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WASHINGTON — In response to a request from Vice President Al Gore, Paramount Pictures chairman Sherry Lansing has agreed to form the Creative Community Task Force on Cancer. Also heading the effort…

CABLEVISION PARING DOWN

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NEW YORK — Cablevision Systems Corp., negotiating to buy ITT Corp. out of Madison Square Garden, is weighing the sale of cable systems in order to raise close to $1 billion. Cablevision execs told…

SPECIAL F/X MERGE

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Buzz F/X, the Santa Monica-based graphics, special effects and post-production house has merged with Pacific Ocean Post, the digital post production house also headquartered in Santa Monica. The…

CORREX

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Joaquin Phoenix’s credits include “To Die For” and the upcoming “Inventing the Abbots” and “U-Turn.” His past credits were incorrect in Wednesday’s story about the Scott Free production of “In Too…

NHK GIVES DIGITAL OK

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TOKYO — Japan’s pubcaster NHK has tipped its hand and is ready to support the use of a digital format for satellite broadcasting, a Japanese news agency reported Wednesday. According to Kyodo News…

Fox/Liberty Networks

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Tony Ball has been installed as the first prexy and chief operating officer for Fox/Liberty Networks, where he will oversee all day-to-day entertainment and sports operations for the cable network FX…

DILLER MAKING NEWS

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Silver King Broadcasting has made three key hires, including veteran print journalist and TV news producer Bill Knoedelseder as VP of news, where he will oversee the creation of news operations for…

DEAL’S A DREAM

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Paul and Chris Weitz, who are currently working on the upcoming DreamWorks animated comedy “Ants,” have signed a one-year, first-look deal with the company. The deal involves two pictures. The first…

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