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B.O. highlights

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Wide-release debuts: “Jerry Maguire” (Sony) was seeded first with $17.5 million and $6,914 per screen on 2,531. “Mars Attacks!” (WB) eyeballed $9.7 million in second for $4,962 on 1,955. “The…

Marketplace

Emery cops BBC COO post

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LONDON – Dick Emery has been appointed chief operating officer of BBC Worldwide as part of another restructuring of the pubcaster's commercial arm. This involves the creation of a new body, the BBC…

Spencer for latenight hire

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Comedian Chris Spencer has been chosen to host Columbia TriStar Television Distribution's new latenight talk/entertainment strip “Vibe,” according to sources. Quincy Jones and David Salzman are…

SPOTS AT O'SEAS B.O.

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The foreign B.O. last week was as spotty as the puppies in “101 Dalmatians.” “Independence Day” had a record-breaking debut in Japan, while “Ransom” and “Space Jam” had boffo bows in Asia, and “The…

D.C. RATINGS BOOST

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WASHINGTON – President Clinton gave a huge boost to the TV industry's proposed content-ratings system Friday, urging critics to give the code a chance to survive in the marketplace. “This must be an…

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