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WGA: Hollywood holds its collective breath as the crucial round of contract negotiations starts at the Writers Guild of America West HQ.
BOSHARE: What a difference a change in the calendar makes. Universal, which saw such consistent box office success last year, was a mere also-ran in first-quarter market share rankings; best-pic winner DreamWorks was another laggard. It looks as if Paramount is on top for the quarter.
DREAM: Universal and DreamWorks have extended their deal.
LIONS GATE: Tom Ortenberg promoted to head of Lions Gate Films.
PRIZE: David Auburn wins Pulitzer Prize for “Proof”; John Corigliano wins for the second time.
EASTWOOD: Academy Award-winning screenwriter Brian Helgeland, will join forces with producer-director Clint Eastwood to pen an adaptation of the best-selling novel “Mystic River” for Warner Bros. Pictures.
SCOTLAND: Gotham-based distributor Lot 47 Films has acquired all North American rights to Billy Morrissette’s comedy “Scotland, PA.”
MORT: Mortimer Zuckerman is ready and willing to make a bid for the New York Post if News Corp. is forced to sell, and he promised to keep the tabloid editorially independent from his own New York Daily News under a joint operating agreement.
FRANCHISE: One part of Franchise case is sent to appellate court.
YORN: Rick Yorn files complaint in Dana G. case
GMA: The gap between ABC News’ “Good Morning America” and CBS News’ “Early Show” continues to narrow. “GMA” had its lowest rated week since summer (week ending April 6), while “Early” continues to see its numbers improve in households, total viewers and key demos.
SPEED: Fox Cable Networks Group is seeking to take control of Outdoor Life Network and Speedvision, two cable channels it owns a minority stake in.
AFI: AFI and National Assn. of Theater Owners of California/Nevada have established a scholarship to provide full, two-year tuition for a Fellow enrolled in the AFI Conservatory.
CRITICS: Outer Critics Circle award nominees in theater are announced.
GROSS: B’way B.O. for week of April 9-16.
PLAYERS: Players column.
CARSEY: Carsey-Werner-Mandabach creates a division, CWM Ventures, to find strategic partners and figure out biz opportunities. Ex-Viacom New Media chief Michele DiLorenzo heads the unit.
LEGIT: Crimes of the Heart (Off B’way); Troillus and Cressida (Off B’way); References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot (Off B’way)
TV: All Souls (series, UPN, Tues); Passion and Prejudice (Telepic, USA, Tues.)
MUSIC: Miles Again (concert)