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Viacom and Google settle YouTube lawsuit

Viacom says it’s settled its $1 billion copyright lawsuit against YouTube.

Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

New York-based Viacom Inc. filed the suit in 2007, claiming that YouTube was aware that thousands of videos on its site were stolen from its TV networks such as Comedy Central, MTV, and Nickelodeon.

Litigation dragged on for years, but a federal judge ruled last year that the online video site didn’t have to police itself as long as it removed infringing videos when copyright owners gave it notice.

Viacom and Google Inc., which bought YouTube in 2006, say the settlement reflects increasing talks between the two companies related to important opportunities.

Judge Judy files suit against Connecticut lawyer

Television’s Judge Judy filed a lawsuit Wednesday against a Connecticut personal-injury lawyer, alleging that he used her image without authorization in advertisements that falsely suggested she had endorsed his firm.

The lawsuit filed in federal court seeks more than $75,000 in damages from Hartford attorney John Haymond and his firm.

Judith Sheindlin, a retired Family Court judge who has starred in Judge Judy for 18 years, said this is the first time she has filed a lawsuit against anyone. She said the unauthorized use of her name and image is “outrageous” and requires action.

“Mr. Haymond is a lawyer and should know better,” Sheindlin said in a written statement.

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Report: Diddy offers $200 million to buy Fuse

Sean “Diddy” Combs has offered $200 million to buy the Fuse network, Bloomberg reports.

Combs — who launched his Revolt TV channel in October — would convert Fuse into his cable-music network, if the bid is successful. Buying the more established channel would give Revolt wider distribution and higher subscription fees, according to Bloomberg.

“As we have stated, we are exploring strategic alternatives for Fuse, and will have no further comment during what is still an ongoing process,” Kimberly Kerns — a spokeswoman for Fuse’s owner, the Madison Square Garden Co. — told Bloomberg.

Stacy Keibler marries tech entrepreneur Jared Pobre

Stacy Keibler married tech entrepreneur Jared Pobre in an intimate ceremony in Mexico on Saturday, People reports. The couple exchanged vows on the beach at sunset.

“My happiness is indescribable!” Keibler told People. “Marriage is the ultimate bond of love and friendship. It means putting all your faith and trust into a person that you can’t help but believe is your soul mate. Someone who has all of your best interests at heart; someone handpicked for you, to help you grow and be the best person that you can be. Jared is all of this for me.”

The wedding was a surprise to the family members vacationing with the 34-year-old actress and her boyfriend, 39. “We both felt strongly that our ‘love day’ should be intimately special, and that’s exactly what it was,” the couple said in a statement. “It was a blend of romance, tranquility, natural beauty, bonding and overwhelming love.”

After her split with George Clooney last June, Keibler began dating Pobre, the CEO of Future Ads and a longtime friend, in the fall. It is the first marriage for both.

'Glee' star Harry Shum Jr. engaged to longtime girlfriend

Harry Shum Jr. must be dancing on air! The ‘Glee’ star is engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Shelby Rabara.

The 31-year-old actor popped the question while vacationing with Rabara in Hawaii last October, People reports.

A dancer and actress, Rabara should be familiar to Gleeks — she appeared as Shoshandra in a couple episodes of the Fox show. The couple also worked together in The LXD: The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers.

Producer of early Grammy, NFL telecasts Ted Bergmann dies at 93

The producer of early Grammy and National Football League telecasts has died.

Ted Bergmann’s wife, Beverly, says the veteran producer died Sunday following surgery in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 93.

Bergmann started his television career at NBC in 1947. He went on to work in advertising, where he matched companies such as Coca-Cola and Colgate with entertainment properties. The group behind the Grammy Awards sought Bergmann’s help in 1962 to bring the ceremony to TV. He then produced the music awards show for seven years.

Bergmann served as president of the DuMont Television Network and televised early NFL games and live boxing. Other TV credits include “The Arthur Godfrey Show,” “Love Thy Neighbor” and “Three’s Company.”

Besides his wife, Bergmann is survived by six children, two stepsons, 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

'Honeymooners' star Sheila MacRae dies at 92

Sheila MacRae starred on the Broadway stage and in films, yet it was her small-screen role as the tolerant and brassy wife of a Brooklyn bus driver for which she is most remembered.

MacRae, best known for playing Alice Kramden to Jackie Gleason’s Ralph in the 1960s re-creation of “The Honeymooners,” died Thursday. She was 92.

The actress died at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, N.J., MacRae’s granddaughter, Allison Mullavey, told The Associated Press on Friday.

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Game show host Geoff Edwards dies at 83

Geoff Edwards, the hip-looking 1970s and ’80s host of TV game shows including Jackpot! and two incarnations of Treasure Hunt, died Wednesday, his agent said. He was 83.

Edwards died of complications of pneumonia at St. John’s hospital in Santa Monica, agent Fred Westbrook said.

Edwards also worked as a radio DJ and actor, appearing on TV shows including Petticoat Junction, I Dream of Jeannie, and Diff’rent Strokes.

“Geoff was one of the cleverest, funniest radio and television personalities I’ve worked with,” said fellow game show host Wink Martindale. The two were DJs at pop radio station KMPC in Los Angeles. READ FULL STORY

Jim Lange, 'The Dating Game' host, dies

Jim Lange, the first host of the popular game show The Dating Game, has died at his home in Mill Valley, Calif. He was 81.

He died Tuesday morning after suffering a heart attack, his wife Nancy told The Associated Press Wednesday.

Though Lange had a successful career in radio, he is best known for his television role on ABC’s The Dating Game, which debuted in 1965 and on which he appeared for more than a decade, charming audiences with his mellifluous voice and wide, easygoing grin.

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'Empire Strikes Back' and 'Absolutely Fabulous' actor Christopher Malcolm dies at age 67

Actor Christopher Malcolm has died at the age of 67. In the early ’70s, the Scottish-born Malcolm originated the part of Brad Majors in the original stage production of The Rocky Horror Show and co-produced a West End revival of the cult musical in 1990. But the actor was probably best known for playing the character of Zev Senesca in Star Wars sequel The Empire Strikes Back and Saffy’s father Justin in the beloved British sitcom Absolutely Fabulous. His other acting credits included 1980′s mercenary action movie The Dogs of War, Warren Beatty-directed Reds (1981), and Highlander and Labyrinth (both released in 1986).

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