by Mark Rabinowitz
Oscar Winning writer/director Francis Ford Coppola has been named to the
Board of Directors of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc., expanding that company's
board to nine members. In a prepared statement, MGM's chairman and chief
executive officer said that Coppola's "creativity and comprehensive
understanding of all aspects of our industry will significantly benefit the
company as we continue to chart an aggressive growth path." Coppola brings
a wealth of filmmaking knowledge to the company, having won five Oscars as
director, writer and producer, picking up his first in 1970 for co-writing
"Patton" with Edmund H. North. Upcoming releases for MGM include Morgan J.
Freeman's multiple award winning (Sundance Film Festival, 1997) "Hurricane
Streets," while recent indie releases include 1996 Sundance Film Festival
premiere, "It's My Party" by Randal Kleiser and Sundance pics "Go Fish" by
Rose Troche and "Angels and Insects" by Phillip Hass under their specialty
banner, The Samuel Goldwyn Company. MGM's current holdings include MGM
Pictures, United Artists Pictures, Orion Pictures and Goldwyn Films.