Can This Man Make The Mgm Lion Roar Again?

Kirk Kerkorian's protege is Hollywood's newest mogul. And Alex Yemenidjian has a plan that investors like

There was no glad-handing of stars or lunching at Spago for Alex Yemenidjian on his first day as chairman of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. this past April. After spending 12 hours at MGM's offices in Santa Monica, Calif., he headed across town to meet with Universal Studios Co-Chairman Brian C. Mulligan. The two men bargained into the wee hours, until Yemenidjian got what he wanted: Universal exec Christopher J. McGurk would join MGM as his No. 2. In return for getting McGurk before his contract was up, Yemenidjian agreed to put up $100 million to make four films with Universal over the next three years, including Hannibal, the sequel to The Silence of the Lambs.

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