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Fremes ankles Le Monde

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John Fremes, president of Le Monde Entertainment, has ankled the Alliance Atlantis Communications genre division.
Fremes, who has headed Le Monde for six years, is departing to establish his own banner.

ABC to offer affils new deals at confab

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With ABC and its affils one day away from what promises to be a particularly contentious annual confab, word surfaced late Thursday of new proposals from the Alphabet web aimed to move the sides closer on key issues.

Italo Stream picks board

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Italy’s digital TV platform Stream, in which Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. Europe recently acquired a 35% stake, appointed its new board and strategic committee on Thursday.

Col Int’l taps Bluijssen

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Marie-Jose Bluijssen has been tapped marketing manager of the new Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg operation at Columbia TriStar Film Distributors Intl.

Downing to lead Times

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Kathryn M. Downing has been named publisher of the Los Angeles Times. She replaces Mark H. Willes, who continues to be chairman, president and CEO of the newspaper’s parent corporation, Times Mirror.

Marilyn Jackson Wells

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Marilyn Jackson Wells, a studio session singer who enjoyed a four-decade career, died May 24 of cancer at her home in Santa Monica. She was 70. Wells, whose career began in the 1940s, worked on early TV shows such as “The Perry Como Show,” “The Gary Moore Show” and “The Dinah Shore Show.” She also… Read more »

Rege Cordic

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Rege Cordic, a Hollywood character actor and former radio show host, died April 16 of brain cancer and complications, including pneumonia, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He was 72. The Pennsylvania native moved to Los Angeles in 1965 to join KNX radio as the morning drive man, having already enjoyed more than two decades of success… Read more »

Jerry Solowitz

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Jerry Solowitz, the servicing director for AMCO Entertainment Group, died April 11 of a heart attack at his Los Angeles home. He was 59. At the film production company located in Santa Monica, Solowitz was responsible for all activities associated with video servicing. He also worked in the same capacity for Tomorrow Films. Solowitz, a… Read more »