Variety Staff

Betty Rea

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Betty Rea, former Broadway actress and retired daytime television casting director for “Guiding Light” and “As the World Turns,” died Dec. 23 of respiratory failure in Los Angeles. She was 82. Rea…

  • TV

CLT/Ufa eyes soccer

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Amid heavy speculation on the future of tm3, European heavyweight CLT/Ufa has confirmed talks with the station's main shareholder, News Corp., on taking over the rights to European soccer Champions…

Marketplace

  • Film

Oscar Watch

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Robert Keene has been tapped to design the sets for this year’s Oscar telecast. This will be the second time the Emmy Award-winning production designer has been involved with the Oscars. His previous…

Bill Edwards

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Bill Edwards, a tall rodeo rider who turned to acting in the 1940s and later became a painter, died Dec. 21 in Newport Beach of pneumonia after a long struggle against an illness that attacked his…

  • Biz

Exec Shuffle

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Bradley M. Fazzari has joined the Itsy Bitsy Entertainment Co. as senior licensing manager of off-screen entertainment. Fazzari was formerly senior product manager for Mattel/Arco Toys.He will be…

Enrique Cadicamo

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Enrique Cadicamo, a tango composer who wrote the hit song “Bubbles of Soap,” died Dec. 3 of natural causes in Buenos Aires. He was 99. Cadicamo’s “Bubbles” was popularized by tango star Carlos Gardel…

Emile Buyse

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Emile Buyse, longtime international motion picture marketing executive, died Dec. 29 of cancer in Los Angeles. He was 72. Buyse, who was based in Los Angeles and Paris, most recently handled the…

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