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FX's 'Riches' still in the money

LOS ANGELES — FX's "The Riches" is staying active between seasons with a batch of original webisodes being shown on-air and online. The webisodes were created to support Tuesday's release of the first season on DVD and are available at a microsite from Best Buy. Fox TV Studios, Fox Home Entertainment and FX are producing the shorts, marking the first collaboration among the three units, all housed under the Fox Entertainment Group umbrella.

CSTV no longer in league of its own

CSTV, the CBS Corp.-owned sports media company, has been absorbed into the parent company's CBS Sports division. Acquired by CBS in 2005, CSTV now will be overseen by Sean McManus, president of CBS News and Sports, and Tony Petitti, executive vp and executive producer of CBS Sports, who will have day-to-day management responsibilities.

Crown Media settles Interfaith case

LOS ANGELES — Crown Media Holdings, owner and operator of Hallmark Channel, said Thursday that it has reached an agreement with the National Interfaith Cable Coalition to settle outstanding claims relating to NICC's equity interest in Crown Media and a now-expired program production and broadcast deal. Under the settlement, Hallmark Channel will continue to broadcast a Sunday morning block of "Faith & Values" programming, and NICC will relinquish its right to compel Crown Media to purchase more than 4 million shares of the company's common stock that NICC holds.

Voom puts Ogwyn to the test

LOS ANGELES — Voom HD Networks' Rush HD, which features programming revolving around action-adventure and gravity-defying sports, announced Thursday a new six-episode series featuring mountaineer Joby Ogwyn. "Joby Ogwyn: The Adventurist," premiering in April, follows Ogwyn as he tests his physical and mental limits by performing several dangerous action sport adventures around the world.

Veoh catches Hulu in its Web

Veoh, the Web TV destination backed by Tom Freston and Michael Eisner's Tornante Co., has added Hulu content to its pages, the company said Thursday. Veoh does not have an official partnership with the News Corp./NBC Universal JV and is, for now, embedding the content on the site.

Hase heads up 3-D at Real D

3-D cinema provider Real D is moving closer toward the consumer/home product market with the naming of Koji Hase to the new position of president of worldwide consumer electronics. "Given our experience in 3-D and our goals to pursue further opportunities globally, it was critical that we find someone with extensive knowledge and understanding of multiple marketplaces," said Michael Lewis, chairman and CEO and co-founder of Real D. Hase comes to Real D with more than 38 years of corporate strategy and business development experience in optical and visual media, home systems and entertainment, manufacturing and intellectual property.