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Lucas alum Jill Alofs has set up Total Clearance, a Mill Valley-based company handling rights clearance. The firm will focus on multimedia, film, video and TV.

According to LucasArts attorney Jim Kennedy, Alofs managed to tie up the rights for Feld Prods.’ “George Lucas Super Live Adventure,” which is readying to tour Japan. The show uses film clips from various Lucas pix.

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John Mellencamp and Blind Melon will perform a series of concerts to benefit victims of the Mississippi River flood. They will perform July 28 in Chicago, the next night in Indianapolis and July 31 in St. Louis. MTV will cover the Concerts for the Heartland with a toll-free number for viewers to make donations. All proceeds from the concerts will be donated to the American Red Cross. Concert attendees are also being asked to bring food, clothing and water.

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The NBA All-Star Game will again air in primetime next season. NBC also plans to kick off its basketball coverage with a Christmas Day doubleheader, including a primetime telecast of the three-time defending champion Chicago Bulls vs. the Orlando Magic. Two dozen regular-season games are scheduled from Dec. 25-April 24, and a Bulls-Magic rematch in April and New York Knicks-Phoenix Suns showdown during the February sweeps will start at 5:30 p.m. EST and spill over into primetime.

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Phylicia Rashad, Damon Wayans, Jasmine Guy and Kadeem Hardison will be presenters for the “Soul Train Comedy Awards,” a two-hour special that will tape Aug. 3 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium for broadcast the week of Aug. 16. The show is being syndicated by Tribune Entertainment Co. and has been cleared on 95 stations reaching 80% of the U.S.

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