May 18, 2012
News Roundup •••• Former major league pitcher Curt Schilling's 38 Studios, which released “Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning” in February, is in financial hot water with the state of Rhode Island. Taking cash from the state to move from Massachusetts seemed like a good idea when the company was projecting huge sales from its games. Instead, 38 Studios can't pay its employees or pay the state back. Yikes. [ The Boston Globe ] •••• Wired ran a gorgeous preview with lots of screens of the Unreal 4 Engine, which could be the backbone of next-gen console games.
February 16, 2012
Martyn Lawrence-Bullard left his home in England for Los Angeles 20 years ago, determined to be a movie star. The acting thing didn't exactly work out. But in one of those delightful turnabouts in life, he is now the interior designer to the stars. Ed Norton, the Osbournes, Cher and Kid Rock top an eclectic list of clients. Lawrence-Bullard has made the Architectural Digest and Elle Decor lists of top designers. He is a principal on Bravo TV's "Million Dollar Decorators. " He has a new book, "Live, Love & Decorate," with a foreword by client Elton John.
June 23, 2011
I'm pretty sure Greg Brady tried this, but maybe it was Parker Lewis. We just couldn't figure out why Cordish and Phillips were being so coy about their relationship - weren't they in love like everybody thought? It's their business, of course, and there any number of explanations for their public denials, including the possiblity that Cordish has always thought that Phillips was super stuck up and that Phillips wouldn't have moved into the Power Plant if it were the last place in the whole Inner Harbor!
April 13, 2011
Orchids to the Board of Overseers at the Baltimore School for the Arts for their decision to appoint Chris Ford as the new director! The appointment is certainly an honor for Dr. Ford and his family, but even more an honor for the school. A great musician in his own right, Dr. Ford could well have pursued a performance career, but instead chose to share his gift and love of music and the arts with the city's young people, ourselves included. In its relatively short history, the School for the Arts has been a beautiful success story on just about every level, not the least of which is its record of choosing the most outstanding individuals to serve as its directors.
February 17, 2011
It's been called the world's most extravagant art, and for good reason: The combination of lavish sets, virtuoso orchestral playing and world-class vocal talent that go into a grand opera production has never come cheap. It takes money to make opera magic, and the lack of it was the main reason for the abrupt demise of the old Baltimore Opera Company in late 2009, after years of struggling to make ends meet despite a string of artistic successes. In its final season, spiraling production costs and other expenses had reached the point where the board had no choice but to declare bankruptcy and liquidate the company's assets at auction.
November 30, 2010
Nashville-based HealthSpring Inc. said Tuesday it has finalized its planned $545 million cash acquisition of Bravo Health Inc., a Baltimore-based operator of Medicare Advantage health plans. The sale was funded by cash and debt through a revolving credit and new term loan facility, HealthSpring officials said. Jeffrey Folick, chairman and chief executive officer of Bravo Health since 2006, has joined HealthSpring's board of directors, the announcement said. HealthSpring owns and operates Medicare Advantage plans in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Washington, D.C., and also offers a national stand-alone Medicare prescription drug plan.