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Carrasquillo heads RLR TV unit

Management agency RLR Associates has launched a television programming division, naming former CBS Paramount Domestic TV executive Linda Carrasquillo as vp entertainment. Carrasquillo will be responsible for developing and pitching programs in all genres, including reality television, and will serve as executive producer and executive in charge of development on several of the shows.

Abel, Teele upped at CTD

Dawn Abel has been promoted to executive vp research at CBS Television Distribution, while Cindy Teele has been upped to senior vp legal. Abel, a company veteran who most recently was senior vp, will continue to head up the research department, overseeing all quantitative and qualitative research for CTD, CBS Paramount International TV and CBS Paramount Network TV. Teele works on all legal matters pertaining to the operations of CTD.

Dore leads new CanWest b'cast team

TORONTO — Canadian broadcaster CanWest Global Communications on Tuesday unveiled the management team for its newly acquired Alliance Atlantis cable channels. The team is led by Kathy Dore, president of the CanWest Broadcasting division, who will oversee a new broadcast entity that combines the Global Television network with 13 Alliance Atlantis cable channels.

ReelTime spins SPT movies

IPTV service ReelTime has struck a licensing deal to secure films from Sony Pictures Television. As many as 100 movies ranging from such recent releases as "Spider-Man 3" and "Superbad" to classics including "Taxi Driver" and "Dr. Strangelove" are part of the deal. Sony is ReelTime's first major studio content partner. The service enables viewers to access programming via online broadband network by rental or subscription.

Duo plead not guilty in festival bribery

A Los Angeles couple pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of bribing a senior Thai government official in charge of awarding lucrative contracts for the Bangkok International Film Festival. Gerald and Patricia Green of Film Festival Management appeared in a downtown federal courtroom in Los Angeles to answer the charges. The government claims they funneled more than $900,000 to a Thai official who was president of the Bangkok film fest and governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand. In exchange, they were allegedly awarded festival contracts, which included funds of more than $7 million.

Turner drives to pact

NEW YORK — Fresh off a digital-rights agreement involving and NBA TV, Turner Broadcasting System has reached a contract extension with Turner already operates the racing league's site but will now manage it through 2014. It also will work with NASCAR in content creation, e-commerce, ticket sales for races as well as merchandise. Turner, which also operates, has managed since 2001.