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Green calls in sick for 'Grey's'

Seth Green has been tapped to do a two-episode arc on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy." Green, who said "Grey's" is one of his favorite shows, will play a patient on the hit medical drama. "If you are going to get sick, Seattle Grace is the place to do it," he said. "Maybe they'll call me McSicky."

Atlas carries content to YouTube

NEW YORK — Nonfiction production company Atlas Media Corp. has formed a digital and emerging media group and already has distribution deals in place with YouTube, Comcast and Discovery. Atlas content will debut Monday on a YouTube channel dubbed Stounder, which will offer "Things You Have to See to Believe," focusing on bizarre rituals and festivals, and "Dr. Strange Sex," a sex advice show. For Comcast, the group will produce "Route 666: America's Scariest Home Haunts." Atlas also is producing two other unnamed series, one for Discovery's mobile platform and another for the music-focused Web site Fuse.

Click on CBS to 'Survive a Horror Movie'

CBS Interactive is launching an original Internet-only series based on the upcoming book "How to Survive a Horror Movie: All the Skills to Dodge the Kills." Eighteen two-minute shorts will be released this month from the book's author, Seth Grahame-Smith, who serves as writer-director along with David Katzenberg ("Rock Star: INXS"), on board as producer-director. A parody of 1950s training films, "Horror" comes on the heels of other CBS Interactive originals, including "Clark and Michael." "Survive" is streaming for free on and throughout the CBS Audience Network.

Collins White on move at WBTV

Clancy Collins White has been named vp drama development at Warner Bros. Television. Collins White has shepherded several of the studio's key drama series while serving as vp current programming since 2004, including "Without a Trace," "Cold Case" and "Close to Home." In her new role, Collins White will spearhead the development of one-hour drama series for the primetime network marketplace.

Veteran agent Styne, CAA part ways

Motion picture lit agent David Styne, who started at CAA in 1989, has exited the agency. A career agent at CAA, Styne worked on the teams that repped such directors as Michael Mann, Oliver Stone, Gil Kenan and Jonathan Mostow. The agency declined comment on details of the departure.

Astrablu Media buys Betzer estate, films

Four years after his death, Danish producer Just Betzer's estate has been sold to Astrablu Media for an undisclosed amount. Astrablu's acquisition encompasses Betzer's Panorama Films International and film library, including 1988's "Babette's Feast," which won the Oscar for best foreign-language film. Betzer died of a heart attack in 2003 at age 59. Among the literary titles included in the deal are "Jailbird," based on Kurt Vonnegut's novel, with a screenplay penned by Buck Henry, and "Marilyn," based on the diary of Danish journalist Hans Jorgen Lembourn and his 40-day love affair with Marilyn Monroe.