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Martha Stewart Omnimedia has two new ventures with a minimized-Martha presence. Everyday Food, of which four test issues were published this year, and syndicated show "Petkeeping with Marc Morrone," both launch in September. Both have been talked about internally for over two years, but the announcement for Everyday Food came June 26, three weeks after the extraordinary day in which Ms. Stewart pleaded not guilty to ImClone-related charges of securities fraud and obstruction of justice and then resigned her Chairman and CEO titles at her company. For more see QwikFIND aao80p

Vivendi Universal is considering five bids for its Vivendi Universal Entertainment assets. Bids were submitted from John Malone's Liberty Media, former Seagram Co. CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, billionaire Marvin Davis and General Electric/NBC. Liberty Media, Mr. Bronfman and Mr. Davis offers include Universal Music Group. GE/NBC bid isn't as specific as the other offers, but Vivendi is considering it a bid, according an executive close to the companies. Viacom hasn't made a bid, but is still in the hunt-only for Vivendi Unversal's cable channels. A Vivendi Universal spokeswoman would only say: "We are pleased with the bid process and the level of interest."

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