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Atlantic re-pacts Mardin

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Atlantic Records has renewed its pact with legendary producer Arif Mardin. Under the terms of the multiyear deal, Mardin will continue to have a senior VP title and be free to produce albums for…

B.O. highlights

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Wide-release debuts: “Beavis and Butt-Head Do America” (Par) exploded in first with $20.5 million and $9,361 per screen on 2,190. “One Fine Day” (Fox) flirted with fourth at $6.1 million for $3,116…

B.O. A BROAD RANGE

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More wasn’t necessarily better last week, as many overseas markets were cluttered with pre-holiday releases ranging in temperature from red hot to deathly cold. “Daylight” and “101 Dalmatians” had…

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TROUBLES COURT ABC

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Last week was not a good one for ABC News – or broadcast journalism in general – in court. First, on Wednesday, the network found itself on the losing end of a $10 million libel suit filed in Miami…

Putnam sale wrapped

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Seagram Co.’s sale of its book-publishing unit, the Putnam Berkeley Group, to international media group Pearson for $336 million was finalized last week following early termination of the Hart Scott…

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