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C4 paring U.S. fare from slate

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MONTREUX — Channel 4, the British minority net, will screen fewer U.S. comedies in prime slots during the next three years. The change in emphasis, revealed during a press conference at the Golden…

SAT PACKAGE PANNED

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WASHINGTON — Broadcasters and the cable industry weighed in at both the FCC and the U.S. Copyright Office Monday, giving their first official views on News Corp. topper Rupert Murdoch’s plans to…

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INSIDE MOVES

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NEW YORK — Miramax Films has nabbed all worldwide rights except Italy to Carlo Verdone’s “I’m Crazy About Iris Blond,” which it will be selling in Cannes. A romantic adventure about a fading pop star…

ECHO: SHAKY, SHAKY

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NEW YORK — Rupert Murdoch’s satellite-TV joint venture with EchoStar Communications Corp. is in doubt, EchoStar said Monday, sparking speculation that Murdoch is backing away from the deal to make…

MOUSE GAIN IN SPAIN

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MADRID — The Walt Disney Co. has become the first U.S. studio to cut a digital TV deal for Spain, licensing rights for Disney’s live-action movies to Spain’s first digital platform, CanalSatelite…

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