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CTV-Chum deal gets OK, with condition

OTTAWA — Canada's broadcast regulator has signed off on CTVglobemedia's CAN$1.4 billion ($1.3 billion) takeover of broadcaster Chum Ltd. but ruled that five free, over-the-air Citytv stations must be excluded from the final deal on monopoly grounds. In its surprise verdict, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission said Friday that allowing CTVglobemedia to hold on to Chum's Citytv-branded stations in Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver would "be inconsistent" with its rule that disallows a domestic broadcaster from owning more than one over-the-air TV station in a market.

Calif. Senate gets anti-runaway bill

The California Assembly has sent legislation to the state Senate that would provide financial incentives to halt runaway production of films and commercials. The unfunded measure, AB 1696 — which was approved on a 51-17 vote, with Paul Krekorian, D-Burbank, leading the floor debate — would create a grant program through the California Film Commission. It would require separate funding legislation or a line-item inclusion in the governor's next budget. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has said he regretted the failure of film incentives measure AB 777 in the last legislative session but hasn't stipulated what steps he would be willing to back to see an incentives plan through this session.

Lopez hits 'Road' for Col Mexico

Director Issa Lopez will helm "Road to Fame" (Casi Divas) for Columbia Pictures Producciones Mexico, the local production arm of Sony Pictures Entertainment. The film, which stars Patricia Llaca, Julio Bracho, Maya Zapata, Ana Layevska, Diana Garcia and Daniela Schmidt, will be produced by Luz Maria Rojas ("Once Upon a Time in Mexico," "The Mask of Zorro"). "Road," based on an idea and story by Ignacio Darnaude, executive vp creative advertising at SPRI, marks the fledgling production division's second feature. The first was the acquisition "El Crimen del Padre Amaro," which became the biggest Mexican film of all time.

Moseley markets History

Chris Moseley has been named senior vp marketing at the History Channel. She will spearhead all marketing, promotional and branding campaigns for the channel and its domestic networks including History International, the History Channel en Espanol and Military History Channel across all content platforms as well as She also will be responsible for the creative implementation of major marketing strategies, including advertising, on-air consumer marketing and branding. Moseley, who will report to History Channel executive vp and GM Nancy Dubuc, has served as president of Moseley Marketing Inc. and as the founding chief marketing officer and executive vp worldwide marketing and brand strategy at Hallmark Channels, where she was part of the team that launched the U.S. channel.

Hurt, Danes tapped for Maui fest prizes

The eighth annual Maui Film Festival, which runs Wednesday-June 17 at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort on Maui, will honor William Hurt with its Navigator Award and Claire Danes with its Nova Award. Under the direction of Barry Rivers, the fest will screen such titles as "Good Luck Chuck," "Evan Almighty," "I Could Never Be Your Woman" and "Waitress."