Business briefs: Brits film real estate segment in Sarasota

February 6, 2014 

Brits film real estate segment in Sarasota

SARASOTA -- Amy Robinson, a broker-associate with RE/MAX Alliance Group, has been selected to appear on the British real estate show, "A Place in the Sun." She will appear in a 10-minute segment as the Sarasota real estate expert.

"A Place in the Sun" helps British house hunters find dream homes abroad with advice from a local real estate expert in the city where they are looking to buy. In the Sarasota episode, Robinson is the local real estate expert selected by the show's director and producer. The show takes a couple around an area and shows them five homes, with the goal to find their dream home in the Sun.

Robinson was interviewed by show host Jonnie Irwin.

"It was an awesome experience; the host and crew made it a lot of fun," Robinson said. "It is important for the health of our local economy that we continually wave the Sarasota flag. Sarasota is truly an amazing city with an incredible quality of life, and I'm thrilled it will get this international exposure at a time when many British people are looking to buy real estate in the United States, specifically in Florida."

The filming took place in December at Ophelia's on the Bay restaurant on Siesta Key.

Manatee attorney to chair Meals on Wheels

MANATEE COUNTY -- Blalock Walters' principal William Cloud Robinson Jr. has been elected to chairmnan of the Board of Directors for Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee, where he has been a board member since 2008.

"I have had the pleasure of working with Will over the last few years, and I have great admiration and respect for him, both as a professional and community leader," said Maribeth Phillips, CEO of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee. "It is our good fortune to have Will as our board chair, and I look forward to our continued work together."

Robinson has served as vice chair of the board as well as committee chairs for the legal and program evaluation committees.

Disney 1Q helped by 'Frozen,' 'Infinity'

LOS ANGELES -- The Walt Disney Co. on Wednesday reported earnings and revenue for the holiday quarter that beat Wall Street's expectations, helped by movie hits like "Frozen" and sales of its "Disney Infinity" console game.

Net income in the fiscal first quarter through Dec. 28 rose to $1.84 billion, or $1.03 per share, from $1.38 billion, or 77 cents per share, a year ago.

Shares rose $1.09, or 1.5 percent, to $72.85 in after-hours trading Wednesday, after already gaining 71 cents to close at $71.76 in the regular session.

Along with the strong movie studio results, revenue and profit grew for its TV networks, as growth at ESPN offset weakness at ABC. Higher theme park ticket prices and more guest spending offset higher costs associated with the launch of its MyMagic+ bracelet, which helps visitors plan their trip and buy merchandise.

--Herald staff, wires

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