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Star power

PARIS — Shirley MacLaine, Sam Neill and Tracey Ullman are among a potpourri of international talent headed to MIPTV, organizers said Monday. Mac-Laine will be in Cannes to present the miniseries "Coco Chanel," in which she stars as the French fashion designer. MacLaine's presentation is part of producer-distributor Alchemy Television's April 7 media event that also will feature Neill ("Iron Road"), Derek Jacobi ("Diamonds") and Bradley Whitford ("Burn Up"). Ullman will be on the Croisette with her Showtime series "State of the Union."

MarVista ups

Indie TV production and distribution house MarVista Entertainment has upped Vanessa Goglio to the newly created position of senior vp international sales as it heads to MIPTV next week with its biggest slate of series and movies to date. Goglio joined MarVista a year ago as vp sales, with oversight of France, Italy, Japan and Scandinavia, among other territories. She previously served as director of worldwide pay TV at Sony Pictures Television International. Terese Linden Kohn was named vp at the family entertainment shingle in the same announcement.

Profit motive

ROME — The Fondazione Cinema per Roma — parent organization to the 3-year-old RomaCinemaFest — on Monday announced that it turned a profit of nearly €500,000 ($790,300) in 2007. The group, which also sponsors cinema-related events in the Italian capital, said that, between backing from about 170 sponsors, ticket sales and other revenue sour-ces, it took in €17.6 million ($27.8 million) compared with expenses of €17.1 million ($27 million). The resulting profit will be rolled into this year's budget.