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Col travels globe

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Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group president Kenneth Lemberger says the Sony-owned studio has earmarked $200 million to invest in international film production over the next five years.

Playing Trump card

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On his way to selling Hollywood on a feature version of Gotham real estate mogul Donald Trump’s “The Art of the Deal,” a young wannabe producer is showing his own flair for creative dealmaking.

Yadda Yadda Yada

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Who really has more freedom: a married man in America or a single man in communist China? If that sounds like one of those ephemeral “Seinfeld” topics that Jerry and the gang on used to kick around, it should. The quirky query comes from a bit that marks the return of “Seinfeld” co-creator Larry David to the standup scene via an upcoming HBO comedy spec.

Net result: Seagram’s stock soars

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Internet fever has infected the Seagram Co., sending its stock up 7.4% Wednesday to a record $59 a share after the conglom unveiled plans with new joint-venture partner BMG Entertainment to become “the No. 1 music destination on the Web.”

UPN returns spots to affils for summer

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As Fox affils react with outrage and disbelief to the network’s plan to reclaim an estimated $175 million of ad inventory from stations, UPN has given its affils a pleasant surprise by doing just the opposite.

Barry bags a bundle

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USA Networks chief Barry Diller has nailed down his deal to buy October Films and Polygram Filmed Entertainment from Seagram Co. — but not everyone will be invited to Barry’s party.

Powell named senior VP, NBC

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Shirley Powell has been named senior VP of NBC entertainment publicity, where she will oversee all communications for NBC’s entertainment-related businesses.

Lupone perf to benefit Conn. town

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Once again, Broadway star and Kent resident Patti LuPone is coming to the aid of the Kent Land Trust in this rural Western Connecticut town, having done so to the tune of $100,000 with one benefit concert last year.