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Abrams & Alward team up

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Gerald Abrams, co-chairman of Hearst Entertainment Prods., and Jennifer Alward, president of Morgan Hill Films, are teaming up to create their own independent production company. Abrams and Alward…

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Dave Matthews, lead singer of the Dave Matthews Band, has signed with IFA Talent Agency for theatrical representation. * Jamie Foxx has signed with the William Morris Agency for representation in…

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LONDON – Granada Prods. is boosting its animation division, appointing Annie Miles as director of animation. Miles currently is chief exec of Cosgrove Hall Films, one of the U.K.'s best-known…

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…

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…

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