Hotels, Union Reject Offers

The Los Angeles Times reported that Unite HERE, the union representing workers at eight area hotels, has offered to drop its demand for a 2006 contract expiration date a major sticking point in the prolonged negotiations. But the hotels rejected the union's accompanying demand for higher wages and benefit increases. Talks are to resume Thursday.

Actors' Contract Ballots in the Mail
Ballots on a proposed new contract were mailed Monday to members of the two unions representing TV and film actors, the Daily News reported. Representatives of SAG and AFTRA reached an agreement Jan. 20 with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers on a three-year contract. The SAG/AFTRA Joint National Board voted on Jan. 29 to approve the agreement and recommend its joint membership adopt it as well.

'Deep Throat' Reissue Planned
Responding to exhibitor requests, "Deep Throat" copyright owner Arrow Productions is remastering prints of the porn film, which will be distributed in tandem with Universal Pictures documentary "Inside Deep Throat," Variety reported.

Yahoo Seeks Spotlight in Hollywood
The Sunnyvale-based company wants to put original entertainment on its sites and is trying to sell talent agents and producers on the idea of creating short, Internet-ready programs, the Los Angeles Times reported. Yahoo signed a huge lease last month to take over most of the former headquarters of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. in Santa Monica.

Panels May Get Say on Streets
Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn said Monday that if re-elected, he will give neighborhood councils a say in spending about 15 percent of the city's $51 million street repair budget, the Daily News reported. Hahn said he would set aside $100,000 in gas tax revenue for each of the 85 advisory panels so they could decide which streets should be repaired first. He rejected suggestions that the March 8 primary influenced his announcement.

DTV Fee Revival Sought As Part Of Bush Budget Plan
President Bush is attempting to revive a plan that would require broadcasters to pay a $500 million fee for use of their current analog TV channels in 2007, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The plan is part of the $2.57 trillion budget proposal Bush presented to Congress on Monday and comes as pressure is mounting to get broadcasters to make the switch to digital TV.

Disney Dissidents Pressure for CEO Search
Roy Disney and Stanley Gold, the leading dissident shareholders of Walt Disney Co., said they would withhold their votes on the board at the annual meeting this Friday to step up pressure on the search for a chief executive to replace Michael Eisner, Reuters reported.

Talks Between Qwest and MCI Seem at a Standstill
As merger talks between the two companies stalled, telecommunications industry analysts began to wonder whether a deal might not be done, reported The New York Times.

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