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STRAIGHT TALK FROM VENUS? ARNON MILCHAN SEES TALK-SHOW TIE
Published June 4, 1998
The synergist relationship between Hollywood's Regency Enterprises Chair Arnon Milchan and the WTA Tour is profiled by USA TODAY's Doug Smith, who writes that, "Long range, Milchan says that he sees some tennis stars as potential movie stars." Leland Hardy, the business adviser to Venus and Serena Williams, said that "entertainment projects are being developed for both sisters." Hardy: "Serena will be in movies, and you might see Venus and Serena hosting a television show soon." Milchan: "Right now, I think Richard Williams is a better director than (Francis Ford) Coppola and (Steven) Spielberg combined. And he's got the goods." Milchan, who recently formed a partnership with 20th Century Fox, said that he wants to give WTA Tour players the "opportunity to explore other entertainment careers." Milchan: "If they can express themselves as artists, we'll be there. ... Before and right after the U.S. Open, we plan to bring as many girls as possible to the studios to work with them. I would say this is an 18-month process before we start seeing some results" (Doug Smith, USA TODAY, 6/4). LET THE GIRLS GROW: On CNNSI.com, Alex Wolff writes under the header, "Women's Tennis Rising, Warts And All." He states that as the young stars of the WTA Tour grow, "not all the news the sport generates is going to be sponsor- friendly. ... Women's tennis would do well to let its teens be teens, and let us watch them grow, with all their foibles and false steps, into full-fledged women" (CNNSI.com, 6/4).