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LATIN CONNECTION: TELCO, CABLE

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As the U.S. Congress battles over legislation allowing telcos to buy into cablers, such partnerships already are under way in several Latin American countries. And with Latino deregulation often outpacing the loosening of U.S. laws, U.S.-based cable giants TCI, Comcast and others are spending hundreds of millions to snap up cable properties throughout the region… Read more »

BIG TOP, BIG BUSINESS

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Don’t let those crazy clowns fool you. Behind the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey image of family fun, acrobats and elephants is a sophisticated business machine where nothing is left to chance. This may be a circus, but nobody is clowning around. Bringing each show together is an arduous two-year process that takes its… Read more »

Big top’s appeal timeless

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“First they said the movies were going to kill the circus, then they said television was going to kill the circus, and more recently they said videogames were going to kill the circus,” says Bruce Feiler, the author of the new book “Under the Big Top: A Season With the Circus.” “But in 1995,20 million… Read more »

BIZ BIGGIES GO TO BAT FOR BOSGANG

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Last time Jeremiah Bosgang was heard from in Hollywood, it was on the cellular phone in his Mercedes. Bosgang was a fast-rising TV exec at NBC who rose to head of comedy development at Fox, and worked on shows such as “Martin” and “Seinfeld.” Bosgang left behind his six-figure job to try -and fail -to… Read more »

Tarantino docu drama enlivens IATSE convention

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Is Quentin Tarantino sending spies to the IATSE convention? That was the biggest buzz at the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees’ Florida confab last week, as two indie filmmakers funded by the “Pulp Fiction” helmer tried in vain to lens documentary footage of the labor org. Producer Rana Joy Glickman and director Sarah Kelly… Read more »

NBC judges Court TV good risk

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Cable, which owns 17% of Court TV, has bought out Cable vision Systems’ 17% interest in the channel as the first step toward an aggressive move to funnel the network’s programming into Europe and Asia. John Malone’s Liberty Media and Time Warner Cable will continue to own one-third shares of Court TV, with NBC Cable… Read more »

ABC ups McAndrews to exec VP

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ABC has confirmed the promotion of Brian McAndrews to exec VP, production, for the ABC TV Network Group – an over-arching position supervising all inhouse production units in addition to managing the company’s production partnerships with DreamWorks and Brillstein-Grey Entertainment. The move has been expected for some time (Daily Variety, June 28), and includes oversight… Read more »

PRO 7 GOING PUBLIC

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In an attempt to put to rest allegations that the network is secretly controlled by TV kingpin Leo Kirch, PRO 7 is planning to go public. Shares in tightly held PRO 7 are split among three investors: German businessman Gerhard Ackermanns (49.5%), Kirch’s son Thomas (47.5%) and PRO 7 Managing Director Georg Kofler, who holds… Read more »

EU REIGN’S IN SPAIN

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As president of the European Union since July 1, Spain is set to steer a far different course from its predecessor France in orchestrating media policies. French tenacity – some would say intransigence – is likely to yield to a far greater pragmatism. While France set out to strengthen European TV quotas, the Spanish government… Read more »

’94 SETS PACE

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After the flood comes the drought. That is essentially the point of view being taken in the concert business this year, following 1994’s extraordinary success. According to touring industry trade publication Pollstar, 1994 witnessed $1.4 billion in North American ticket sales. Sources estimate that around 70% of a given year’s concert activity now takes place… Read more »

Seniors get wired as cablers pay for gray

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They are the fastest growing demographic. They have more money to spend than any other age group and their lobbying organization is one of the most feared on Capitol Hill. Yet, when it comes to television, once average Americans hit 50, they cease to exist in the eyes of most programmers and advertisers. That’s not… Read more »