A long-awaited verdict from Italy’s Authority for Communications stated that pubcaster RAI and Silvio Berlusconi’s TV group Mediaset did not violate antitrust regulations and will not be hit by any Microsoft-style measures.
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The morning after the fourth million-dollar winner was revealed on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” the show’s exec producer Michael Davies told attendees of the Promax & BDA 2000 convention that five years from now, he expects a hit gameshow like “Millionaire” to exist on the Internet rather than on TV.
CBS’ new Saturday morning kids block, soon to be programmed by cable cousin Nickelodeon, will go commercial-free next year. “Nick Jr. on CBS” will air interstitials and promos throughout the season rather than selling time to advertisers. “We are thrilled to be partners with the most successful and recognizable brand name in children’s television,” said CBS Entertainment prexy Nancy Tellem.
Code Red, the acquisitions and distribution boutique unveiled at Cannes 2000, has acquired its third film, “Just One Time.” A romantic comedy in which a soon-to-be-married couple dabble in bisexuality, “Just One Time” marks the directorial debut of Lane Janger. Pic stars Janger, Joelle Carter, Guillermo Diaz and Jennifer Esposito.
The venue was as much a star of the evening as the talent when Fox launched “Titan A.E.” with both a screening and Lit performance Tuesday at Staples Center.
JAPAN The History Channel will launch in Japan, its first appearance in Asia, in a joint venture with Super Network, owned by Tohokushinsha. Carl Meyer, managing director Asia of the History Channel, and Yasutsugu Miyagawa, president of Super Network, jointly announced launch date as next January during a press conference Wednesday. While the History Channel… Read more »
Twentieth Century Fox said it will release “Digimon: The Movie,” based on the television
series which has been a hit for the Fox Kids Network, on October 6.
In tandem with the launch of the redesigned Warner Bros. Web site today, Warner Bros. Online and Warner Bros. Animation announced a deal to bow Webisodes based on DC Comics characters.
Barry Diller’s USA Networks stock jumped Wednesday and execs there were in high spirits as a likely merger between Seagram Co. and Vivendi held out promise that Diller could, at last, get Edgar Bronfman Jr. off his back. The once cordial relationship between the two had soured after the Seagram CEO put the kibosh on Diller’s big ticket ideas, like the purchase of NBC.
The possible marriage of Vivendi and Seagram is music to the ears of Universal Music Intl., per its chairman and CEO Jorgen Larsen. “It is not us following the AOL/Time Warner model, it’s moving the balance back toward Europe,” Larsen said, adding that what Vivendi brings to the table is “totally complimentary, totally additive to what we have already.”