In a bipartisan result befitting Presidents Day, Sony's "Hanging Up" tied with Warner Bros.' "The Whole Nine Yards" atop the B.O. ballot. Each pic debuted with a studio-estimated $16.1 million take.
Miramax has upped former VP of development Jill Messick to senior VP of production.
Carey Badcoe has quit as general manager of Australian feevee arts channel Ovation.
The Outdoor Life Network is adding a pair of new series, with "The Cousteau Chronicles" and "REI Great Adventures" joining its roster on March 7 and 26, respectively.
The Screen Actors Guild's ruling body has loosened a 1968 rule barring actors who are also producers from seeking union office and sitting on its national board.
Benedict Carver has been named veepee of acquisitions for Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group.
German video distributor Pro-Fun Media is expanding its operations to include theatrical releases, forming a strategic partnership with Berlin distrib GM Films.
Deep pockets. Flashy logos. High-powered execs. For a startup indie, what's wrong with this picture? As USA Films -- the amalgam of Gramercy, October, Polygram and certain properties of Propaganda…
"Harry Potter" publisher Scholastic Books has acquired rights from Spyglass Entertainment to launch a series of books based on "The Sixth Sense," timed to roll out simultaneously with pic's spring…
While Artisan Entertainment has kept mum on the identity of the "Blair Witch 2" writing team, the writer who'll do the final production polish is now known: Jon Bodenkamp.