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Jan 21, 2002  •  Post A Comment

4Kids gets Fox block
Los Angeles-4Kids Entertainment signed a deal late Friday to lease Fox’s Saturday morning time slots for more than $26 million over four years, sources said. 4Kids, which produces the Kids’ WB series “Pokemon,” outbid DIC Entertainment, among others, and will begin to program the slots at the start of the kids season this fall. At NATPE this week, 4Kids Entertainment had plans to launch two new TV series from Japan-the animated “Kinnikuman” and the live-action “Ultraman Tiga.”
No cameras allowed in Moussaoui courtroom
Los Angeles-A federal judge on Friday denied a request by Court TV to allow courtroom access to television cameras during the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui, the first person to be charged directly in connection with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. U.S. District Court Judge Leonie Brinkema ruled that federal rules barring cameras from courtrooms during federal proceedings are constitutional.
Rep. Wolf seeks hearings on hard-liquor TV ads
Washington-Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., a leading critic of NBC’s controversial decision to air hard-liquor ads, has asked three colleagues to hold hearings on the matter. They are Senate Commerce Chairman Ernest Hollings, D-S.C.; House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Billy Tauzin, R-La.; and Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., chairman of the House subcommittee on telecommunications and the Internet.
Rep. Wolf also is exploring legislative options, including mandating public service messages and requiring compensation for any increase in youth drinking.
States may try to block EchoStar-DirecTV deal
Washington-Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon may file suit in state court to block the $26 billion merger of EchoStar and DirecTV, and a few other states may do the same. Thirty states have formed a working group to review the deal. The satellite companies have hired Stephen Houck, a former New York assistant attorney general, to help them respond to the investigations.