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TONYS: “The Producers,” Mel Brooks’ zany satire of Broadway based on his 1968 film, set a record Monday with 15 Tony nominations. The hit show, which has already broken box office records since it opened in April to ecstatic reviews, scored nominations for best musical and for stars Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, as well as three for Brooks himself for score, book and as one of a slew of producers.

SAG: The Screen Actors Guild and producers will start bargaining Thursday. The Writers Guild settlement provides a clear indicator of how a deal can be reached within the current economic climate, but raises expectations as well.

WGA: Writers Guild of America is expected to set board meetings this week to start approval process on tentative deal.

FELDMAN: Todd Feldman is leaving ICM and going to William Morris. He will take clients including scribes Todd Phillips, Jim Hertzfeld, David Ayer, Ken Nolin, Amy Holden Jones and helmer Dewey Nicks.

RATES: Fox and CBS scored victories on Sunday, sending ABC to surprise second-place finishes despite the return of celebrity “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.”

NPR: A Roper Polling survey finds that 60% of Americans find that public radio and TV are among the five best returns of their tax dollars. Only military and medical research spending top it.

PEARSON: The domestic operation of the recently reorged Pearson Television greenlit production for fall on its three syndie gamers, soph “Family Feud,” frosh “To Tell the Truth” and upcoming “Card Sharks.” Producer line-up and production site for “Sharks” also announced, as well as some content changes for the existing games.

WALDEN: Cary Granat establishes Walden Media, unveiling more specific plans for the Anschutz-backed co. that we announced in Jan.

ACAD: Thirty-eight students have been tapped as finalists for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 28th annual Student Academy Awards, skedded for June 10 at the Acad’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

CINEMA: Intl. Cinematographers Guild Local 600 re-elects George Spiro Dibbie as president.

SFFEST: The S.F. Intl. Film Festival closed its 44th annual sked –and the 19-year tenure of artistic director Peter Scarlet — as Brit helmer Michael Winterbottom introduced his California Gold Rush saga “The Claim.” With the screening came announcement of the fest’s juried and audience awards.

WORLD

FOBO: “Bridget Jones” outshone the bow of “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin” in Britain.

PARA: New Zealand distribs and exhibs are furious that the government is backing away from a commitment to protect them from imported videotapes and DVDs, which have hammered B.O. takings.

TVB: Hong Kong’s dominant terrestrial network TVB is in final talks with mainland government-owned giant China Central Television (CCTV) to rebroadcast programs on each other’s television channels after seven years of negotiations.

POPE: German helmer Volker Schlondorff is set to direct “Pope Joan” for Ufa Film & TV Production. Pic will likely be shot next year in Babelsberg and on location in Romania and Italy.

SIFF: Results of Singapore’s 11th Silver Screen Awards, part of the 14th Intl. Film Festival.

POLISH: Krzysztof Zanussi’s film, “Life as a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease” raked in seven of the 14 Eagles awarded by the Polish Film Prizes for achievements in the year 2000.

BUSINESS

CROWN: Crown Media Holdings said it wants to acquire Hallmark Entertainment Distribution film assets to improve its television programming flexibility and cash flow situation, according to a proxy filed Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

VIACOM: U.S. consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble Co. is in talks with media giant Viacom Inc. over a $300 million cross media sales deal, under which P&G could buy advertising time across Viacom’s vast media properties.

HUNTSBERRY: Frederick Huntsberry, previously chief financial officer at Universal Pictures, Monday was appointed senior veep and CFO at parent Universal Studios.

GRANITE: Granite Broadcasting Corp. posted a broadened first-quarter loss Monday amid slowed ad sales and diminished revenue, and the TV station group warned that prospects for the current quarter look iffy.

ROSENBERG: Helen Rosenberg joins USA Films as CFO.

WIRES

FOX ESPANOL: Fox Sports World Espanol acquired Spanish-language telecast rights to the fall 2001 Major League Baseball playoffs and World Series.

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