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Michael S. Sherman, a partner in the Los Angeles law firm of Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro, will be the guest speaker at a luncheon today hosted by the Financial & Administrative Management Executives. He will discuss conflicts of interest for entertainment lawyers. The luncheon will be held at the Bel Age Hotel in West Hollywood.

The International Electronic Cinema Festival, in association with the Directors Guild of America and the American Film Institute, will host a reception and screening today at 6:30 p.m. at the DGA’s headquarters to kick off the entry process for the sixth annual Festival in Montreaux, Switzerland. The event is designed to provide attendees with a view of high definition television productions created during the past year.

MGM Domestic TV Distribution is introducing a syndicated movie package of 19 titles, including “Thelma and Louise,””The Russia House” and “Rocky V.” MGM will sell the package on a cash basis with the first titles available in late 1993. Separately, Hearst Entertainment Distribution said it has now cleared its “Marquee III” package of a dozen titles on stations covering 56% of the U.S., including the ABC O&O’s in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. The movies are available starting next May.

Live entertainment and event producer Dennis Despie has merged his two companies, Select Prods. and Despie International, into a single entity called Select Prods. International. Despie, a former Disney exec in charge of entertainment at the studio’s theme parks, formed Select in 1986.

The one-hour syndicated special “Hoffa: The True Story” has been cleared in more than 40% of the U.S., for a Jan. 11 to Feb. 14 window. The special is being distributed by DCL Media for the Post Newsweek Stations. Twentieth Century Fox will release the feature “Hoffa,” starring Jack Nicholson, on Dec. 25.

In response to the Los Angeles riots, Steven Bochco Prods. has initiated a scholarship program for students graduating from inner-city high schools. Grants are available to seniors graduating in June 1993 from seven South Central schools and will be administered by the Los Angeles Education Assistance Program.

Davis Entertainment and Loreen Arbus Prods. are developing a TV movie and series based on “The Whip,” a true story set during the California Gold Rush about a woman who sought to revenge the death of her family. The project is based on a treatment by Karen Kondazian.

The American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmFAR), the nationwide AIDS help group founded by Elizabeth Taylor, has withdrawn from a major fund-raiser in Aspen, Colo., to protest the recent passage of a state initiative that restricts the civil rights of gay and lesbian people. The initiative repeals the governor’s executive order banning anti-gay discrimination by the state government among other things.

Proceeds for the first six years of the annual Kodak & Permanent Charities Committee of the Entertainment Industries’ golf tournaments have passed the $ 300,000 mark. The sixth annual tourney, held last September, netted more than $ 50,000 to benefit the Fund for substance abuse prevention. The seventh annual tournament will be held Sept. 13, 1993.

James Whitmore will perform his one-man show “Will Rogers’ U.S.A.” for 11 performances Dec. 11-20 at the Mark Taper Forum. Tickets go on sale this week.

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