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H'wood fest to fete Cotillard

Marion Cotillard has been chosen to receive the Hollywood Film Festival's Hollywood Breakthrough Actress of the Year Award at its annual awards ceremony, set for Oct. 22 at the Beverly Hilton. Cotillard stars in Olivier Dahan's "La Vie en Rose," the Picturehouse release in which she plays legendary French chanteuse Edith Piaf; the French actress next appears in Jean-Francois Richet's "Public Enemy No. 1." The fest is set to run Oct. 16-22 at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood.

EC eyes Nokia tech as mobile standard

BRUSSELS — The European Commission next month will name the DVB-H technology developed by Nokia as the standard for mobile broadcasting in Europe. The commission — the European Union's regulatory authority — is set to announce July 11 that DVB-H has established itself as the "strongest contender" among the competing broadcasting technologies. EU Media and Information Society Commissioner Viviane Reding will propose the standard because she fears the market will take too long to reach a consensus on its own.

Warner unit joins 'Clique' with DVD plan

Warner Premiere has picked up the rights to the best-selling young-adult series "The Clique" and will partner with the books' developers and producers Alloy Entertainment to expand the novels to DVD releases targeted at the tween-girl audience. Told by way of an elite group of socially precocious 12-year-old girls from the wealthy suburbs north of New York, the books deal with the contemporary life of privileged teenagers and follow their ups and downs in junior high. Liz Tigelaar ("Dawson's Creek") has been tapped to write the scripts.

MacDonald in business as MTV sr. vp

NEW YORK — MTV has hired former Veoh Networks exec John MacDonald for the newly created position of senior vp content programming and strategy, the network said Tuesday, rounding out new programming chief Tony DiSanto's staff. MacDonald will be responsible for the business aspects of the programming department, including supervising the linear television schedule and distributing content across MTV's platforms. He will report to DiSanto, the executive vp series development at the Viacom unit who began reorganizing his staff last month into three separate groups.

Vuguru boosts online slate with comedy

Michael Eisner's new-media studio Vuguru said Tuesday that it is producing its second original series. Dubbed "The All-for-Nots," the new Internet-based comedy documents the travails of a fictional indie rock band as they travel the U.S. in search of success. The series is created by Thom Woodley and Kathleen Grace of Dinosaur Diorama Prods. and comes on the heels of the studio's production of the scripted drama "Prom Queen," which was nominated for an Emmy for broadband drama program.

ROO taps trio to fill management posts

Online video technology provider ROO Group on Tuesday tapped Fox News to fill its management ranks. The company, in which Fox parent News Corp. made a strategic investment in January, has appointed former Fox News senior vp Bert Solivan to the post of executive vp and GM. Additionally, ROO named former Clear Channel Entertainment chief marketing officer Paula Balzar to the same position, and Rick Gell, co-founder of private film archive Second Line, has been named chief content officer.