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  1. Lagardere buys Sportfive in $1.1 billion deal

    4:00 am 11/21/2006

    French media group Lagardere SCA has agreed to purchase top European sports agency Sportfive for an enterprise value of €865 million ($1.1 billion).Read more

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  2. Jackson won't helm 'Hobbit'

    4:00 am 11/21/2006

    Much to the distress of his fans, Peter Jackson said he is no longer planning to direct "The Hobbit," a prequel to the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, because of a dispute with New Line.Read more

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  3. Sky's ITV buy sets stage for battle of media titans

    4:00 am 11/21/2006

    In terms of power plays, it was vintage Rupert Murdoch: swift, sensational and, for his rivals, deeply shocking. But like many a battle that the News Corp. chief has fought in the U.K., the outcome lies ultimately not in the strength of his attack but in the hands of competition regulators.Read more

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  4. Real Madrid TV rights to Mediapro for 7 years

    4:00 am 11/21/2006

    Spanish film and TV company Mediapro became the dominant sports rights owner in Spain on Monday when it agreed to pay soccer team Real Madrid a record €1.1 billion ($1.4 billion) for seven seasons of broadcast rights.Read more

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  5. Springer to up Polish footprint

    4:00 am 11/21/2006

    German publishing giant Axel Springer is close to a deal to take a 25% stake in Polish broadcaster Polsat for €250 million ($321 million), sources near Springer said Monday.Read more

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  6. Cunningham promoted to head of UPIE

    4:00 am 11/21/2006

    Universal Pictures said Monday that it has upped Eddie Cunningham to president of Universal Pictures International Entertainment, its overseas home entertainment arm, effective Jan. 1.Read more

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  7. Copyright biz keeps eye on Russia

    4:00 am 11/21/2006

    Copyright industry leaders are expressing guarded optimism about a deal struck between Washington and Moscow that would require Russia to significantly upgrade its intellectual property protections to enter the WTO.Read more

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  8. Broadway freshens up with slew of openings

    4:00 am 11/21/2006

    No Broadway openings this week, but next week there's a blitz, beginning with the Monday bow of the (slightly delayed) beginning of Tom Stoppard's three-play marathon, "The Coast of Utopia: Part One -- Voyage," at the Vivian Beaumont, directed by Jack O'Brien and with a marathon cast that includes Billy Crudup, Jennifer Ehle, Ethan Hawke, Brian F. O'Byrne, Martha Plimpton, Amy Irving and the now healthy Richard Easton.Read more

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  9. Reitman, Wilson say 'Bonzai'

    4:00 am 11/20/2006

    Rainn Wilson and Jason Reitman are donning their ninja suits for "Bonzai Shadowhands."Read more

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  10. Ohio State, Mich. run up ratings

    4:00 am 11/20/2006

    Saturday afternoon's Michigan-Ohio State thriller drew the largest audience for a regular-season college football game since 1993, ABC said Sunday.Read more

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