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Pierre reaches top at Bad Boy

NEW YORK — Harve Pierre, former executive vp, GM and vp A&R at Bad Boy Records, has been named president of the label. Pierre, who joined Bad Boy upon its inception in 1993 as an intern, will now oversee the finance, creative, promotional, marketing, A&R, international and sales divisions. In addition, he will start to work on his Crazy Joint imprint, to be distributed by Bad Boy/Atlantic Records beginning in May.

THR's Osborne sports Shorts

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present its fifth annual Shorts program, hosted by The Hollywood Reporter columnist Robert Osborne, at noon Feb. 16 at the Directors Guild Theater in New York. The program is made up of the 10 films nominated in the categories of animated short and live-action short film.

Pellicano trial set for Feb. 27

Terry Christensen's attempt to stop the Feb. 27 wiretapping trial against him and his former client, celebrity sleuth Anthony Pellicano, has been denied. The entertainment lawyer asked Judge Dale Fischer to halt the trial while he appeals the court's decision to allow taped conversations between him and Pellicano, which he claims are privileged. Fischer denied that motion Tuesday as well as his request to dismiss the fifth superseding indictment against him because of alleged misconduct by the government in presenting evidence to the grand jury.

mtvU expands collegiate reach

MTV's 24-hour college network, mtvU, has inked deals with Charter Communications, Verizon FiOS TV, AT&T U-verse and nearly 70 others while simultaneously adding 2.6 million subscribers to its distribution. The network also announced plans to launch in more than 700 U.S. college communities Saturday, reaching more than 7.5 million students. The launch will mark a 20% increase in distribution and the first time the network will be available on televisions off university grounds.

EU court backs telecoms on user identities

BRUSSELS — Europe's telecoms and Internet companies are not obliged to reveal the identity of customers who illegally download movies and music over the Internet, the European Court of Justice ruled Tuesday. The ruling is a blow to film studios and music labels that have urged EU authorities to clamp down on peer-to-peer file-exchange users by forcing telecom giants and ISPs to intervene. However, the EU court said that privacy protection also applies to Internet pirates. The case was referred by judges in Spain, who had turned to the Luxembourg-based court for guidance on applying EU law when dealing with a case pitting Promusicae, the main association of Spanish musicians, against Internet provider Telefonica.

Sonnenfeld to give keynote at NAB Show

Barry Sonnenfeld will present a keynote address during the 2008 National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas. He will look at changes in film content and how it is consumed, including the kinds of projects that studios are now producing, the impact of home theaters and the Internet as well as new directions in storytelling. The NAB Show runs April 11-17.