Several shows continued to show the glow of their Tony Award wins as overall B.O. climbed $96,159 — up 0.7% — despite the presence of two fewer productions on the boards. Grand total came to $13,283,321, with 16 shows improving and 12 declining.
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The second day of KIIS-FM’s annual Wango Tango concert, featuring veteran groups Aerosmith and the Bee Gees and younger bands American Hi-Fi and Vertical Horizon, boasted a more rock-oriented lineup than the first, when Backstreet Boys, Ricky Martin and Britney Spears appeared.
As tempting as it is to impose some kind of logical order or concept upon Sunday’s session of the Playboy Jazz Festival, the exercise is a futile one: A diverse band of newcomers, newly appearing veterans and old favorites veered all over the spectrum.
Spain’s biggest film and TV conglom, Sogecable, has inked a deal with a Portuguese digital terrestrial television consortium teaming telco ONI and TV group Media Capital to supply contents and technological/subscriber management know-how.
French animation house Carrere Group was quoted for the first time Thursday on the Paris Nouveau Marche stock market.
AT&T has set an Aug. 12 date for the splitting off of Liberty Media, a move that will accelerate a major restructuring at the telecom giant and unshackle John Malone’s Liberty from its unwieldy parent.
Controversial U.S. reality show “Temptation Island,” which allegedly cost TVNorge managing director Pal Traelvik his job after he refused to program it, isn’t tempting Norwegians.
Vivendi Universal subsid StudioCanal has partially lifted the lid on its ambitions after taking a controlling stake in the French group Expand, Europe’s third largest TV production outfit.
The Pradera European Retail Fund has bought the Rendi Village Enter-tainment Park in Athens from Trizechahn and Village Cinemas Intl. for an estimated 60 million euros ($51.63 million).
The news wasn’t all good at Kinowelt’s annual general meeting Monday. On the plus side, the company confirmed Friday night’s landmark deal with German pubcaster ZDF for 40 titles including “The Matrix” and “The Avengers.”
The residents of Eureka should sue for slander. The Northern California hamlet serves as the setting for “Beer Money,” USA Network’s first original comedy film. It’s a dubious distinction, considering the pic was filmed in Canada, but because “Beer Money” is the kind of farce that make you long for the sophisticated comedy stylings of Pauly Shore.