Posted Friday, February 29, 2008 9:15 AM | Contributed by Jason Hammond
Six Flags Inc., a minority shareholder of Dick Clark Productions Inc., said Wednesday it will take on an active managerial role for the television production company. Newly appointed president will answer to Mark Shapiro, CEO of Six Flags.
Read more from AP via The Houston Chronicle.
In his later years though he became a greedy businessman, who often frowned on his people joining broadcasting unions and paying everyone who worked for him as little as possible. He was famous for walking by you without saying a word if you weren't important to him and for firing those who were starting to make a few bucks.
His produced tv shows became lackluster shoddy productions. Though they had his name, he didn't really produce original content. (Bloopers for example). The radio shows like Dick Clark's Rock Roll and Remeber used the same interview bits for years.
Like some of the things Six Flags has been accused of, he was in it for the money and putting little into product. When a Dick Clark show finaly tanked, another took its place.
At personal appearences, he played up the "charming host role," but to those in the business, he sadly just wasn't a nice person.
To be fair, one of Dick Clark's radio companies gave me a start, but try to live in an outer New York City bourough with college loans to pay with that kind of salary. Like acting, if I didn't want the job, there were thousands more lined up to take it. (Staff turnover was very high and morale was quite low).
Needless to say, I needed to hold down a few extra part time jobs to make ends meet.
Trust me though...Dick, The President of the company and the Network sales staff did very well.
We (like many of his companies) were a non-union shop.*** This post was edited by Richie Reflux 2/29/2008 11:13:06 PM ***
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