New Polish distrib SPI celebrated Halloween early with its Oct. 20 bow of “Scream 3.” Pic hit first place its opening weekend and represents the largest Miramax opening in Poland. SPI follows it with another 60-print release of “Scary Movie” on Nov. 10.
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After the successful launch of multiplex theaters in France, Spain, Holland, Germany and its native territory Belgium, international exhibition concern Kinepolis unveiled its first multiscreen venue in Italy.
The Directors Guild of America has announced four winners in its 2000 Student Film Awards, the sixth year the organization has made the awards.
NBC rode its early-season “Frasier” momentum to another victory among young adults Tuesday, while CBS was the most-watched net on the night for the first time in 10 months. According to Nielsen, the Peacock’s “Frasier” was the night’s top program among both total viewers (18.62 million) and adults 18-49 (8.5/21), leading the net to its second straight Tuesday triumph in the key demo.
The U.S. Congress on Wednesday approved the creation of a new national registry at the Library of Congress to preserve culturally significant sound recordings, while at the same time protecting the rights of copyright holders.
NBC Television Stations has named Paula Madison its new leader in Los Angeles. Madison, who has been serving as news director for New York’s WNBC and as NBC’s veep of diversity, is moving to Los Angeles to take on the heightened role of prexy-general manager at L.A.’s KNBC, a post that was vacated by Ray Heacox in September.
Maureen Plavsic, sales and corporate marketing director of Kerry Stokes’ Seven Network, has been elevated to managing director of the web, the first woman ever to helm a national terrestrial network Down Under.
With the new entries to the syndie TV court genre several weeks into their face-off with veteran gavelers, ratings for the returning shows are beginning to show some wear. While growing 3% from the previous week to a 6.7 national household rating, ratings stalwart “Judge Judy,” for example, is actually down 11% from its ratings perf at this time last year, according to Nielsen figures for the week that ended Oct. 22.
After a strong summer, broadcast television is off to a healthy fall. The broadcast nets enjoyed a healthy advantage over cable in primetime household ratings in September, according to a Television Bureau of Advertising analysis of Nielsen Media Research numbers.
Tyro scribe Hans Rodinoff has inked a deal to pen the sequel to this year’s Universal Pictures thriller “The Skulls.”
The American Society of Cinematographers has divided its Achievement Awards category for telefilms into two: network and basic-cable/pay TV. Both categories will include miniseries, pilots and telefilms. Eligible films for the next awards must air this year, with deadline for submission being Jan. 3.