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Claman back in business at Fox Biz

NEW YORK — Fox Business rolled out another big name in its battle against CNBC, putting former CNBC star Liz Claman on the air with a rare live interview with investor Warren Buffett. Claman left CNBC this year after a long career. Her noncompete contract expired Monday, the same day Fox Business opened shop. It wasn't until Thursday when, at a little after 2 p.m. EDT, she appeared on Fox Business for the first time. She normally will be co-anchoring with David Asman from 2-5 p.m.

Croff's days as Biennale boss in the books

ROME — Davide Croff, longtime head of the Venice Biennale Foundation, will not continue in that capacity, Italy's Ministry of Culture said Thursday. A replacement is expected to be named next month. Speculation about Croff's future started when Prime Minister Romano Prodi was elected last year. The position traditionally has been considered a political appointment, and Croff had been appointed by media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi, Prodi's main political rival.

Shakira shares 'Love'

Latin singer-songrwriter Shakira will perform songs that she contributed to New Line's "Love in the Time of Cholera" at the movie's Nov. 6 premiere at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The event also will serve as a benefit for the Bare Feet Foundation, a Colombian nonprofit organization she formed to improve the quality of life for children and their families in Columbia.

AFTRA warns against 'hijacked negotiations'

AFTRA national president Roberta Reardon has sent an e-mail to members warning them not to "let a few hijack our negotiations." Reardon's plea comes in response to the widening rift between AFTRA and SAG about disparate contracts the unions sign with individual basic-cable shows. Many SAG members and guild leaders contend that AFTRA's contracts offer lower, unfair rates for actors' pay and residuals, thereby undercutting SAG's contracts. According to an AFTRA statement, Reardon's e-mail is a direct response to SAG national executive director Doug Allen's 12-page report that details significant differences between guild and AFTRA contracts for basic-cable programs.

After Dark hits 'Nail' on head

After Dark Films has picked up Mark Young's cannibal tale "Tooth and Nail" for its After Dark Horrorfest 2007 film series. The feature, produced by Jonathan Sachar and Patrick Durham, will be released nationwide Nov. 9-18. Other films in the series include "Borderland," "The Deaths of Ian Stone," "Frontiers," "Nightmare Man" and "Unearthed." Steve Break of Break Thru Media negotiated the deal on behalf of Durham/Sachar Prods.

Thoren aboard for Intermedia reboot

COLOGNE, Germany — In an attempt to salvage a company in financial freefall, IM Internationalmedia, the German parent of producer Intermedia, has appointed Konstantin Thoren its new co-head alongside CFO and acting CEO Sascha Konzack. Thoren, a member of IM's supervisory board and a former producer with Germany's UFA International, will have to clean up the mess that followed the collapse of the company's flagship production — Jan de Bont's "Stopping Power" — and the suspension of former CEO Martin Schurmann.