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CSTV game for wireless with deal

NEW YORK — CSTV on Wednesday announced the launch of CSTV 2 Go, a wireless service that will make it easier for college sports fans to find out more about their favorite teams. The deal with VeriSign creates a conduit for information between fans and their teams using the company's services. The first step is providing SMS news alerts for individual teams as well as being able to download custom ringtones and wallpaper. The SMS news alerts can include scores per inning, half or period or just the final score. The service costs $3.99 a month.

Viewer video part of ABC News Now plan

NEW YORK — After experiments during big and breaking-news stories over the past two years, digital channel ABC News Now has stepped up its efforts in citizen journalism, announcing Wednesday a partnership with Channel One to solicit videos on topics of the day from the channel's teenage audience for possible inclusion on its now-daily "Be Seen and Be Heard" program. Channel One-produced segments also will appear on ABC News Now. ABC News Now has been soliciting viewer opinion in various ways since the 2004 presidential debates, using push-polls and other initiatives to help gauge opinion. Channel One is the latest of a number of partners that include AOL, MTVU and Yahoo!

Macias to run exhib relations at Fandango

ORLANDO — Movie ticketing service Fandango has appointed Robert Macias as its new director of exhibitor relations. Macias, who recently served as director of marketing at Century Theatres, will oversee the company's dealings with more than 20 theater chains and develop new business relationships with exhibitors. He reports to Fandango senior vp and chief information officer Rick Butler and will work at the company's Los Angeles headquarters.

THR's Littleton set to receive caucus honor

Cynthia Littleton, editor of The Hollywood Reporter, will receive the 2006 Journalism Award from Caucus of Television Producers, Writers and Directors as part of the group's 24th annual awards dinner Dec. 8 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The award is designed to honor journalists who "consistently excel in coverage of the television industry." Littleton, who joined The Reporter in 1999, was promoted to editor in March.

Cut and dried: Bravo, Reveille set 'Top Hair'

Bravo said Wednesday that it has given a series pickup to a hairstyling competition tentatively titled "Top Hair." In addition, Reveille, which produces the network's hair salon-themed "Blow Out," has come on board to produce the reality show, which previously was announced as a project in development under the title "Heads Up." "Top Hair" will take talented hairstylists from around the country and narrow them down as they compete in a series of weekly challenges, starting with basic cuts and working up to full makeovers, with the winner receiving prizes including $100,000. Bravo has ordered eight one-hour episodes.

BBC U.S. nabs TV rights to BV, Sony pics

BBC America said Wednesday that it has acquired rights to a slew of feature film titles through deals with Buena Vista Television and Sony Pictures Television. BBC America said the deals include the network premieres of "Calendar Girls" and "Kinky Boots," both acquired from BVT. "Calendar Girls," starring Helen Mirren and Julie Walters, is set to premiere at 9 tonight, while "Kinky Boots," starring Joel Edgerton and Chiwetel Ejiofor, will debut in the summer. Other BVT titles include "The Quiet American," "Essex Boys," "Ethan Frome" and "The Crying Game." From Sony, BBC America acquired "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and "Shallow Grave."