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New series seeking salvation in sweeps

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For a slew of syndie product, all eyes will be on February sweeps as a variety of programs hovering near cancellation desperately seeks out a shot in the arm in order to see airtime next season.

SAG eases producer reg

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The Screen Actors Guild’s ruling body has loosened a 1968 rule barring actors who are also producers from seeking union office and sitting on its national board.

Review: ‘Committed’

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The same quirky, offbeat sensibility that defined “Manny & Lo,” Lisa Krueger’s feature debut, is evident in “Committed,” except that what was fresh and entertaining in the 1996 film is now strained and occasionally irritating.

Imax keeps coming

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Imax shares jumped more than $4 Wednesday on the Nasdaq after the company reported solid year-end and fourth-quarter earnings, and its bosses enthused about the future of cinema — a future for which, it so happens, Imax is ideally positioned.

Mediaset stocks maintain surge

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For the second day in a row, the stock of Italy’s largest TV group, Mediaset, rose by 8% in Milan’s stock market, on new rumors of a deal with News Corp. or Viacom.

CDNow taps 3 exex

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Online music site CDNow is adding industry vets Ali Castellini, Jack Isquith and Ariel Schwartz to its recently formed CDNow Media team, which will be responsible for broadening the site’s existing interactive content (daily music news, artist interviews, etc.) into Web video, Web radio, interactive chats and community features.

SABC’s Zulu blasts gov’t

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The outgoing chairman of the South African Broadcasting Corp., Paulus Zulu, has claimed the Pretoria government meddled in the running of the public broadcaster.

Global ‘Net games

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France’s Lagardere media group, which recently took a 34% stake in the digital platform Canal Satellite, announced Wednesday that it was teaming up on the Internet with Deutsche Telekom, Europe’s largest telecommunications operator.