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'Dad!' gets post-Father's Day pickup

"American Dad!" is staying in the Fox animated family for another year. The network has picked up the series for a fourth season with a 22-episode order. "Dad!" was created by "Guy" Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman. The three are executive producing the animated series with David Zuckerman, Rick Wiener and Kenny Schwartz.

'World' rotates to Film Movement

NEW YORK — The Romanian drama "The Way I Spent the End of the World," from exec producers Martin Scorsese and Wim Wenders, has been acquired for North American distribution by Film Movement. Director Catalin Mitulescu's film won the 2005 Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Award and Un Certain Regard best actress award for star Doroteea Petre at the 2006 Festival de Cannes. Film Movement will distribute "World" exclusively to its DVD club members in July, followed by a first-quarter limited theatrical platform release and a home video release to retail and online outlets several months later.

LaserPacific opens second shop

LaserPacific Media Corp. has announced that the Hollywood-based Larson Studios will operate a second facility at LaserPacific's Seward Street location in Hollywood. LaserPacific has been moving away from sounds services and has sold audio equipment to Larson, which will lease back the space. Larson will offer LaserPacific and outside clients a range of mixing and sound editorial services, including sound design, ADR and Foley work.

Par's Fragen joins Summit

Independent film studio Summit Entertainment has hired Paramount Pictures exec Alex Fragen as president of domestic television distribution. He will oversee Summit's distribution efforts for free and pay TV, VOD, pay-per-view and hotel and airline sales. He also will be involved in developing the new-media distribution strategy for Summit's home entertainment division. Fragen spent 14 years at Paramount, where he most recently was senior vp domestic television distribution. At Summit, he will report to Bob Hayward, COO at the production and distribution studio.

'Catch' finale reels in viewers

Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch" scored with its season finale Tuesday night. The episode was the series' most-watched in its three seasons, averaging 3.9 million total viewers. "Catch" also was the No. 1 basic cable program of the night among adults 25-54, males 25-54 and males 18-49 and was the No. 2 program among all primetime TV Tuesday in the two male demos, behind NBC's "America's Got Talent."

Musicians re-elect Lee

Delegates at the American Federation of Musicians convention in Las Vegas re-elected international president Thomas Lee for a three-year term. Delegates to the AFL-CIO-affiliated confab also voted to re-elect international vp Harold Bradley, international secretary-treasurer Sam Folio and elected vp-Canada Bill Skolnik. Lee has been international president of AFM since June 2001.