Mergers: Linking Tentacles

Once the world's largest talent agency and more recently Hollywood's leading TV film producer, the Music Corp. of America has long been known in show-business circles as "The Octopus." The sobriquet still stands, even though the company (now called MCA Inc.) stopped handling talent in 1962 under threat of a Justice Department antitrust suit. Besides TV production, MCA has major interests in moviemaking (Universal Pictures), recording (Decca Records) and real estate (Universal City). Last week it agreed to link tentacles with Pittsburgh-based Westinghouse Electric Corp., itself no small fish when it...

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