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Gaumont sets U.S. series pilot-free

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In little more than a year since its launch, Gaumont Intl. Television, the Los Angeles-based TV production and distribution arm of the Gallic movie studio, has launched three major series, with more…

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Current books by staffers include Cynthia Littleton's examination of the Hollywood writers strike, Robert Hofler's study of film's sexual revolution, Jon Burlingame's celebration of the music of…

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Baker looks for breakthrough

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Since 2002, Sean Baker's claim to fame was a puppet named Greg the Bunny. Co-created by fellow NYU film school alumni Spencer Chinoy and Dan Milano, the character saw iterations on IFC and Fox -…

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Campaign season kind to TV

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Moody's thinks that most broadcasters whose bonds it rates will use the election windfall to reduce their debt. Now is the time to do that. Most political advertising will vanish after Nov. 6, and…

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China exec sells marketing’s merits

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As Hollywood goes hunting for a bigger share of China's B.O. boom, Sino co-productions are the preferred method. Full co-productions are treated as domestic films, and do not fall under the import…

Huffington Post goes nuclear

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Like a lot of people, perhaps especially during the run-up to the election and Hurricane Sandy, I find myself checking the Huffington Post several times a day. It rewards me with frequent updates…

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Pedophile scandal rocks BBC

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When the BBC's new leader took over six weeks ago, the Beeb was glowing in the remarkable success of the London Olympics. Now, the U.K. pubcaster and its fledgling director general, George Entwistle…

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Italy flocks to Berlusconi satire

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Just as Silvio Berlusconi, freshly convicted of tax fraud Oct. 25 (and still facing charges of consorting with an underage girl) blew a fuse, threatening to bring down the Italian government, "Viva…

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