BMG making bigger noise


BMG Entertainment is on track to close the year with the second-highest market share among the Big Six music congloms. In the bellwether category of current overall market share, BMG has surprised…

  • Film

Short Takes


ABC News has named Kevin Newman news anchor at “Good Morning America,” putting its official seal on a job he has handled on an interim basis since August. Newman joined ABC in 1994 from the Canadian…

  • Film

U turn for Hanks

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Oscar-winner Tom Hanks has become the second major star recently to ink an overall production deal with Universal Pictures, following Michael Douglas' announcement last week, the studio confirmed…

  • TV

Katz prepping picks


"Hollywood Squares," "Judge Mills Lane," "Donny & Marie" and "Stargate SG-1" are among the "contenders" for syndie hit status next year, according to an overview of syndie programming issued by TV…

SFX nabs top promoters


In a deal valued at $230 million and one that creates one of the industry's largest promoters of live entertainment, SFX Broadcasting has acquired four of the nation's leading promoters, including…

  • Biz

Viacom gets Street heat


Viacom Inc. deputy chairman Tom Dooley fueled a sudden rally in Viacom stock Friday when he promised a group of investors that the entertainment conglomerate would show "dramatic changes" in its…

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