Germany's 2002 World Cup rights deal is still up in the air despite last month's agreement between pubcasters and the Kirch Group.
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The beginning of Daylight Savings Time tore through much of syndication's ratings perfs during the week ended April 8, bringing some stalwarts, including "Seinfeld," to record lows.
National Assn. of Broadcasting prexy-CEO Eddie Fritts on Monday admitted the broadcasting industry has never been so divided -- nor has animosity been so high -- between the Big Four and affils.
Eric Frankel, prexy of Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution, has hired a team of execs in various departments of the AOL Time Warner division, which relocated from New York to Los Angeles last…
Replacing the recently ankled Ronald Jacobi, Sony Pictures Entertainment has upped Leah Weil to corporate senior veepee and general counsel.
NBC has picked up the TV pic "Ground Zero" from "Charlie's Angels" producer Leonard Goldberg; Katherine Heigl ("Roswell") and Kerr Smith ("Dawson's Creek") are set to star.
Eyeing the music television biz, German media giant Bertelsmann may end up the majority shareholder in fast expanding German music channel Viva if a series of deals come off.
The Peabody Awards, among the most prestigious prizes doled out every year in radio, TV and cable, has hired a new director, Horace Newcomb.
Carsey-Werner Intl. has enlisted for international distrib duties on "Combat Missions," an upcoming series for USA Networks from "Survivor" exec producer Mark Burnett.