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By DAVID ZURAWIK and DAVID ZURAWIK,david.zurawik@baltsun.com | September 23, 2008
Nobody on TV does biography like PBS' American Masters - and that goes for the life history of institutions as well as individuals. Tonight, the series looks at one of Hollywood's founding motion picture studios in You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story. This three-night exploration of the film kingdom of Harry, Albert, Sam and Jack L. Warner is directed by historian Richard Schickel, and it is not to be missed. Beyond telling backstage stories about memorable films ranging from The Jazz Singer (1927)
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March 23, 2010
Columbia-based marketing agency Merkle Inc. has acquired Metzner Schneider Associates, a loyalty marketing firm, for an undisclosed amount, the companies said Monday. The acquisition will allow Merkle to double the size of its marketing strategy consulting group from 35 employees to about 70 employees in the next year. The principals and founders of Dallas-based Metzner Schneider will lead a new practice group for Merkle that will develop customer loyalty programs for clients. Merkle has 1,000 employees, offices in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Little Rock, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle and Hagerstown and clients including Dell, Samsung and GEICO.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,Staff Writer | January 30, 1994
In the 1930s and '40s, Bugs Bunny stood his ground against all comers and took no guff, making his mark as perhaps the world's most beloved cartoon character.In the '90s, a new group of Warner Bros. "toons" are carving out their niche in the animation world. And they're using the same technique Bugs used -- copping an attitude.There are unmistakable echoes of the great "Looney Tunes" and "Merrie Melodies" cartoons in "Animaniacs" and "Tiny Toon Adventures," two of the most popular cartoons now on television.
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By Lorraine Mirabella | lorraine.mirabella@baltsun.com | March 22, 2010
Columbia-based marketing agency Merkle Inc. has acquired Metzner Schneider Associates, a loyalty marketing firm, for an undisclosed amount, the companies said Monday. The acquisition will allow Merkle to double the size of its marketing strategy consulting group from 35 employees to about 70 employees in the next year. The principals and founders of Dallas-based Metzner Schneider will lead a new practice group for Merkle that will develop customer loyalty programs for clients. Merkle has 1,000 employees, offices in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Little Rock, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle and Hagerstown and clients including Dell, Samsung and GEICO.
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By Los Angeles Times | August 26, 1993
LOS ANGELES -- Warner Bros., the Hollywood studio owned by media giant Time Warner Inc., plans to launch a fifth TV network to compete with ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox, according to knowledgeable sources.The new network would be built on a nationwide foundation of local broadcast and cable systems, sources said yesterday. It would be the first to take advantage of the convergence of broadcast and cable television, which until recently have been in fierce competition.Warner Bros. has recruited former Fox Broadcasting Co. President Jamie Kellner to head the project, which could cost as much as $2 billion.
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By Lenore Skenazy and Lenore Skenazy,New York Daily News | October 27, 1993
At last Bugs Bunny is surrounded by carats.When Warner Bros. opens its huge new studio store at the corner of 57th St. and Fifth Ave. in New York today, Bugs and company will share the intersection with Tiffany's, Bulgari, Van Cleef & Arpels, and the equally chichi Bergdorf Goodman.But don't worry, the bunny can hold his own. He's got a whole lotta store to back him up.Three flights of store, to be exact, jam-packed with giant cartoon characters, interactive TVs, 10-foot superheroes and -- Holy Hollywood Production Values, Batman!
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By Mike Royko and Mike Royko,Tribune Media Services | August 10, 1992
I really hate to bring it up again, since the big fuss over the cop-killer record by Ice-T seems to have died down.The artist, if we can stretch the term, took it upon himself to pull the song from the market.He said he did so because of the many death threats that were received by executives of Warner Bros., the corporation that markets his creations. (He said that the death threats were probably made by cops. But who knows? They might have come from true music lovers.)This gesture shows what a non-violent guy Ice-T really is. Maybe his song seemed to encourage the killing of cops, but he is sensitive to the well-being of corporate executives.
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By John Lippman and John Lippman,Los Angeles Times | August 27, 1993
Warner Bros., the Hollywood studio owned by media giant Time Warner Inc., plans to launch a fifth TV network to compete RTC with ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox, knowledgeable sources said late Wednesday.The new network would be built on a nationwide foundation of local broadcast and cable systems, sources said. It would be the first to take advantage of the convergence of broadcast and cable television, which until recently have been in fierce competition.Warner's has recruited former Fox Broadcasting Co. President Jamie Kellner to head the project -- the launch could cost as much as $2 billion.
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By Eric Mink and Eric Mink,New York Daily News | June 9, 1995
Just two weeks after announcing a radical restructuring of its fall schedule, ratings-starved CBS is shaking up its L.A.-based entertainment division.The embattled network, whose prime-time lineup crashed to third place last season after three consecutive years in first, Wednesday said that Leslie Moonves will succeed Peter Tortorici as president of CBS Entertainment.Mr. Moonves, 45, president of Warner Bros. Television, is considered by many observers to be the hottest TV executive in Hollywood.
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By Meredith Cohn and Meredith Cohn,SUN STAFF | September 6, 2001
That's all, folks. A White Marsh distribution center used by Warner Bros. Studio Stores to supply the nation with cartoon and film-themed merchandise will shut its doors and put 85 employees out of work by the end of the year, the company said. Warner Bros., home of Porky Pig and Bugs Bunny, announced in January that it would close its approximately 150 retail stores around the country, but the warehouse has remained open to handle supplies to the shops. The company hired a broker in May to find a buyer for the distribution center, one of two in the nation.
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By Richard Verrier and Tribune Newspapers | February 12, 2010
- The star-studded romantic comedy "Valentine's Day" is expected to generate plenty of green at the box office this weekend. But it's green of a different kind that could set "Valentine's Day" apart in Hollywood. The Warner Bros. movie, directed by Garry Marshall and featuring a raft of stars including Julia Roberts, Ashton Kutcher, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Alba, took "green filmmaking" to a new level, according to people involved in the project. The film - which follows the interwoven lives of a group of characters coping with romance and heartache over a single Valentine's Day - was shot entirely in Los Angeles.
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By Betsy Sharkey and Betsy Sharkey,Tribune Newspapers | January 22, 2010
The Young Victoria . ( 3 STARS) Starring Emily Blunt as the 18-year-old queen of England circa 1837, this film is such a rich pastiche of first love, teen empowerment, fabulous fashion and fate that you almost wish a few brooding vampires had been thrown in for good measure, since that's the crowd that should fall head over heels for this movie. Which isn't to suggest that it's sophomoric. It is anything but. What filmmaker Jean-Marc Vall?e has done in this delicious historical romance is capture that hot blush of pure emotion that comes before kisses, sex, heartbreak and the rest can dilute it. Opening next Friday Edge of Darkness: (Warner Bros.
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January 1, 2010
Next Friday Broken Embraces: (Sony Pictures Classics) A screenwriter analyzes the mysteries surrounding a car accident 14 years earlier that took his sight and killed the love of his life (Penelope Cruz).: Daybreakers : (Lionsgate) Humans have become an endangered species, hunted and forced into hiding after a mysterious plague transforms the majority of the world's population into vampires. With Ethan Hawke. Leap Year: (Universal Pictures) A woman follows her boyfriend to Ireland to ask him to marry her, but complications arise when she is stranded and must enlist the help of a surly Irishman.
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By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,SUN STAFF | October 28, 1995
Ehhh, what's up, doc?To the politicians and corporate officers gathered yesterday in White Marsh, the answer could be found in the grand opening of a Warner Bros. merchandise distribution center and outlet store.It was ballyhooed as an economic development coup bringing 180 new jobs and a measure of prestige for White Marsh.But 3-year-old Samantha Deangler had more important concerns -- such as breaking away from a throng of children to steal hugs from a costumed Bugs Bunny and his Looney Tunes friends, Daffy Duck, Tweety and Sylvester.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | June 10, 2000
Ever wonder where that Wascally Wabbit came from? Tomorrow night on cable's Cartoon Network, an hour's worth of rare animated shorts from Warner Bros. studios, including several not seen anywhere for decades, will air as a special episode of "ToonHeads," a weekly showcase of classic cartoons. And while much of what can be seen on "The Lost Cartoons" are only pieces of a whole, the hour is still one that animation fans shouldn't miss. When Warner decided to venture into animation in the late '20s under producer Leon Schlesinger (whose slight lisp was said to be the inspiration for Daffy Duck's voice)
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