Bronfman Stirs Universal

Despite weak films and a rash of firings, the young boss keeps insisting that his studio will do just fine

At 42, Edgar Bronfman Jr. is certainly the youngest and handsomest of the moguls who own entertainment companies. And ever since he acquired MCA in 1995, Hollywood has been waiting to see whether he would also prove to be one of the smartest. But in the wake of a spate of firings at the company, now called Universal Studios, there is a giant whirring sound as Tinseltown starts to turn on young Bronfman.

And the skepticism doesn't end in Los Angeles. The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today have all put Bronfman's performance under the critical microscope. Contrarian...

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