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'Glass' is half full with Koch Lorber

NEW YORK — Koch Lorber Films has acquired U.S. theatrical and home video rights to Scott Hicks' documentary "Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts." The feature includes interviews with Martin Scorsese, Errol Morris, Chuck Close and Christopher Hampton in its exploration of Philip Glass' life and work. The deal was negotiated by Koch Lorber president Richard Lorber with Film Sales Co. president Andrew Herwitz, who negotiated on behalf of Mandalay Motion Pictures and Independent Media and is repping international rights on the film.

'Devil' rides again with 72 Prods.

NEW YORK — "The Devil Came on Horseback," U.S. Marine Brian Steidle's Darfur memoir that served as the basis for a 2007 documentary, will hit the big screen again as a narrative feature. In a prestrike deal, 72 Prods.' Jen Chaiken and Sebastian Dungan acquired rights to the nonfiction book and hired journalist David Freed to adapt the screenplay. Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg's 2007 film based on the book, which premiered at last year's Sundance Film Festival, was voted onto this year's docu feature Oscar shortlist. Dean Schramm of the Schramm Group repped Steidle, Steidle Wallace and Freed in their deals with 72 Prods.

'Bonneville' sails with Princess Cruises

NEW YORK — SenArt Films is making an unusual marketing move with Princess Cruises, hosting sneak previews of its comic drama "Bonneville" on several ships. In what might be the first promotional strategy of its kind, the road movie starring Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates and Joan Allen will be shown on high seas trips to Australia, Thailand, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Argentina and other locales. Screenings will take place the week of Feb. 11, about two weeks before "Bonneville's" theatrical premiere.

San Francisco's KRON-TV up for sale

Young Broadcasting said Thursday that it is putting its San Francisco-based TV station, KRON, on the block. The company, which has retained financial advisers Moelis & Co., said that its goal is to conclude an agreement for the sale of KRON, a MyNetworkTV affiliate, during the first quarter.

Live Nation gulps down Amsterdam venue

Live Nation has acquired the operating company that manages and holds the 20-year lease for the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam. The 5,500-capacity hall is the only venue of its size in the city and hosts more than 145 events per year. The acquisition strengthens the world's largest live-music company's market position in the Netherlands, which is its third-largest international market behind the U.K. and Belgium.

Uni, Par stick with HD DVD

The format war might not be over for a long time. Despite speculation that Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment are about to drop their support for HD DVD and join the other majors in going to Blu-ray Disc, executives with both studios deny any such move is imminent. A Paramount source said the studio has no plans of ditching HD DVD anytime soon, and Ken Graffeo, executive vp HD strategic marketing at USHE, said the same holds true for his studio.