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ROSEY’S FUTURE ISN’T

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While much has been made about the prospect of “Roseanne” being on the air in one form or another next season, as first reported several weeks ago (Daily Variety, Feb. 28), the odds may still be a…

NUMBERS

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Walt Disney Co. agreed Friday to sell ABC’s four daily newspapers to Knight-Ridder Inc., completing the first and biggest chunk of Disney’s publishing divestment. See story, page 10.

LIT PICKS

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Knopf bites for Beatty After an auction in which Scribners seemed the initial front-runner, Knopf snatched the pub rights to poet Paul Beatty’s untitled follow-up to his debut novel, “The White Boy…

IBM bridges digital TV gap

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NEW YORK (Reuters) — IBM will announce today a digital broadcast package that will enable consumers to receive many benefits of digital television without having to buy a digital TV. The package…

DISNEY RUBS OFF INK

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NEW YORK — Walt Disney Co. agreed Friday to sell ABC’s four daily newspapers to Knight-Ridder Inc. for $1.65 billion, completing the first and biggest chunk of Disney’s publishing divestment. But…

UNITED KINGDOM

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The Rank Group has announced plans to spend roughly $2.5 billion over the next five years to expand its U.K. leisure interests, including the construction of 30 new Odeon cinemas requiring an…

Danes dismiss Pollack’s suit

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COPENHAGEN (Reuters) — A Danish court Friday dismissed a suit brought by Oscar-winning director Sydney Pollack against Danish state television for showing one of his films, starring Robert Redford…

CORRECTIONS

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Kevin Spacey’s deal for “The Negotiator” was handled by Brian Gersh of the William Morris Agency. He is also represented by manager Joanne Horowitz, contrary to what was reported in Thursday’s story…

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