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Old pals form a new venture

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15-year association between Alliance Communication Corp. chairman Robert Lantos and MDP Worldwide founder Mark Damon led to the companies forming a joint venture in March to acquire and license…

PETERS' MODEL DEAL

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Warner Bros, and producer Jon Peters have optioned feature rights to “A Creation of Monsters,” Paul Fisher's chronicle of founding It Models, which he started eight years ago with $10,000; agency now…

Marketplace

Rough start, but Showcase OK

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Alliance Communications Corp. waded cautiously into the byzantine world of Canadian broadcasting recently, and almost immediately suffered a nasty fright. Within days of the launch of Showcase…

GENEROUS GRANT

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Though Hugh Grant became a star with Gramercy's “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” Miramax execs are glad he hasn't started acting like one. They think he's being too generous. After the movie…

LETTER

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Editor, Variety: Lewis Lazare is entitled to his negative opinion of “Three Sisters,” (Variety, April 17-23) or any other Goodman Theater production. But his generalizations about Robert Falls'…

DARK KNIGHT BECOMES 'BAT' LITE

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When executives at Warner Bros, sat down two years ago to plot the third “Batman” installment, the mood was as dark and brooding as Gotham City during a crime spree. Over the course of directing the…

EQUICAP: FUN WITH FINANCE

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When Robert Lantos set out 20 years ago to finance his first major feature film, “In Praise of Older Women,” his bank wouldn't accept the $1 million in letters of credit he presented as collateral on…

Shepard's flock

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Simpatico doesn't begin to describe the British response to “Simpatico,” the Sam Shepard play now on the Royal Court mainstage that looks set for the prolonged life in London denied it in New York…

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