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Haddad exits 'Hardball' but stays at MSNBC

NEW YORK — "Hardball" executive producer Tammy Haddad is relinquishing her title to focus more on political coverage for MSNBC, the news channel said Wednesday. Haddad held the dual title of executive producer of the public-affairs program as well as vp Washington news at MSNBC. She will remain as vp Washington news but no longer have a role at "Hardball."

PS3's PlayTV is fun for all (Europeans)

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe on Wednesday unveiled PlayTV, a new accessory that turns the PlayStation 3 gaming console into a DVR. Set for rollout early next year in Europe, PlayTV will feature two high-definition TV tuners so that you can watch one show while downloading another to the PS3 hard drive. PlayTV also will allow recorded shows to be ported for viewing on Sony's PlayStation Portable device. There is no date set for launch in the U.S.

PIFF honors Yang as Asian film pioneer

SEOUL — The late Edward Yang will be awarded the Asian Filmmaker of the Year honor at the 12th annual Pusan International Film Festival, organizers said Wednesday. Yang directed such films as "Yi-Yi: A One and a Two" and "The Terrorist." He was cited by PIFF organizers as "one of Asia's most prominent filmmakers" who "pioneered the Taiwanese New Wave." Yang passed away in June, and his wife, Kaili Peng, will receive the award on his behalf during the Oct. 4-12 fest.

Summers Haas upped at 'E.T.,' 'Insider'

Lisa Summers Haas has been promoted to vp communications at CBS Television Distribution's syndicated magazine shows "Entertainment Tonight" and "The Insider." Summers Haas will continue to oversee all publicity efforts for both shows. She has been with the company since 2004 and also did PR for Vogue, the Met and Kate Spade.

'Crosswords' fills space

Program Partners and Merv Griffin Entertainment on Wednesday announced new clearances for the upcoming syndicated game show "Merv Griffin's Crosswords," bringing the half-hour strip past the 90% U.S. clearance mark for the 2007-08 season. The Ty Treadway-hosted show, set to premiere Sept. 10, is now cleared in more than 160 markets, including all of the top 40 and 95 of the top 100.

Christie's digital gets Toronto billing

Christie is the exclusive digital projection sponsor for the 32nd Toronto International Film Festival. Ten Christie digital projectors will be deployed throughout the festival for more than 100 public, press and industry digital screenings. Christie CP2000 DLP and Christie HD projectors will be used, the latter at Gala Presentation screenings in Roy Thomson Hall.