Doug Davidson, aka detective Paul Williams on CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” since 1978, has won the hosting job on the syndicated version of “The Price Is Right.” Davidson and KTLA weatherman Mark Kriski were the finalists for the host spot on the Mark Goodson Prods. and Paramount Domestic TV strip.
* * *Uni Distribution issued a policy change, effective today, allowing co-op advertising to music retailers selling used compact discs, providing they meet Uni ad policies. Company won’t allow co-op spending on promoting used-CD sales, which it still opposes.
* * *Former NBC Entertainment chief Brandon Tartikoff will moderate a panel of the four current network entertainment division presidents Sept. 14. The panel — with Sandy Grushow (Fox), Ted Harbert (ABC), Warren Littlefield (NBC) and Jeff Sagansky (CBS) — will be part of a daylong TV seminar at the BevHilton Hotel, sponsored by Hollywood Radio & Television Society and Broadcast & Cable magazine.
* * *Tall Poly Prods. has been named to produce the 15th anniversary CableACE Awards. Anthony Eaton is exec producer. Show is Jan. 16 at the Pantages Theater and will air on TNT.
* * *The record 3,853 scripts entered in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ seventh annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition have been cut to 104. Finalists will be announced in mid-September and the winners will be announced in October.
* * *Showtime Entertainment Group, the cable web’s production and development division, announced wrapping six original films: “They,” “Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker,” “The Birds II: Land’s End,” “Lush Life, ” “Past Tense” and “Heads.”
* * *“Georgia on My Mind” and “More” have become the sixth and seventh BMI-represented songs to be played 5 million times on U.S. radio and TV, according to the performing rights org. “More” was written by Norman Newell, Nino Oliviero, Marcello Ciorciolini and Riz Ortolani; “Georgia” by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell.
* * *The first Minority Motion Picture Awards will he held Sept. 10 at the Wiltern Theater. Hosts are Louis Gossett Jr. and Maria Conchita Alonso, with performances by LeVert, Chante Moore and Regina Belle. Show is produced by Jarvee Hutcherson of Tri-Elite Entertainment.