Larry Ellison threw a big, private bash on Wednesday night to celebrate the run-up to the America's Cup race that begins in July.
The highlight of the party was the premier of a documentary called "The Wind Gods: 33rd America’s Cup,” produced by Skydance Productions.
That's Ellison’s son, David's company. (Both of Ellison's children are movie moguls. His daughter, Megan Ellison, was a producer for "Zero Dark Thirty." Megan and David are also said to be working on a new "Terminator" movie. )
And because one-is-never-enough, the party also launched a new book that also documents Ellison's America's Cup win called “The Billionaire and the Mechanic,” written by San Francisco Chronicle reporter Julian Guthrie.
The party was a red carpet affair complete with multi-beam searchlights and an announcer, reports the San Francisco Business Times' Patrick Hoge.
But our favorite story of the night was how Ellison prevented a Mercury News reporter from being tossed out because she tried to speak to him.
UPDATED: We've confirmed that it was Merc enterprise beat reporter Julia Prodis Sulek who is also covering the America's Cup.
As Sulek was being forced out, litterally yanked by her arm, a smiling Ellison intervened. He reached out, grabbed the handler and demanded the reporter be released, pronto, Sulek told. He then turned and talked to Sulek.
Sulek tweeted that night about talking to Ellison.
Will Larry Ellison crew on his #Americascup Oracle catamaran? "I'm trying to get in shape," he told me tonight. If he does, he will.
— Julia Prodis Sulek (@juliasulek) May 9, 2013
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