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Christensen won't get audio file source

Entertainment lawyer Terry Christensen has lost his bid to find out the source of leaked audio files in the trial against former private eye Anthony Pellicano, who is on trial for allegations of wiretapping and running a criminal racket. Christensen, who often hired Pellicano, is accused of conspiracy in the case and will be tried with the former private eye when the current trial ends. Christensen wanted Huffington Post blogger Allison Hope Weiner to disclose who leaked to her audio files confiscated by federal agents from Pellicano's computer. Weiner has posted several of the files on the Huffington Post.

City Lights a torero with 'Matador'

NEW YORK — City Lights Pictures has nabbed North American rights to the bullfighting documentary "The Matador" on the heels of its premiere at March's South by Southwest Film Festival. Director Nina Gilden Seavey tracked David Fandila for three years in his quest to become the world's top matador. The feature captures Fandila in fights throughout Spain and Latin America. City Lights plans a fall theatrical release, followed by a DVD release on City Lights Home Entertainment. Steven Beer of Greenberg Traurig brokered the deal on behalf of the producers with City Lights' Mark Ragone and Marcus Lansdell.

Berman leads MySpace sales, marketing

NEW YORK — News Corp.'s MySpace is set to announce today that it has promoted Jeff Berman to the new post of president of sales and marketing. Berman will oversee the social networking giant's online marketing, content and programs, branded sales and advertising partnerships. Berman will continue to report to MySpace co-founder and CEO Chris DeWolfe.

Charter in danger of Nasdaq delisting

NEW YORK — Paul Allen's Charter Communications could see its shares get delisted from the Nasdaq Stock Market late this year or next. The cable operator said Friday that it has received a Nasdaq notice that its stock has failed to close at or above $1 for 30 consecutive business days, one of the exchange's key compliance rules. For Charter to regain compliance, it must hit the required minimum price for 10 consecutive business days any time by Oct. 13.

Nu Image travels south

NEW YORK — Nu Image/Millennium Films is getting a new home. The indie studio is breaking ground on a 20-acre studio in Shreveport, La., with three soundstages. Once completed, it will be able to handle three to six productions with 100-500 workers at a time. The studio chose the state as its home after shooting four productions there (including "Mad Money" and the upcoming "Cleaner") to take advantage of a 25% tax credit on projects that invest more than $300,000 in the state economy.

Carrefour enters movie download biz

PARIS — Carrefour Group, the world's No. 2 retailer behind Wal-Mart, is entering the movie download business, launching a service in its four key European territories: France, Spain, Belgium and Italy. Announcing the initiative Friday at the PEVE Digital Entertainment conference, Carrefour's international non-food chief Christophe Geoffroy said the site will offer download-to-own and download-to-rent movies and television programs. Geoffroy, whose company has a 13.3% market share of the €2 billion DVD market in those territories, said the decision to launch into digital distribution is an extension of Carrefour's focus on entertainment.