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FCC HEARING URGED

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WASHINGTON V-chip sire Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) began circulating a letter Wednesday urging his fellow members of Congress to demand the FCC hold hearings on the television industry’s proposed TV…

COONEY JOINS ZIDE

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Zide Entertainment, which has a production deal with Disney and a management division, has named Laurie Cooney as its first manager under Warren Zide. Cooney will work with several of the scribes…

Lion low after rocky ’96

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HIGH POINTS: “It was a transitional year,” Metro Goldwyn Mayer Inc. chairman Frank Mancuso said, characterizing with some understatement what was a tumultuous year for the venerable studio, which…

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EL REY OF L.A RADIO

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Perennial ratings champ KLVE-FM again parlayed its Spanish-language format to a win in the quarterly Arbitron radio ratings survey of the Los Angeles metropolitan area for fall ’96, tallying a 6.9%…

FXM TAPS 6 SHORT PICS

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In its first foray into film production, cabler FXM: Movies From Fox has commissioned filmmakers to direct six short films, which will premiere as part of a 90-minute short-pic showcase hosted by…

New Line aims high, scores low

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HIGH POINTS: New Line went after the gold with pics like “The Long Kiss Goodnight” and “In Love and War.” But it settled for bronze with solid returns on “Set it Off,” a pic that hearkened back to…

PREMIERE DIGITIZED

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BERLIN Hamburg-based pay TV channel Premiere announced plans on Wednesday to go digital next month in direct competition with Bavarian media mogul Leo Kirch’s digital pay TV web DF1. PremiereDigital…

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