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SAG opens nom submissions

The SAG Awards has issued its call for nomination submissions, with forms available online and at the SAG Awards office. The 14th annual SAG Awards will be held Jan. 27 at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. Jeff Margolis Prods. again will produce the awards telecast, set for broadcast on TNT and TBS.

More MPAA illegal link suits

The MPAA has filed a federal lawsuit against, accusing the site of linking to sites that make unauthorized use of copyright material. The suit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, seeks unspecified damages and injunctive relief. The legal action follows suits filed last month by MPAA members companies against and, which are accused of similar activities.

City Lights on 'Vacation' with Hamburger

City Lights Pictures has acquired domestic distribution rights to the Brazilian film "The Year My Parents Went on Vacation," directed by Cao Hamburger. The film follows a young middle-class boy born to a Jewish father and a Catholic mother — both left-wing militants who are forced to go underground by a military dictatorship — who is left with his grandfather. It is the second Brazilian film that City Lights has acquired since announcing its rollout of Sundance Grand Jury Prize documentary winner "Manda Bala," which will play in Los Angeles, New York and other markets in August.

More 'Maury' and 'Springer' for NBC Uni TV

NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution has renewed its veteran talkers "The Jerry Springer Show" and "Maury" through September 2010 on the Tribune and Sinclair broadcast station groups. Tribune stations carrying "Springer," which is heading into its 17th season in the fall, include WPIX New York and KTLA Los Angeles. Sinclair stations include WPGH Pittsburgh and WTTE Columbus, Ohio. Tribune stations extending "Maury," going into its 10th season in the fall, include WPIX and KTLA. Sinclair stations include WPGH Pittsburgh and KDNL St. Louis. For the upcoming season, "Springer" and "Maury" are renewed in more than 96% of the country.

Black, others face jail time

TORONTO — Fallen Canadian media baron Conrad Black is facing hard time after being convicted on mail fraud and obstruction-of-justice charges stemming from past business deals. Toronto-based Black faces up to 35 years in a U.S. prison after a Chicago federal jury on Friday convicted him and three former business associates for pocketing about $60 million in "noncompete" payments diverted from shareholders of Hollinger International, the publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times and other newspaper titles, which they previously ran. Black was found guilty on three counts of mail fraud and one count of obstruction of justice, which alone carries a maximum sentence of 20 years' behind bars. The federal jury found Black not guilty on nine other counts, including racketeering.

New digital media topper for MRC

Film, TV and digital content financing company Media Rights Capital on Friday appointed Dan Goodman president of digital media. Goodman, who was chief digital officer of digital agency network Ogilvy, will head MRC's digital strategy across broadband, mobile, gaming, VOD and other emerging platforms.