The Skinny: The winter blahs are settling in and I'm not even on the East Coast. Might be time for stronger coffee. Wednesday's news includes a look at Olympics producer Jim Bell and Time Warner's fourth-quarter results. Also, a recap of the one awards show I wish I was at.
Daily Dose: Last month,
Bet the after-party is a real wingding. The XBiz Awards is the Golden Globes to AVN Awards'
Carrying the torch. Beside the athletes and the security team, the person who may have the most pressure on him during the upcoming Winter Olympics is Jim Bell, who is executive producing the event for
"Gravity" lift. Time Warner released its fourth-quarter earnings early Wednesday morning. Thanks to the success of "Gravity," revenue was up. The company also started breaking out HBO and its Turner networks. HBO had revenue of almost $5 billion and operating income of $1.7 billion. For the quarter, the company made $983 million, a decline from the $1.11 billion for the fourth quarter a year ago. More on the early numbers from Reuters.
Guggenheim gold. Guggenheim Capital has invested in Media Rights Capital, the production firm behind the hit movie
Campaign strategies. As this analysis from Variety points out, there really is no way to determine the best approach to campaigning for an Oscar nomination. Some worked the rooms and it paid off, while others did nothing and still got a happy phone call in the early morning. Either way, some public relations firms cashed a big check for their brilliant strategy.
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