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By BLOOMBERG BUSINESS NEWS | November 28, 1995
...$TC NEW YORK -- Home Shopping Network Inc. yesterday named Barry Diller chairman, hoping to use his programming acumen to shake the television retailer out of its also-ran status.In a second move related to Mr. Diller's TV ambitions, Silver King Communications Inc. said it agreed to buy Savoy Pictures Entertainment Inc., a television and movie producer that also owns four television stations, in stock.Under the terms of the purchase, Savoy shareholders will receive 0.2 shares of Silver King common stock for each Savoy share.
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By LIZ SMITH and LIZ SMITH,Tribune Media Services | May 20, 2008
LOOK, WHEN you're dealing with amounts of money this large, none of it is justifiable. There is no moral right to any of this. But I earned this money over 10-plus years, not in one single year."
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By Fred Rasmussen and Fred Rasmussen,Sun Staff Writer | May 4, 1995
In an obituary published yesterday the name of the company that Jean Bailey Diller helped establish was incorrectly stated. The name of the company is Weathertech Inc.The Sun regrets the error.Jean Bailey Diller, a secretary, homemaker and founder of an irrigation system service, died Monday at her home in Severna Park of cancer. She was 69.After retiring in 1987 as a secretary at the Inspector General's office at Fort Meade where she had worked since 1973, she joined her husband and son in establishing Water Tech Inc., an irrigation systems company in Catonsville.
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By ROB HIAASEN and ROB HIAASEN,SUN REPORTER | December 22, 2005
Becky Diller drew a field of purple flowers and a big-eyed dragonfly. Danielle Rich drew a kaleidoscopic, star-studded angel holding a banner that urges, "Smile!" "A good attitude and a smile," Danielle used to tell herself while undergoing radiation and chemotherapy, "will cure everything." The artwork by the two Maryland girls - Becky lives in Oakland and Danielle in Silver Spring - is part of a colorful calendar full of hot-air balloons, orange cats, robins, barbecue grills, Easter baskets, giraffes, a red rose laid across piano ivories and one beaming family of six at a beach in the month of July (love the shades, Dad)
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By JACQUES KELLY and JACQUES KELLY,SUN REPORTER | December 3, 2005
Dick S. Diller, a retired engineer who helped design the Lunar Rover that carried astronauts across the surface of the moon in 1971, died of congestive heart failure Monday at his Severna Park home. He was 81. Born in Dillsburg, Pa., he was educated in a one-room school that served the first grade through high school. As a child, he wanted to be a pilot. "He grew up on a rural farm without the benefit of radio, and he thought that airplanes were just too cool," said his son, Richard A. Diller of Severna Park.
BUSINESS
By New York Times News Service | July 4, 1994
NEW YORK -- Wall Street gushed last week over the announcement that CBS and QVC were engaged to be merged, but it was not because anyone was convinced the two intendeds were necessarily a perfect match.As John Reidy, a media analyst at Smith Barney, put it: "Forget all the QVC stuff. Barry Diller is the reason this is an awesome deal."That theme was echoed throughout the television industry in the wake of the news that Mr. Diller, the chairman of the home-shopping channel QVC, would become the chief executive CBS after completion of the merger.
BUSINESS
By BLOOMBERG BUSINESS NEWS | November 25, 1995
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Home Shopping Network Inc. is expected to name former Fox network chief Barry Diller chairman as early as next week, according to a person close to the company.The appointment is part of a plan by Tele-Communications Inc. President John Malone to improve profits at the No. 2 home-shopping channel, which has lagged behind QVC Inc. in recent years. TCI, the nation's largest cable company, is a major investor in Home Shopping Network.A more profitable HSN would provide Mr. Diller -- who ran QVC until last year -- with the cash he needs to turn his small television network, Silver King Communications Inc., into a major broadcaster, analysts said.
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By Timothy J. Mullaney and Timothy J. Mullaney,SUN STAFF | October 22, 1995
He's bald. He's glamorous. He's building the next television network. And though most people didn't realize it at first, Barry Diller is doing it using Baltimore as a key building block.This is true because one of the details widely overlooked when the TV tycoon agreed to buy working control of Silver King Communications Inc., an obscure Florida company whose 12 UHF stations mostly run the Home Shopping Network, is that one of those stations is WSHW-TV, Channel 24, in Baltimore. So as Mr. Diller sets out to shake up the TV business, Baltimore will be near the epicenter.
BUSINESS
By New York Times News Service | July 13, 1994
In a last-minute effort to thwart the merger of CBS Inc. and QVC Inc., Comcast Corp. stunned the entertainment industry last night by announcing an uninvited bid to take over QVC.Comcast, the nation's third-largest cable television company and a minority shareholder in QVC, was unhappy that QVC Chairman Barry Diller was aligning his cable television home-shopping channel with a network broadcasting company. Comcast, which owns 15.5 percent of QVC, is reluctant to have an interest in the over-the-air television business.
NEWS
May 5, 1995
Jean Bailey DillerWeathertech founderIn an obituary published yesterday the name of the company that Jean Bailey Diller helped establish was incorrectly stated. The name of the company is Weathertech Inc.The Sun regrets the error.
NEWS
By JACQUES KELLY and JACQUES KELLY,SUN REPORTER | December 3, 2005
Dick S. Diller, a retired engineer who helped design the Lunar Rover that carried astronauts across the surface of the moon in 1971, died of congestive heart failure Monday at his Severna Park home. He was 81. Born in Dillsburg, Pa., he was educated in a one-room school that served the first grade through high school. As a child, he wanted to be a pilot. "He grew up on a rural farm without the benefit of radio, and he thought that airplanes were just too cool," said his son, Richard A. Diller of Severna Park.
BUSINESS
By BLOOMBERG NEWS | May 13, 1999
NEW YORK -- USA Networks Inc., the media company run by Barry Diller, dropped its plan to buy No. 3 Internet search service Lycos Inc. yesterday because of opposition from Lycos shareholders.Lycos' shares had declined by more than one-third after Diller proposed combining the companies in February. The Waltham, Mass., company's shares recouped about 35 percent of that loss as opposition to the plan increased, and rose $8.75 yesterday to $107.Shareholders led by David Wetherell, head of CMGI Inc., the Internet venture company that is Lycos' biggest shareholder, opposed the combination because it did not offer any premium.
BUSINESS
By Mark Ribbing and Mark Ribbing,SUN STAFF | February 19, 1999
Talk about landing on your feet. Just last week, Barry Baker issued a surprise resignation from Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. of Baltimore, where he headed day-to-day radio and television operations. At the time, Baker, 46, said only that he wanted to pursue new business opportunities.Yesterday, USA Networks Inc., the aggressive television and electronic-commerce company headed by broadcast mogul Barry Diller, announced that it has named Baker as its new president and chief operating officer.
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By Gayle Vassar Melvin and Gayle Vassar Melvin,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | October 4, 1998
For many parents of children with attention deficit disorder, Ritalin is nothing short of a miracle drug. One dose, and their formerly impulsive offspring are able to focus on schoolwork or play peacefully with peers.For manufacturers, Rita-lin's sales figures seem miraculous - up 700 percent since 1991.But a behavioral pediatrician in Walnut Creek, Calif., is sounding a caution: Are children's long-term needs being overlooked in favor of a quick medical fix?That's a question Law-rence Diller explores in the new book "Running on Ritalin: A Physician Reflects on Children, Society, and Performance in a Pill" (Bantam, $25.95)
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By DAVID ZURAWIK and DAVID ZURAWIK,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | April 5, 1997
Here's how it was back in the catch-as-catch-can days for Fox Broadcasting in the spring of 1987.One of the very first concepts that the young and inexperienced programmers came up with was a weekly series titled "Werewolf," starring John J. York as a young man who turns into a werewolf when the moon is full.The program was set to start production when show producer Frank Lupo was summoned to the office of Barry Diller, the hard-nosed Hollywood executive whom Rupert Murdoch had hired to run the wannabe network.
BUSINESS
By BLOOMBERG BUSINESS NEWS | November 28, 1995
...$TC NEW YORK -- Home Shopping Network Inc. yesterday named Barry Diller chairman, hoping to use his programming acumen to shake the television retailer out of its also-ran status.In a second move related to Mr. Diller's TV ambitions, Silver King Communications Inc. said it agreed to buy Savoy Pictures Entertainment Inc., a television and movie producer that also owns four television stations, in stock.Under the terms of the purchase, Savoy shareholders will receive 0.2 shares of Silver King common stock for each Savoy share.
SPORTS
April 23, 1991
BASKETBALL (NBA) * Minnesota Timberwolves -- Fired Bill Musselman (coach).HOCKEY (NHL) * New York Rangers -- Fired John C. Diller (president).
BUSINESS
By New York Times News Service | August 5, 1994
NEW YORK -- QVC Inc. approved a $46-per-share takeover of fer yesterday from Tele-Communications Inc. and Comcast Corp. that values the home shopping channel at about $2.53 billion.After spending more than six hours yesterday analyzing and revising details of the deal, the QVC board accepted the all-cash offer for the 35 million shares not already held by Tele-Communications and Comcast. The companies had previously offered $44 a share. QVC has about 55 million shares outstanding.The takeover is expected to be completed within 30 days.
BUSINESS
By BLOOMBERG BUSINESS NEWS | November 25, 1995
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Home Shopping Network Inc. is expected to name former Fox network chief Barry Diller chairman as early as next week, according to a person close to the company.The appointment is part of a plan by Tele-Communications Inc. President John Malone to improve profits at the No. 2 home-shopping channel, which has lagged behind QVC Inc. in recent years. TCI, the nation's largest cable company, is a major investor in Home Shopping Network.A more profitable HSN would provide Mr. Diller -- who ran QVC until last year -- with the cash he needs to turn his small television network, Silver King Communications Inc., into a major broadcaster, analysts said.
BUSINESS
By Timothy J. Mullaney and Timothy J. Mullaney,SUN STAFF | October 22, 1995
He's bald. He's glamorous. He's building the next television network. And though most people didn't realize it at first, Barry Diller is doing it using Baltimore as a key building block.This is true because one of the details widely overlooked when the TV tycoon agreed to buy working control of Silver King Communications Inc., an obscure Florida company whose 12 UHF stations mostly run the Home Shopping Network, is that one of those stations is WSHW-TV, Channel 24, in Baltimore. So as Mr. Diller sets out to shake up the TV business, Baltimore will be near the epicenter.
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