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H'wood gets green light

The MPAA has released data showing a green push in Hollywood. The major film studios collectively diverted 58%, or 20,500 tons, of studio sets and other solid waste from landfills to reuse and recycling, the MPAA said. Working in conjunction with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, association members prevented the emission of 62,147 metric tons of greenhouse gases.

FTC asked to probe Google-DoubleClick

WASHINGTON (AP) — A consumer group has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate and block Google Inc.'s proposed $3.1 billion purchase of online advertising company DoubleClick Inc. unless the companies improve consumer privacy protections. The complaint, filed Friday by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, alleges that Google and DoubleClick collect exhaustive personal information on consumers using the Internet but don't adequately protect the privacy of that information. Google's acquisition of privately held DoubleClick "will give one company access to more information about the Internet activities of consumers than any other company in the world," the complaint said. DoubleClick said Google would not have access to the data it collects on consumers who view its online ads; that data belongs to clients.

'Traveler' gets ticket for May 10 bow

ABC's drama "Traveler" will get on the road earlier than previously announced. The series, from Warner Bros. TV and the Jinks/Cohen Co., will premiere May 10 after "Grey's Anatomy." The show's pilot episode will air again May 30 in the series' regular Wednesday 10 p.m. period. Previewing the series — about two college buddies on the run after being framed by their friend for a terrorist act — behind an original episode of the highest-rated drama series on television assures great sampling for the show before its off-season run.

NL, Ratner foot MTV Movie Awards site

New Line Home Entertainment and director Brett Ratner will be the exclusive provider of film footage to the MTV Movie Awards Web site being launched today with Yahoo! Titles including "Rush Hour 3," "Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny" and "Final Destination 3" will be available for users to mash up with video of their own making. The winning submissions will be entered into the Best Movie Spoof category at the "MMA" event, scheduled for June 3. Ratner will contribute a video featuring Jackie Chan to the site as well.

UGS sets events for Cannes

PARIS — French scribes are heading to the sun, with Gallic professional screenwriters association L'Union Guilde des Scenaristes planning a series of events and programs devoted to the trade in line with May's Festival de Cannes, organizers said Friday. The UGS, in partnership with author's alliance the SACD, will hold an online script market April 30-June 30 in addition to a Script Days initiative at the festival. Under the motto, "To make a good movie, you need a good script," UGS' 200-plus members created the first French Script Market at the 2006 Cannes fest. During the festival, the Script Market will make its way to the Pantiero for information sessions, meetings and demonstrations that will take place daily from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Dygra inks Fantastic deal

MADRID — U.S. distributor Fantastic Films International has signed a strategic distribution agreement with Spanish animation company Dygra, the production house said Friday. The deal will see Fantastic handle the worldwide distribution of Dygra's third feature, "Espiritu del Bosque," while calling on the two companies to work toward increasing Dygra's international presence and ensuring the animation company a regular U.S. distributor. The deal also calls for a U.S. version of "Espiritu," to be produced with A-list actors lending their voices to the project.
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