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GERMANY Commercial TV broadcaster RTL has signed a three-year licensing agreement with film production/distribution group Helkon Media. Deal provides the station with rights to pics such as “House on…

William Goodhart


William Malcolm Goodhart, screenwriter and creator of the 1960s hit Broadway comedy “Generation,” died of heart disease Oct. 20 at his home on Shelter Island, N.Y. He was 74. “Generation,” Goodhart’s…

Jeffrey D. Alderman


Jeffrey D. Alderman, a pioneering polling expert for ABC News and a former editor with the Associated Press, died Nov. 15 in New York after battling cancer. He was 56. Alderman was director of…


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Midnight lineup


“But I’m a Cheerleader,” a gender-bending comedy from director Jamie Babbit and Fine Line that showed in Toronto. “I.K.U.,” an experimental, sexually graphic takeoff on “Blade Runner” featuring…

Charles G. ‘Bud’ Dant


Charles G. “Bud” Dant, band leader and composer who worked with Jack Benny, Bob Hope and Lawrence Welk, died Oct. 31 of natural causes at Kona Community Hospital in Hawaii. He was 92. Dant began his…

Gene Levitt


Gene Levitt, writer, producer and director who created the original “Fantasy Island” TV series, died Nov. 15 of prostate cancer in Los Angeles. He was 79. Levitt first worked as a writer for the…

John Noga


John Noga, owner of two internationally known jazz clubs in San Francisco, the Blackhawk and the Downbeat, died Nov. 9 of natural causes at his home in Studio City. He was 83. Noga was a club owner…

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