Ever since the Four Corners documentary on Sony Australia was broadcast, we’ve been hearing from all sorts of former employees who have memories to share of their disgraced, dictatorial boss, Denis Handlin.
* Denis had a regular booth at his favourite Italian restaurant in East Sydney: Beppi’s. His team would call ahead of his arrival, demanding his spaghetti bolognese be cut with scissors to make shorter strands, so that he didn’t have any slurping/sauce related mishaps.
* He point-blank refused to do any business with one leading UK lawyer because that lawyer had worn a brown suit to their meeting – and it enraged him.
* He had a policy that no women were allowed to operate any sort of musical/hi-fi/PA equipment in meetings he attended because he insisted they would only fuck it up.
* Several Sony staff got a bit loud after some hospitality at the weekend rugby in the Sony corporate box which was next to Murdoch’s box. A member of the Murdoch family complained, so all the staff present were sacked.
* Another assistant was sacked the morning after she was seen having a conversation with a different label exec during a Sony gig. (Bad that she was seen talking to an industry competitor; unforgivable in Denis’s eyes that they talk when a Sony act was on stage…)