UPN HOPES NAME
CHANGE WILL HELP

   Now that the United Paramount Network partners, Paramount and Chris-Craft/United Television Group have broken up, UPN is changing its name to the Paramount Network as of January 2001.
   But is a name change alone enough to bolster sagging UPN ratings? The hope is that new schedules, movies and shows, along with a new name will attract more UPN uh, Paramount Network viewers.


SO, WHAT DOES IT COST
TO BROADCAST A MOVIE
PREMIERE?

   The licensing fees paid by networks for the broadcast rights to a feature film are currently based on approximately 15% of the film's estimated final theater gross.
   "Scary Movie" (Dimension/Miramax), for example, was nabbed by NBC for $20
million and "Shaft" (Paramount) was snatched up by Turner for $11 million.




Oprah Winfrey:
Going To Trial

   Media giant Oprah Winfrey recently lost the first battle in a legal fight which matches her against two freelance photographers who feel she violated copyright law by unfairly using their pictures in her 1996 book "Make the Connection."
   Judge Ruben Castillo ruled that evidence presented proved to him that the pictures were created by the photographers themselves who, therefore, hold the copyrights.
   Not agreeing with the decision, Winfrey's lawyers are taking the case to the next level. A jury trial will now determine if Winfrey was wrong to use the 11 photos shot by Stephen Green and Paul Natkin without their permission.
   The jury trial is set for Aug. 14.



PAN AFRICAN FILM FEST
ACCEPTING ENTRIES.

   How good a filmmaker/artist are you?
   The Pan African Film and Arts Festival is now accepting film and video submissions and art applications.
   The deadline for the film submissions is October 31. Artist applications must be received by October 9.
   To obtain an application for the film festival contact Ayuko Babu, executive director at (323) 295-1706.
   Formats will include 35mm, 16mm and video. Films and artwork must be made by or about people of African descent.


HOLLYWOOD BLACK FILM FEST ACCEPTING ENTRIES

   The festival, presented by Black Talent News, will be held February 14-18, 2001 in Culver City, CA.
   "The goal of the festival is to provide a dynamic forum to showcase the work of Black Filmmakers," said festival organizers in a statement.
   The early-bird deadline for film and screenplay submissions is August 31, 2000, the final deadline is September 30, 2000.
   Submission forms, guidelines and info on previous festivals can be obtained by visiting: www.hbff.org or calling (310) 348-3942.