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…


Pumpkins file suit


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a $10 million lawsuit against Chrysalis Music seeking to have their music publishing contract declared null and void or rescinded.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


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.


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


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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