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Tribune appeals FCC ruling

Tribune said it will appeal the federal action that cleared the way for its $8.2 billion buyout but denied its request for indefinite waivers of rules against owning newspaper and broadcast properties in the same market. Tribune said it filed the appeal Monday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia circuit. The FCC's rejection of Tribune's request for indefinite waivers of cross-ownership rules affects numerous markets where the company owns both newspapers and broadcast stations. By challenging the order, the company gets an automatic extension of current waivers lasting for at least two years and up to six months after the legal case ends.

Gosling set for S.B. indie prize

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor Ryan Gosling with its inaugural Independent Award, established to recognize an actor who has made a significant and unique contribution to independent film. The award will be presented to Gosling — who was nominated this year for a best actor Oscar for "Half Nelson" and who can be seen in "Lars and the Real Girl" — on Jan. 29 at a tribute at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara.

Berry gets Palm Springs lifetime award

Halle Berry will be honored at the 19th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival with the Desert Palm Achievement Award, to be presented Jan. 5 at the fest's Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The award recognizes Berry's body of work as well as her performance this year in DreamWorks' "Things We Lost in the Fire."

'Shear' and 'Top' return on Bravo

Bravo has greenlighted second seasons of its reality competition series "Shear Genius" and "Top Design." Interior design series "Top Design" will get somewhat of a makeover for its second season, Bravo executive vp programming and production Frances Berwick said in making the announcement. Meanwhile, Jaclyn Smith will be back to host the second season of "Shear Genius," in which hairstylists compete for a $100,000 prize. The series is produced by Reveille, with Mark Koops serving as executive producer.

Sony joins AAM for digital distribution

LONDON — Sony Pictures Releasing International on Thursday became the latest to join the growing group of studio-owned overseas releasing arms to sign up for a digital-print distribution future. SPRI sealed a nonexclusive long-term deal with physical digital service provider Arts Alliance Media to forge a pact to supply movies in digital format. Sony's overseas arm joins Paramount Pictures International, 20th Century Fox and Universal Pictures International in pledging its commitment to the digital theater cause. The releasing arm also has pledged "to make financial contributions in order to promote digital cinema."

Licht toys with Hasbro licensing

NEW YORK — Hasbro has named Lisa Licht, Fox executive vp global marketing partnerships, to the newly created position of GM entertainment and licensing. Licht will oversee Hasbro's efforts to turn these and other toy and game lines into multiplatform entertainment content and also be responsible for the licensing of Hasbro properties. She joins Hasbro on Jan. 14 and will be based in Los Angeles.