Variety Staff

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Lantz gives Acad $50G

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Walter Lantz, creator of Woody Woodpecker, Andy Panda, Chilly Willy and other well-known animated characters, has made a $ 50,000 contribution to the endowment fund for the Academy of Motion Picture…

  • Biz

Financial Briefs

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Carolco Pictures Inc. said since less than $ 2.7 million in aggregate principal of its 13% senior subordinated notes due 1996 was tendered, it will return all notes tendered to their holders. The…

Marketplace

Reuben L. Watt

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Reuben L. Watt, 81, longtime member of the Directors Guild of America, died Saturday in Woodland Hills. He has worked as unit production manager and assistant director on various theatrical features…

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Correction

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The name of director-producer Donald Wrye was misspelled in the Dec. 23 review of CBS’ “Broken Promises: Taking Emily Back.” Also, Ted Levine and Kathleen Wilhoite played the homeless couple, and…

Exec Shuffle

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Sam Cue has been upped to senior veepee of Group W Prods. with added responsibility for the financial and development activities of WestinghouseBroadcasting Intl., Group W VideoServices and…

Harold E. Peterson

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Harold E. Peterson, 93, a pioneer jazz musician and mentor to such younger artists as clarinetist Pete Fountain, died Dec. 17. Peterson was a drummer who began working professionally when he was 12…

Violet Freydberg

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Violet Freydberg, a vaudevillian who performed under the name Violet Singer, died in La Jolla Dec. 21. She was 86. She performed a musical-comedy act with her sister, Charlotte, and continued as a…

Natalia Sats

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Natalia Sats, director of the Moscow Opera and Ballet Theater for Children since it opened in 1965, died Dec. 18. She was 90. Sats, the daughter of Russian composer Ilya Sats, was among the millions…

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