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Viacom and CBS expect to have the greenlight for their merger this quarter. The us$37 billion deal will see both CBS and the UPN network come under the same ownership, a move which is currently forbidden by the Federal Communications Commission...
May 1, 2000

Viacom and CBS expect to have the greenlight for their merger this quarter. The us$37 billion deal will see both CBS and the UPN network come under the same ownership, a move which is currently forbidden by the Federal Communications Commission in the U.S.

Discovery will re-visit the Mammoth format with a follow-up called The Mammoth Revealed, which is slated to air first quarter 2001

BBC Worldwide and Italy’s RAI have renewed their program packaging agreement for an eighth consecutive year. The agreement gives RAI first look at Natural World and Wildlife on One programs, as well as a range of programming from the Beeb’s catalogue

California’s MacGillivray Freeman Films large-format production Dolphins has grossed over US$3 million in its first three weeks of release n MacGillivray Freeman alumni Chris Blum, Joshua Colover and Myles Connolly have announced the creation of Aperture Films in Los Angeles, a company that will specialize in the production of large-format film

MTV intends to double the number of docs it airs this year. The musicaster also hinted that it may produce documentaries for theatrical release

The Canal+ Group and Tele+ have signed a second agreement with the Italian Cultural Ministry. Five percent of the 90 billion lira (US$45 million) agreement is destined for doc programming

The BBC and Norway’s NRK have concluded a first-look deal which will give the Norwegian broadcaster first dibs on BBC docs for the next two years

Discovery Networks Europe has announced plans to launch enhanced content on the Sky Digital platform in May. The first programming to feature enhanced content will be Discovery Today and Fighting Hatred n The Banff Rockie Awards attracted 1,028 entries this year, the first time in the 21-year history of the festival that entries have topped the 1,000 mark. A total of 84 entries were chosen for the pre-selection process for the awards

Second Line Search has merged with Atlanta-based FootageNow. The new company will take the FootageNow name and will have offices in most major territories

InternetStudios.com has acquired itstv.com

U.K. indie Bazal has acquired a stake in Victoria Real, an independent prodco and web developer n The Cologne Screenings will take place from June 4-7. At press time, 59 companies and over 100 buyers had confirmed attendance

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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