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Colorado Studios, the entertainment complex planned to join the Nuggets' new downtown arena will try and "mirror" Walt Disney's film studio complex in Orlando. The studio will combine Comsat Video Enterprises, Prime Sports and NORAC, Inc. Nuggets President Tim Leiweke: "A lot of people think the really big deal is the arena. In fact, Colorado Studios will touch more people with their product than we'll ever draw to the arena." Leiweke says the studio will combine entertainment with a way to distribute it. "Comsat has the product and the venue (the Nuggets arena), Prime Sports has the distribution channel as a major cable sports network, and NORAC has the production expertise and facilities." TCI is expected to combine with Comsat to produce an "astonishing array" of entertainment in the studios. Comsat owns Beacon Communications, a LA-based film production company. TCI owns part of 12 cable networks (Dinah Zeiger, DENVER POST, 1/31).
In Milwaukee, the state is considering using Indian gambling revenue "to help pay for" a new Brewers stadium. According to Gov. Tommy Thompson's top aide James Klauser, the governor has not yet endorsed the idea "of asking a tribe to expand its gambling operation in exchange for helping foot the bill for a new stadium." The tribe most likely to be asked, if the governor decides on the gaming option, is the Forest County Potawatomi. The tribe "appeared to open the door for talks" Thursday, although a proposal was not made (Cary Spivak, MILWAUKEE SENTINEL, 2/3).