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Witt, Harris endow USC

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Producer Paul Junger Witt and writer Susan Harris have endowed the Witt-Thomas-Harris Comedy Production Course with a gift to the University of Southern California. The gift, the amount of which was…

DICSO FETED WITH DGA KUDOS

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Joseph Dicso will receive the Directors Guild of America’s Franklin J. Schaffner Award, given to an associate director or stage manager in recognition of service to the industry and the guild. Dicso…

Mann gets DGA Aldrich nod

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Delbert Mann, the Oscar-winning director and former president of the Directors Guild of America, will receive the DGA’s Robert B. Aldrich Award, given for exceptional service to the guild and its…

Silver Pix taps Gwartz

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Jennifer Gwartz, a production exec who led the development of Wes Craven’s “Scream,” has joined Warner Bros.-based Silver Pictures as its senior vice president of production. Gwartz will lead the…

STENSON MOVING UP

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Mike Stenson, the executive on productions such as “Crimson Tide” and “The Rock,” has been promoted to executive vice president of production for Touchstone Pictures. Stenson had been an executive…

REACTION SHOTS

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Few Oscar contenders will ever be able to top Brenda Blethyn for the most memorable moment of hearing of her nomination: She was with the O.J. Simpson jurors. In L.A. to film Charlie Peters’ “Music…

LANE BEATS PATH TO CAA

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Nathan Lane, star of “The Birdcage” and the play “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” has joined CAA, departing William Morris and his longtime agents. Lane will be repped by a team led…

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