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ColorLink part of Real D's palette

With an aim to improve the look of digitally projected 3-D imagery, 3-D provider Real D has acquired photonics company ColorLink. Under the agreement, ColorLink will become a subsidiary of Real D, and ColorLink president and CEO Leo Bannon will become Real D COO. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. With the agreement, Real D gains published patents covering optical, liquid crystal and light-based technologies. In addition, Boulder, Colo.-based ColorLink offers a line of 3-D imaging components for various applications.

ASCAP board elects 24 to two-year terms

The results of the biennial election for the board of directors of ASCAP were announced Thursday by president and chairman Marilyn Bergman. Twelve writer and 12 publisher members have been elected to serve on the board for a two-year term that begins April 1. The writer members are lyricists Bergman and Hal David; composers Charles Bernstein, Bruce Broughton, Johnny Mandel, Stephen Schwartz, Doug Wood and Stephen Paulus; and songwriters Wayland Holyfield, Jimmy Jam, Jimmy Webb and Paul Williams. The publisher directors elected are Freddy Bienstock, John Eastman, Roger Faxon, Nicholas Firth, David Hockman, Dean Kay, Leeds Levy, Jay Morgenstern, David Renzer, Irwin Robinson, Kathy Spanberger and Arnold Broido.

Report finds 53% OK with preshow ads

Arbitron released its survey Thursday on moviegoers' attitudes toward preshow advertising. According to the market-research firm, 53% of frequent moviegoers — those who attended more than five movies in the past three months — find advertising before a movie to be acceptable, compared with 46% who find television advertising acceptable. The study also showed that 59% of moviegoers recall the experience of watching onscreen advertising before the movie on their last trip to the theater.

Showtime embraces 'L Word' for Season 5

Showtime has ordered 12 new episodes of the drama series "The L Word," set to begin production in the summer for an early 2008 debut. Deals are in place with the principal actors to return for Season 5. "L Word," recently nominated for the GLAAD Media Award for outstanding drama series, premiered its fourth season Jan. 7, with new episodes airing at 10 p.m. Sundays.

'Idol' getting charitable with special

Fox and its hit series "American Idol" have teamed with the Charity Projects Entertainment Fund on a two-night special designed to raise awareness and funds for poverty-relief organizations that help children and young people in the U.S. and Africa. Among the celebrities set to perform during the special, dubbed "Idol Gives Back," are Gwen Stefani, Pink, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Annie Lennox and Il Divo. During the April 24 episode, airing from 8-9 p.m., "Idol" sponsors and others will donate money to charity for every vote cast. Viewers also will be able to make donations during an expanded results show, airing from 8-10 p.m. April 25.

Mar del Plata unspooling 300-plus pics

BUENOS AIRES — The 22nd edition of the Mar del Plata International Film Festival, the most important in Argentina and arguably all of South America, opened Thursday on Argentina's Atlantic coast. The 10-day gathering will screen more than 300 titles from 56 countries at cinemas around the beachside resort town, with a particular focus on Latin American films. Honorary Astor awards will go to Italian director Mario Monicelli and Argentinean composer and Oscar winner Gustavo Santaolalla.