Variety Staff

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Pioneer gets Regent fare

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Pioneer Entertainment has inked a homevideo distrib deal with Regent Entertainment. The pact's frosh effort is the video release of Regent's William Shatner starrer "Free Enterprise," currently in…

Marketplace

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World Briefs

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UNITED KINGDOM BSkyB has taken a 10% stake in leading U.K. games company Gameplay.com for £10.6 million ($17 million), the satcaster’s first major move into online gaming. At the same time, BSkyB has…

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Inside moves

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Warner Bros. and producer Jerry Weintraub have sent a draft script of the romantic heist project “33 Liberty Street” to Julia Roberts. Sources said the studio would agree to pay Roberts’ full fee if…

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Exec Shuffle

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Tony Bates has been upped to group finance director at EMI. Based in London, he will report to chairman Eric Nicoli. Bates is currently exec VP and chief financial officer of EMI Recorded Music. * *…

Edward Theodore Cooper

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Scene designer and TV art director Edward Theodore (Ted) Cooper died Dec. 5 of heart failure at his home in Sherman Oaks. He was 79. Cooper, a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 for 53 years…

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Mip Asia Briefs

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Television France Intl., the umbrella group responsible for promoting French production exports, has introduced Chinese onto its popular program Web site. Unveiling the development at Mip Asia, TVFI…

Polonsky memorial

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A memorial service for Abraham Polonsky, an acclaimed blacklisted screenwriter-director who died Oct. 26, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly…

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