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Oh, no, you didn't cut our funding: From the film 'Madame X,' screened at the 2011 TLVFest. Photo by TLVFest
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Labor Court gives radio producers a week to pull lawsuit

Two veteran producers at the Israel Broadcasting Authority's classical-music radio station have been given a week to consider withdrawing their demand to cancel the process through which Arieh Yass was appointed station manager in January 2012. In a preliminary hearing Monday the Jerusalem Labor Court noted that the suit was filed 60 days after the tender results were made public and that Yass has been in the position for a year, and gave Hayuta Dvir and Elisheva Rigbi the chance to withdraw the suit. They say Yass, a longtime radio host, is unsuited to be Voice of Music manager because he does not have a music background. The IBA says the listening audience has increased since Yass took the job. (Haggai Hitron )

2012 Landau Prize winners announced

Ruth Amossy, a professor emeritus of French at Tel Aviv University who has won international renown for her culture and literary critiques, will be one of four academics to receive the Mifal Hapayis national lottery Landau Prize for science and research for 2012. The other recipients are economist Omer Moav, physicist Eli Zeldov and biomedical engineer Shmuel Einav. This year the prize carries a cash award of NIS 100,000, double the amount in previous years. (Avner Shapira )

Tel Aviv LGBT film festival to hold fund-raiser

The Tel Aviv LGBT International Film Festival will hold a fund-raiser on at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque January 16 to cover an unspecified budget shortfall for the eighth TLVFest. "We have to start reserving films for the festival, and reserving films costs money, especially when you want to offer the audience new, major, important movies," said festival director Yair Hochner. This year's festival is scheduled for June 8-17. (Nirit Anderman )