As part of BET's biggest move into buying off-network series, the Viacom-owned cable network has secured cable syndication rights to sister pay TV net Showtime's "Soul Food."
CBS has wrapped up the rights to David E. Kelley's next skein, an hourlong drama about three brothers living in a small New Hampshire town (Daily Variety, Dec. 9).
Please go early -- that's the message from Directors Guild prexy Martha Coolidge to the town's writers and actors. In her new year's letter to the 12,000 DGA members, Coolidge strongly suggested that…
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Ron Livingston ("Band of Brothers") and Michael Madsen ("Reservoir Dogs") have been tapped to star in basic cabler FX's original telepic "44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shootout."
Fox has made its first official pilot pickups of the season, greenlighting dramas from Steven Bochco ("NYPD Blue"), John Stockwell ("Blue Crush"), Kip Koenig ("Septuplets") and Chris Keyser and Amy…
HBO's U.S. Comedy Arts Festival will highlight a series of events celebrating comedic films and writers, leading off with the Comedy Film Honors, which will reward the genre's best films and actors…
MGM has hired vet sales exec Marcus Ammon to serve as general manager of the MGM Channel in Germany, the largest cable and satellite market in Europe.
Independent Intl. Television, the U.S. branch of Argentina's distrib Ledafilms, will market and produce production company Cuatro Cabezas' TV formats for the U.S. Spanish-lingo market.
Lions Gate Entertainment has named Joanna Klein vice president of series TV.