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MCA seeks Korean coin

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MCA Inc. is in conversations with South Korean conglomerate Daewoo Corp. for a deal that would help the studio reach its goal of raising $100 million for 10 to 12 pictures. Sources said no deal is…

Becker Group taps Ridley

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:SYDNEY – As predicted (Daily Variety, Nov. 22), Paul Ridley, acquisitions director for feevee channel producer XYZ Entertainment, has been tapped as head of TV at the Becker Group, replacing Ian…

Hopper moves toApatow co.

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Nate Hopper, a creative exec with TriStar Pictures, will become a VP and run the day-to-day operations of scripter//producer Judd Apatow’s production company at New Line Cinema, Apatow confirmed…

DOGS RUN WITH B.O.

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:Once all the spots were counted, Buena Vista’s “101 Dalmatians” dug up a record-breaking $33.5 million over the three-day Thanksgiving Day weekend, burying the previous Turkey Day record of $29.1…

‘RENT’ ROILED BY SUIT

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NEW YORK – The dramaturg who has sued the estate of the late Jonathan Larson for a share of the “Rent” profits was more than merely an “editor,” her lawyer said in response to a statement released by…

BRANSON’S ENCORE

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: LONDON – Virgin tycoon Richard Branson officially launched his record company, V2 Music Group, last week. The move, announced last spring, marks his return to the music biz four years after he sold…

Correction

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The 23rd annual People’s Choice Awards will be held Jan. 12 at the Barker Hangar at Santa Monica Airport. The location was wrong in Wednesday’s story.

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