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Appeal of FCC indecency fine bottoms out

WASHINGTON — The FCC on Tuesday rejected an appeal of its indecency fine over an episode of "NYPD Blue" and gave about 40 ABC affiliates until Thursday to pay up, to the tune of $27,500. It also canceled the fines for about a dozen other affiliates. The regulator said Jan. 25 that "the depiction of an adult woman's naked buttocks" in a February 2003 airing of the cop drama "was sufficiently graphic and explicit to support an indecency finding."

Pair seated as NATPE co-chairs

Lionsgate's Kevin Beggs and NBC Universal International's Roma Khanna have been elected co-chairs of NATPE. Beggs, president of TV programming and production at the studio, is replacing Emerson Coleman, vp programming at Hearst-Argyle Television, who has completed his term and will serve on NATPE's executive committee. Khanna, president of global networks and digital initiatives, was elected for a second two-year term. Meanwhile, NATPE has elected eight new members to its board: Chris Coelen, Tony DiSanto, Jordan Hoffner, Reginald Hudlin, Diane Robina, Lori Schwartz, Fernando Szew Jon Vlassopulos.

Demo bounce for NBA All-Star Game

NEW YORK — Sunday's NBA All-Star Game was a mixed bag in the ratings, dropping in overall viewership while giving TNT a boost in key male demographics. The game averaged 6.3 million viewers, according to preliminary estimates released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research, down 7% from last year's 6.8 million. But it was up in several key demos, including men 18-34 and men 18-49. It was the best men 18-34 demo ratings since 2005's All-Star Game, the network said.

Cecchi Gori films on the block

ROME — Italian producer Vittorio Cecchi Gori plans to auction the rights to more than 700 films he produced or to which he owns the Italian distribution rights. Cecchi Gori, who declared bankruptcy in 2006, said Tuesday that the archive, which includes Oscar winners "Mediterraneo" and "Life Is Beautiful," is worth at least €40 million ($58.8 million), a figure based on a Rome court's assessment of the library. If the April sale goes through, it will be the second asset sale from Cecchi Gori in less than a year.

TVT moves toward Chapter 11

NEW YORK — TVT Records is expected to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this week. TVT rose to notoriety after releasing music by Nine Inch Nails and KMDFM. In recent years, the label has focused on hip-hop, scoring a series of hits with Lil Jon, Pitbull and Ying Yang Twins. There is no word on a possible release date for Lil Jon's new album, "Crunk Rock," or forthcoming releases from any of the label's acts.

KTLA's Malcolm resigns as vp, GM

Vinnie Malcolm has exited his post as vp and GM of Tribune-owned KTLA-TV Los Angeles in a move that comes just two weeks after Ed Wilson was named president of Tribune Broadcasting. John Vitanovec, executive vp at Tribune Broadcasting who has served as vp and GM at Tribune's WGN-TV Chicago, will serve as interm GM until a permanent replacement is named. Malcolm joined KTLA in 1994 as regional sales manager and worked his way up the ranks to become GM in 2004.