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Veteran USA sci-fi shows vaporized

USA officially has canceled veteran sci-fi dramas "The Dead Zone" and "The 4400." "We wish we could keep all our great shows alive forever," said Jeff Wachtel, executive vp original programming at USA. "But we feel we need to give some of our new shows a platform to grow, and it's with great sadness that we say goodbye to two shows that had a great run and helped create the resurgence of original programming on our network and on all of cable." "Dead Zone," which ran for six seasons, and "4400," which was on for four, had aired as a sci-fi-themed block Sunday night.

MySpace: Ready for PrimeTime

NEW YORK — MySpace on Wednesday launched its PrimeTime channel, a hub that will integrate Hulu content with offerings from MySpace TV. The page will present streaming episodes and movies that also are available on the stand-alone site for Hulu. Programming on PrimeTime includes such Fox and NBC series as "24," "Heroes" and "The Office;" along with such older shows no longer on the air as "Arrested Development," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Kojak;" and movies from studios owned by News Corp. and NBC Uni including Fox Searchlight's "Sideways" and Fox's "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World."

India ani arm gets help from DreamWorks

NEW YORK — Technicolor has formed a strategic alliance with DreamWorks Animation, which will assist in developing animation capabilities in India through Paprikaas Animation Studios. Under the agreement, DWA will assist Technicolor in the recruitment, training and development of animation talent for Paprikaas, with an eye toward creating a dedicated team for DWA projects.

Allen makes the cut with Beatty

Warren Beatty will present the Motion Picture Editors Guild's 2008 Fellowship and Service Award to film editor Dede Allen at the MPEG annual board of directors installation dinner on Jan. 5 at the Loews in Santa Monica. Allen edited two of Beatty's films, "Bonnie & Clyde" and "Reds." "The combination of her passionate contribution to the making of a movie, her loving generosity in helping and training others to make movies and her dedication to perfection puts Dede Allen in a class by herself," Beatty said.

Howard tapped for Loewe Award

NEW YORK — James Newton Howard will receive the Frederick Loewe Award for film composing Jan. 5 at the 19th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. His film scores have included Andrew Davis' "The Fugitive," P.J. Hogan's "My Best Friend's Wedding" and M. Night Shyamalan's "The Village," all Oscar nominees for original score. Howard also received three Grammy nominations, for music from Disney's "Dinosaur," Shyamalan's "Signs" and a song from Michael Hoffman's "One Fine Day."

Hollywood goes mobile

The Hollywood Film Festival will honor content and sites designed for mobile devices with its new Hollywood Mobile Awards, the fest announced Wednesday. Nominees for awards in six categories will be announced in August, and the winners will be named at the 12th annual Hollywood Awards in October.