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HBO Pix taps Halpern

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Michael Halpern has been tapped to replace Jenno Topping as VP at HBO Pictures beginning Jan. 6, according to sources. Halpern will report to HBO Pics exec VP Richard Waltzer and the division's new…

U.S. vid boosts Rank

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LONDON – The strong U.S. video market has proved the brightest feature of an otherwise unexceptional 1996 for the Rank Group, according to a trading update issued by the British leisure company Dec…

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INSIDE MOVES

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Mike Nichols hasn't given up on “Primary Colors.” After it looked like the Universal project was being shopped to other studios, the word now is that efforts are being made to find outside…

BRIDGES NOD TO MARRIOTT

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Graduate student filmmaker Marc Marriott has been awarded the $25,000 James Bridges Award in Film Directing at UCLA's School of Film and Television. The grant will go toward the production of his MFA…

Silver King annexes HSN

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Barry Diller's Silver King Communications will today complete its acquisition of Home Shopping Network Inc., allowing Diller to move to the next stage in his plan to create a new programming service…

DEMME HEADS FOR U

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Oscar-winning helmer Jonathan Demme, following the lead of Universal Pictures president of production Marc Platt and co-president of production Stacey Snider, has moved his production company Clinico…

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