Public broadcasters will get their first hike in federal funding in five years under the federal budget signed into law Wednesday by President Clinton.
NBC has picked up a full season of its frosh Monday comedy "Will & Grace," the first new show to get a full-season order this fall.
Polygram has recovered from its disastrous first half of the year to post stronger figures than expected for the third quarter, despite the destabilizing effect of the Seagram takeover.
Children's Television Workshop has upped Janice F. Hearty to veepee of public affairs and communications.
With its tongue firmly in its cheek, Dimension Films has optioned the comedic spec "Scream if You Know What I Did Last Summer," from spoof writers Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer.
CBS and 20th Century Fox TV are close to a deal with Arsenio Hall to star in a three-episode arc of the frosh action comedy "Martial Law," which may lead to a permanent role on the show.
Chris-Craft Industries got a couple of breaks in reporting a 221% increase in third-quarter earnings, including United Paramount Network's delaying the premiere of its fall schedule to early October.
Jonathan Wald has been upped to senior broadcast producer for "NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw," while Ben Sherwood has been named senior producer of the newscast.
Aussie helmer Geoffrey Wright has signed to direct the slasher thriller "Cherry Falls" for Rogue Pictures, the genre division of October Films.
Paramount Network TV has inked a five-year overall deal with TV director Andy Ackerman ("Seinfeld") worth an estimated $12 million to $15 million.