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NCM gains theaters for event shows

National CineMedia has entered into a digital network affiliate agreement with movie theater exhibition company National Amusements for the presentation of live and prerecorded in-theater events presented by NCM's Fathom division. NCM will expand its Cinecast Network to include 25 National Amusements theater locations in multiple markets. NCM presents a variety of music, sports and other entertainment events in movie theaters during off-peak filmgoing hours. Recent NCM Fathom in-theater presentations have included live high-def performances of the Metropolitan Opera. TBS ups Anderson to senior vp

James Anderson has been upped to senior vp public relations TBS media properties, including the Cartoon Network, Boomerang and the recently formed Animation, Young Adults & Kids Media Group. Anderson, who joined TBS in 2005, most recently was vp public relations at Cartoon Network. Libre Studio execs create Cinevolve

Cinema Libre Studio execs Arik Treston and Nicole Ballivian are launching a specialty film distribution outfit, Cinevolve Studios, backed by private-equity funding. The Los Angeles-based company will make its debut in the winter with theatrical, DVD, digital, TV/PPV and international divisions along with a film-funding and production division slated to begin next year. Goldwyn sets 'Southland' release date

Samuel Goldwyn Films will release Richard Kelly's long-awaited "Southland Tales" in U.S. theaters on Nov. 9 in partnership with Destination Films and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group. Since the appearance of a work-in-progress print at the 2006 Festival de Cannes, Kelly has been working on the movie, including adding a significant amount of visual effects. Kelly will be appearing at this week's San Diego Comic-Con International to discuss the film. Seven Net new leader in Australia

SYDNEY — The Seven Network has taken the mantle of Australia's top-ranking TV network from incumbent Nine in ad revenue and ratings, according to data released this week by industry body Free TV Australia and ratings agency OzTAM. Seven claimed a near-record 39.2% share of the AUS$1.34 billion ($1.15 billion) TV ad revenue generated by the major metropolitan TV markets in the six months ending June 30, Free TV Australia said Tuesday. Competitors Nine and Ten, meanwhile, saw their share of revenue drop to 32.7% and 28.1%, respectively. At 2007's midpoint, Seven claimed a national commercial primetime share of 37.4%, compared with Nine's 34.7% and Ten's 27.8%. Seven also led in the key 25-54 and 18-49 demographic categories. Venice plans 'Vacation' for trend sidebar

ROME — "Sad Vacation," from Japanese director Aoyama Shinji, will open the Orizzonti sidebar at this year's Venice Film Festival, organizers said Tuesday. An Italian film and a documentary from the Philippines were chosen to close the sidebar. The Orizzonti sidebar identifies films that illustrate new trends in filmmaking. The full Orizzonti lineup will be announced Thursday along with the festival's competition lineup. The 64th annual Venice Film Festival runs Aug. 29-Sept. 8.
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