While Los Angeles Spanish-lingo TV station KMEX traditionally has something to talk about when demographic results are released for ratings sweeps, February was particularly sweet for the Univision station.
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Paramount Pictures has promoted three veteran execs within its domestic distribution division. Clark Woods has been upped to exec VP, general sales manager; John Hersker to senior veep, assistant general sales manager; and Mark Mulcahy to veepee, exhibitor services.
Napster’s efforts to block copyrighted files from its system have done very little to stop users from accessing protected music, the Recording Industry Assn. of America claimed in a filing made Tuesday night with District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel.
United Artists Theatres, the big U.S. exhib that recently emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorg after a takeover by entertainment entrepreneur Philip Anschutz, posted a narrowed annual loss Tuesday of $123.6 million despite lower revenue following theater closings. The Denver-based company reported red ink totaling $127.3 million in 1999.
Could Barry Diller be getting a boss? Vivendi chairman Jean-Marie Messier says he may swap some of the Universal parent’s 23% stake in satcaster British Sky Broadcasting for Liberty Media’s 20% stake in Diller’s USA Networks. Such a move would give Messier and Vivendi a majority hold on USA.
If writers and actors strikes are averted, TNT’s first original scripted series, “Bull,” may not make a comeback after all. The cable net had been planning to debut the second season of “Bull” in January, but postponed the premiere in order to hoard original programming in case of a strike.
Both hotel security and a quick visit from Los Angeles police were required for the Screen Actors Guild to get through its first day of national meetings.
Miramax Films has acquired feature rights to the Joshua Ravetch play “Off Sides,” which Ravetch will adapt. Pic will be produced by the Film Colony, which has a first-look deal with Miramax. The two companies most recently teamed to produce “The Cider House Rules.”
Here’s the story: Paramount has OK’d another installment of its successful “Brady Bunch” movie franchise — but this time Marcia and family are destined for the small screen, via Fox.
The 41st Golden Rose, which unspools April 26-May 1 in Montreux, Switzerland, will include programs from 19 countries in the final stage of the world’s leading competition for light entertainment programs.