New judicial troubles for Italy’s media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi have surfaced, with Milan’s public prosecutor Francesco Greco calling for a five and a half-year prison sentence and a fine of $7 million for suspected secret payments to political parties.
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PEN Center USA West announced Wednesday the winners of its 1998 Literary Awards Competition. Naomi Ilzuka won in the drama category for “Polaroid Stories;” Larry Gelbart won the teleplay award for “Weapons of Mass Destraction;” and Paul Thomas Anderson won best screenplay for “Boogie Nights.”
Telenovela distrib Coral Pictures has pacted with CBS TeleNoticias to distribute programming from the Latino cable newsnet to broadcasters worldwide.
Lisa Cholodenko’s “High Art” will open the 10th annual New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival at 8 p.m. tonight at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium.
Fox TV veteran Mitchell Stern has been promoted to chairman and CEO of Fox Television Stations (Daily Variety, June 3).
Singer-songwriter David Crosby, who performed with rock bands the Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, is jumping into the movie business with “Stand and Be Counted,” a docu about the role of popular music in social activism and political movements.
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Actors’ Equity Assn. has elected 17 members to serve on its national governing council. Voting took place in a mail referendum that brought in 6,271 ballots. Ten members were voted in to represent the eastern region, two from central and five from the west.
The Museum of Modern Art has gone public with its campaign to acquire at least 200 films for its film archive by the year 2000.
Columbia Pictures has optioned the feature film rights to Iain Pears’ latest period mystery thriller “An Instance of the Fingerpost.”
Warner Bros. has signed newcomer Jon Ward to a mid-six-figure, two-picture screenplay deal, kicked off by a rewrite of feature script “Icemen,” a techno-comedy about a secret government agency that tracks down and confiscates dangerous new inventions.