Moonstone Entertainment, the company behind Robert Altman's "Cookie's Fortune" and Alan Rudolph's "Afterglow," is moving into the television biz.
USA Networks has signed a series development deal with Michael Lansbury, whose experience encompasses everything from "The Simpsons" and "Married ... With Children" to "Dream On" and "The Pretender."
Time Warner Cable is getting out of France. Time Warner has sold its Gallic cable operations to Dutch group United Pan Europe Communications (UPC) for $71 million.
Zee TV is reported to be in discussions with French paybox Canal Plus for a joint venture to launch a 100-channel direct-to-home platform later this year.
ABC has halted talks with its affiliate board on a wide-reaching plan to defray the web's "Monday Night Football" tab and restructure key elements of the overall net-affil relationship.
In a star-studded gala at the Palace of Culture and Science, E! Entertainment last week launched its Polish-style showbiz channel.
Rupert Murdoch's Star TV has scored a news coup. For two months the Indian police have failed to ferret out Dara Singh, a fugitive accused in the slayings of Australian missionary Graham Stuart…
Paul Allen's Clear Blue Sky Prods. has planned its television debut with PBS' WGBH, which will co-produce an eight-hour series on evolution slated for broadcast in 2001.
"Baywatch" will change names and locations for the next season -- its 10th -- beginning with its 200th episode, tentatively titled "Aloha Baywatch."
Go take on the daytime TV audience: Radio shrink Dr. Laura Schlessinger is close to inking a syndie talkshow deal with Paramount Domestic TV.
Hawaii's governor Ben Cayetano personally beseeched members of the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical State Employees to accept wage cuts to get TV show "Baywatch" to move here rather than Australia.