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LMNO names Davis veep

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To help get a handle on its rapid growth, LMNO Prods. has tapped Ned Davis, a former producer on CBS’s “Murphy Brown,” as VP of corporate operations.

MGM’s library a treasure

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The treasure in Leo’s lair is its 5,077-pic library. The catalog includes the 1,300-title Polygram library that MGM acquired last year for $250 million, 2,000 Orion/Goldwyn titles and all United Artists films.

Announcing Ancier

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After months of anticipation, former WB entertainment prexy Garth Ancier was officially handed the same job at NBC Monday and will start May 10, one week before NBC unveils its new fall schedule.

‘Dirty’ deal divulged

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New York-based producer Jean Doumanian has teamed up with Elton John’s Rocket Pictures for her first British film, “Women Talking Dirty,” starring Helena Bonham Carter.

AFI to get AmEx gift

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The American Film Institute will be a winner on Oscar night. For the second year, American Express will finance scholarships on behalf of 20 Academy Award nominees to the AFI’s Center for Advanced Film and Television Studies.

Arts contingent lobbys in D.C.

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Playwright Wendy Wasserstein, along with Screen Actors Guild prexy Richard Masur and National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences prexy Richard Greene will spend two days this week lobbying Congress on arts funding.

Inside Move

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News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch is no two-timer. Murdoch spokesman Howard Rubenstein said Monday that the media mogul did not begin his much-talked-about affair with Star Television veep Wendy Deng until after he separated from his wife, Anna.

Turner Europe localizing ops

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Turner Broadcasting System Europe has appointed six in-country and regional managing directors, the next stage in localizing its international operations.