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Fox, MySpace team with NFL for Super site

NEW YORK — Fox Sports and News Corp. sibling MySpace said Thursday that they will partner with the NFL for a Web platform that will combine on-demand viewing of next year's Super Bowl commercials after the big game with interactive extensions that have never before been offered. A key part of the deal will be the in-game promotion of the Super Bowl-branded site on My Space, and the soon-to-be-relaunched

McCartney debut in site

"Memory Almost Full," Paul McCartney's new album due June 5 via Hear Music, the new label formed by Starbucks Entertainment and Concord Music Group, will be the first McCartney solo release available for download and streaming on PCs and mobile phones. As part of the digital marketing strategy, Starbucks plans to give the album prime positioning in its Hear Music area in the Apple iTunes Store. The deal is believed to pertain solely to the new album and not back catalog, but the pact signals an increased willingness on the part of the former Beatle to make music available for consumption online.

KNBC-TV sued by AEG over report

Anschutz Entertainment Group filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, charging NBC Universal, KNBC-TV and local news producer Frank Snepp with slander. AEG seeks unspecified monetary damages for "a series of inaccurate and alarmist 'news' broadcasts that purport to show unsafe conditions at (Los Angeles') Staples Center." The suit, filed by the Stroock & Stroock & Lavan law firm on behalf of AEG, says the TV station used "deceptively juxtaposed images" and special effects to convey the misimpression that the arena was a firetrap.

'Ocean's' roar at CineVegas

Steven Soderbergh's star-studded "Ocean's Thirteen" will open the ninth annual CineVegas Film Festival, which returns June 6-16 at the Palms Casino Resort and Brenden Theatres in Las Vegas. Slated Jackpot Premieres include the world premiere of Robert Logevall's "All God's Children Can Dance" and Peter Spears' "Careless," starring Colin Hanks and Tony Shalhoub.

Harries, BBC division meet at Left Bank

LONDON — Producer Andy Harries ("The Queen") on Thursday launched Left Bank Pictures, a film and television production house that will be 25%-owned by BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the British pubcaster. The relationship will give BBC Worldwide a first-look distribution deal on all Left Bank television productions. The indie will formally open for business in July and produce a range of telefilms and miniseries for broadcasters both in the U.K. and worldwide as well as theatrical releases in conjunction with international film partners.

More Comedy writers eye WGA ties

About 35 writers on "The Sarah Silverman Program" and five other Comedy Central shows are seeking WGA representation, guild officials said Thursday. Demands include the cable network's agreeing to "a network-wide contract that would cover their shows and any future programming produced by the network," the WGA West said. In August, the WGA East announced a first-ever agreement with producers of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart."