The Federal Trade Commission in the U.S. voted unanimously in favor of the AOL-Time Warner merger (the largest such deal in American history), once the two parties pledged to give rivals more access to cable lines and content.
The Banff Television Festival’s master class series will soon be television – the 13 X 30-minute series will air on Bravo! In Canada beginning January 5, 2001.
Deadlines for Australia’s DocuMart have been extended until December 29. Also, as a reminder, the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) has three important deadlines approaching: the REVelation Independent Film Festival, January 15 (www.aidc.on.net/services/videothequeform.htm); the AIDC Videotheque, January 15 (www.aidc.on.net/services/videothequeform.htm); and the AIDC Dating Service, January 31 (www.aidc.on.net/services/datingform.htm)
The Hollywood Reporter says the Food network has made a deal for Iron Chef II, a two-hour rematch between chefs Masaharu Morimoto and Bobby Flay. The first Iron Chef challenge pulled in almost a million viewers for the network when it aired last June.
CNN’s announced new direction is pointing towards talk shows.
The Australian government has come up with The Embassy Roadshow – an initiative which will see each of its embassies abroad hosting its own mini film festival.
One of France’s three Imax theatres will be closing next week. The Dome Imax in Paris credits the move to a drop in ticket sales, but says it has nothing to do with the Imax Corporation’s reported financial difficulties.
Japan will have a Japanese-language MTV Network again beginning January 1.
Rumors say that (soon-to-be-former) President Clinton is in negotiations for his own NBC talk show.