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  • "DESTINATION" ARTS PROGRAMMING: BBC2 has clustered arts programming on Sunday nights. How is it? "After 150 minutes of Proust mocked and Picasso beatified, I felt like the schoolboy who asks his father where the Pyramids are and is told to ask his mother because she puts the things away." New Statesman 03/27/00 
  • BBC TO SLASH hundreds of management jobs to find £100 million extra a year for making programs. BBC 04/03/00
  • TELETRONIC SEGREGATION: "The latest Nielsen demographic ratings reveal a stunning racial chasm: Seven of the 10 TV shows most watched by blacks are also the seven programs that come in dead last among whites." Should we be trying to get together? Philadelphia Inquirer 04/02/00
  • OOOH BABY BABY BABY: New study reports that sex on prime time American television has tripled in the past ten years. Oh yes, violence and bad language are up too. MSNBC (AP) 03/30/00
  • ART ON TV: Why has TV been so bad about featuring the arts? Who knows, but the TV arts landscape is beginning to thaw somewhat with a couple of new productions. Boston Globe 04/02/00
  • THE PR OF CHAMPIONS: What makes a winner? Salon takes a look at Dreamworks' eight-month-long "American Beauty" publicity campaign, beginning with Bernard Weinraub's glowing hype in the "New York Times" last July (a full three months before the film's release). The day after the studio took home the Oscar, the "Times" congratulated the Dreamworks team for their successful orchestration of all the buzz surrounding the movie. "No one mentioned the powerful newspaper columnist who'd in effect played first violin." Salon 3/30/00
  • READING THE SOUND OF THE WEB: A new freeware closed-captioning program for for video on the web has been released at Boston public station WGBH. "Before MAGpie, if you wanted to add captions, you had to type in formatting codes and timecodes. To caption a 10-minute clip, it took two to three hours. With MAGpie's automation, it takes about 30 to 40 minutes." Wired 03/31/00
  • OUR HEROES: Much of the art on the web is, well, rather lacking in imagination. Etoy is trying to change that. Fresh from battles over the use of their name, the artist group is forging ahead. "Created in 1994 by seven original founders who describe themselves as 'sound-producers, artists, designers, lawyers, PR and CI experts [public relations and corporate identity]' etoy’s first project was to merge their individual identities into one digital identity and produce, 'the first brand in the art world.' ” The Art Newspaper 03/31/00
  • A WHORE, A DOLT AND A BAD GUY: Minority groups have become newly mobilized in Hollywood. Projects depicting minorities of any sort in a negative light are being protested, and the heat is being turned up. Toronto Globe and Mail 03/31/00 
  • WHAT IF NO ONE WATCHES? High-definition television broadcasting is here, but broadcasters are wondering if anyone is watching it. "It’s a good old-fashioned chicken-and-egg debate. Depending on your viewpoint, either there aren’t enough digital set owners to make broadcasting much programming worthwhile, or there isn’t enough high-def programming out there to spur new set sales." Variety 03/31/00
  • PAID TO SELL: Two prominent actors unions - the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists - have said their members won't make any more commercials until their demands - for increased residuals and more money for ads running on Spanish-language television and in international markets - are met. CNN 3/30/00
  • ON FURTHER APPRAISAL: "Antiques Roadshow" dumps two appraisers, saying the pair had ''staged'' their on-air appraisal of a Civil War-era sword during an episode that aired in 1997. ``Following up on a report in the Boston Herald, WGBH has determined an appraisal of a Civil War sword, first broadcast in 1997, was staged by the appraisers without the knowledge of `Antiques Roadshow' and in violation of the basic premise of the program.'' Boston Herald 03/20/00
    • Show severs ties with appraisers.  Boston Globe 03/30/00
    • Background: "Roadshow" is PBS' No. 1 show. "The appraisers perform an almost magical function on Antiques Roadshows, transforming junk into gold through the power of their expert knowledge." Feed Magazine 03/14/00
  • SCHOPENHAUER IN PRIME TIME: Who says TV is all fluff? About to bow on British TV 4 - on Saturday evenings no less - is a series on serious philosophy, billed (no doubt for the ratings) as "a guide to happiness." Series producer Alain de Botton says Seneca speaks to road rage and Schopenhauer to a contented love life. The Economist 03/29/00  
  • CREDIBILITY ROADSHOW: Public TV's "Antiques Roadshow" is a major hit with viewers and a cult phenomenon. But now the show has a credibility problem.  It "heavily uses two antiques appraisers whose company was found liable in federal court of defrauding the owner of Civil War heirlooms. The two appraisers have also staged at least one phony appraisal on the program, according to sources and court records." The show has vigorously stuck by the duo. Boston Herald 03/29/00 
  • DREAM TEAM: After watching its heavily favored "Saving Private Ryan" lose the Oscar for best picture last year, Dreamworks SKG enjoyed "sweet vindication" on Sunday when its "American Beauty" took home five awards-just six years after the studio was founded and only three years after its first release. "DreamWorks SKG had at last risen to the top of the pecking order, for one night, at least." New York Times 3/28/00
  • TRASH REVISITED: The Andy Warhol-era film "Trash," which "epitomized what it meant to be hip," has been resurrected, and with it the career of independent director Paul Morrissey who worked on several of Warhol's films. NPR 3/27/00 [Real audio file]
  • ACCUSED: Journalists in India, outraged that "The Sixth Sense" didn't win a single Oscar, have accused the Academy of apartheid. "The country's media claims the film's lack of success in any of the six categories in which it was nominated was due to racism against its director, M Night Shyamalan, who was born in India." BBC 03/28/00
  • AMERICAN BEAUTY big winner at Oscars. New York Times 03/27/00 (one-time registration required for entry)
    • OSCARS: All the winners, all the action.
    • SO MUCH FOR EXIT POLLING: The Wall Street Journal tried to see if it could predict the Academy Awards outcome by polling voters. How'd they do? Sydney Morning Herald 03/27/00
  • WHAT ABOUT THE BLACKLISTEES? When a member of the Academy Awards suggested they devote a segment of the ceremony to the blacklist, he was told in concise terms: "'The Academy's policy is to remain totally non-political and...any mention of the motion picture industry cooperation with the House Unamerican Activities Committee constitutes a political statement.'" Political or not, history is inescapable and a part of the present. Shouldn't the Academy "pass a simple resolution honoring the anonymous blacklistees, those who were denied work and recognition at the time? The question is not whether such a resolution may constitute a political statement. It's the decent thing to do." The Nation 04/03/00
  • TRAILER TESTING: Increasingly Hollywood is turning to testing to see how it should market its films. BBC 03/27/00 
  • JUST WHO ARE THESE GUYS ANYWAY? Everyone talks about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as if it was a group of people in a room somewhere making these big decisions. Just what - and who - is the Academy? Chicago Tribune 03/26/00
  • STUMBLING ONTO GOLD: The 61-year-old man who found the case of stolen Oscar statuettes and returned them to the police was awarded a $50,000 reward for his good deed. In addition to securing an invitation to the Academy Awards ceremony, he hopes to get a book contract or a movie made about his life. The Washington Post (AP) 03/23/00
    • OSCARS are said to contribute some $61 million into the Los Angeles economy. Variety 03/24/00
  • VINTAGE MANIA: Once the sole obsession of film buffs, collecting vintage film posters has become a big business over the last 10 years. Christie's is holding its vintage film poster auction Monday, and fans - "who get their kicks from having a slice of cinema history on their living room walls" - are already speculating about record-breaking prices. "The undoubted highlight is the chance to bid for rare original 'Casablanca' posters, including Pierre Pigeot's steamy exotic 1942 design."
    The Guardian 03/24/00

  • CAN'T GET NO RESPECT: Seems the Oscars have a category for everything - this year there's even "Best Publicist." So why no prize for best animated film? As usual, not one animated movie was nominated this year, despite some strong work. Critics object on the grounds that, since the advent of computer-generated imagery, feature films with digital effects and feature-length cartoons basically use the same techniques. "By that rationale, Buzz Lightyear and Woody the cowboy from "Toy Story 2" could be considered cousins to Jar-Jar Binks in "the Phantom Menace" and the dinosaurs in "Jurassic Park." Times of India (AP) 03/24/00

  • BILLIONS AND BILLIONS SERVED? Each year the claim is made that the annual Oscar telecast is watched by billions of people worldwide. Is it true? Not even close. "These numbers are hopelessly exaggerated, usually the product of adding together each broadcast-licensed nation's entire population, rather than an estimated, Nielsen-like figure approximating actual viewers. Even if the Academy Awards were to be broadcast in China and India - which, as of press time, they were not to be this year - it certainly would not mean that every citizen from Bombay to Beijing would be able to tune in the program. Or even give a crap." Salon 03/22/00

  • MINNESOTA COMES TO TOWN: It took an outsider in the form of Minnesota Public Radio to take over a Los Angeles public radio station and give the city its first local morning public affairs program. Is this public radio of the future? LA Weekly 03/23/00

  • FILMS WITHOUT BORDERS: All except one of this year's Oscar nominations for foreign language films were set outside the director's native country; scriptwriting and financing are commonly becoming multinational ventures; and filmmakers are finding the freedom to explore and adopt foreign countries as their own. What does all this signify? The "internationalization of the national film." Los Angeles Times 03/22/00

  • "I CAN'T NAME ONE CRITIC I TRUST:" Last week the American magazine Variety polled four dozen filmmakers to see what they thought about film critics. It wasn't a happy report. Most lament a decline in review standards, saying many critics had turned into little more than "blurbmeisters." The Guardian 03/22/00

  • MAN OF IRON: Polish director Andrzej Wajda will become the first Eastern European film director to receive a lifetime achievement award at this Sunday's Academy Awards. During a five-decade career, with 44 films to his name - including his 1981 film "Man of Iron," Wajda's acclaimed personal show of support for the Solidarity movement - he has revitalized his nation's film industry. "Last year, for the first time since the end of the communist era and the relaxation of import restrictions on American movies, Polish films logged better box office figures than foreign ones." Time (Europe) 0 3/27/00

  • SHOWING AT A (COMPUTER) SCREEN NEAR YOU: Cyber movie theaters (showing "everything from Hong Kong action flicks to artsy films") and a growing number of comic Webzines are "making it possible for Koreans to see movies and read comics with just a click." One 24-hour site plans to show online film festivals, and Korea's filmmakers are starting to release "for-cyber-theater-only" movies. No one, from here to Seoul, is sure whether the computer monitor will ever truly replace the big screen, but "there's no denying that the internet is turning the industry upside down." Korea Herald 3/21/00

  • HOME TO MAMA: The missing 55 Oscar statues are found in an LA garbage can. ``My foot hit one. It was heavy and I opened it up. Everybody knows who Oscar is,'' said the trash recycler who found them. He filled the trunk of his car with the boxes and called his 22-year-old son. Willie Fulgear said he had no idea the Oscars were missing. Boston Herald (AP) 03/20/00

  • HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT: Seems like a great time to be an independent filmmaker. New markets, lots of attention, plenty of innovation. Sure, but there's a downside, too. Seven prominent indie filmmakers get together to talk about the biz. The Nation 03/20/00

  • KIDS' STUFF: "Arthur," the animated series based on the best-selling books, is PBS' top-rated children's show, and by PBS calculations, the most-watched children's show on television. The Canadian company that produces the show is ensnared in a mess of financial woes, and late last week, three Canadian government agencies suspended their funding of the company, pending answers to questions, including the issue of an unauthorized investment of $122 million. PBS is nervously watching the fortunes of its star franchise. Los Angeles Times 03/20/00   

  • COMING TO A THEATER NEAR YOU: The case of the missing Oscar statuettes is... positively cinematic. There's got to be a movie in there somewhere. Washington Post 03/19/00

    • What do Oscar-winners do with their Oscar statuettes? Why dress them up - in Barbie clothes, of course. San Francisco Chronicle 03/19/00

  • FAUX SAVINGS: Until it closed last month, the 84-year-old Universal Studios Research Library was the oldest and largest collection of its sort in Hollywood - a remarkable resource for screenwriters, producers, art directors and set designers who relied on its books, magazines and indexed images to give their projects factual and atmospheric credibility. Now the library has been closed to save money, and its users worry about the fate of its collections. San Francisco Chronicle 03/19/00

  • ONLINE AND ENTREPRENEURIAL: This week yetis (that's Young Entrepreneurial Techies) from all over will gather in Hollywood for the first Online Film Festival. There's some irony here, though. "The technical ideology thing is way ahead of the technical practicality." Philadelphia Inquirer 03/19/00

  • BRING BACK THE CHEESY SPECIAL EFFECTS: Computer generated imagery has transformed the world of movie special effects. "Whereas, before, if they were making The Attack of the Killer Ants, they'd have papier mache ants chewing someone in half, now they'll use a computer graphic ant, because it's cheap and they can get bigger shots." But the amazing imagery has gotten predictable, and now there's talk of a backlash. National Post 03/18/00

  • DEADHEAD DEITY: Nine US TV stations have banned a new NBC cartoon called "God, the Devil and Bob," in order to avoid provoking religious groups. The main concern seems to be that God bears too close a resemblance to Jerry Garcia, late singer of the Grateful Dead. "God wears dark glasses and has the amiable countenance and demeanor of Garcia (who for a sizeable number of his fans, the Deadheads, was God anyway)." The Age (The Guardian) 03/17/00

  • GROUNDED: Plan to send Russian actor to the Mir Space Station to shoot a movie has been iced for the time being for lack of funds. BBC 03/17/00

  • CASE OF THE MISSING OSCARS: First the Academy's ballots went missing. Now a shipment of Oscar statuettes was stolen off a shipping dock. Variety 03/17/00

  • WHAT EXACTLY IS AN INDEPENDENT FILM? A film festival deep in the heart of Texas aspires to be the next Sundance. New York Times 03/16/00 (one-time registration required for entry)

  • OWNING UP: Hollywood's top prize for directors has long been the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' D.W. Griffith Award. But when this year's award went to director Steven Spielberg, it was stripped of its namesake, because of Griffith's racist views. "The decision to remove Griffith's name has churned up a maelstrom of mixed emotions in the liberal, artistic community of Hollywood that still recognizes its debt to the director's pioneering work. Is it possible to honor the achievements of a ground-breaking artist, they ask, while still deploring that person's political views?" Washington Post 03/16/00

  • WATCHING THE MUSIC GO 'ROUND: Vinylvideo is "a revolutionary system for screening short artist-made films on a television set. Each film is stored on a 12-inch vinyl record that spins at 45 rpm on a standard audio turntable. An electronic box connects the turntable to a TV and converts the audio signal for video playback." New York Times 03/16/00 (one-time registration required for entry)

  • BOMBAY CALLING: Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch will spend $100 million to set up a film studio near Bombay and wire the metropolis with a fibre optic network. In his relentless pursuit to expanding his multi-media empire, he has already acquired a string of popular news and entertainment television channels in India. The Age (AP) 03/16/00

  • LAST ONES STANDING: New research suggests that there may have been some 20 prehistoric human types that may have existed. But now only Homo sapiens remain. Did we off the other humans? Were we just stronger? What exactly did we do to all the others? New Canadian TV show explores the mystery. Toronto Globe and Mail 03/15/00

  • GREAT MINDS, GREAT NAME: Judge rules that a History Channel series "Great Minds" of history, business and science is too similar to a Teaching Company series called "Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition" and will have to change its name. Both series feature intellectuals talking about their areas of expertise and are marketed in the New York Times Book Review. Washington Post 03/15/00

  • THE HEALING POWER OF MOVIE MUSIC: Film scores can provide nice background music, enhance the pictures and words on the screen; they can be filled with pop songs that raise the film's grosses; they can hype the love, the fear, the horror you see unfolding on screen. Can movie music also help us psychologically, by "making the ritual complete, helping us heal through catharsis"? Ovation 03/12/00 [text and audio]

  • SCORE ONE FOR THE HOME TEAM: When the South Korean government relaxed rules controlling what foreign films could enter the country, many thought American movies would flood the market. But surprise - a wave of interesting and innovative Korean movies has been produced. New York Times 03/14/00 (one-time registration required for entry)

  • PIXEL-ARTED: Internet art is everywhere these days. Is this the beginning of a whole new genre of art?  "In a way, you can say the Internet has fundamentally changed how audiences access art. But I don't think you'll ever be able to replace the visceral experience of being in the room with a piece." St. Louis Post-Dispatch 03/14/00

  • IT'S ALL A GAME: Computer animation is great, but the programs are expensive for filmmakers. So some movie makers have turned to the engines that drive computer games to render Hollywood-quality animation at a fraction of the price. Wired 03/13/00

  • BBC ARTS - BATTERED, BRUISED AND CRITICIZED: In the past year the BBC's arts section has been accused of dumbing down, giving up, cutting back and banishing things so far to the edge of the schedule that they have all but fallen off. What to do? Create a new arts initiative - "Arts Zone" is designed to be "the home of arts on terrestrial television". London Sunday Times 03/12/00

  • WHAT IF I LOSE: It's awards season again, and the potential fulfillment of many a childhood dream. Get nominated and everybody loves you. But....what if you lose?  New York Times 03/12/00 (one-time registration required for entry)

  • EUROPEAN EQUIVALENT OF AOL/TIME-WARNER MERGER: Euro-giants unite, with broadband player United PanEurope Communications (UPC) acquiring all of the assets of the pan-Euro station group SBS Broadcasting. Variety 03/10/00

  • IT'S ROSY IF YOU CAN AFFORD IT: The future, that is. The digital film revolution promises some big improvements in the way movie theaters do business. All well and good. But can they afford the new toys in the first place? For many exhibitors, the issue in front of them is survival. They're struggling to climb out of the red after a financial squeeze caused in part by growing competition from other media and an ambitious period of new theater construction and refurbishment designed to lure customers.

  • A MUSEUM BY ANY OTHER NAME: In Britain, fears that the country may be "over-museumed" after a rash of building. So some of the latest museum editions aren't calling themselves "museums" at all. Bristol's newest $180 million baby doesn't have the word in its name. Instead, the 11-acre site has the unwieldy name of "@ Bristol" and the emphasis is all on the toys of new technology, IMAX movies and video. London Telegraph 03/10/00

  • DON'T OPEN UNTIL CHRISTMAS: The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has sent a letter out to its members warning that the The Wall Street Journal is trying to get the jump on finding out winners of this year's Oscars. The letter asks that voters not cooperate with the Journal's telephone poll. Variety 03/09/00

  • IT'S AN iBLAST: New company signs up 143 television stations in 102 American markets to begin broadcasting high speed wireless signals to personal computers. Service to begin early next year. Wired 03/09/00

  • "RECKLESS INDISCRIMINATE SEDUCTION": Media critic Todd Gitlin says that rather than uplift and educate people, modern media conglomerates are a Band-aid. "Fortunes are to be made in offering ever-reliable analgesics to a public hungry for fast relief,'' he says. The guys who run the networks, the newspapers, the studios, the magazine and music companies are getting richer while our civic life grows poorer. Toronto Star 03/09/00

  • THAI BAN: Thai politicians are protesting the latest Leonardo DiCaprio movie "The Beach" and proposing to ban it from the country. They say the film is blasphemous and portrays their country as a drugs paradise. The movie's opening earlier this week was also protested by angry environmentalists. BBC 03/09/00

  • JURASSIC TV: The television landscape is pitching and heaving, changing at an ever-accelerating rate. But the traditional networks have been slow to adapt, even as their share of viewers has slipped precipitously. Variety 03/09/00

  • SERIOUS ABOUT SLIMMING DOWN: For the first time in 20 years the cost to market movies dropped last year. At the same time, ticket prices climbed an average 8 percent. Slimming down to a more profitable Hollywood. Variety 03/08/00

  • DUBBA DUBBA DO: Hollywood wins battle to be be allowed to dub their movies into Spanish in Mexico. Mexican law had decreed all movies had to be subtitled. The Hollywood majors have long claimed the statute discriminated against the estimated 20 million illiterate Mexicans as well as the elderly and those with poor vision. Variety 03/08/00

  • INTELLIGENT DIALOGUE: Terry Gross's "Fresh Air" turns 25 this year. Playing to an audience of 3 million, it is a tastemaker sorting through an ocean of culture. New York Times 03/08/00 (one-time registration required for entry)

  • BESSON DEFENDS HIMSELF: Last week a popular French magazine accused filmmaker Luc Besson of persistent plagiarism in his films. He strongly denies it. Times of India (AP) 03/08/00

  • THE HOTTEST THING IN MOVIES? Family movies, especially children's movies. The last four months have been winners for the family fare. New York Times 03/07/00 (one-time registration required for entry)

  • THE FUTURE IS NOW: Digital technology is transforming the movie industry before our eyes. The Sundance Film Festival presented a record 17 digital films this year, and filmmakers George Lucas and Spike Lee plan to shoot and produce their next features digitally. Images are clearer. Editing is easier. Shooting can be done on cheap $4,000 cameras. And the dramatic decline in costs gives filmmakers greater freedom. San Francisco Chronicle 03/07/00

  • CHINA'S JUST SITTING THERE: American film distributors are eager to push into China, Russia and other largely untapped markets. But first the distributors want a better deal from studios. Variety 03/07/00

  • THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOLLYWOOD: "Art takes its inspiration from two sources, religion and entertainment--the heavenly and the festive. But today, everything is conflated with entertainment as Hollywood conceives it. In 1999, U.S. movies earned about $29.8 billion out of a total global take of $33.4 billion. And that figure does not include income from video sales, merchandising, licensing, concessions, and other tie-ins." Is Hollywood's view of the world so compelling that it has to crush everything in its path? Civilization 03/00

  • LATEST MERCHANT IVORY FILM draws protests from Indian community for the movie's depiction of an Anglo-Indian character. BBC 03/07/00

  • SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME: Plan to auction independent films in the US fails as there's little interest or bidders for the first 15 movies offered. Times of India (AP) 03/06/00

  • TV MISCREANT: "I was busted by the TV police." The Idler 03/06/00

  • A MAN AND HIS (DREAM OF A) RADIO STATION: Denver man has a dream to own a radio station that would program positive messages - "a push-button sanctuary for the mind," with upbeat music, good-news news and humor. He doesn't have the $19 million it will take to buy a station and get on the air. So he's running to raise money. Has he lost his mind? Denver Post 03/06/00

  • AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL: The tiny African country of Burkina Faso is home to Africa's biggest film festival. "Fespaco has also turned little Ouagadougou, with its red-earth streets, into a city of biennial movie maniacs, who flock to the screenings and discuss the candidates for the Stallion of Yennanga, the festival's grand prize, with as much fervour as World Cup football matches. Meanwhile, the bars and terraces of the Hotel Indépendence seethe with film-makers from Algeria to Mozambique and TV production scouts from Europe." London Telegraph 03/04/00

  • A MATTER OF IDENTITY: This year's Asian American Film Festival explores questions of who we are. San Francisco Chronicle 03/05/00

  • WILL TIME-WARNER/AOL MERGER put the squeeze on Disney? US Senate committee investigating the deal wants to know. The Mouseniks are keeping mum though. "Disney is concerned that Time Warner will retaliate against the company by relegating its cable webs to inferior positions on systems’ channel lineups or remove them from the systems completely." Variety 03/03/00

  • A "REFUGE FOR EGOMANIACS": Berlin's only public access television station is under fire by critics. Founded in 1985 and modeled on U.S. public-access TV - which aims to further the freedom of speech of small, special-interest groups - the Offener Kanal provides a TV- and radio-broadcast platform for any legal German resident over the age of 18. Opponents say the channel is out of date and a refuge for egomaniacs and the mentally disturbed. They argue the special-interest groups don't reflect society as a whole. Die Welt 03/02/00

  • A GIRL'S GOTTA MAKE A LIVING: While everyone was focusing on the AOL/Time-Warner merger last month, AOL and PBS made a deal to co-brand and co-produce. Is this good for public TV? "This deal is just one more brick in the wall which basically says that we no longer have public broadcasting in the U.S." San Francisco Bay Guardian 03/02/00

  • GIANT STEPS: Clear Channel Communications, the broadcasting heavyweight, buys SFX Entertainment, the giant live-performance presenter. SFX owns or operates 120 theaters nationwide. San Antonio-based Clear Channel will soon operate 867 U.S. radio and 19 television stations, as well as 550,000 billboards. Boston Herald 03/01/00

  • MORE AND LESS: France has dramatically increased the number of films it produces, but audiences haven't grown to match the growth. Variety 03/01/00

  • NOW YOU TOO CAN OWN... In an attempt to find a better way to sell independent films, an entrepreneur holds an auction. Los Angeles Times 03/01/00

  • ROUGH "SURVIVOR:" BBC's new show puts 36 people on a desolate island to live, and films the results. The critics are skeptical: "You cannot flirt with nature on this particular Atlantic frontier and not expect to get comprehensively ravaged by her. These poor sods with their suburban escapist fantasies are being shamelessly exploited, and despite the assurances, I simply do not believe they know what they're letting themselves in for." Los Angeles Times 03/01/00    

  • ONE HOT FORMAT: Classical music radio station KDFC is the leading music station of any format in the Bay Area. Now it's got some competition from a new AM upstart. San Francisco Chronicle 03/01/00