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'Michael' wing-ding

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As the lights went down and the Turner Pictures logo appeared on the screen, the audience at the Gotham premiere of “Michael” heaved a collective sigh in recognition of the studio's brief tenure. But…

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WB Records ups Merlis

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Warner Bros. Records has upped media maven Bob Merlis to the newly created post of senior veep of worldwide corporate communications. The industry vet will continue to represent the label and its…

NBC'S GUMBEL RALLY

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NBC on Monday officially named Matt Lauer to replace Bryant Gumbel as co-anchor of “Today,” the leading ayem network talkshow. The move, widely expected for months, puts Lauer, 38, in “Today's”…

Exec Shuffle

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Universal Studios Products Group has made four appointments in its retail licensing and sales divisions. Timothy E. Rothwell has been tapped senior VP-sales, with the task of expanding U's branding…

'Friends' cast re-pact

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After months of tense and sometimes public negotiations, Warner Bros. Television has inked a new contract with the entire cast of the NBC hit “Friends” through the 1999-2000 season. The studio…

'Sparrows' headed to TV

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: “ER” star Anthony Edwards and writer-producer James Duff have signed to produce the stage comedy “A Quarrel of Sparrows” for television, with Duff adapting from his own play and Edwards starring…

Berlin fest sets 'Snow'

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LONDON – Danish helmer Bille August's big-budget, English-language drama “Smilla's Sense of Snow” is set to open the 47th Berlin Intl. Film Festival (Feb. 13-24), sources say. A complex existential…

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