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'The Wire’ Rethreads For Fourth HBO Run

Los AngelesThe Wire, Home Box Office’s Peabody Award-winning drama series exploring the worlds of drugs, law enforcement, unions and politics in Baltimore, has been renewed for a fourth season.

HBO officials said production on new installments of The Wire, which completed its third season last December, will begin late this year. The 12-episode fourth season will debut sometime in 2006.

MTV Leads Nods For Vision Awards

Los Angeles — MTV Networks, Home Box Office and Disney ABC Cable Networks Group garnered the most individual nods for the National Association for Multiethnicity in Cable’s 11th annual Vision Awards, set for April 29.

MTVN bagged nine nominations, exceeding HBO’s count by one, while Disney ABC Cable — mostly for Disney Channel programming — earned five nods.

SiTV president Jeff Valdez will receive the organization’s Quasar award, officials said, while Sesame Workshop will get the Legacy Award.

DirecTV Taps Hill for Entertainment Chief

Los Angeles — DirecTV Inc. has named David Hill, chairman and CEO of Fox Sports, as president of its new DirecTV Entertainment group. Hill will continue to serve as chairman of the programmer in a non-executive role, with his primary responsibility at the direct-broadcast satellite provider.

Hill will be responsible for all programming, including third-party fare and original content, as well as the development and marketing of programming packages. He’s also charged with developing and expanding DirecTV’s ad-sales operations, in addition to other new revenue opportunities, officials said.

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