MCA president Sidney Sheinberg, who is widely credited with recognizing Steven Spielberg’s talent almost two decades ago, will present the American Society of Cinematographers Governors’ Award to Spielberg. Spielberg will receive the award at the ASC’s eighth annual awards dinner Sunday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.Other presenters include Gregory Peck, Roddy McDowall, Jason Priestley, Debbie Allen, Dana Delany and Robert Towne.
* * *Going back to the Tonya Harding well, “Inside Edition” is offering what it’s billing as a full week of “exclusive material from the Tonya Harding camp,” ending Friday, the night of the women’s figure-skating finals.
* * *Mike Nichols has been chosen to receive lifetime creative achievement honors from the American Comedy Awards, a made-for-TV awards show that will tape March 6 for airing on ABC. Candice Bergen will present the award to Nichols. Past recipients include Billy Crystal, Neil Simon, Blake Edwards and Norman Lear.
* * *Tim Allen, Carol Burnett, Michael Douglas, Anthony Hopkins, Angela Lansbury, Walter Matthau and Janine Turner have been set as presenters for the 20th annual People’s Choice Awards, which will air March 8 on CBS.
* * *ITC Entertainment Group has cleared 70% of the country, including 19 of the top 20 markets, for the one-hour special “ENQ: Secrets of the National Enquirer.” Anchoring the clearances is the Chris Craft station group. ITC plans to turn the special into a weekly series this fall.
* * *Robert Guillaume, who took over the title role in the L.A. production of “The Phantom of the Opera,” will become Broadway’s “Cyrano.” Guillaume will take over the title role in the musical March 8, replacing Bill van Dijk as the long-nosed swashbuckler in the show that opened last November at the Neil Simon Theater.