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ECHO: SHAKY, SHAKY

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NEW YORK — Rupert Murdoch's satellite-TV joint venture with EchoStar Communications Corp. is in doubt, EchoStar said Monday, sparking speculation that Murdoch is backing away from the deal to make…

MOUSE GAIN IN SPAIN

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MADRID — The Walt Disney Co. has become the first U.S. studio to cut a digital TV deal for Spain, licensing rights for Disney's live-action movies to Spain's first digital platform, CanalSatelite…

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Here's listening to you, kid

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“Casablanca” — coming soon to a radio near you? If Turner Classic Movies has its way, the great classics in its collection like “Citizen Kane,” “Ben-Hur” and “The Maltese Falcon” will be accessible…

U, October set to sign

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Universal's acquisition of specialty outlet October Films will be completed shortly and formally announced at the Cannes Film Festival, sources close to the deal confirmed Friday. October has been…

RED EYE IN 1ST QTR.

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NEW YORK — The CBS TV network posted a $44 million loss for the first quarter, following a $79 million loss in fourth-quarter '96. Despite a robust ad market, CBS' older demos have prevented the web…

CHEREN CLIMBS AT FOX

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Fox Searchlight Pictures has named veteran distribution and marketing exec Robert M. Cheren senior vice president of domestic distribution at the Lindsay Law-helmed 20th Century Fox division. In his…

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