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KTLA's Fishman diagnosed with cancer

Hal Fishman, a longtime news anchor at KTLA-TV Los Angeles, is being treated for colon cancer after a collapse at his home last week led to his hospitalization. Fishman, 75, was hospitalized for a serious infection, according to the station, which made the announcement Thursday during its 10 p.m. newscast. While undergoing treatment for his infection, doctors discovered that Fishman has colon cancer, which had spread to his liver, a spokesman for the Tribune-owned station said. The spokesman added that Fishman on Friday was awake and resting and is planning to fight the illness. No other details about his condition were available. Fishman joined KTLA in 1965 and has anchored its 10 p.m. newscast since 1975.

Digital initiative launches 8 partnerships

The Library of Congress' National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program has announced eight partnerships as part of its new Preserving Creative America initiative to address the long-term preservation of creative content in digital form. The partners include the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Science and Technology Council, which through its Digital Motion Picture Archive Framework will develop specifications for digital file formats and provide support for industrywide research on technologies and create educational materials.

Manson's keyboardist files lawsuit

Stephen Bier, who has performed as the keyboardist in the Marilyn Manson band as Madonna Wayne Gacy, is suing band leader Manson for more than $20 million. Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, has stopped distributing various sorts of band income to Bier, according to a suit filed Aug. 2 in Los Angeles Superior Court. Bier claims that the band was founded with the agreement that all income would be distributed equally.

'Pierre' short soars at Southwest

Dan Brown's short film "Pierre" took home the grand jury prize and the Animate-It award Friday at the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival's fourth annual SXSWclick Festival. All winners are viewable at

Venice's Palazzo nears reality stage

LOCARNO, Switzerland — Venice's much-anticipated Palazzo del Cinema revamp has come a step closer to reality after the government's inter-ministerial committee, known as Cipe, approved funding for the project. The reconstruction of the crumbling Palazzo del Cinema has long been considered the centerpiece of the Venice Film Festival's efforts to remain a key player as it competes against rivals including the Festival de Cannes and the upstart RomaCinemaFest.

Davie Brown names heads of film, music

Michael Praw and Alden Stoner have been promoted to run the music and film departments, respectively, at entertainment marketing firm Davie Brown Entertainment. Praw will serve as executive director, music; he had served as director since 2005. Stoner, who had been a director at the agency since 2006, will be executive director, film.