ABC, NTN TO DEVELOP INTERACTIVE PROGRAMMING; TCI TAKES 10% STAKE IN ACCLAIM; ROGER BLACK'S NEW-MEDIA STUDIO; COURT TV REVEALS CONTINGENCY PLAN; OTHER NEWS:

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Capital Cities/ABC last week signed an agreement with interactive TV company NTN Communications to develop programming for online venues and other interactive systems. Under the agreement, ABC will also sell ads for NTN's hospitality network. "Working with NTN ... enable[s] our sales force to bring new opportunities to clients, but also allows them to become more familiar with new media," said Katie O'Brien, director of location-based entertainment, Cap Cities/ABC Multimedia. The first major project for the two companies is likely to be a Super Bowl promotion involving the football game's sponsors.

Tele-Communications Inc., Englewood, Colo., last week acquired 10% of videogame software developer Acclaim Entertainment, Oyster Bay, N.Y., in order to develop and acquire entertainment programming for interactive networks. A new company being formed, owned 65% by Acclaim and 35% by TCI, will pursue distribution rights to videogame and entertainment programming for a variety of electronic media outlets, including broadband and interactive TV networks. A CEO will be named before yearend.

Well-known media designer Roger Black is forming Interactive Bureau, a design studio dedicated to developing online editions of magazines' editorial products. Jessica Helfand, former Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine art director, is content and creative director for the studio, which will be headquartered in New York with satellite offices in other cities.

If Judge Lance Ito makes good on his threat to forbid TV cameras in the courtroom during the O.J. Simpson trial, Courtroom Television Network will take to cyberspace to cover the case. Court TV said it will make transcripts of the trial available to the public on a daily basis via its Law Center, an online area accessible through America Online, Prodigy and CompuServe.

FutureVision of America Corp., West Conshohocken, Pa., named Martin Lafferty as exec VP, a new post, from VP-programmer and provider services at Eon Corp., Washington. Mr. Lafferty had been a VP at NBC before joining Eon last year. ... Medicus Intercon International, New York, a unit of D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, opened Com-Med Interactive, a division focusing on healthcare marketing projects.

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