Bollywood producers and thesps are opening their wallets in the fight against video piracy.
Teaming Italy's De Agostini and Spain's Planeta Group, cash-rich new combo DeAPlaneta has created movie production house Grunger and TV movie outfit Prodigius, a joint venture with Spain's MediaPro.
BBC3, the BBC's new digital TV youth channel, was greenlit by the U.K. government Tuesday, one year after the pubcaster's original proposals were rejected for being down-market and frivolous.
Emmy-winning helmer Todd Holland ("Malcolm in the Middle") is in final negotiations for a new two-year overall deal with Regency Television and 20th Century Fox Television.
ABC's drama development is headed north: The net has made a seven-figure put pilot commitment to an Alaska-set cop drama from feature scribe John August ("Charlie's Angels.")
Forget media mavens. In its efforts to retool its exec ranks in the wake of Jean-Marie Messier's ouster, Viv U is thinking pesticides.
Dish - Michael Fleming
It's clear the next big game for ESPN is original programing, and Monday the cabler named its starting quarterback.
The syndie sector is crossing its fingers that Monday's debut of "Dr. Phil" will score boffo ratings, providing well-needed proof that firstrun syndication can still churn out instant hits.
UPN launches its fall season Wednesday with a slightly weaker distribution system than a year ago, but network officials don't expect to take much of a hit.
Domestic Film DAILY
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Lucy1Daily:$5.4M Cumulative:$54.3M Universal Pictures 9.55%
Hercules2Daily:$3.8M Cumulative:$36.9M Paramount Pictures 13.27%
Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
Dawn of The Planet of The Apes3Daily:$2.5M Cumulative:$177.2M Fox 13.35%