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BECK TAKES OVER L.A

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Disney-owned Fairchild Publications has tapped former W magazine features editor Spencer Beck to become editor-in-chief of Los Angeles magazine. Beck — who also has held editorial positions at…

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POLYGRAM STUMBLES

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NEW YORK — Weak film performance offset improved music results as Dutch-based international entertainment giant Polygram reported a 2% decline in net income in the first quarter. The company had net…

Seagram buoys Shecter

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:Jay Shecter, who has been with Seagram Co. since 1966 and most recently has helped oversee the spirits re-engineering program, has been named VP of strategic sourcing, a newly created position…

ITC pans ITV net's mix

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LONDON — The Independent Television Commission, the U.K.'s commercial TV regulatory authority, has criticized the “decline in the diversity” of the ITV network in its performance reviews for 1996…

'SECRET' COMING OUT

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Gotham-based Noon Pictures has picked up U.S. distribution rights to “Secret Friends,” the only film helmed by Brit scribe Dennis Potter. According to principal Chris Hoover, the indie distributor…

Lee MGM prod'n VP

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Damon Lee, who has served as VP of production at Joel Silver's Warner Bros.-based company for the past two years, is moving to MGM as VP of production, sources said. Lee is the first hire since…

'Budgie,' the large lawsuit

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LONDON — Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson's ”Budgie the Little Helicopter” is caught in a legal storm, with the U.S. agency Launey Hachmann & Harris seeking $22 million in punitive damages from the…

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