'Lego Movie' gives Time Warner boost in 1Q

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Associated Press

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 5:01 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 30 at 5:06 AM

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.

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.

Analysts forecast 88 cents per share.

Revenue increased 9 percent to $7.55 billion from $6.94 billion, driven by strong performances from Warner Bros., Turner and HBO. Taking out Time Inc., revenue was $6.8 billion.

Wall Street expected $6.63 billion.

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