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September 7, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Imagine if Michael Bay, of Transformers and Bad Boys fame, had directed the rom-com Bridget Jones's Diary , or if Oliver Stone remade Sleepless in Seattle . We'd get totally different - in those cases, ridiculously different - movies. The question of how various directors might handle the same story has always fascinated Hollywood producer Chris Moore, who made his name with the acclaimed 1997 sleeper hit Good Will Hunting and his fortune with the wildly successful American Pie franchise.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
They make up more than half the world's population, yet women have not yet taken their rightful place in Hollywood as directors. Not that there's a paucity of brilliant female directors, as is evident from Female Gaze: Contemporary Films by Women , an impressive seven-disc boxed set featuring seven feature films and seven shorts by contemporary female directors from around the world. Inch'Allah Dimanche , by Algerian French artist and politician Yamina Benguigui, is about a woman from the former French colony of Algeria who joins her husband in France, where he emigrated more than 25 years earlier.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Upping the heat on Time Warner Cable Inc., rival Charter Communications Inc. formally launched a hostile proxy fight by proposing to oust Time Warner Cable's board and replace it with 13 new directors. A proxy fight was a remaining option for Charter after Time Warner Cable rejected three buyout bids, the last in January for $132.50 a share in cash and stock. Time Warner Cable closed at $134.90 Tuesday, down 0.59 percent. In a proxy vote, Time Warner Cable shareholders, such as pension funds, can vote for directors nominated by the company's management or directors nominated by Charter.
NEWS
March 16, 2016
ISSUE | WOUNDED WARRIORS Directors also should resign The board of directors of the Wounded Warriors Project acted properly in firing chief executive officer Steve Nardizzi and chief operating officer Al Giordano following reports that the two had spent lavishly on non-charitable purposes ("Wounded Warrior founder offers to return," Saturday). The members of the board should have then submitted their resignations for the lapse in their fiduciary duty to properly supervise the two executives.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 1989 | By Nels Nelson, Daily News Theater Critic
Two names stuck out on the brochure: June Prager and John Essick. Prager and Essick were the producing and managing directors, respectively, of the Hedgerow Theatre before departing that venerable stage two and a half years ago. The titles are the same, the name is different. Prager and Essick are the founders of Theatre International Exchange, a new not-for-profit institution dedicated to creating "a professional theater ensemble company of young American actors of talent and promise" to serve as an artistic ambassador to the world from Philadelphia.
BUSINESS
April 26, 2016 | Mike Zebe, Staff
The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia has appointed Phoebe A. Haddon, chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden, as a Class C director of its board. for a three-year term. Haddon became chancellor of Rutgers University–Camden in 2014. Previously, she had been dean of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Before that, she had been a faculty member at Temple University's Beasley School of Law for nearly 30-years. She is a member of the American Bar Association's Commission on the Future of Legal Services, the CEO Council for Growth, the board of the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey, and the board of trustees for the Cooper University Health System.
NEWS
August 10, 1988 | By Patrisia Gonzales, Inquirer Staff Writer
Camden Mayor Randy Primas will receive a 25 percent raise if City Council approves salary increases for him and his seven city directors tomorrow. City Council yesterday reviewed salary increases for the mayor and the seven directors - none of whom has had a raise since September 1986. At a caucus session yesterday, the Council also reviewed increases for other municipal employees. The mayor's salary would increase by $11,750 - from $47,250 to $59,000 - effective Oct. 1. The directors include: Business Administrator Patrick J. Keating, whose salary would increase from $47,200 to $57,000; City Attorney Patricia Thornton Darden, from $46,000 to $55,000; Director of Public Works Walter Richardson, from $46,000 to $52,000; Director of Utilities Fred Martin, from $43,000 to $52,000; Director of Economic Development Barbara Coscarello, from $46,000 to $50,000; Director of Human Services J. Allen Nimmo, from $41,000 to $47,000, and Director of Housing Services and Code Enforcement Louis Quinones, from $43,500 to $47,000.
NEWS
June 21, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
The directors of the Hershey School oversee an educational facility in central Pennsylvania for impoverished children, but you might not know it from their expense reports. Eight directors ran up an $18,000 tab for a weekend board meeting last June at New York's Waldorf-Astoria hotel, according to internal records obtained by the Inquirer. All 10 spent $362,000 in travel, meals and hotels over the last 21/2 years, including at least 60 limousine rides, often from the Philadelphia and Baltimore airports.
NEWS
January 19, 2010 | By Maya Rao INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With a salary of $181,834, William G. Dunn is the highest-paid local government employee in Mount Holly, home to the Burlington County administration building and courthouse that serve a population of nearly a half-million people. But Dunn, 83, does not prosecute criminal cases or administer county operations. His employer resides one street over, and is far more obscure: the Mount Holly Municipal Utilities Authority. Every time they flush a toilet or wash the dishes, the authority's 13,119 ratepayers in Mount Holly and the surrounding communities of Hainesport, Moorestown, Lumberton, Westampton, and Eastampton are contributing to what Dunn, the authority's executive director, calls "my little sphere of influence.
BUSINESS
December 16, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
As a man who built his career as a top-notch salesman and dealmaker, Bill McDermott, 53, chief executive of SAP, one of the world's largest business software companies, has mastered the techniques: Use the person's name, repeat their phrases, say "and," not "but. " And obviously, be a pro at the kind of small talk that connects customer and company. But in October, he topped it all with the release of an autobiography, Winners Dream: A Journey from Corner Store to Corner Office . The book, written in first-person, describes his blue-collar upbringing in Amityville, N.Y.; his business start as a deli owner at age 17; and his ability to inspire disheartened divisions of major companies, from Xerox to SAP, even as he coped with his mother's death and his wife's struggle with breast cancer.
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NEWS
August 23, 2016 | By Claudia Vargas, Staff Writer
IN APRIL 2015, the board of directors of the Mayor's Fund for Philadelphia turned down a $25,000 grant request to market the city to the World Heritage City selection committee. "The designation of Philadelphia as a World Heritage City is not a high priority from the board's perspective," the minutes of the meeting stated. Two months later, without board approval or apparent knowledge, the Mayor's Fund came up with $10,000 for the effort, a pet project of Michael Nutter's when Nutter was mayor.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 10, 2016 | By Peter Dobrin, Music Critic
Ruth "Kay" Castaldo, 67, an opera director whose imaginative ways helped define the genre during a key period in Philadelphia, died Monday, Aug. 1, in Edgewood, N.M., after battling a brain tumor, her agent said. Kay Walker Castaldo, as she was professionally known, directed productions for Opera Company of Philadelphia, Cincinnati Opera, Teatro Colón, and New York City Opera. Since 2012, she had been associate professor at the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at the University of Michigan.
BUSINESS
August 2, 2016
The water utility Aqua America Inc., Bryn Mawr, has hired Patricia Tuso as director, human resources. She had been director, human resources, at UGI Inc. and Precyse Solutions L.L.C. Victoria E. Elliott has been appointed director of development for the department of institutional advancement at the University of the Sciences, Philadelphia. She had been executive director of the American Neurological Association working through Association Headquarters, a professional-services firm specializing in the management of nonprofit trade and professional organizations.
NEWS
August 1, 2016 | By Steven Rea, Columnist
Late last summer in Toronto, after a festival screening of Maris Curran's Five Nights in Maine , the film's star, David Oyelowo, stood on the stage and told the audience how he came across Curran's screenplay. "It was at the premiere of Middle of Nowhere at Sundance," he said, referring to the acclaimed 2012 movie he had made with Ava DuVernay. "And Maris walked up to me with this envelope with a script in it, and said, 'I wrote this for you.' "And I literally walked away going, 'I think Cameron Diaz just offered me a script.' "But then I went to my hotel room, read it, and was blown away.
BUSINESS
July 19, 2016 | Mike Zebe, Staff
The investment management company Vanguard, Valley Forge, has hired Anne E. Robinson as general counsel and managing director of its legal and compliance division. She had been managing director and general counsel, global cards and consumer services, at Citi. Tandigm Health, a West Conshohocken start-up designed to help primary-care doctors manage costs and improve care in Southeastern Pennsylvania, has hired Patrick Adams as president and chief operating officer.
NEWS
July 14, 2016 | By Howard Gensler, Staff Writer
The magnet on the refrigerator was a saying from football coach Bill Parcells that hung in quarterback Phil Simms' locker: "Blame nobody. Expect nothing. Do something. " Brad Furman's mother put it up when Brad was a boy growing up in Lafayette Hill, 35 minutes from Center City. Both have taken it to heart. Furman, who graduated from Friends' Central School, decided early on he wanted to be in the movie business, moved to L.A., and, through force of determination, made it happen.
NEWS
July 12, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
In the 41/2 years since Camden's Willie Hunter took over as director of the city's Parking Authority, his salary has practically doubled. Last week, a raise of about $18,000 brought his annual pay to $115,000, officials said. Hunter, a politically connected former member of the authority's board, started in January 2012 with a salary of $62,500. He now makes more than Mayor Dana Redd, who earns $102,000. Hunter last week referred questions to Brett Wiltsey, a Cherry Hill-based lawyer who is special counsel to the authority.
NEWS
July 9, 2016
By George Parry As a criminal defense lawyer who has been forced by unfortunate circumstances to champion any number of hopeless causes, I wish to express my professional admiration for FBI Director James Comey's creative and, dare I say it, "Clintonian" public exoneration of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The FBI investigated Clinton for possible violations of a criminal statute that makes it a felony for anyone lawfully possessing information pertaining to the national defense to allow it, through "gross negligence," to be removed from its proper place of custody and disclosed.
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