David Friend has been named senior producer of “Entertainment News Television ,” overseeing day-to-day production. He comes to the syndie show from WABC-TV, where he has been assistant news director since 1991.
Legal correspondent Star Jones has ankled NBC News and signed with syndicator Group W Prods., which intends to feature him in a series and specials. A former senior assistant district attorney in Brooklyn, Jones has appeared on a number of NBC and CNBC programs and as a commentator on Court TV.
Two small-market stations and the Mormon Church took the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honors for community service and public service announcements at ceremonies last week. WKBD in Southfield, Mich., took the Emmy for community service for its profile of a family coping with the AIDS virus. KSBW in Salinas took the local PSA award for its teen/HIV awareness campaign. The church won at the national PSA level for “Splash: Whatever You Do, Just Do Your Best.”
“War of the Buttons,” from producer David Puttnam and director John Roberts, has begun filming in West Cork, Ireland. Pic features mostly Irish actors, including Gregg Fitzgerald and Eveanna Ryan in the lead roles. Screenplay is by Colin Welland. It’s an Enigma production for Warner Bros. and Fujisankei.
The National Cable Television Assn. has enlisted corporate headhunters at the D.C. office of Korn/Ferry Intl. in its search for a successor to ex-prexy James Mooney. Newhouse Broadcasting Corp. prez Robert Miron heads the NCTA search committee. Rereg victim Mooney resigned his position July 1 andhas opened a Washington consulting firm.
Pandora Cinema’s “Naked in New York,” executive produced by Martin Scorsese, will debut Sept. 8 at the Deauville Film Festival in France. Pic, directed by Daniel Algrant, stars Eric Stoltz, Timothy Dalton and Kathleen Turner. It will screen again Sept. 29 at the Tokyo Film Festival.
Post-production house Lumeni Prods. has left Hollywood and moved to Glendale. The company does motion control, computer graphics and animation work.
The neighbors are really going to hate this, but, hey, Bruce Springsteen rides one and plays the other: it was meant to be. Harley-Davidson and Fender are creating 109 commemorative Stratocasters to note the cyclemaker’s 90th anniversary. Collectors can expect to shell out five figures for the six-strings. No word yet on a commemorative fender on Harleys.
Lysette Anthony (“Husbands and Wives”) has replaced Robin Givens in the lead of “Brilliant Disguise,” a romance thriller shooting in L.A. Director is Nick Vallelonga, who co-wrote the screenplay with Maurice Berger. Producer is David Andriole Corrigan.
The Center for Population Options has 24 finalists for Nancy Susan Reynolds Awards, recognizing portrayals of family planning, sexuality and reproductive health on TV and musicvideos. ABC has seven noms, CBS and NBC three each, HBO two and Fox one. Among them: an episode of HBO’s “Dream On” demonstrating condom usage on a carrot. Winners will be announced Nov. 20 at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.