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COONEY JOINS ZIDE

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Zide Entertainment, which has a production deal with Disney and a management division, has named Laurie Cooney as its first manager under Warren Zide. Cooney will work with several of the scribes…

Lion low after rocky ’96

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HIGH POINTS: “It was a transitional year,” Metro Goldwyn Mayer Inc. chairman Frank Mancuso said, characterizing with some understatement what was a tumultuous year for the venerable studio, which…

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EL REY OF L.A RADIO

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Perennial ratings champ KLVE-FM again parlayed its Spanish-language format to a win in the quarterly Arbitron radio ratings survey of the Los Angeles metropolitan area for fall ’96, tallying a 6.9%…

FXM TAPS 6 SHORT PICS

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In its first foray into film production, cabler FXM: Movies From Fox has commissioned filmmakers to direct six short films, which will premiere as part of a 90-minute short-pic showcase hosted by…

New Line aims high, scores low

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HIGH POINTS: New Line went after the gold with pics like “The Long Kiss Goodnight” and “In Love and War.” But it settled for bronze with solid returns on “Set it Off,” a pic that hearkened back to…

PREMIERE DIGITIZED

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BERLIN Hamburg-based pay TV channel Premiere announced plans on Wednesday to go digital next month in direct competition with Bavarian media mogul Leo Kirch’s digital pay TV web DF1. PremiereDigital…

RYSHER PULLS ‘JUDD’

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Rysher Entertainment is pulling the plug on one of this year’s biggest syndication offerings for 1997, “The Naomi Judd Show.” “Naomi,” produced by Quincy Jones and David Salzman, was one of only a…

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