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TVA debuts debt plan

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Brazilian pay TV operator TVA announced a debt restructuring, the pending sales of its remaining programming assets and improving quarterly results at the Brazilian Pay TV and Telecom Assn. (ABTA) confab.

Galaxy taps 2 for Mexico

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Pan-regional satcaster Galaxy Latin America has announced the appointments of Peter Hutchinson as president and Edward Balcerzak as general manager of its Mexican operation, Grupo Galaxy Mexicana.

Canuck report: more prod’n audits

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The Canadian government has concluded in a report released Wednesday that there’s nothing wrong with the film and TV tax incentives and funding system in the Great White North, but producers can expect more audits in the wake of a list of recommendations for tightening up the system nonetheless.

EC ready to oppose EMI, Warner deal

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European Commission staff reportedly has drafted a decision to block Time Warner’s $20 billion acquisition of music giant EMI on the grounds it would stifle price competition.

Corrections

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Margaret Riley of Industry Entertainment and Kevin Yorn of Barnes, Morris, Klein & Yorn represent screenwriter Anthony Zuiker in addition to CAA. Information was incomplete in Thursday’s paper. * * * Luis Miguel won three Latin Grammy awards. The total was incorrect in Thursday’s paper. * * * Daniela Merecury is from Salvador, Brazil. Her… Read more »

It’s a Go for Mouse

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After nearly nine months of revamping and retooling its flagship Internet portal, Disney is unveiling the latest incarnation of Go.com today.

Warners TV, LMNO extend prod’n deal

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Warner Bros. Television and LMNO Prods. have extended their first-look drama series and telepic production deal. Pact is part of LMNO’s efforts to expand its business beyond its bread-and-butter reality skeins and specials.

FCC OKs set-top content protection

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In a move that will prove reassuring to the movie industry, the FCC approved Thursday an anti-copying mechanism for set-top boxes to protect content as digital TV grows in popularity.

‘Today’ widens ayem gap

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NBC News’ “Today” topped ABC News’ “Good Morning America” last week by more than 2 million viewers — one of the largest gaps between the shows in the last two years.

‘Power’ grabs big syndie aud

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Despite the holiday, gavelers saw mostly positive syndie ratings for Labor Day week with the debuts of newcomer “Power of Attorney” and the second season of its stablemate “Divorce Court.”