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House in Order

LONDON — "House" star Hugh Laurie was awarded an Order of the British Empire award in the Queen's New Year's Honors list, it was announced Monday. The British actor began his career as a sketch comedian in "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" and has since taken U.S. audiences by storm as the curmudgeonly but brilliant medic. Also honored in the Royal list was director Peter Greenaway, who was named a Commander of the British Empire. Singer Rod Stewart, TV star Penelope Keith and former Ofcom boss Stephen Carter were awarded CBEs.



Berlusconi U

Media kingpin and former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi wants to found a university that could include a program dedicated to film arts. Berlusconi, who is recovering from heart surgery in the U.S., said Friday that he envisions a university based on "liberal" ideas that would act as a counterbalance to what he said were "communist" beliefs proliferated in Italian universities. There was no indication of when the school would open its doors, how large it would be or how much it would cost to create.



CJ taps Shin

SEOUL — CJ Entertainment has hired David Shin as its new head of international business and strategy, sources said. He's expected to take up the new job today, replacing former executive vp, chief financial officer and head of international Mark Shaw, who left Dec. 15 for a post at a Connecticut-based investment fund. Shin's portfolio will include international sales and co-productions, areas not under his predecessor. Shin, a 14-year industry veteran, most recently worked as senior vp commercial development at ESPN STAR Sports in Singapore.
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