Tourism Australia has joined the advertiser roster for the Film Independent Spirit Awards, which will be televised live by IFC on Feb. 21. Other top sponsors for the event include Acura, M&Ms, L'Oreal and Heineken.
Starbucks is bringing the flat white, an Australian coffee beverage, to its U.S. locations. Variously described as a "wet cappuccino" or a "small latte," the flat white is a coffee-and-milk concoction that cuts back on foam, although its exact nature depends in part on the particular coffee shop.
The Federal Trade Commission has signed off on Lions Gate Entertainment's $255 million acquisition of the TV Guide Network and TV Guide from Macrovision. The FTC cleared the deal, announced in January, on antitrust grounds.
Nicole De Fusco has been named vice president of original programming and development for Sundance Channel, a new position. She comes from Fuse, where she was director of development and original series and involved in shows such as "Pants Off Dance Off."
Cox Communications and Fox Cable Networks have entered into a multiyear, multimarket distribution deal involving Fuel TV as well as the high-definition versions of FX and Speed. The deal brings Fuel TV carriage to a total of 26 million homes.
Anna Gomez is stepping into a challenging situation. She has been named acting chief of the National Telecommunications & Information Administration, the group that has been charged with overseeing the DTV-to-analog converter-box coupon program, which has run into a serious funding shortfall, thereby slowing the distribution of the coupons and becoming one of the top reasons that the transition could be delayed.