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Ruckus Net gets $10 mil infusion

NEW YORK — Privately held Ruckus Network Inc., a provider of digital music and film content as well as social networking services for colleges, said Thursday that it has received a $10 million capital injection from the Anschutz Investment Co. and Columbia Capital in a second round of venture funding. Anschutz and Columbia are new Ruckus investors, joining such previous financial backers as Battery Ventures, Eastward Capital, Pinnacle Ventures and Shelter Capital. Ruckus said it will use the capital infusion to further scale its free and legal advertising-supported business and develop additional services and strategic partnerships targeted at the 18- to 24-year-old college demographic.

NBC Uni seeing green

General Electric boss Jeffrey Immelt was among the company's brass as they touted ecologically savvy products and policies on the Universal Studios lot Thursday, with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and sundry NBC Universal execs joining in the green gabfest. NBC Uni president and CEO Jeff Zucker said the conglomerate's entertainment businesses would launch an eco-friendly program that will feature strategies and goals for lowering polluting emissions and raising energy efficiency on the Universal lot and elsewhere among NBC Uni's entertainment operations.

Taurus nods play games with THQ

The Taurus World Stunt Awards, which airs Monday on AMC, is getting a lift from an upcoming video game. THQ's "Stuntman: Ignition," which ships for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 2 on Aug. 28, will feature a tie-in to Taurus, which honors the best stunts and stunt people in Hollywood. THQ has entered into a multiyear licensing deal with Taurus; the new "Ignition" features a trailer for the show, and players can win awards while playing the game.

Three breaking through

Nick Cannon has been named breakthrough actor of the year for his role in the film "Bobby" by the Studio Magazine/Chopard Revelation Awards, one of four official events at the Festival de Cannes. Cannon, who will receive his award today at the Carlton Hotel, becomes the first black actor to receive the honor and will share the award with James McAvoy, who won for his performance in "The Last King of Scotland." Also at the event, Evan Rachel Wood will be honored as breakthrough actress of the year for "Running With Scissors."

CMT plants users' Homegrown content

CMT's broadband platform CMT Loaded launched a channel Thursday devoted exclusively to the creation of user-generated content. Dubbed CMT Homegrown, the online outlet marked its debut with a contest asking users to express the uniqueness of their town through their own online-created content. The winning entry will be featured as a special live segment on CMT's on-air show "CMT Top 20 Countdown."

Golf deal with Cablevision basic for U.S.

The Golf Channel said Thursday that it will be available to the more than 2 million Cablevision customers who subscribe to the company's iO basic digital cable lineup, which "rounds out the Golf Channel's efforts to become fully distributed in the New York metropolitan area," the Comcast Corp.-owned network said. The agreement makes the network a basic digital offering, at minimum, on every major cable system nationwide.