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'Lego Movie' gives Time Warner boost in 1Q

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 30, 2014 at 7:19 am •  Published: April 30, 2014
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NEW YORK (AP) — Time Warner's first-quarter net income climbed as revenue grew on the success of properties such as Warner Bros. "The Lego Movie" and the HBO show "True Detective."

The performance topped analysts' estimates. Shares rose in premarket trading on Wednesday.

Chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes said in a statement that "The Lego Movie" helped create another franchise for the company and led all releases at the domestic box office. Warner Bros. revenue climbed 14 percent to $3.1 billion in the quarter.

Home Box Office scored with "True Detective," the most-watched freshman series in the cable network's history. Bewkes said that "Game of Thrones" continues its surge, with its season 4 premiere earlier this month drawing HBO's biggest audience since "The Sopranos" finale. Revenue at HBO increased 9 percent to $1.3 billion.

Bringing the NCAA Men's basketball final four to cable television for the first time was a win for Turner, pulling in audiences in the key demographics of adults aged 18-34 and 18-49. Turner's quarterly revenue rose 5 percent to $2.6 billion.

For the three months ended March 31, the media and entertainment company earned $1.29 billion, or $1.42 per share. That's up from $754 million, or 79 cents per share, a year ago.

Removing certain items, earnings were 91 cents per share. Excluding publishing division Time Inc. — expected to be spun off in the second quarter — earnings were 97 cents per share.

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