November 9, 2016This is the third year that master glass instructor Joshua Dopp of ‘Highway Hotshot’ Glass visited Arcosanti to teach a series of beginners courses in glass blowing and casting.Glass workshop participant Lana Morris and Josh.[photos and test by Sue Kirsch] He taught introductory classes on October 21st, 22nd, and 23rd with additional student bench time on the 24th and 25th, and classes for small projects like flowers, ornaments or drinking glasses on the 28th and 29th of October. Here is Josh with a college and Arcosanti resident Brandon Siegl in the background. They are working on a three layer project with poco dots between the layers.Here we can see the set-up behind the Building. The three layer glass project.The set-up was moved into the Vaults for the second week-ends classes, see the next posting.
Viacom is preparing to launch a raft of Paramount movie channels internationally and the first launch will be in Spain. In the wake of its quarterly results, Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman told analysts that the company is preparing to launch channels programmed with content from Paramount Pictures globally. “I think very rapidly in the next two to three years, you will see in many, many, many countries Paramount channels. The first will be in Spain,” he said. “We have several others lined up. There’s a lot of demand for the library movie channels and of course, Paramount is an exceptional library and brand. So I see a lot of opportunity in emerging markets with opening them up and opportunities in existing markets to launch more of our brands.”Viacom announced last April that Michael Armstrong had been upped to senior vice-president and general manager, BET International and Paramount Pictures Channels, with a remit to expand BET’s presence in global markets and to launch Paramount Pictures. Spain is the first confirmed Paramount Pictures launch although Dauman did not specify timing.Paramount Pictures will be an international brand. In its domestic US market its content is screened on the Epix cable channel. Its current slate includes Hugo and The Adventures of Tintin, although a large number of new titles will be taken by free and pay TV channels that have output deals with the studio. Library fare includes the Star Trek movies as well as Friday the 13th, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Beverly Hills Cop.The news of the Spanish Paramount Pictures launch came as parent company Viacom reported first-quarter results. Year on year net earnings in the quarter dropped 65%, taking the total to US$212 million (€161 million). The company blamed the effects of a lawsuit relating to the Rock Band video game and soft ratings at its kids network Nickelodeon for the slump. Overall revenue in the quarter was US$3.9 billion compared with US$3.8 billion a year earlier.
Dutch telco KPN has named Joost Farwerch as managing director of its Dutch operations. KPN has also appointed Godert Vinkesteijn as chief financial officer, KPN Netherlands.KPN has set the goal of stabilising its share of the Dutch mobile and fixed-broadband maket by the end of this year and to improve its cost base.Farwerck and Vinkesteijn currently sit on the executive committee of KPN’s home consumer division.
OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network is “starting to pay down the investment Discovery has made in the venture” having turned cash flow-positive, according to Discovery Communication’s CEO.Discovery has pumped in millions of dollars into the cable channel – which also runs a programming block on TLC in the UK – due to a number of teething problems in terms of staff turnaround and ratings but David Zaslav yesterday revealed it was finally paying its way.“I’m proud to report that when combined with the long-term affiliate fees that Discovery has negotiated, OWN is now cash-flow positive,” he said. “This was ahead of the originally anticipated second half of the year goal of cash flow breakeven.“I want to congratulate Oprah and the entire team at OWN for this significant milestone – and we remain very bullish on its long term trajectory and our ability to drive continued asset appreciation in the future.”OWN’s ratings have been growing, which has allowed it to increase subscription fees from pay TV platforms, he added.However, Discovery doesn’t break down performance figures for the channel due to it being a joint venture with talkshow guru Winfrey.The news came in an investors’ call for Discovery’s second quarter financial results, which came in under analysts’ marks despite year-on-year growth.Revenue for the three months to June 30, 2013, of US$1.47 billion was 30% up on the same period in 2012, with operating income before depreciation and amortisation up 23% to US$668 million.Revenue at its flagship US networks came in at US$793 million, up from US$700 million, while operating profit was up 11% to US$472 million.International nets saw huge growth in revenue – up 61% to US$652 million – and profit – up 51% to US$265 million.Discovery attributed this to ad revenue up 119% and distribution revenue up 29%. Subscribers numbers in Latin America and consolidating Discovery Japan also helped the numbers.