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Lions Gate Entertainment's CinemaNow (www.cinemanow.com), distributor of independent feature films on demand over the Internet, closed its series B round of funding. The round was led by first time CinemaNow investor Microsoft Corp. and includes original first round investors Blockbuster and Kipco. The company launched its Web site in December 1999 and debuted its pay-per-view, video-on-demand service in early November.

Vulcan Ventures, the venture-capital arm of former Microsoft executive Paul Allen, pumped $100 million into Oxygen Media, an online network for women, Oxygen Media announced December 4. Oxygen said it will use the funding to develop new online, cable and other programming initiatives and services to better serve its audience.

Public relations agency Fleishman-Hillard, St. Louis, Mo., in an effort to build its Internet-based communications consulting services, now is offering integrated online marketing and public relations, Web site design and development, Internet-based research and measurement, digital content management and online relationship management. Leading the global interactive practice initiative are David Wickenden, a senior partner in the Washington office, and David Lowey, a partner in the St. Louis office.

Copyright December 2000, Crain Communications Inc.

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