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'Chelsea' gets order for 150

E! Entertainment has renewed its late-night show "Chelsea Lately," ordering 150 additional half-hour episodes. Host Chelsea Handler made the announcement Tuesday on the show, which airs at 11:30 weeknights. "Chelsea Lately" features Handler offering commentary on pop-culture topics and breaking news as well as hosting celebrities and other guests. Ratings-wise, the show is up 30% since its July debut and has improved its time slot by 40%. The recent 100th episode is the most-watched so far with 781,000 total viewers.

BVHE to pay $1.5 mil in 'Patriot' suit

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has ordered Buena Vista Home Entertainment to pay $1.5 million in legal fees in a breach of contract lawsuit involving home video distribution rights to "The Patriot." The award follows the court's decision in October that Buena Vista pay $6.5 million to Ilshin Investment, which loaned millions to producers to make the film. The court found Buena Vista intentionally retained more than $3 million in distributions reimbursements, much more than an agreed upon $900,000 cap, and that it cost at least $800,000 in lost sales after it decided to stop distributing the film.

Diller: Malone a 'nightmare'

Barry Diller once called friend-turned-nemesis John Malone a "nightmare," IAC/InterActiveCorp vice chairman Victor Kaufman said Wednesday, the third day of testimony in the trial over control of IAC. Kaufman said that Diller's characterization of Malone, chairman of Liberty Media, was included in an e-mail to former General Electric CEO Jack Welch. The trial continues today.

Ticket sales strong at Hong Kong fest

HONG KONG — The Hong Kong International Film Festival is on pace to top last year's ticket sales with more than 80,000 tickets sold in three weeks, organizers said Wednesday, adding that more than 50 screenings already have sold out. The 32nd HKIFF begins Monday and runs through April 6.

'Duel' resurfaces for ABC

ABC is bringing back its winter game show "Duel" next month. The network has ordered 10 one-hour episodes to air Friday nights starting April 4. "Duel" is a trivia show where contestants play head-to-head for a chance to win up to $500,000. ESPN's Mike Greenberg will return as host.

Dolby deals push digital in China, India

NEW DELHI — Digital releases of Hollywood films will get a boost in Asia via new agreements Dolby Laboratories has inked with Indian digital- cinema solutions provider UFO Films and the Shanghai Film Group. The move will see Dolby's systems deliver Hollywood films into the world's most populous nations. In China, SFG has agreed to purchase 100 Dolby Digital Cinema Systems to be installed in its Shanghai United Cinema Line.

Africa newest stop for DISCOP

Creators of the Eastern European TV market DISCOP said Wednesday that they are opening a new niche content market, DISCOP Africa. The Feb. 25-27 event in Dakar, Senegal, will combine a conference focusing on the investment opportunities in African television stations and a dedicated market for buyers and sellers that will include screenings.