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Discovery Reports Higher First-Quarter Earnings (B&C)
Discovery Communications reported higher first-quarter earnings as international growth offset a decline in digital distribution revenue. First-quarter net income rose 4 percent to $231 million, or 63 cents a share, from $221 million, or 57 cents a share. The Wrap / The Box Discovery also said it expects Oprah Winfrey’s OWN to meet its previously stated goal of breaking even in cash flow in the second half of this year, Discovery president and CEO David Zaslav said. OWN viewership was up 3 percent in its key women 25-54 demographic in the first quarter, even though the first quarter of 2012 included OWN’s highest-rated broadcast, Winfrey’s interview with Whitney Houston’s daughter. THR The latest figure was impacted by a range of factors in addition to what the company called “the strong underlying operating performance in the current year’s quarter.” Among the items affecting the latest profit were a $92 million gain from the consolidation of results for Discovery Japan and $46 million of improved equity earnings, but also higher equity-based compensation expenses and a $59 million loss from “hedging activities primarily associated with the acquisition of the SBS Nordic operations.”
Posts Tagged ‘Robin Roberts’
Reader’s Digest just published a piece titled the “100 Most Trusted People in America” and Tom Hanks took the top spot. This is not surprising. Hanks is perhaps the most boring dude alive. You know those dreams you have where nothing significant happens and you wake up knowing you had a dream so you feel like you should tell someone about it but it’s so vague you end up not saying anything? That’s what hanging out with Hanks is like.
Anyway, Sandra Bullock was number two in the poll. Which uh, see above.
- Jay Leno was more trusted than David Letterman (were people drunk when they voted?)
- Robin Roberts was the most trusted woman on TV
- Other highly trusted media people include Diane Sawyer, Brian Williams, Katie Couric, Barbara Walters, Anderson Cooper, Oprah Winfrey, George Stephanopoulos, Scott Pelley, Kelly Ripa, Steve Harvey and Savannah Guthrie.
- Judge Judy is more trusted than Matt Lauer.
Former ESPN anchor and current Good Morning America host Robin Roberts will be honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2013 ESPYS in Los Angels on July 17.
The award is presented annually to “individuals whose contributions transcend sports,” and Roberts definitely fits the bill.
In the past six years, Roberts has battled and defeated not only breast cancer but myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a rare blood disorder. Roberts was able to bring public awareness to both diseases during her fight and recovery. After five months off following a bone marrow transplant from her sister, Roberts returned to GMA last month.
“Robin brings an amazing amount of energy, compassion and determination to everything she does. Those qualities made her an incredible asset during her time here at ESPN, and they have served her well as she battled the terrible health challenges that she’s had to face,” said ESPN president John Skipper. “Robin’s accomplishments in so many areas – as an athlete, a broadcaster, a cancer survivor and more – demonstrate her ability to shine regardless of adversity and we could not be more proud to honor her as the recipient of this year’s Arthur Ashe Courage Award.”
The 2o13 ESPYS will take place once again from the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live.
AppNewser: A new Android app lets parents to spy on their teenage kids, just in case you were wondering how to be a terrible adult.
Lost Remote: Speaking of apps, there’s an official one for the Oscars that will probably not make the show any less boring.
SocialTimes: Twitter has launched a video sharing app called Vine. You used to only bore people with words, now do it with your “short films!”
PRNewser: Irish officials say “moderate” drunk driving is cool. So is “moderate” dying, apparently.
FishbowlDC: Here is your weekly “Media people get into a Twitter fight and the end result is everyone questioning their maturity” story.
UnBeige: Since we know you haven’t been able to sleep at night without this information — Marc Jacobs’ favorite tattoo is a couch on his stomach.
AppNewser: Instagram usage has declined which means… Nothing, really. Unless you work at Instagram.
AllFacebook: Mafia Wars was the top Facebook app in 2012, which is just another reason to use Facebook less in 2013.
- TVNewser: President Obama is being interviewed by Robin Roberts on Good Morning America this Friday. We’re hoping she’ll ask him about the NFL lockout, because we’re starting to get nervous about that.
- SportsNewser: Speaking of the NFL, Al Michaels says there will eventually be two teams in Los Angeles. We’re guessing both will attempt to bring Bo Jackson out of retirement.
- SocialTimes: A game teaches kids how to be safe on the Internet. First step: Get off the Internet. Second step: Go outside. Third step: Play.
- SportsNewser: The ratings for the NCAA basketball tournament are up 17 percent. Like we said earlier, we don’t want to talk about our picks.
- TVNewswer: Robin Roberts has joined Twitter. We know, that just made your day.
- AgencySpy: Here’s an ad from a French organization using a cartoon cat – with humping problems – to communicate the seriousness of AIDS. We have nothing further to add.
— DIANE CLEHANE
Bill Clinton isn’t the only one who is getting a little testy about the endlessly long and increasingly tabloid-y battle for the democratic nomination. At today’s lunch, politics were on the menu as supporters of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama took sides over their Cobb Salads. Our unofficial dining room poll finds Obama holding a commanding lead. Producer Joan Gelman — between commuting from Canada where her show Triple Sensation is going great guns — has taken to handing out her very own campaign buttons. “I do one for every election,” she told us. Her latest creation got lots of attention at a party at Tina Brown‘s recently when ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong arrived wearing one. It boasts a picture of President George Bush and John McCain in an embrace and is emblazoned with the words — Four More Years. Here’s the punch line: There’s a question mark at the end of the phrase. Joan was handing them out today (thanks!) and people were gobbling them up like mad. A few tables down, the exchange at David Patrick Columbia ‘s regular perch between David (a Hillary booster — “I just don’t know why she is the subject of so much hate”), Charlie Scheips and Terry Allen Kramer (decidedly not a fan) rivaled the dust ups on Sunday morning on The McLaughlin Group. But it was all in good fun. Isn’t it always?
Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:
1. One big happy family: Michael’s wife Kim McCarty and kids Clancy and Chas with Martin von Haselberg and daughter Sophie. The families’ friendship goes back 30 years, says Michael. To wit: a painting of Martin (done by Kim) hangs in the reception area of the restaurant. There was plenty to celebrate all around: Clancy just graduated from NYU last week, Chas is starting his first year at Bard and Sophie is at Yale. Impressive! We were hoping that Martin’s wife — none other than Bette Midler — would join the party but, said Michael, she was rehearsing for her eagerly anticipated Las Vegas show (the family leaves for the desert tomorrow). Knock ‘em dead, Bette!
2. Peter Brown.
3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong and yours truly. The Mayor was the subject of a glowing New York Times piece last week which bore more than a passing resemblance to this column. But imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, isn’t it?