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HBO to take 'Record' for spin Nov. 24

HBO is introducing a new late-night series on Nov. 24, "Off the Record," that features top music stars discussing their work. The first episode will feature U2's Bono and the Edge. Musician-producer Dave Stewart, formerly of Eurythmics, serves as host. The executive producers are Interscope Geffen A&M Records chairman Jimmy Iovine, Howard Klein, Gene Kirkwood, Jonathan Prince and Stewart.

WMG offering artists' videos on Brightcove

NEW YORK — Warner Music Group will make its artists' videos and other content available on a paid basis through Internet video site Brightcove, the companies said Thursday. Under the terms of this agreement, the Web-based Brightcove video players will be employed on WMG's network of artist and label Web sites. Users will also be able to add the video players to their blogs, personal Web sites and social-networking pages. Brightcove and WMG will share in advertising revenue created from the agreement, and users will be able to access the footage through a pay-per-view model or other paid basis.

F&TVM nabs Newton-John

Singer-songwriter-actress Olivia Newton-John has joined the "Master Class: Women in Music" panel at the 2006 Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film & TV Music Conference, to be held Nov. 14-15 at the Beverly Hilton. She joins a panel that includes music supervisors Maureen Crowe and Alexandra Patsavas, songwriter-producer Kara DioGuardi, agent-manager Laura Engel, EMI Publishing executive vp Jody Gerson, artist Annette Strean, Sony Pictures president of worldwide music Lia Vollack and Deutsch director of music and celebrity licensing Kris Weiner. The conference is sponsored by ASCAP, APM, Berklee College of Music, BMI and SESAC.

New digs for USC d-cinema initiative

The Entertainment Technology Center at USC is moving its digital-cinema research and testing initiative, the Digital Cinema Lab, to state-of-the-art facilities on campus. The announcement was made Wednesday by Bob Lambert, senior vp worldwide technology strategy at the Walt Disney Co. and chair of the ETC-USC executive board. Beginning later in the fall, the DCL will be housed at the USC School of Cinematic Arts' Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre; it will move to the School of Cinematic Arts' new complex when it opens in 2008.

Marvel guides superhero to 'Light' soap

Marvel Comics has partnered with CBS' daytime soap "Guiding Light" to produce an episode in which a character is zapped by an electrical current and becomes infused with superpowers, including the ability to levitate and to conduct electricity. The episode, set to air Wednesday, involves the show's Harley Davidson Cooper (Beth Ehlers). As part of the pact, Marvel will produce an eight-page insert for some of its top comic titles that involves Marvel characters descending on "Light's" fictional town of Springfield to determine whether the new superhero is friend or foe.

'Rogue' has new mission: Xbox, PS3, PC

Video game publisher Bethesda Softworks is bringing Simon & Schuster's best-selling book franchise "Rogue Warrior" to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC gamers in fall 2007. In development at Zombie Studios, the story-driven shooter will put players in the boots of a Navy SEAL. Bethesda Softworks president Vlatko Andonov said "Rogue" marks the publisher's return to the shooter genre, which it most recently explored with its "Terminator."