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TV market skedded in Colombia

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The fourth annual Latin American Screens TV market will be held in Cartagena, Colombia, today through Wednesday. Buyers representing 40 channels from 17 countries are expected to attend.

Kaiser’s Rx for Viva Plus

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Dominik Kaiser has been named managing director of revamped German music web Viva Plus. Parent company Viva and AOL Time Warner recently set up a 51-49 joint venture to relaunch the troubled web, currently known as Viva Zwei.

Brit music biz off-key

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The U.K. music market declined 4.2% in the third quarter of 2001 to £232 million ($331 million) compared to the same period last year, the first downturn in 10 quarters.

Dauer wins rep battle in court

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A Santa Monica judge handed talent manager Marv Dauer a victory Friday when he issued a tentative ruling finding no evidence that Dauer procured work for actor Jason Behr in violation of the California Talent Agencies Act.

Medusa gets Gori pic

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Powerhouse Italian distributor Medusa Film has finalized its agreement with financially ailing competitor the Cecchi Gori Group, paying a reported 68 billion lire ($34 million) for theatrical and TV rights to five Italian features produced by the former market leader.

Miramax picks up ‘Name’

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Miramax has optioned Jane Heller’s romantic thriller “Name Dropping.” Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith, who adapted “Legally Blonde,” will write the script.

Wagner tees up for ESPN

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ESPN, striving to broaden its audience by producing more sports programming with an entertainment angle, has signed a deal with the actor Jack Wagner (“Melrose Place”) to host a showbiz golf show called “Off Course.”

Claxson posts $34.9 mil loss

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Claxson Interactive Group reported a third-quarter pro forma loss of $34.9 million on pro-forma revenue of $27.9 million.

Boffo pic boosts Constantin

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Despite earlier profit warnings, Constantin Film more than doubled sales in the third quarter to 40.9 million euros ($36 million), up 23.4 million euros on last year, thanks to its surprise hit “Der Schuh des Manitu.”