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'Amsterdam' production shut down

Production on Fox's midseason drama "New Amsterdam" has been shut down indefinitely. With seven episodes of the supernatural drama in the can, the network's executives have decided to take a look and decide whether to order additional segments, something considered unlikely. The move follows Fox's decision Friday to cut the order for its midseason comedy "The Return of Jezebel James" from 13 episodes to seven (HR 10/15). Both series hail from Regency TV. "Amsterdam" stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as an immortal New York police detective. The pilot was directed by Lasse Hallstrom.

Halcyon adds Paul as COO

NEW YORK — Production and financing outfit the Halcyon Co. has appointed Randolph Paul COO. Reporting to co-CEOs Victor Kubicek and Derek Anderson in the company's Los Angeles offices, Paul will oversee all daily operations and help develop business deals and co-productions. Paul joins Halcyon after five years at the law firm Greenberg Traurig, where he was a company shareholder and served as an entertainment lawyer specializing in technology, media and telecommunications.

Lionsgate puts faith in Indelible

Lionsgate is set to announce today that it has struck a deal with faith-based content company Indelible Creative Group, the firm behind "3:16 — Stories of Hope," a DVD Lionsgate distributed last month. The three-year deal includes North American mass-market distribution rights to the "Crave" franchise and the children's series "Miss PattyCake," including three upcoming "PattyCake" titles and nine previous ones that already have sold 500,000 copies.

Smith's girlfriend won't collect

The girlfriend of Oscar-nominated singer-songwriter Elliott Smith can't collect on the deceased rocker's estate because she acted as an unlicensed talent agent, a split California appellate court ruled Tuesday. Jennifer Chiba sued Smith's estate in 2004 claiming that she was entitled to a portion because they had lived together, shared their earnings and property equally and held themselves out to the public as husband and wife. Smith, she claimed, promised to support her for the rest of her life. She also claimed she acted as Smith's manager and agent, including booking gigs for him, and was entitled to 15% of all proceeds he earned. She sought more than $1 million.

Dolans hold firm on buyout offer

NEW YORK — The Dolan family that controls Cablevision Systems will not modify its buyout offer for the cable operator despite last-minute calls for a higher price ahead of a shareholder vote Oct. 24 on the proposed $10.6 billion deal. President and CEO James Dolan said Tuesday that the family has informed the company that it has no intention of increasing its offer to buy all Cablevision shares that it does not already own for $36.26 each in cash. A majority of shareholders not affiliated with the Dolans must approve the buyout.

Zel's strategy: Leave Telemundo

Antoinette Zel, senior executive vp strategy at Telemundo, is leaving the company. A network spokesman confirmed that a mutual decision was reached enabling her to leave to pursue other opportunities. Zel was a key executive at NBC Universal-owned Telemundo, overseeing cable, digital, research and marketing initiatives including channel mun2 and partnership Yahoo Telemundo. Zel recently was ranked No. 8 on The Hollywood Reporter's Hispanic Women Power 25 (HR 10/9).