Director John Singleton will receive the 11th annual Upton Sinclair Award June 9 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the sponsoring Liberty Hill Foundation announced. Harry Shearer and IRS/Pangea recording artist Vinx will perform. Singleton’s “Poetic Justice” is skedded for release July 23.The 21-hour Children’s Miracle Network telethon will broadcast live from Disneyland Saturday and Sunday on 198 stations in the U.S. and Canada. Organizers hope to surpass last year’s take of $ 106 million. Paul Bernbaum, writer of the upcoming ABC event series “Deadly Games,” has entered into an exclusive agreement with Viacom Prods. to develop series, movies and specials. Bernbaum has also written “Royce,” a backdoor ABC pilot from the Gerber Co. and Showtime, and has three features in development, including “Arnie” through Viacom. The Screen Actors Guild, in celebration of its 60th year, will honor several 60-year members this Sunday during its annual membership meeting. Among those who will be honored are Ginger Rogers, Lew Ayres, Fay Wray, Gene Raymond, Mary Brian, Charles Lane, Gloria Stuart and Dorothy Granger. The union’s birthday, meanwhile, is June 30. The transactional division of the recently disbanded Barash & Hill law firm will remain intact under Century City-based attorneys William J. Immerman and Robert O. Kaplan. Barash & Hill disbanded last week when senior partners Anthony Barash and Jerry Hill joined Seyfarth, Shaw, Fairweather & Geraldson. Sylvia Rhone, CEO of EastWest Records, will receive the first Sony Music Excellence Award, designed to honor achievements by African- American record executives, as part of Sunday’s “Celebrate the Soul of American Music,” a tribute to black musicmakers, in Cerritos. M.C. Blvd., an L.A.-based Latino rap artist and former gangbanger, will deliver his message of peace and hope on KPWR-FM’s “From the Streets” program Monday from 10 p.m. to midnight. M.C. Blvd., who records for Thump Records, will also perform at Norwalk High School that day. Paul Duke is ending 20 years as moderator of PBS’ “Washington Week in Review” and moving to England with his wife, Janet. They leave in February, when Duke will be 67. The “Launching a Feature Film in San Francisco” symposium is scheduled 1-5 p.m. June 12 at the Pacific Bell Yerba Buena Media Center in Frisco. Focus will be how to set up low-budget movies with the unions and facilities in the Bay Area. Ducats are $ 10. Information: (415) 554-6144 or (415) 554-6244. NBC will air “Caught in the Act,” an hour special featuring authentic surveillance footage and its use in law enforcement, at 9 p.m. July 7. The program comes from Dick Clark Prods. in association with Garrison Prods. Dean Stockwell will host, with Dick Clark, Larry Garrison and Shannon Buckley Garrison as exec producers. Ed McMahon has been inducted into the Opportunities and Services for Seniors Time of Your Life Expo Hall of Fame. Previous inductees include Milton Berle, Danny Thomas and Steve Allen. Bud Yorkin has established an annual $ 15,000 film fellowship at UCLA, which will fully fund one master’s thesis film project for a university graduate student. The first recipient of the fellowship will be Francisco Velasquez, who was selected by Bud Yorkin Prods. and the UCLA film faculty. His film project will be titled “Jacaranda.”
Want Entertainment News First? Sign up for Variety Alerts and Newsletters!
- Entertainment One, Los Angeles, California
- Petrol Advertising, Burbank, California
- The Los Angeles Film School, Los Angeles CA
- Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., New York, New York
- MPCA, Los Angeles, California