize. ” “Did he or didn’t he do any paintings for them? ” “I don’t comprehend. ” “When did Mr. Horwitz do paintings at the Jungle Habitat, are you aware? ” “I think in seventy seven. ” “Now, did Mr. Horwitz do any paintings for Warner Communications sooner than 1977? ” “I imagine, certain. ” “And what used to be that paintings? ” “Some consulting paintings that he was once doing for them. ” “For whom? ” “I don’t have in mind. ” “Do you recognize who it was once for? ” “I’m uncertain. ” “Do you have got any bet as to who it used to be for? ” “I think within the cable undefined. ” “In the cable undefined? ” “I think. ” “Do you might have any concept who it used to be that he used to be doing it for within the cable undefined? ” “No, I wouldn’t. ” “Was it Mr. Stern? ” “I don’t comprehend. ” “Do you take into account what yr it was once that he did that? ” “No, i might need to cost. ” “Was it 1972? ” “I don’t understand. ” “Was it 1971? ” “I don’t comprehend. ” “Was it 1973? ” “Could be. ” “Was it 1974? ” “Could be. ” At trial, even though, it emerged from Horns’s testimony that in a interval in 1973, Horwitz was once a customer to Weiss’s workplace as usually as two times every week, and he referred to as him 4 or 5 instances every week. while Kasanof requested Weiss approximately this in his direct exam, Weiss testified that Horwitz used to drop through to aim to curiosity him or different executives in genuine property investments, and likewise simply because Horwitz’s daughter and Weiss’s nephew either suffered from Hodgkin’s affliction, and Horwitz desired to percentage notes on remedy. Horns, in spite of the fact that, had testified that the subject material in their exchanges used to be “to take care of the Westchester most suitable Theatre,” and, additionally, “concerning an funding within the Westchester superior Theatre. ” (In later years, she testified, they have been concerned including Jungle Habitat. ) faced with Horns’s testimony, Weiss acknowledged, “I don’t recognize if that’s correct,” and urged that she was once telling the reality “to the simplest of her skill. ” different elements of Horns’s testimony, whereas in a roundabout way contradicting Weiss’s model, have been most likely damning. there have been letters that Weiss had despatched to Horwitz, asking for Konner’s invoice; he had, in fact, testified to the grand jury that he knew of no hyperlink among the Konner invoice and Horwitz.

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