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ANIMATION EQUATION

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Hoping to address the shortage of graduates who have the technical and artistic skills demanded by the animation industry, Gov. Pete Wilson is including $1.2 million in his 1997-98 budget for Cal…

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Pumpkins file suit

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Members of Virgin Records’ the Smashing Pumpkins have filed a $10 million lawsuit against Chrysalis Music seeking to have their music publishing contract declared null and void or rescinded. In a…

Diane Betty Abramson

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Diane Betty Abramson, dress designer and philanthropist, died Dec. 19 of lung and heart failure at her home in Beverly Hills . She was 86. Born Diane Betty Greer in Denver, she moved to Los Angeles…

Lieb moves to USA Intl.

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Rebecca Lieb has been named director of marketing and public relations for USA Networks Intl. and will re-port to the unit’s president, Rafael Pastor. Lieb’s responsibilities will include corporate…

Lillian Birnbaum

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Lillian Birnbaum, mother of casting director and TV writer Harriet Helberg, died Dec. 15 at her home in Marina Del Rey following a lengthy bout with colon cancer. She was 76. A native of New York…

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