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U GETS ITS IRISH UP

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Buoyed by the success of the music of “Riverdance,” Universal Music Group has inked a worldwide joint-venture pact with Celtic Heartbeat Records, a label designed to focus on the emerging Irish music…

LIT PICKS

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Self’s in-flight smack As newspaper columnist and author Will Self’s latest novel, “Great Apes,” makes its way to producers this week, the scribe has garnered a steady stream of coverage himself for…

Mike Royko

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Mike Royko, the Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist whose biting sarcasm and empathy for the common man captured the gritty essence of Chicago for more than three decades, died there Tuesday…

Esther Merrill Hershon

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Esther Merrill Hershon, who served as Darryl F. Zanuck’s executive secretary for 15 years, died April 25 of cancer in Los Angeles. She was 85. Hershon’s husband, Maurice (Red) Hershon, was an agent…

Exec Shuffle

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Allan Broce has joined MTV as senior VP marketing, supervising all of the network’s marketing and on-air promotions. Broce had served as director of advertising and program marketing for ESPN and…

‘JEDI’ BRIGHTENS MAY DAZE

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The “Jedi’s” triumphant return and generally buoyant preems by “Liar Liar” and “The Saint” helped ensure a lively start to May, usually a quiet month at cinemas overseas. Steady holdover biz spurred…

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