NBC Universal's TV, film and production units will sponsor the second annual Comedy Short Cuts Diversity Film Fest on Sept. 6 as part of the New York Television Festival.
Variety editor-in-chief Peter Bart, producer Cathy Schulman and helmer-producer Joel Schumacher have been selected to judge this year's Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards.
CBS Television Distribution has promoted Lisa Summers Haas to VP of communications for "Entertainment Tonight" and "The Insider."
William Hamm has been named exec VP of creative development at Starz Media.
Viacom has pledged $1 million in cash and more than $500,000 in media value to support the construction of a memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
The American Society of Cinematographers has issued a call for entries in two TV categories for the lensers' annual awards competish.
PR shingle Fifteen Minutes has hired publicists Bill Harrison, Lisa Perkins, while Gabriel Serrato has become the newest partner at the firm.
PR firm Insignia has named Erik Bright VP and partner. Bright has been the firm's senior associate for six years.
Independent film company Cineville and DVD distributor Westlake Entertainment are merging into an indie studio called Keystone.
Bob Cavallo, chairman of Disney Music Group will be given the City of Hope's Spirit of Life award at a dinner Sept. 27 at the Pacific Design Center.