Twain, Smith shine


Canadian country siren Shania Twain and American actor-rapper Will Smith lead a list of nominees for the 26th annual American Music Awards, which will be handed out on Jan. 11.


AOL, Netscape to merge


Online giant America Online Inc. will buy Web software pioneer Netscape Communications Corp. in a $4.2 billion deal involving Sun Microsystems Inc., the companies said Tuesday, creating a powerhouse…

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Italy: 2 platforms


While Rupert Murdoch announced Monday that a digital TV deal with Telecom Italia is in the works (Daily Variety, Nov. 24), Italy's pubcaster RAI and Gallic pay TV giant Canal Plus unveiled that they…

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CBS has inked a development deal with British actor-writer-director Hugh Laurie, who just wrapped his starring role in Columbia’s “Stuart Little.” His CBS deal was brokered by attorney Fred Toczek…

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