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WGA: Writers Guild talks resumed at noon PDT Wednesday after going past the midnight contract expiration. Speculation emerged that a tentative deal has been reached, but observers caution that key issues remain in play.
SAG: A network of Hollywood assistance organizations have begun prepping for the possibility of an actors strike this summer.
MGM: Chairman and CEO Alex Yemenidjian and other MGM execs played cheerleaders for the studio’s shareholders at the Lion’s annual meeting in Century City.
HANNIBAL: MGM is taking a bold move in pricing with “Hannibal” for video Aug. 21 – breaking with industry on multiple and confusing incentive programs for independent retailers to get better pricing and going out with a flat and fairly low wholesale fee no matter how many a store buys.
PEARSON: Pearson Television’s management roster for its U.S. and international distribution operations is yet again undergoing significant changes. David Lyle is being promoted to prexy of entertainment for Pearson TV North America, and Catherine Mckay has been named CEO of Pearson TV Intl. and Enterprises.
SOUNDSCAN: Janet Jackson’ “All For You” blows away the competition, bowing at No. 1 with more than 600,000 copies sold. Debut is a coup for her label EMI, which is eager to show its strength after the breakdown of merger talks with BMG.
RATES: Tuesday’s sweeps action saw Fox win for a fourth straight night in adults 18-49.
BNNTV: Former Shooting Gallery prexy Steve Carlis joined BNNtv.com to launch Gotham TV and Web company’s new digital film division, CameraPlanet Pictures. planning four to six release a year.
TNN: Warner Bros. Domestic Cable has sold 66 library movies, both theatrical and made-for, to TNN: The National Network. Titles include “Body Heat,” “Mean Streets,” “Oh God!” and “Once Upon a time in America.”
PALOMAR: Palomar Pictures has acquired the rights for Anita Diamant’s bestselling novel “The Red Tent,” with Ramaa Mosley set to direct. Deal is valued at mid-to-high six figures.
BEACON: Cindy McWethy has been promoted to senior VP finance at Beacon Communications.
UNIVERSAL: Dave Beanes and Mark Lyum promoted at Universal Studios Operations Group.
HANSEN: Entertainment attorney Stewart Brookman has joined Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman.
MONEY: CNN financial news anchor Terry Keenan has jumped to rival Fox News, where she’ll have her own financial newsshow “Cashin’ In.” Meanwhile, CNN has hired ABC News’ Tim O’Brien as a D.C.-based correspondent for “Moneyline.”
SYNDIE: Ratings for the off-net run of “Seinfeld” perked up in the third week of its second syndie cycle, despite the fact that it was a rough week for syndicated shows, seven of which hit season lows.
FOX-VIVENDI: Vivendi games publishing unit enters deal with Fox Interactive to distribute high-profile Fox games based on Fox movies like “Die Hard” and “Predator.”
CRISTINA: Univision talkshow host Cristina Saralegui has been tapped for an extended guest appearance on NBC daytime soap “Passions.”
ANIMAL: Michael Cascio has resigned as VP of cable programming for NBC News to run Animal Planet as exec VP and GM.
ASTAIRE: TDF announces its Astaire Awards nominees for choreography and dance.
SAT: Satellite Films, Propaganda’s commercial and musicvid production arm, has added five directors to the fold: Fritz Flieder, Jason Goldwach, Norbert Heitker, Enda Hughes and Richie Smyth.
JULIO: Julio Iglesias will be honored as the 2001 Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Person of the Year.
PLAYERS: Players items.
TED: Wildfire at Ted Turner’s ranch spreading. Mogul, the largest private landowner in the U.S., is having a tough time lately: no job, no Jane, now this.
NAPSTER: The number of files being shared by the average Napster user has plummeted 80% in the past month, as the company’s filtering efforts continue to gut its system, according to Webnoize research.
CHARTER: Charter Communication’s first-quarter loss widened as the Paul Allen-controlled cabler spent heavily on upgrading its systems to facilitate new digital services.
PARSONS: President Bush picks AOL Time Warner chief operating officer Richard Parsons as co-head of new 16-member commission on Social Security reform.
LIDD: David Liddiment, ITV’s director of programs, will be giving the prestigious MacTaggart Lecture at the Edinburgh Intl. Television Festival this year.
OCEAN: Some 35 creditors for Dutch-backed film “Ocean Warrior” filed a legal action asking the Dutch courts to declare the film’s production company Ocean Warrior Ltd. bankrupt.
TABLOID: “Tabloid,” the debut movie by award-winning Brit TV director David Blair, will topline the Cannes slate of London-based sales agent Park Entertainment.
VENICE: Venice Intl. Film Fest director Alberto Barbera is to cut the number of sections to two, both competitive, to make it more democratic.
FUND: Bernard Miyet, head of France’s SACEM copyright organization, has been appointed president of the Franco-American Cultural Fund.
LEGIT: 42nd Street (B’way)
FILM: Kissing Jessica Stein, Seven and a Match
TV: The Judge
MUSIC: Catskills on Broadway (concert)