Ron Meyer is an American entertainment executive and former talent agent who is well-known as the co-founder of Creative Artists Agency LLC or CAA. The company is an American talent and sports agency which is regarded as a dominant and influential company in the talent agency business ever.
Meyer got much recognition for his work as a vice-chairman at NBC Universal Studios, where he worked for over 25 years starting from 1995 till 2020 when he resigned following a sex scandal. Meyer’s corporate bio has already been erased from the NBCUniversal website.
In Hollywood’s survival sweepstakes, the 75-year-old Meyer played a winning hand for five decades and ran Universal Pictures through three owners over 25 years but his career came to an end after he was forced to resign his chairmanship at Universal Studios in the face of a sexual liaison come to light.
Besides, he was the longest-running Studio Chief in the multi-national-era of filmmaking in Hollywood.
What is Ron Meyer Famous for?
- Famous as the co-founder of Creative Artists Agency LLC or CAA.
- Known for his 25 years long chairmanship at NBC Universal Studios.
Where was Ron Meyer Born?
Ron Meyer was born on September 24, 1944, in Los Angeles, California, United States. His birth name is Ronald Meyer. His nationality is American. Meyer belongs to White ethnicity while Virgo is his zodiac sign.
Meyer was born to Jewish immigrant parents who escaped Nazi Germany. He grew up in his hometown along with his family who had immense love for film that further influenced him at an early age. He dropped out of his high school at age of 15 and later when he was 17, he joined the United States Marine Corps, where he served until he was 19.
At the age of 20, he worked as an agent for the Paul Kohner Agency in Los Angeles for over 6 years from 1964 to 1970, then he joined the William Morris Agency for 5 years from 1970 to 1975.
After working as an agent for two agencies for over 11 years till the age of 31, he got into his breakthrough career during the time when Hollywood was in a ripple-effect change caused by the demise of the original Studio era and the only rebuilt foundation for the movie business was the ‘Agent’ and the full-service Agency.
Ron Meyer’s Chairmanship and Resignation
Ron Meyer formed a small group of Agents including Mike Rosenfeld, Michael Ovitz, Bill Haber, and Rowland Perkins together who forged out in 1975 and formed the ‘Creative Artists Agency’, an American talent and sports agency in Los Angels, California.
They opened the Creative Artists Agency in a rented office with card tables, folding chairs, and their wives as the secretaries. The company later grew to expand its range of services to include consulting with corporations. Currently, he serves as the co-founder of the company which is regarded as a dominant and influential company in the talent agency business ever.
After spending over 20 years on CAA, he began serving as the President & Chief Operating Officer of Universal Studios from August 1995. He remained in the post for over 18 years till September 2013 when he was promoted to Vice Chairman of Universal Studio’s parent company, NBCUniversal. With 18 years in the position, Meyer was the longest-serving chief of a major motion picture company in the history of Hollywood.
Under his chairmanship, Meyer navigated Universal through a number of Studio expansions and corporate acquisitions including Vivendi and General Electric. He was also an integral part of establishing cost-effective ways in evolving Hollywood economics.
He played a winning hand for five decades and ran Universal Pictures through three owners that he deployed his deep relationships in Hollywood as the ultimate fixer/negotiator/manager. However, his career came to an end after he was forced to resign his position chairmanship at Universal Studios following a sex scandal on August 18, 2020.
As a longtime executive, he admitted that he paid off a mistress in order to prevent his company from facing embarrassment after he admitted to an affair with Charlotte Kirk, who he claimed was trying to extort the company.
Who is Ron Meyer Married to?
Ron Meyer has been married and divorced twice to date. Meyer was first marriage was with his first wife, Ellen Meyer, with whom he shares two children: movie production executive Sarah Meyer and jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer, who was previously married to actor Tobey Maguire. Later, in 1993, he got married to his second wife, model Kelly Chapman together with whom he has a son and daughter.
However, after getting married for over 25 years, they announced that they were separating in May 2018. Meyer is already the grandfather of his grandchildren: Christie Navarro, Ronald Meyer, Jessie Wagner, Andrea Meyer. Currently, Meyer lives in Malibu, California.
Affair with Charlotte Kirk and Consequence
Ron Meyer revealed about having an affair with Charlotte Kirk, a British-born Australian actress, and writer, who tied to the resignation of NBCUniversal vice-chairman Ronald Meyer in August 2020 and previously the resignation of Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara in March 2019.
Meyer dated Kirk, 28, back nearly a decade, and made a settlement under threats by an associate of hers who had made false accusations against him earlier. However, in August 2020, he disclosed to his family and the company about having an affair and making settlement back then.
Following his revelations, he stepped down from his role as Vice Chairman after he was forced to resign on August 18, 2020.
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What is the Net Worth of Ron Meyer?
Ron Meyer has quite a good earnings from his professional career as an entertainment executive and former talent agent. Having started his career as an agent since the age of 20, Meyer has come up a long way leading as a co-founder of Creative Artists Agency and former Vice-President of Universal Studios.
With all os his works for over 35 years now, Meyer has undoubtedly a net worth in million worth which is estimated to be around $300 million. In 2019, Meyer sold his $125 million worth Malibu House to Tech Billionaire. He earns a salary of around $25 million per year at his post.
How Tall is Ron Meyer?
Ron Meyer is a good looking average man in his 70s. He stands tall with a height of 5ft. 7inch. while his body weighs around 68kg.