Troy Roberts has been named co-anchor on the CBS overnight news broadcast “Up to the Minute,” replacing Russ Mitchell, who has become a correspondent on the newsmagazine “Eye to Eye With Connie Chung.” Roberts, most recently a reporter at CBS O&O WCBS-TV in New York, starts July 5 and will join co-anchor Monica Gayle.
Dick Clark Prods. will develop “The Triumph of Martin Gaffney”– the true story of a Marine who successfully sued the government after his wife and family contracted AIDS during a blood transfusion — as a movie for ABC. Clark and Neil Stearns will exec produce, with John Erman to direct from a script by Bill Hanley.
Tony Records has signed former Kiss drummer Peter Criss to a deal that will see his first release initially sold only through mail order via Kiss fanzines. The CD-5 will contain four new tunes and an acoustic version of Criss’ ballad “Beth.”
Beginning July 6, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences will present a five-part seminar on the art of cinematography. “Masters of Light: Conversations With Cinematographers” will feature extensive discussion and film clips. Participants include Allen Daviau (“E.T.,””Empire of the Sun”) and Mikael Salomon (“Backdraft,””TheAbyss”). Information: (310) 247-3000, Ext. 111.
The Kushner-Locke Co. is co-sponsoring a father-son two-on-two basketball tournament on Father’s Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Crenshaw and Washington high schools. Organizers said they hope the Sunday event will promote positive adult-male role models in the inner city.
The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors has invited TV activist Terry Rakolta to speak at its general membership meeting July 14 at Chasen’s. Rakolta founded Americans for Responsible Television in 1989 after launching a one-woman campaign against Fox’s “Married … With Children.”
The recent Children’s Miracle Network telethon raised $ 116.9 million. The 11 th annual fund-raiser, originating from Disneyland, backs programs for children at 165 associated hospitals.
Fred Savage has been named national spokesman for the Intl. Leukemia Organization, which was founded last year by opera singer Badiene Magaziner to promote awareness of the need for marrow donors. Savage, Nicolette Sheridan, Connie Selleca and John Tesh have taped PSAs for the group.
The Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment has elected a board of governors and officers. The new board: Teddy Zee (exec production VP, Columbia Pictures), Janet Yang (production VP, Ixtlan Prods.), Vince Cheung (writer, “Roc”), Thomas C. Small (president, Divine Comedy) and Terry Dunn (president, Interart Prods.). New officers: Wenda Fong (president, Wenda Fong Prods.), board chairman; Fritz Friedman (VP, worldwide publicity, Columbia TriStar Home Video), president; Christopher Lee (senior VP, production, TriStar Pictures), VP; Adele Yoshioka (director of operations, Image Organization), secretary; and Cindy Sison (director of sales, Trans/Atlantic/IRS Media), treasurer.
Nielsen Media Research and Courtroom Television Network have entered a multiyear agreement for People Meter Service. Court TV is the 30th cable TV network to sign on with Nielsen Homevideo Index.
The fourth annual U.S. Hispanic Media Conference, sponsored by the National Hispanic Academy of Media Arts and Sciences, will be held July 9-10 at the Loews New York Hotel. It is the successor to the National Hispanic Media Conference.
Bud Stone was elected president of the Technology Council of the Motion Picture & Television Industries. Others elected are Warner Bros.’ Chris Cookson, executive VP; Universal’s Richard Stumpf, head of projects committee; David Fleming, exec VP/CEO; and Jonathon Erland, director of international affairs.