Gemstar Intl. Group has filed a new patent infringement lawsuit against rival program guide distributor United Video Satellite Group, which last week tabled its unsuccessful takeover bid for Gemstar.
Writers Guild of America West members earned a record $674.6 million in guild contracts last year, a marginal increase of 0.7% over 1996. Guild employment was at an all-time high in 1997 with an…
Medusa, the feature film division of Silvio Berlusconi's Fininvest media empire, has tapped a CEO and is readying its first film projects. The company also recently acquired Blockbuster Italy and is…
Digital effects house Cinesite has landed the visual f/x contracts for two feature films: Buena Vista's "The 13th Warrior" starring Antonio Banderas and Warner Bros.' "Practical Magic" starring…
Pegasus Communications Corp. announced that it has acquisitions pending with six independent providers of DirecTV for a total of $41.2 million.
USA Networks has handed over the programming reins of the Sci-Fi Channel to Bonnie Hammer, a nine-year veteran of the company who helped turn USA's Monday-night "World Wrestling Federation" series…
Dutch media giant Endemol has acquired a 51% stake in German production company Flamingo Film, the second acquisition Endemol has made in the German market inside of a week.
Fran Drescher, star of "The Nanny," has created the company Uh-Oh Prods. to produce a half-hour comedy pilot for MTV called "Daytrippers."
Spanish-lingo Radio Unica has completed a $100 million bond offering and will use the proceeds to build up its nationwide web of owned stations.
Toni Braxton will take over the femme lead in "Beauty and the Beast," according to a spokesman for the Disney tuner. The move has been expected (Daily Variety, July 8).