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HBO offers free Web 'Treatment'

NEW YORK — The doctor is in — five nights a week. In an attempt to generate a following for its new series "In Treatment," HBO will stream the first 15 episodes (of 43) gratis. This marks the first time the cable company will be streaming this number of episodes for free and the first time it is airing a primetime drama five nights a week. In the series, therapist Paul Weston (Gabriel Byrne) treats a different patient four out of the five nights. The fifth night sees his character being treated by his own psychotherapist (Dianne Wiest). The full-streaming episodes are deployed on and HBO On Demand.

Costantini on Scripps' affiliate team

Lynne Costantini has been named executive vp affiliate sales and marketing at Scripps Networks. She joined Scripps from Time Warner Cable, where during the past decade she rose through the ranks to become senior vp and chief business affairs officer. She will assume her new responsibilities at Scripps by April 1. Costantini will serve on the Scripps Networks executive committee and will join the company's diversity committee.

London teeming with 'Green' energy

LONDON — The British capital's film and television heavyweights are backing the launch of "Green Screen London," a program aimed at cutting "climate-change emissions" here during shoots. The plan, announced Tuesday by London Mayor Ken Livingstone and Film London CEO Adrian Wootton, has garnered pledges of support from Working Title Films, Ealing Studios and Kudos Film and Television, among others. Livingstone and his partners plan to develop and implement a climate-change action plan "to help filming in London to become more energy-efficient, cut emissions and, in doing so, save money."

Nu Image sets EFM slate

NEW YORK — Nu Image/Millennium Films has unveiled its action-filled slate for this week's European Film Market in Berlin. The lineup includes "Righteous Kill," starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino; "The Code," with Morgan Freeman and Antonio Banderas; "Direct Contact," starring Dolph Lundgren; "Ninja"; and the remake of "Conan the Barbarian."

Ergen in for Vogel as Dish president

NEW YORK — Dish Network said Tuesday that Carl Vogel has stepped down as president for personal reasons, with chairman and CEO Charles Ergen taking on his role, effective immediately. Ergen also serves as chairman and CEO of EchoStar, the other company created in a recent split of the satellite TV giant. Vogel remains vice chairman of Dish Network and EchoStar, reporting to Ergen, and continues to leading the corporate development, programming and business and commercial services functions, according to the company.

Fifteen bows New York office

NEW YORK — Howard Bragman's Fifteen Minutes Public Relations is getting its first taste of fame in New York. The 3-year-old Los Angeles-based agency is opening offices in Gotham and bringing aboard former Ogilvy Public Relations vp Corey Martin to head its development and operations. Blue Current Public Relations senior vp Pete Sanders also is joining the firm's 18 staffers to expand entertainment, fashion, charity and other publicity efforts.