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Moving Image sets exhibit in Technicolor

The American Museum of the Moving Image in New York is launching a Technicolor exhibit and film series. The program coincides with the publication of Scott Higgins' "Harnessing the Technicolor Rainbow" from the University of Texas Press. The AMMI exhibition — opening Saturday at the Museum's Astoria, Queens, location — includes an original Technicolor 3-strip 35mm camera, various peripheral camera components and a set of vintage movie posters of projects photographed and printed using Technicolor's 3-strip dye-transfer process.

Holzman, Etkind work with animals, kids

Rick Holzman has been named senior vp programming and Marc Etkind has been named vp development at Animal Planet and Discovery Kids Media. Holzman was Discovery Channel's vp program planning and scheduling and held the cross-network position of vp programming strategy and forecasting. Etkind was senior director of historical programming at the History Channel. Both execs are based in New York, reporting to president and GM Marjorie Kaplan.

EMI sues MP3tunes' Robertson

NEW YORK — Companies in the EMI Group are suing online music industry executive Michael Robertson for copyright infringement, about seven years after his former company paid recording firms more than $100 million to settle a similar case. Several EMI-owned labels and publishers sued Robertson and MP3tunes for willful infringement of copyright over the Internet, according to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan. Robertson said that he had not seen the lawsuit but the case appeared to be "retaliatory" as MP3tunes had sued EMI in San Diego in September over a take-down notice the record company sent for, a search engine for digital music files.

Dokument goes '8 Miles' for biopic

Dokument Films, MPI Media Group's new independent film label, has acquired all North American rights to Achim Bornhak's biopic "8 Miles High." The film, starring Natalia Avelon and slated for release next year, recounts the life of Uschi Obermaier, a small-town girl from rural Bavaria who became a 1960s fashion icon and companion of the Rolling Stones. MPI's Greg Newman negotiated the deal with Andreas Rothbauer of Beta Cinema, which repped the film.

Creative office space on the Lot

A 400,000-square-foot four-building addition of creative office space is planned for the site of the former Warner Hollywood Studios property in West Hollywood, now known as the Lot, the project's investor, CIM Group, said Monday. The buildings will be set around the existing studio facilities, which include seven soundstages and several buildings. The project is expected to be completed by late 2009 or early 2010.

Zune gives engraved art a spin

In a bid to one-up Apple, Microsoft said Monday that it will engrave designs by contemporary artists on the back of its Zune media players for free starting today, when the new line goes on sale. Zune Originals include work from 18 artists. The intricate designs take up most of the metallic back surface of the players, and buyers can add five lines of text to their customized Zune players.