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Sundance brings docus to iTunes

NEW YORK — The Sundance Channel said Wednesday that it will make four documentaries available for paid download on Apple's iTunes. This marks the first time that Sundance, a joint venture of Showtime, Universal Studios and Robert Redford, has put its feature-length docus for sale in Apple's digital store. The docus "Hamburger America," "Dropped," "Original Child Bomb" and "The Human Behavior Experiments" will cost $1.99 and will be available in the Sundance Channel section of iTunes.

Duo in line for ASC heritage prizes

The American Society of Cinematographers has named Andrew Davis of Chapman University and Sean Stiegemeier of the American Film Institute as recipients of the Laszlo Kovacs Heritage Award for outstanding cinematography on a student project. The duo will receive their awards Jan. 26 at the 22nd annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards at the Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom.

Yahoo, CNBC in video pact

NEW YORK — Yahoo Finance will distribute video and other content from CNBC, the companies said Wednesday. The deal will bring segments from "Mad Money With Jim Cramer," "Fast Money" and other clips from the NBC Universal-owned cable business channel to the Yahoo site. Articles from also will appear on the page. The deal also includes CNBC's Europe and Asia networks and Yahoo's 21 international finance sites.

To the 'Max': Style sets Season 3

The Style Network has acquired a third season of 26 episodes of Beyond Distribution's financial advice series "Maxed Out" to premiere at 7 p.m. Jan. 19. The series, produced by RTR Media, offers advice to "financially stressed women" from financial expert Alison Griffiths.

Friedman climbs to Summit post

NEW YORK — Summit Entertainment has appointed home video veteran Sandy Friedman executive vp home entertainment, reporting to division president Steve Nickerson. Friedman, who was vp content operations at Netflix and also oversaw worldwide home video operations at DreamWorks, is part of Summit's effort to build its home video unit as its theatrical unit gets off the ground.