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Kirch raises brass

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German media heavyweight the Kirch Group has upped its top personnel to join founder Leo Kirch in managing the newly created centralized Kirch Holding, which is designed to bring the previously…

John Colicos

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John Colicos, who won critical acclaim as a Shakespearean actor but was best known as the villain in the TV science fiction series “Battlestar Galactica,” died March 6 in Toronto after a series of…

Richard Allen Dudley

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Richard Allen Dudley, an NBC radio and television announcer who was among the first to broadcast news of the Pearl Harbor attack, died Feb. 2 in Lancaster, Pa. He was 84. Dudley, known as “The Voice…

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Exec Shuffle

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New Wave Entertainment has tapped Peter Adee as a partner, joining Allen P. Haines, Paul Apel and Alan Baral in the Burbank-based creative service company. His new duties include working in all areas…

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World Briefs

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INDIA Film director Deepa Mehta’s controversial pic “Water” most likely will resume shooting in September. The director had faced violent protests during shooting from Hindu fundamentalist groups in…

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Unapix’s offspring

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Unapix Entertainment has created a theatrical distribution division called Unapix Films Theatrical and has tapped former senior exec VP of Stratosphere Entertainment Richard Abramowitz prexy of the…

Dave Peverett

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“Lonesome” Dave Peverett, who as lead singer of the British blues-rock quartet Foghat produced the rock staple “Slow Ride,” died Feb. 7 of complications from kidney cancer at a hospital in Orlando…

Al Adolph

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Al Adolph, manager of San Francisco’s Telenews Theater during the 1950s, died Feb. 28 of natural causes in Camarillo, Calif. He was 91. Adolph largely worked in TV syndication, joining Seven Arts…

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