Eve Brandstein has been tapped inhouse talent and casting consultant for Alliance Communications Corp. Before joining Alliance, Brandstein ran First Lady Prods.

The Heartland Film Festival seeks feature and short entries in all categories for its sixth annual event Nov. 5-9 in Indianapolis. Works must reflect fest’s statement of purpose in “expressing hope and respect for the positive values of life.” Winners share $100,000 in prize money. Entry deadline is July 1. Info: (317) 464-9405.

John Travolta will be named Video Star of the Year at the 16th annual Video Software Dealers Assn. convention. Confab is set for July 12 in Las Vegas. Info: (818) 385-1500.

David Kennedy is ankling his programming senior VP post at Pearson Television Prods. He joined Pearson two years ago after stints at ICM and Taft Entertainment Co.

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