Jean-Marie Messier, chairman and chief exec of Vivendi Universal, will sue Klaus Esser for defamation over statements the former Mannesmann chief exec made in a newspaper interview.
Production giant Endemol is buying London-based youth TV producer Brighter Pictures. Fast-growing Brighter more than doubled its turnout last year with provocative shows like urban lifestyle…
Granada Kids, subsid of U.K.'s Granada, and U.S. children's media company JP Kids are to co-produce up to four children's and family shows per year.
The European Broadcasting Union has announced plans for its latest kidvid co-production, "The Adventures of Marco and Gina," an $8.8 million cartoon series aimed at kids 5-10.
BBC director general Greg Dyke has come under fire for owning a £1 million ($1.38 million) stake in Ambassador Theatre Group, which has links with ITV broadcaster Carlton Communications.
Gullane Entertainment, formerly known as the Britt Allcroft Co., has announced record interim results for the second half of 2000, with total sales for the period up 173% to £20.34 million ($29…
Bucking a trend, Beeb commercial division BBC Worldwide has announced a 28% increase in its exports to £220 million ($350 million) for 2000, up on 1999's $270 million, with exports exceeding imports.
The Walt Disney Co. scooped out a tidy sum from its honey pot last week, coughing up roughly $340 million to retain the Winnie the Pooh franchise until its copyright expires in 2026.
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Lucy1Daily:$11.8M Cumulative:$43.9M Universal Pictures -21.55%
Hercules2Daily:$8.5M Cumulative:$29.8M Paramount Pictures -16.73%
Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
Dawn of The Planet of The Apes3Daily:$5.3M Cumulative:$172.5M Fox -20.58%