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Davis sells ‘Romance’

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Fox-based Davis Entertainment, which in recent days has set up a string of projects at its home studio, sold B.E. Brauner and James Iver Mattson’s spec script “My Romance” to Fox 2000.

Fox, WB tie as top TV suppliers

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For the first time in more than a decade, 20th Century Fox TV has tied Warner Bros. TV as the top supplier of primetime network programming.

Telecom writ gives Brits fit

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A new House of Commons report has recommended the creation of a single regulatory org for broadcasting and telecommunications as well as the setting up of a separate government department for communications.

Nelvana earnings up

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Toronto-based animation company Nelvana announced healthy results Wednesday for the first quarter of 1998.

Gene Fowler, Jr., dead at 80

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Gene Fowler, Jr., an Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning editor and director, perhaps best remembered for helming the 1957 cult classic “I Was a Teenage Werewolf,” died May 11 of natural causes at his Hollywood Hills home. He was 80.
During his career, Fowler edited and directed more than 100 films and TV series. In 1963 he was nominated for an Oscar for “It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad World,” and he received a Golden Globe for “Wall Of Fire.”

‘Tap’ trio enlists in ‘Soldiers’

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Fans of the rock parody “This is Spinal Tap” will want to turn the volume up to 11 when DreamWorks’ live action/animation hybrid “Small Soldiers” marches into theaters on July 10.

Booktalk bridges readers and writers

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George Plimpton is a little too monotone, and Kurt Vonnegut rambles a bit, but both are now featured on a service that is fast becoming one of the best ways to promote books.

Good news for KNBC

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With the final May sweeps numbers tallied, KNBC made a clean sweep of the afternoon/evening news derby over second-ranked KABC.

Seagram sings new tune

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Seagram unveiled its $10.6 billion cash-and-stock acquisition of music giant Polygram from Philips Electronics Thursday, converting the company from a predominantly beverage business into a primarily entertainment company.

Cineplex sale set

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Cineplex Odeon Canada and Alliance Entertainment announced Thursday that Cineplex has sold 75% of its Canadian film distribution arm, Cineplex Odeon Films, to Alliance Communications.