A Look Ahead

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LINE: New Line TV has a new president: Jim Rosenthal, formerly president of new media and business development at the studio. Rosenthal, who’ll be based in New York, replaces Bob Friedman, who was tapped last week as prexy of AOL TV.

ELLROY: James Ellroy (“L.A. Confidential”) will write the feature “77” for Paramount Pictures, with Dick Wolf and Tony Ganz of Wolf Films producing.

LARGO: Intermedia has agreed to buy Largo Entertainment’s library of 25 feature films. No price announced, but the figure is understood to be in the region of $10-15 million.

SHOW: Showtime has extended its theatrical-output deal with Artisan Entertainment for another five years, through 2008. If Artisan delivers the maximum number of titles during the license term — 133 — Showtime’s license fee will come to $931 million.

BRAVO: People can’t stop watching “The Godfather.” Bravo scored the best rating in its history on Saturday from 8 to midnight, with part one of the Coppola classic, a 1.43 rating, good for 751,000 households.

RATES: CBS wins the week in total viewers and ties ABC for the lead in adults 18-49. Fox, which had been hot, tied for third in 18-49 with two awards specials and no “Temptation Island.”

LIFETIME: Lifetime will do an original-movie adaptation of the bestselling Joyce Carol Oates novel “We Were the Mulvaneys,” which shot to the top of the sales chart when the Oprah Book Club anointed it. Exec producers are Andrew Adelson and Tracey Alexander.

STARZ: Starz!’s minipay network devoted to Western movies and series has commissioned its first original program, a documentary called “Hopalong Cassidy: Public Hero #1.”

MARCUS: Matthew Marcus has been upped to VP of marketing and corporate communications at Stone Stanley Entertainment.

OBITS: Morton Downey Jr.; Robert Ludlum

BUSINESS

EMTV: With a deal in place for EM.TV subsidiary Formula One, eyes are focused on the German kidvidder’s other subsidiaries such as the Jim Henson company. According to sources, three parties including Disney and a major investment company, are currently in the running to buy the Muppets creators.

AFTRA: AFTRA prexy Shelby Scott shows solidarity with SAG in a message to members, making no mention of the rift between the two orgs.

UKRAINE: Recording Industry Assn. of America and Motion Picture Assn. of America commend the Bush administration and new U.S. trade rep Robert Zoelick for designating the Ukraine as piracy happy, meaning economic sanctions could be imposed.

CIV: The Film Consortium, one of the U.K.’s three lottery franchises, has raised its stake in the Sales Co. from 25% to 75%.

WORLD NEWS

ENDEMOL: Endelmol Entertainment topper Ruud Hendriks has announced he will leave the Dutch-based production outfit May 1 in what he says is an amicable split.

ROSE: Michael Rose has been promoted to the new post of executive producer, feature films at Aardman, the animation house behind “Chicken Run.” Aardman has a multipic deal with DreamWorks.

VILLAGE: Village Roadshow has committed to nurturing its cinema exhibition business after half-yearly figures again revealed the division to be the corp’s weakest performer.

REVIEWS

FILM: Bartleby ; Amato: A Love Affair With Opera

TV: The Job, ABC (Wed.)

LEGIT: Lobby Hero, Nabucco (Opera)

MUSIC: Jazz Is Dead, House of Blues

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