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Tribeca's Music Lounge sets lineup

Sixties folk-pop singer Donovan, the Slip, Yerba Buena, Rhett Miller, Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger with the Candy Butchers' Mike Viola, the Posies' Jon Auer and the Frames' Glen Hansard are among the performers booked for this year's Tribeca/ASCAP Music Lounge, set for May 1-4 as part of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Jimmy Webb, Martha Wainwright, Kenna, Mary Gauthier, Cass McCombs, Alice Smith and Matt White also are scheduled to perform. Since 2005, the Music Lounge has featured up-and-coming and established artists in an environment that allows them to interact with filmmakers.

Take-Two CFO resigns

Video game maker Take-Two Interactive Software said Monday that Karl Winters has resigned as CFO, effective immediately. Lainie Goldstein, who serves as senior vp finance, has been named interim CFO until a permanent replacement is found. Winters was expected to replaced when shareholders recently approved an alternative slate of board members that brought in Ben Feder as CEO. Take-Two's new leadership has scheduled for today an analyst conference call with Feder and new chairman Strauss Zelnick.

'Barker' investigates Saturday slot

NBC is cutting short the run of the low-rated new comedy "Andy Barker, P.I." on Thursday. The network originally scheduled five episodes of the detective comedy starring Andy Richter to air as part of its Thursday comedy block. The fifth episode, originally slated for Thursday, will now air Saturday at 8 p.m., paired with the last half-hour of "Barker's" six-episode order. This week, NBC will air an original segment of "Scrubs" in the 9:30 p.m. Thursday berth vacated by "Barker."

Cohan promoted at A&E TV Networks

As A&E Television Networks continues to expand its brand throughout the world, Sean Cohan has been promoted to the group's senior vp international, it was announced Monday by executive vp enterprises Steve Ronson. Based in the company's New York headquarters, Cohan is responsible for management and expansion of AETN's brands and services outside the U.S., including A&E, the History Channel, the Biography Channel and Crime & Investigation Network. Cohan oversees sales, operations and business development for AETN International, including distribution channels, syndicated program sales, ad sales and digital media. In addition, he has oversight of the international programming and production groups and AETN's regional offices in the U.K. and Singapore. He most recently was vp international business development and digital media at AETN. He joined the company in 2004.

BET's 'Park' in gear with mobile

BET Networks is extending its popular music show "106 & Park" with Monday's launch of the "106 & Park Mobile Fan Club." The offerings through the new service available through all the wireless carriers include a package of digital content, a subscription to the newly created mobile magazine "106 & Park Off-the-Couch" and VIP access to BET events and select artist appearances.

Xbox 360 gets IM from Windows Live

Microsoft Corp. is extending the instant-messaging capabilities of its Windows Live Messenger to Xbox 360. The extension will bring chat functionality from PC to TV screens; there are 260 million active Windows Live Messenger accounts. The functionality will allow Xbox Live users to text chat with up to six people at a time. Xbox 360 will incorporate IM beginning May 7.