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Hanson tops MTV Euro

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LONDON – Brent Hanson has been named president and chief executive of the MTV and VH1 Europe music television networks, a position that consolidates his current role of co-president and creative…

BOFFO YEAR ABROAD

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SYDNEY – The foreign box office looks set to end the year on a record high, with three films grossing over $200 million, compared to only one in 1995. The banner year comes despite a lackluster…

A GRANDER U BRAND

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In a move to bolster its consumer products group, Universal Studios has made a series of hires and promotions targeted at its retail licensing and sales efforts. Changes had been anticipated at the…

Marketplace

Pariser tops MTA lit arm

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Marc Pariser has joined Metropolitan Talent Agency as head of its literary and packaging departments in television and features. Pariser comes from Shukovsky English Entertainment, where he was…

ZDF TO PUMP 'CONAN'

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BERLIN – German pubcaster ZDF said Tuesday that it has signed an agreement with Los Angeles-based production company Keller Entertainment Group Inc. to co-produce 22 one-hour episodes of the action…

ARGENTINA

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ESPN Intl. has acquired exclusive live rights to all 14 games of Argentina's 1997 Torneo de Verano soccer tournament. Played in January and February among six top teams, the tourney will be…

Cable systems sold

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Dallas investment firm Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst Inc. and L.A. merchant bank Mandeville Partners have bought five cable television systems in Argentina in a partnership with local business leaders…

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