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Nader docu to IFC, Netflix

NEW YORK — IFC Entertainment and Netflix's Red Envelope Entertainment have nabbed all North American rights to the Oscar-shortlisted documentary "An Unreasonable Man," Henriette Mantel and Steve Skrovan's film that follows consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader. The film, acquired from Submarine Entertainment and William Morris Independent, is slated for release through IFC First Take in theaters and via video-on-demand. It will be released Jan. 31, the day the 79th Annual Academy Award nominations are announced.

Slamdance plays games in competition

The Slamdance Film Festival, which runs Jan. 18-27 in Park City, will introduce the Slamdance Guerilla Gamemaker competition this year to help aspiring game developers display their work. Fourteen games will screen, with designers competing for a grand jury prize worth more than $5,000 in cash and prizes, an audience award and a student competition award that includes a summer fellowship at USC's Game Innovation Lab in the Interactive Media Division.

Fox News inks with NCTC in multiyear deal

NEW YORK — Fox News Channel has signed a multiyear carriage agreement with the National Cable Television Cooperative Inc., a group of 1,000 small- to medium-size cable operators located primarily in the Midwest. Terms of the deal weren't announced, but it is believed that it will involve about 3.5 million subscribers to the Fox News Channel at an average of 75 cents per subscriber over the term of the pact. Fox News Channel declined comment.

ABC ready for 'Primetime' in old 'Nine' slot

NEW YORK — ABC newsmagazine "Primetime" will get its first shot of the season on the regular schedule next week, when it begins a five-episode run with a limited series. "Primetime: Basic Instinct" features five hourlong reports using hidden cameras showing how people react to such situations as dealing with a prejudiced cab driver, unruly children running amok and a person talking loudly on his cell phone at a restaurant. It will air at 10 p.m. for five consecutive Wednesdays in the slot formerly occupied by "The Nine."

Schawinski leaves Sat.1; Alberti upped

COLOGNE, Germany — Roger Schawinski has resigned as managing director of Berlin-based Sat.1 and will leave at year's end, the commercial network said Wednesday. He was brought in to run Sat.1 three years ago by Haim Saban after the mogul bought the channel's parent company, ProSiebenSat.1. Matthias Alberti, deputy managing director and head of entertainment programming at Sat.1, will replace Schawinski.

VH1 features Love, Chong in 'Rock Docs'

VH1 said Wednesday that Courtney Love and Tommy Chong are among the subjects of five feature-length documentaries set to air as part of its "VH1 Rock Docs" series. The docus are "The Return of Courtney Love," an acquisition from the U.K., set to air Dec. 16; "A.K.A. Tommy Chong"; "1977" (tentative title), a two-part, two-hour docu that tells the story of a year in New York; "Air Guitar Nation"; and "Sex: The Revolution!" (tentative title).