Jane Fonda’s Fonda Films has begun production on “Lakota Woman,” a$ 7 million movie for husband Ted Turner’s TNT network that will air in 1994 as part of the web’s “Native Americans” initiative. Lois Bonfiglio (“Old Gringo”) is exec producer, with Frank Pierson directing; nearly half the crew are American Indians. It is TNT’s most expensive movie ever.
* * *Rudolph Giuliani, a day after defeating David Dinkins in the New York mayor’s race, videotaped scenes on Wednesday to air on NBC’s “Seinfeld” at 9 tonight. He plays himself in an episode about yogurt contents and an election scandal.
* * *Levine, Cooper, Spiegel & Co. and Duitch and Franklin, two of the largest local CPA firms and both with many clients in the entertainment industry, have agreed to merge, effective Jan. 1. The new firm, Duitch, Poteshman, Franklin & Co., will be based in Brentwood. Name partners are Dennis Duitch, Melvin Poteshman and Steve Franklin.
* * *John Hughes will write and produce a remake of 20th Century Fox’s “Miracle on 34th Street.” The update of the 1947 classic is skedded for Christmas 1994 release.
* * *NBC has ordered two more “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” specials from George Schlatter Prods., to air Dec. 2 and during the February sweeps. Last February’s “Laugh-In” anniversary special drew an 18.7 rating/27 share. The first spec will air at 10 p.m. in “L.A. Law’s” slot.
* * *Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews is joining “CBS This Morning” as senior producer for live segments. She was managing editor of CNN’s New York bureau since 1990.
* * *President Clinton awarded actress Martha Raye the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s top civilian award, for her “great courage, kindness and patriotism.” Raye, who wasn’t in attendance, was commended for entertaining troops during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Raye, 78, has suffered several strokes and other health problems. Her left leg was amputated just below the knee last week.