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Rockers rally for Sun docu

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Shooting Gallery and Verna Harrah’s Middle Fork Prods. have pacted to co-produce a two-hour tribute to the Sun Records label that will be broadcast on PBS in December 2001 as part of Thirteen/WNET New York’s “American Masters” series.

Lions Gate TV pulls up VP Polone

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Lions Gate Television, a division of Lions Gate Entertainment, has named Judy Polone exec VP of movies and miniseries for TV. Polone, who had been working at Lions Gate Entertainment under a producer’s deal, will report to Jon Feltheimer, CEO of Lions Gate Entertainment, as she develops new TV movie projects for the company and oversees Lions Gate’s existing slate.

Williams, Sonique top MTV Euro noms

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Anglo-American pop again topped the nominations for the MTV Europe Music Awards, with Brits Robbie Williams and Sonique leading the pack. Bad boy singer Williams is up for five awards, including best song for the hit “Rock DJ.” Williams is also a contender in the video, pop, male and U.K. & Ireland act categories.

Zucker-Netter follows ‘Rule’

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Fox 2000-based Zucker-Netter Prods. has nabbed “Rule Number Three,” an action thriller penned by Robert Kuhn, laying down mid-six against high-six figures. Gil Netter and partner David Zucker will produce. Fox 2000’s veep Ashley Kramer, and director of development Peter Kang, will oversee the project for the studio. Zucker/Netter veep of production, Lawrence Grey, will shepherd for the shingle.

Mills on tap for 2 features

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Eddie Mills, who starred in Miramax’s short-lived ABC skein “Wasteland,” has been cast in two features, “The Trade” and “Sheer Bliss.” Thomas Halikias penned “The Trade” based on his 10 years as a derivatives trader on Wall Street; he will also direct the film. In “Sheer Bliss,” written by Mark Botvinick and helmed by Marni Banack, Mills plays one of four post-college men living in Aspen and trying to figure out what to do with their lives.

Ripstein comedy tops at San Sebastian

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Capping a strong edition for Spanish-language productions, the 48th San Sebastian Intl. Film Festival wrapped Saturday with top honors going to Mexican director Arturo Ripstein’s eccentric black comedy about death, bigamy and baseball, “The Ruination of Men.”

‘Radio’ awards go to ABC

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“The Radio Music Awards” has moved up the dial from the WB to ABC, which will air the second annual kudocast live on the first Saturday of November sweeps.

Mipcom briefs

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Columbia TriStar Intl. TV has just completed its first format licensing agreement with Russia’s CTC channel to produce local versions of “The Dating Game” and “Newlywed Game.” The two series will be produced by Storyfirst/CTC Prods. and will launch this month as a back-to-back, one-hour block marketed as “The Love Hour.”