Michael Winner, who died today, was a successful movie director before he started writing about restaurants for the Sunday Times, where his self-professed ignorance about food never inhibited him from trenchant views.
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is representing Nielsen Holdings NV, the biggest tracker of U.S. television ratings, which agreed to buy Arbitron Inc. for about $1.26 billion in cash to gain access to the largest source of data on the country’s radio listeners. Morrison & Foerster LLP served as legal adviser to Arbitron.
Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC asked the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to reexamine a disputed patent owned by Gevo Inc., the U.S. biotechnology company backed by the oil refiner Total SA and the specialty chemicals maker Lanxess AG.
In the 1930s, Fortune magazine called weddings a “depression-proof” business; these days, the term is “recession resistant.” That isn’t exactly true, but there’s no denying that the U.S. wedding industry is big business today: Even in a sluggish economy, the average cost of a wedding in 2011 was $26,501, according to a Brides magazine survey.
Max Steiner, composer of the quintessential American film score for “Gone With the Wind,” was born Maximilian Raoul Steiner in 1888, in Vienna. One of his earliest memories was sitting on Emperor Franz Joseph’s lap.