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New Yorker draws deal for 'Still Life'

NEW YORK — In the latest acquisition from the Tribeca Film Festival, art house distributor New Yorker Films nabbed all rights to writer-director Jia Zhang-ke's Chinese drama "Still Life." The film centers on a man and woman searching for their missing spouses in a Chinese town torn apart by massive industrial work. "Life" was shot on HD in the 2,000-year-old city of Fengjie, where the Three Gorges hydro project has displaced countless families. "Life" had its U.S. premiere Saturday in Tribeca's World Narrative Competition. New Yorker Films' Dan Talbot plans a fall release in New York, with a national platform rollout to follow. The distribution deal was negotiated by Talbot with sales agent Memento Films International.

ABC TV Studio ups Liggins

PR veteran Sharon Liggins has been promoted to executive director, media relations, at ABC Television Studio. In her new post, she will oversee day-to-day series publicity and awards strategies and campaigns for the studio, reporting to vp media relations Charissa Gilmore. Liggins, who has been at ABC TV Studios for six years, most recently served as director, publicity, working on "Scrubs," "Ghost Whisperer," "Knights of Prosperity" and the upcoming "Army Wives."

No News for Dow Jones after $5 bil bid

NEW YORK — Dow Jones & Co. said Wednesday that its board has decided to take no action on the unsolicited $5 billion bid by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., saying members of the controlling Bancroft family that hold 52% of the company's voting power have it made clear that they oppose the deal. A News Corp. spokesman Wednesday declined comment on the situation and on whether the company would prepare another takeover offer.

Mini mogul soon to be reality

Rapper Ludacris and his Disturbing Tha Peace partners have teamed with James DuBose of DuBose Entertainment to produce a reality show following 9-year-old rapper Big Korey as he develops a new music label. The scripted hybrid/reality show will feature the pint-size prodigy as he signs new talent and develops his own music, focusing on the process of creating a successful record label. Producers will begin pitching broadcast and cable networks within the next few weeks. Ludacris and DTP partners Chaka Zulu and Jeff Dixon will executive produce along with DuBose.

New I-Club at Cannes offers all things Italy

ROME — Several of Italy's largest film organizations on Wednesday announced the creation of the I-Club, a multifaceted office and reception area at the Festival de Cannes designed to provide a one-stop shop for information about Italian films while on the Croisette. Located on the first floor of the Hilton, the I-Club will serve as headquarters for several organizations and companies. The Hollywood Reporter will be the official international media partner of the I-Club.

Clear Channel dials up more station sales

Radio and outdoor advertising conglomerate Clear Channel Communications said Wednesday that it has agreed to sell another 201 radio stations across 38 markets in connection with a previously announced plan. The company has now agreed to sell a total of 362 radio stations in 72 markets and said it plans to sell a remaining 86 stations across 16 markets. Clear Channel expects net proceeds from the sale of the 362 stations to be about $730 million. Including the sale of its TV division, the company anticipates net proceeds of $1.9 billion.