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Role of a Lifetime for Bulka

Lifetime has beefed up its original movies department, hiring former NBC executive Stephen Bulka as vp. Bulka, based in Los Angeles, will be responsible for the development of Lifetime's original movies as well as movies for Lifetime Movie Network, which debuts its first original miniseries, "The Capture of the Green River Killer," in the first quarter. Bulka most recently spent seven years as vp movies and miniseries at NBC Entertainment.

Syndie trail won't go 'Cold'

"Cold Case" will be on the hunt for two more years in broadcast syndication. Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution said it has renewed the weekly off-net procedural drama for another two seasons — 2009-10 and 2010-11 — on the CBS Television Stations in 16 markets, including WCBS New York, KCBS Los Angeles and WBBM Chicago. The series is in its first season in syndication.

SEC clears the airwaves, ends XM probe

XM Satellite Radio said Friday that U.S. regulators had completed an investigation into the company's subscriber data and stock-option grants and would not recommend enforcement action. XM said it had been notified by the staff of the enforcement division at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission of the decision, which related to an investigation started in August 2006.

Marv adds Mitchell for development

LONDON — Matthew Vaughn and Kris Thykier's Marv Films has hired former Material Entertainment development executive Charlie Mitchell as head of development. Mitchell, associated with Material's "Run, Fat Boy, Run," also spent time at Pathe in the British capital. Marv aims to build a development slate under its three-year, first-look deal with Sony.

Wright honor at Women in Film, TV event

LONDON — Women in Film and Television has announced the winners of its 17th annual awards, which recognize outstanding contributions of women in the industries here. Award winners include BBC Films' Jane Wright and Elizabeth Murdoch, who runs the television production empire Shine. A complete list of winners can be found at

Name change on EchoStar's dish

NEW YORK — EchoStar Communications said in a regulatory filing that it will change its name to Dish Network Corp., the brand it uses for its satellite TV service. The proposed change comes in connection with a planned spinoff of its technology operations into a separate publicly traded company that will retain the EchoStar name.

NBC Uni inks 'Last Comic' trio

Three finalists from this year's edition of NBC's reality competition "Last Comic Standing" — winner Jon Reep and finalists Lavell Crawford and Amy Schumer — have inked talent holding deals with NBC Universal. For Reep, the pact is part of his "Comic" prize, along with a half-hour comedy special on Bravo and a check for $250,000. He is repped by UTA. Crawford is repped by ICM. Schumer is with Rain Management.