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Agents aim to be video game players

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The videogame biz is worth billions and, naturally, agents want a piece of the action. But what kind of action is there to get? There’s the obvious stuff, such as clients who lend their voices to characters or licensing vidgames to the movie studios. But the real money would seem to be in repping the industry’s creatives — the developers, producers and programmers responsible for making the games.

Nat Geo’s ‘Assignment’ off

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The National Geographic Channel has cancelled its nightly signature series “On Assignment,” laying off 12 of the show’s staffers. Show began as a nightly hour called “National Geographic Today” in January 2001, the month the network launched.

Party favors

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In a year of multiple milestones — 10 years for the SAG Awards, 70 years for the Screen Actors Guild and 30 years for People magazine — the post-awards gala that celebrates Hollywood benevolence is shaping up like no other.

Company man

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Karl Malden not only showed solidarity in reel life, from his Oscar-nominated, longshoreman-friendly Father Barry in “On the Waterfront” (1954) to his acclaimed if short-lived 1980 performance as a steel mill union foreman in NBC’s “Skag,” he also is a dyed-in-the-wool union guy in real life.

Eat, drink and gossip

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When a kudocast uses the Shrine Auditorium the drill usually goes this way: The awards are given out before an audience in the massive auditorium while the after-party takes place in the 1926 building’s equally massive Exposition Hall.

4 named VP at U marketing

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Universal Pictures Marketing Creative Operations has hired Scott Abraham, Jeff Hutchinson and Jonathan Q. Kern as VPs and upped Stan Scoggins to that position as well.

U.K. gov’t mulls plan to break up BBC

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The government is considering radical plans that would make the British Broadcasting Corp. a less powerful presence in the U.K. One informed source said this radical change is unlikely to form part of government thinking. However, the report also mulls giving new communications regulator Ofcom greater powers in supervising the BBC.