Variety Staff

World Briefs


GERMANY Media giant Bertelsmann said Tuesday it would provide all of its employees worldwide with a free computer and cover the costs of all Internet connections. Move is in line with Bertelsmann’s…

Bill Lewis Downer


Bill Lewis Downer, a major figure in American music publishing for four decades, died Feb. 26 of heart failure at his home in Los Angeles. He was 86. Downer rose through the music-publishing ranks in…

  • Biz

Kirch raises brass


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…

Janet Reed


Former ballet dancer and teacher Janet Reed, who influenced generations of ballet dancers through her performances and teaching, died Feb. 28 of a stroke in Seattle. She was 83. Reed came to…

  • Film

Oscar Watch


Cate Blanchett will join the Oscar 2000 team of presenters. Last year, Blanchett picked up a best actress nom for her perf in “Elizabeth.” The 72nd annual Academy Awards will be broadcast from the…

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