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GERMANY Bertelsmann will float two subsids Bertelsmann is planning to float 20% of its online book and CD shop Bertelsmann Online and of its Internet portal Lycos Europe in May. Bertelsmann topper…

Michael Webster


Michael Webster, cartoon animator and executive who established the Walt Disney Co.’s TV animation division in 1984, died of pneumonia Jan. 15 at his home in Port Townsend, Wash. He was 60. He was…

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Inside Moves


In a twist on the traditional media coverage of a star at a movie premiere, Leonardo DiCaprio’s personal media covered Wednesday’s preem of “The Beach.” The star’s Web site (…

Jester Hairston


Jester Hairston, who appeared on radio and TV’s “Amos ‘n’ Andy” and worked on the music for many movies, but who is best known to a younger generation as the wise old church member Rolly on the…

David Levy


David Levy, the former network executive who created “The Addams Family” television comedy and was instrumental in bringing other shows to the air, died Jan. 25 in Los Angeles following a lengthy…

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