Ronald Meyer

Ronald Meyer
Born (1944-09-24) September 24, 1944
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Residence Malibu, California
Nationality American
Citizenship United States
Occupation Agent
Years active 1964 present
Employer William Morris Agency,
Paul Kohner Agency
Home town Los Angeles, California
Title Vice Chairman of NBCUniversal
Term September, 2013 – present
Board member of Universal Studios
Spouse(s) Ellen Meyer
Kelly Chapman
Children Jennifer Meyer
Relatives Tobey Maguire (Son-In-Law)

Ron Meyer (b. September 24, 1944) is an American entertainment executive and former talent agent. He currently serves as the Vice Chairman of NBCUniversal.

Early life

Ron Meyer was born to Jewish immigrant parents who escaped Nazi Germany.[1] His family's love for film influenced him at an early age. At fifteen Ron dropped out of high school, and at the age of seventeen he joined the United States Marine Corps, which he served in until the age of nineteen. At the age of nineteen he began working for the Paul Kohner Agency in Los Angeles as an agent from 1964 to 1970. Ron then moved on to work from 1970 to 1975 as a talent agent for the William Morris Agency.[2]

Beginning of Business Career

At a lunch with some of his friends in 1975, Ron and his buddies came up with the idea of starting an agency to represent talent in the very diverse and ever-thriving area of Los Angeles. They opened up in a rented office with card tables, folding chairs, and their wives serving as the secretaries. This agency, named Creative Artists Agency, is one of the premiere talent representation agencies, and has represented the likes of Martin Scorsese. They later expanded its range of services to include consulting with leading American and international corporations.[1]

Current career

Previously, he served as the President & CEO of Universal Studios, (formerly MCA), and held this position since August 1995, from the time Seagram (then led by Edgar Bronfman, Jr.), acquired the controlling interest in the company up to the recent purchase of Universal by General Electric until September 2013 when he was promoted. He was the longest serving chief of a major motion picture company in the history of Hollywood.[2] In September 2013, he was promoted to position of Vice Chairman of Universal Studio's parent company, NBCUniversal and is still currently in that position.

Personal life

He lives in Malibu, California, with his second wife, Kelly Chapman, and has three daughters and a son. His daughter Jennifer Meyer, has been previously married to actor Tobey Maguire.

See also


  1. 1 2 "Biography for Ron Meyer". IMDB. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  2. 1 2 "Moriah Breakfast with Ron Meyer". Retrieved 15 September 2013.

Preceded by
Sidney Sheinberg
Universal Studios Presidents
Succeeded by
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