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Riga to host new film festival

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LONDON -- Five months after one of Eastern Europe's oldest film festivals closed down after longterm funding was pulled, a new three-day event has been secured in Riga, Latvia.

Chinese vid-site giants merge

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BEIJING -- Youku, China's biggest online video firm by revenue, has won approval from shareholders to buy its closest rival Tudou, in a $615 million deal it says will make it the most competitive…

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Homevid honorees set

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Producer Avi Lerner, Sony Pictures Entertainment's Mitch Singer, Gaiam's Bill Sondheim and "Star Wars: The Complete Saga" will be inducted into Variety's Home Entertainment Hall of Fame in December.

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Greenblatt, Lawson sign on for City Year

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NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt and retired attorney Michael Lawson have joined the Los Angeles board of City Year, a national org that unites young people for a year of service in urban…

Insiders: Exec shuffles

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Marie Moore has been upped to senior veep of public relations at IFC. She had worked as company's veep, building PR campaigns for the net's scripted comedies such as "Portlandia."

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TODAY: The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences hosts a fall preview sesh with Variety 's Brian Lowry, USA Today's Robert Bianco and other top critics. Leonard Goldenson Theater. Emmys.tv

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