Lew’s Ghost R.I.P.

Mar 24, 2003  •  Post A Comment

Barry Diller’s departure from Vivendi Universal ends months of grousing and griping by some studio veterans. They were unhappy Diller’s right arm and finance expert Victor Kaufman, on his visits West, was using the 16th floor Black Tower office that for many years belonged to Universal Studio’s founder Lew Wasserman, who died last year. Officially, execs downplayed the controversy and no one suggests Mr. Kaufman did anything wrong. After his 55-year run, they just couldn’t get used to anyone’s trying to fill Lew’s shoes.