Michael Ovitz

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Vanity Fair, Michael Ovitz, Take Two, by Ned Zeman, published in April 2001:[1]

Additional Relevant Facts

Victim of the "Gay Mafia"

From the Grand Forks Herald article (reprinting Reuters Media), With Bryan Singer's accuser talking sex rings, Hollywood is on edge, published on April 22nd, 2014:[2]

It's serious because it confirms some of the planet's worst suspicions about Hollywood — that this place is a moral cesspool. And it's serious because it tilts toward confirming what even the cognoscenti like to joke about this place, that it's run by a gay mafia (calling Michael Ovitz).

The quote is referring to a Vanity Fair article where Ovitz claims the Gay Mafia of Hollywood is out to get him. Specifically, David Geffen, among others.

From that Vanity Fair article entitled, Ovitz Agonistes, by Bryan Burrough, published in August 2002:[3]

That’s what Ovitz believes. It is one of the driving factors in his decision to talk about what happened, a burning need to name names, to throw light on the shadowy Hollywood cabal he believes did him in. He calls it the Gay Mafia, though several of its “members” aren’t gay, and much of what he says about these men is nasty and unprintable. In Ovitz’s eyes the cabal’s demagogic leader, its merciless Macbeth, is Geffen, laying waste to all Ovitz held dear, spreading rumors about his family, at the same time he was poisoning the business deals that would have saved AMG—all things Geffen denies. Geffen’s partners in crime, Ovitz alleges, include Ovitz’s onetime protégés at the Creative Artists Agency, Bryan Lourd, Kevin Huvane, and Richard Lovett—powerful Gonerils determined to kill the father figure who gave them life.

I mention Ovitz’s use of the term Gay Mafia to Barry Diller, chairman of USA Interactive, who inadvertently played a key supporting role in Ovitz’s demise. There is a long silence. “You’re not serious,” Diller says. “Wow. He said that on the record? Wow … Wow. Wow. I’m stunned. I’m stunned. I think it’s … uh … uh … it’s worse than unfortunate, notwithstanding his completely understandable anguish. A statement like that is … uh … uh … is … is … is beyond unfortunate. It’s fairly rotten.”

Relationship to #Pizzagate

Connection to Dana Giacchetto


Connection to Leonardo DiCaprio

Connection to Anthony Pellicano

The Huffington Post, Pellicano Trial: What They Didn't Ask Michael Ovitz, by Allison Hope Weiner, published on April 22, 2008:[5]

Additional Source:[6]

Connection to David Geffen

Connection to alleged statutory rapist, Ronald Burkle

From the Vanity Fair article, Michael Ovitz, Take Two, by Ned Zeman, published in April 2001:[7]

Then, teaming with supermarket mogul Ron Burkle, Ovitz tried to bring an N.F.L. franchise to Los Angeles. But he and Burkle clashed. So did Ovitz and financier Eli Broad, who was part of a different L.A. bid group. Ultimately, for reasons having nothing to do with personality, the franchise was awarded to Houston.

Ovitz and Burkle later clashed again over their investment in Scour.com, a controversial entertainment and Napster-like music-exchange Web site, after the two men could not agree on a sale price for a potential suitor. Burkle, in conjunction with Scour’s founders, held out for roughly $100 million. Ovitz, who owned a minority stake, wanted to sell it for about $50 million—and not a moment too soon, since Scour had created genuine conflict-of-interest concerns for AMG, whose music clients surely did not want their material exchanged free of charge. (Ovitz notes that file-exchange technology did not exist when he first invested in Scour.) Ultimately, Scour filed for bankruptcy and was sold. Although the two partners may eventually recoup their money, they are unlikely to re-team on future investments. Neither would confirm rumors that each feels that the other owes him money—millions of dollars, by some estimates.

However, Ovitz and Burkle's animosity toward one another would go even deeper when, what Ovitz refers to as the "Gay Mafia," turned on him. Ovitz would hire private investigator Anthony Pellicano to investigate members of the Gay Mafia, including Ron Burkle.

From the Huffington Post article,Pellicano Trial: What They Didn’t Ask Michael Ovitz, by Allison Hope Weiner, published on April 22nd, 2008 :[8]

“Ovitz responded that he asked Pellicano to obtain information about individuals who were either providing, or spreading around, personal and/or negative information about Ovitz....” the F.B.I. 302 notes. “Ovitz said the list of individuals was 15 to 20 people long and included [RON] BURKLE, [RON] MEYER, BERNIE WEINRAUB, JAMES CASEY, ARTHUR BERNIER, and DAVID GEFFEN. Both Ovitz and Pellicano contributed names to the list.”

Arthur Bernier is a sports promoter and James Casey is a sports agent.[9]


New York Magazine, Agent Provocateur: L.A. watches, bemused and horrified, as Mike Ovitz courts a hot young manager and plots a return to the talent business. Is it for real, or merely diversion from the Livent debacle?, by Nikki Finke: (Page 1)(Page 2)

Legal filing:[10]

Connection to Arthur Sulzberger Jr and the NY Times

For Integration

New York Post, How Mike Ovitz ruled Hollywood like a mob boss, by Maureen Callahan, published on August 7, 2016: [11]