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Thompson puts stamp on letters book Long before he became the icon of gonzo journalism, Hunter S. Thompson embarked on a letter-writing campaign that now includes more than 20,000 missives. In June…

CIBY OFFICIALLY FOR SALE

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NEW YORK — French production house Ciby 2000 is back on the auction block. Its parent company, construction giant Bouygues, has retained French bank Societe Generale and its U.S. investment banking…

Kriegel goes to Gallery

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NEW YORK — Larry Meistrich’s indie production company the Shooting Gallery has hired Nancy Kriegel as executive vice president and head of production, and has promoted two others. A production…

Marketplace

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…

INSIDE MOVES

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Marcia Gay Harden, who stars opposite Robin Williams in “Flubber,” is joining the cast of Martin Brest’s “Meet Joe Black” for Universal Pictures. Harden joins Anthony Hopkins, Brad Pitt and Claire…

Avid stock jumps 27%

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After reporting a profitable first quarter on Wednesday, Avid Technology saw its stock gain nearly 27% Thursday. The maker of digital video and audio edit systems posted quarter earnings of $1.79…

Yeeeee-hawww!

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Nielsen ratings for NBC’s “32nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards” were the show’s best since ’93. NBC won the night in adults 18-49 and 25-54, too.

GOOD ‘GETAWAY’ DEAL

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NEW YORK — Ted Hope and James Schamus of Good Machine will produce Nicole Holofcener’s “My Romantic Getaway,” her follow-up effort to “Walking and Talking.” “Getaway” is the story of a young woman…

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