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Warners imaging unit, Prime to share

Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging and India-headquartered post umbrella Prime Focus Group have entered into a strategic alliance that will allow for a sharing of resources. The agreement allows access to the services of both companies, as well as management of workflow between Warner Bros. MPI in Burbank, and Prime Focus' facilities throughout multiple locations in India and London as well as in New York, Vancouver, Winnipeg and Los Angeles. Prime Focus includes recently acquired Los Angeles post house Post Logic. MPI services include film preservation and restoration.

Sherman promoted at Logo

Lisa Sherman has been upped to executive vp and GM at Logo, the MTV Networks channel that targets lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender viewers. As senior vp and GM for two years, Sherman was charged with launching Logo, running its day-to-day operations and creating and implementing an aggressive business plan.

Santor tries COO title on for size

New Regency CFO Louis Santor has added the job of COO to his résumé. Santor was promoted Monday to COO by New Regency CEO Bob Harper, taking on duties that include company sales, administration and catalog management. As CFO, Santor oversees all financial aspects of New Regency's corporate operations, including its bank relations, corporate acquisitions and investments, shareholder and equity matters as well as strategic planning.

Comcast expands VOD slate

Comcast is expanding it slate of new movies on demand the same day as the DVD release. The rollout is part of the Philadelphia-based cable operator's previously announced Project Infinity, which aims to expedite delivery of top Hollywood movies, network and cable TV series in high-definition to its 24.2 million subscribers. A company rep said the VOD releases were separate from ongoing VOD, DVD tests with studios and other cable operators in Pittsburgh and Denver.

Lifetime movie chief Bryson to retire

Lifetime Movie Network chief Louise Henry Bryson is retiring at the end of May after nine years at the company. Bryson had worked her way up the ranks to become president of distribution and affiliate business development at Lifetime Networks and executive vp and GM at LMN; Lifetime is in the process of finding a successor to Bryson, who will help with the transition. Lifetime Networks president and CEO Andrea Wong made the announcement Monday to staffers in an internal memo.

Cohl joins Live Nation board

NASHVILLE — Michael Cohl has been elected chairman of Live Nation's board of directors, effective immediately. Cohl was vice chairman of the board. He will continue in his role as chairman and CEO of Live Nation Artists, previously known as Artist Nation. Cohl is considered a pioneer in the touring business and is credited with developing the concept of one-promoter global touring and the development of after-market tour revenue opportunities — books, television shows, videos/DVDs, films and merchandise. He has promoted four of the top five tours of all time.