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ABC News, USA Today in content deal

NEW YORK — ABC News has reached a content-sharing partnership with USA Today through the 2008 presidential elections. The network and Gannett's national newspaper will share stories and video to shore up the text content on and increase the video offerings for Most of the content will be political.

RIAA adds Duckworth in publicity role

WASHINGTON — The RIAA said Monday that it hired former MPAA executive Cara Duckworth to be its director of communications. Duckworth replaces Jenni Engebretsen, who left recently to become the Democratic National Convention Committee's deputy CEO, public affairs. Duckworth worked in the MPAA's Washington office as director of communications, helping to advance the association's communications agenda on issues of interest to the U.S. motion picture industry.

Keen speaks for Overture

NEW YORK — Overture Films has appointed Adam Keen to manage all of its public relations operations as senior vp worldwide publicity. Keen will be based in the company's Beverly Hills offices and handle all of the new independent distributor's theatrical releases and corporate communications. He joins the company after two years as vp of I/D Public Relations, where he founded the company's entertainment and brand division.

Reynolds back on field with

Former ESPN baseball analyst Harold Reynolds has been hired as a broadcaster for The former major league second baseman will appear on the site and interact with fans via weekly online chats and through his blog. Reynolds was fired by ESPN in July after he was accused of sexual harassment; Reynolds said it was a misunderstanding.

Kino Int'l takes 'Days' to nab rights

Kino International has picked up North American rights to the Korean-American love story "In Between Days." So Yong Kim's feature centers on a South Korean immigrant as she falls in love and finds her way in a new country. The film will open next month in New York before a platform release in urban markets.

NATPE sets schedule for first LATV fest

NATPE on Monday outlined plans for its inaugural LATV Festival, set to take place July 25-27 at various locations in Los Angeles. Among the speakers to be featured at a breakfast series sponsored by the Producers Guild of America are "The Office" showrunner Greg Daniels and line producer Kent Zbornak, "Supernanny" supervising producer Mark Allen and showrunner Craig Armstrong and "Lost" co-showrunner Carlton Cuse and line producer Jean Higgins. Evening screenings at the Pacific Design Center Theatre will include "Weeds," followed by a panel moderated by The Hollywood Reporter television critic Ray Richmond.

Six receive funding from Global group

The Global Film Initiative has awarded grants for completion funding to six filmmakers. The recipients are Massaer Dieng of Senegal for the film "Bul Deconne," Dima El-Horr of Lebanon for "Every Day Is a Holiday," Alejandro Fernandez Almendras of Chile for "Huacho," Nguyen Thanh Van of Vietnam for "Little Heart," Nurman Hakim of Indonesia for "Pesantren" and Mehreen Jabbar of Pakistan for "Ramchand: The Untouchable Pakistani."