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William Layos

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William Layos, who served as president of Cinesound from 1988-94, died Dec. 23 of a heart attack in Los Angeles. He was 55. He worked at Cinesound, a post-production sound house in Hollywood founded…

Keith A. Walker

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Keith A. Walker, actor and author who created “Free Willy” and later co-wrote the screenplay for the film version in 1993, died Dec. 30 in Franklin, Tenn., following a short battle with cancer. He…

CORRECTIONS

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Agatha Hanczakowski-Dominik’s name was misspelled in Friday’s story about Beacon Pictures acquisition of a horror pitch. The company supplied incorrect information. Also, “All the King’s Horses,”…

Nick taps Fronhoff

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BERLIN – Kidvid web Nickelodeon announced on Tuesday that Dr. Bernd Fronhoff has been named managing director of Duesseldorf-based Nickelodeon Germany. Fronhoff, a marketing and media specialist, had…

Oscar watch

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Hal Kanter has joined the writing team for the 69th Academy Awards presentation, marking his 27th Oscarcast scripting stint. Kanter, who has written for Eddie Cantor, Jack Paar, Danny Kaye, Bing…

Exec Shuffle

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AMC Entertainment has installed two veeps, naming Martha (Marty) Stanley VP-human resources and Susan Keene VP-international real estate transactions. Based in Kansas City, Mo., Stanley will be…

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