WILL & GRACE CREATORS SUE NBC

Accusing NBC of "misuse of its vast power," Will & Grace writer-producers David Kohan and Max Mutchnick on Thursday filed suit against the network, accusing it essentially of selling the rights to the show to itself at "tens of millions of dollars" below what it might have fetched in open bargaining with rival networks. A similar suit filed in 1997 by the producers of Home Improvement against ABC was settled out of court. Both lawsuits observed that the increasing number of partnerships between producers and networks -- often compelled by the networks as a condition of doing business -- have led to closed negotiations between commonly owned participants.

HISPANICS NEARLY INVISIBLE ON NETWORK NEWSCASTS, SAYS REPORT

Once again accusing the networks' news division of making "dismal progress" in reporting on the Hispanic community, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists has released results of a study indicating that of some 16,000 news stories airing on the major networks in 2002, only 120 concerned Hispanics and most of those focused on crime and illegal immigration. Hispanics account for more than 13 percent of the U.S. population. ABC News was given credit for presenting the most balanced view of Hispanics. [The network also features two Hispanics, Elizabeth Vargas and John Qui

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