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Editor trio gets Real Simple

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Time Warner’s lifestyle magazine Real Simple is ramping up for its April launch by hiring three senior staff members: Carol Kramer will serve as exec editor, while Barbara Jones and Michele Fleischer will be features editor and assistant managing editor, respectively.

TV buy won’t fly, News Corp. says

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Fox Entertainment won’t bid for Chris-Craft “unless something changes dramatically,” said Rupert Murdoch Tuesday as the chairman-CEO of Fox parent News Corp. speculated that the station group will wind up with either Tribune or Viacom/CBS.

WNBC to televise New York awards

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WNBC will try to stamp the “New York Magazine Awards” on the mass-audience map by televising the ceremony for the first time since the mag began handing out prizes in 1996.

‘Million’ taking ABC to endzone

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Forget football. The ratings powerhouse that’s keeping ABC in firm control of the opening night of the Nielsen week is no longer ”Monday Night Football” but Monday night “Millionaire.”

Skates great for syndies

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Figure skating, which burst into prominence as fodder for primetime network specials after Tonya Harding’s assault on Nancy Kerrigan in 1994, is making its presence felt for the first time in TV syndication.

Nets plan for NAACP event

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The networks scrambled Tuesday to determine who would represent each of them at an NAACP public hearing scheduled for next week. The Monday event will discuss the civil rights group’s ongoing TV diversity initiative.

Review: ‘Louis Slotin Sonata’

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Playwright Paul Mullin has scripted an intriguing, if often redundant, fusion of stark reality and farce-laden surrealism to delve into the psyche of the dying Slotin (William Salyers), who attempts to come to terms with his own doubts while “the invisible killer” disintegrates his body from within.

TW will take Boggs global

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Time Warner has upped Timothy Boggs to be the company’s global public policy czar, from where he will lead the effort to break down trade barriers and buttress international agreements on intellectual property.

Bernstein scores ASCAP kudos

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Charles Bernstein has been named winner of an ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for outstanding print and media coverage of music.