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Dubai lands WB pix, TV

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In its largest distribution deal with a terrestrial Middle East broadcaster, Warner Bros. Intl. Television Distribution has concluded an exclusive deal with Dubai Media (DMI) to provide content for newly launched Dubai TV.

A dodgy outlook

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DreamWorks opens Steven Spielberg’s “The Terminal,” with Tom Hanks starring as a man without a country, in 2,811 theaters. In competish is “DodgeBall,” a laffer with Ben Stiller playing a testosterone-addled, mullet-wearing fitness nut, which 20th Century Fox will unspool at 2,696 locations.

Pols’ spending sets new mark

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Sen. John Kerry’s spending on spot political ads in his bid for the White House stepped up dramatically in April and May, while President George Bush actually cut back.

Ad glut rocks radio

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The strategy of stuffing commercial radio full of ads has backfired, as a handful of investment banks predicted slower growth, downgrading six key radio stocks — Clear Channel, Emmis, Cox Radio, Entercom, Citadel and Westwood One — and the sector as a whole.

Sony-BMG to get EU’s nod

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Sony Music’s merger with Bertelsmann’s BMG looked set to get the official thumbs-up from Brussels late Thursday after a string of press leaks suggested officials are comfortable that the combo won’t impede competition or hurt consumers.