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Inside Move

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After scheduling conflicts caused him to walk away from the project once (Daily Variety, July 22), Nicolas Cage is back in negotiations to star in the Working Title/Universal feature “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.”

Guilds form new alliance

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After months of talks, the Producers Guild of America and the American Assn. of Producers have formed a “strategic partnership” between the two organizations.

Vinton draws Selsberg back

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Will Vinton Studios, the award-winning animation studio behind Fox’s “The PJs,” has tapped Marci Selsberg as its East Coast producer, a position she previously held.

Toronto fest beefs up sidebar

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The industry sidebar at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival has been beefed up to include more panels, guests and an expanded sales office.
Symposium ’99, which is the cornerstone event of the Rogers Industry Centre at the Toronto fest, will include panels on topics such as marketing pics, composers’ rights and digital distribution. Details of this year’s Industry Centre programming were unveiled Monday by Kelley Alexander, director of the Industry Centre.

SAG at turning point officers’ election nears

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In an election set for completion on Nov. 3, Richard Masur — running for a third term as president — will most likely face Eugene Boggs, who earlier this year filed a complaint against Masur and 54 other SAG board members for their roles in quashing an investigation of a miscount in an internal election.

WGAW candidates blast vanity credits

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One issue dominated the candidates’ statements released Monday by the Writers Guild of America West in anticipation of board elections next month — vanity credits.

BMG’s banner year

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BMG Entertainment posted $4.6 billion in revenues during its fiscal year, a $200 million boost from the $4.4 billion logged last year.

Sotto ankles Disney to join Internet DEN

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Eddie Sotto, a 13-year vet at Walt Disney Imagineering, has ankled his position as senior veep of concept design to join Digital Entertainment Network as executive veep, creative affairs for the Generation Y-skewing ‘Netcaster.

ABC ousts drama veep as Tarses rumors swirl

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ABC Entertainment, bracing for dozens of layoffs due to the planned merger with Disney’s TV production arm, Monday confirmed the departure of drama veep Stephen Tao, but strongly denied a report on Newsweek’s Web site that prexy Jamie Tarses would soon be asked to resign.