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October 14, 2009 | Matea Gold
If Current TV journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee hadn't followed their guide across a frozen river separating China and North Korea on a fateful morning in March, their story about human trafficking in the region would have likely drawn modest attention. Instead, Ling and Lee were captured by North Korean soldiers, creating an international incident that threw the work of their scrappy documentary unit into limbo and brought newfound attention to the program's brand of often-risky investigative journalism.
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August 29, 2009 | Dennis McLellan
Berle Adams, a onetime big-band booking agent who co-founded Mercury Records in the 1940s and later became a senior executive at MCA before launching his own successful business as an international television program sales representative and distributor, has died. He was 92. Adams, who had been ailing during the last year, died Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said Ken Kleinberg, his son-in-law. "One of the things that's exciting and fortuitous about his life is he rose to great stature during a period when the music business was young and the television business was young," said Kleinberg, an entertainment lawyer.
WORLD
August 15, 2009 | Laura King
Most fledgling poets would be thrilled if their work were to be broadcast on one of Afghanistan's premier cultural television programs. Roya was terrified. Her unemployed brother, who doesn't think women should take part in public activity of any kind, was at home that evening, watching television with her and her mother. "I was afraid if he saw me reading my work at a conference that was televised, he would kill me," she said. Mercifully, he was bathing when the program came on. She was in agony until it ended, torn between the thrill of hearing her own words and the fear of discovery: "My heart was beating so hard!"
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2009 | Scott Collins and Maria Elena Fernandez
Jason Bourne is getting historical. Matt Damon, star of the "The Bourne Identity" and its sequels, dropped by the semiannual gathering of the Television Critics Assn. on Wednesday to promote a longtime passion project, one without chases or high-tech gizmos. Damon is an executive producer of "The People Speak," an unusual History channel documentary premiering later this year that features Damon, Marisa Tomei and other celebrities performing selections from diaries, speeches and other primary sources related to American history.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 4, 2009 | Maria Elena Fernandez
The tribe has spoken. Sort of. Well, stay tuned. Whether it's from the privileged enclaves of Southern California or the bug-infested jungles of Costa Rica, reality show superstars Heidi and Spencer Pratt continue to rattle pop culture's cage with their well-publicized on-again, off-again antics. On Wednesday, the Pratts pleaded on live television to be allowed to rejoin NBC's "I'm a Celebrity . . . Get Me Out of Here!," despite having abruptly quit the newly launched show Tuesday night.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 2009 | Maria Elena Fernandez
The five broadcast TV networks have made their decisions for next season, and the official schedules have been announced. In all, 32 scripted series have been ordered -- 21 dramas and 11 comedies. Of the 32 shows, 12 come from outside production studios, meaning that most of the new shows are owned by the networks that are airing them. That practice was barred by the federal government for antitrust reasons, but the prohibition was lifted in 1993. CBS, which ordered five dramas and one comedy, has one drama from Warner Bros.
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