Hollywood execs were among President Obama’s biggest campaign supporters. Now, as the prez decides on ambassadorships, it’s payback time. Career diplomats say the practice smacks of pure patronage. Others note that no one can host an official party like those in the biz — and frequently on their own dime.

Five years after selling most of its music holdings to its former partner, Bertelsmann Music Group is singing a different tune. With a lean, mean strategy that focuses on rights deals, licensing and sweating the details of the digital-dominated market, BMG has
re-created itself as a music publishing giant, and it may be ready to buy out the private equity stake that put it back in the game. Formats East
Larry Namer knows what auds in America, and now in China, want. The E! founder is selling formats to the East, but knows there’s even more coin in selling an original Chinese show globally. Also inside
Cartoon Movie 13
FICCA 16
Reviews 17-22
TV: Nielsen 23
FILM: Box office 24-25
LEGIT: Grosses 26
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