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Yahoo to meet with TW, Microsoft

Yahoo's board on Friday authorized the company's management to meet with Time Warner and Microsoft this week, but the portal still has not made a formal decision on its future structure. Microsoft made a $44.6 billion bid for Yahoo, which rejected the proposal, saying it undervalued the company. But Microsoft said last week that it will begin a proxy fight for control of the company this month if Yahoo didn't agree to terms. Yahoo also has been looking at a merger with Time Warner's AOL and it entered into a limited deal with Google, in which that company would sell some of its search ads. Yahoo will examine these options during the week.

Hope senior vp at Fox group

Benjamin Hope has joined Fox Networks Group as senior vp information technology and chief information officer. Hope, who comes from NBC Universal, will focus on finding technology solutions for the group's business information needs and strategies for systems development, hardware acquisition and integration. He will report to Del Mayberry, executive vp and CFO at Fox Networks Group.

DeVito jumps into Dis' 'Rome'

Danny DeVito will woo Kristen Bell in his own inimitable style in Disney's romantic comedy "When in Rome," directed by Mark Steven Johnson. DeVito joins a supporting cast that includes Will Arnett, Josh Duhamel, Jon Heder, Anjelica Huston and Dax Shepard. The film shoots this month in New York. DeVito is repped by CAA.

Sarasota fest unveils winners

Lee Isaac Chung's "Munyurangabo" took the best narrative feature award, while Gonzalo Arijon's "Stranded: I Have Come From a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains" was named best documentary feature at the Sarasota Film Festival Competition and Audience Awards, which were held Saturday in Sarasota, Fla. A special documentary jury prize was presented to Tamar Yarom's "To See If I'm Smiling."

'Water' tops Italian ani fest

ROME — New U.K. dog-and-cat series "Buddy & Elvis" won the Pulcinella Award for an animated pilot series and "Water & Bubbles" from Italy's RAI Fiction won the top prize for television series for all ages at the 12th Cartoons on the Bay Festival, which concluded Sunday. The Salerno-based animation festival also handed out career awards to Canadian animator Gerald Potterton and Japanese artist and designer Fusako Yusaki. A U.S. production took home just one Pulcinella Award — Nickelodeon's "Tak and the Power of Juju," which won for best soundtrack.

Check out History, Library

A&E Television Networks' History brands, which include the History Channel and its Web site, have teamed with the Library of Congress on a multimedia partnership for on-air and online content. The goal of the partnership — which also reaches across History International, History en Espanol and Military History Channel — is to bring the Library of Congress' collections to the "next generations of users" on the platform of their choice, be it mobile, broadband or in high-definition on History HD.