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Wilkin to oversee CBS affiliates

NEW YORK — CBS has named Diana Wilkin president of affiliate relations. She replaces Peter Schruth, who has been in charge of affiliate relations since 1995. Schruth will be leaving the company. Wilkin's responsibilities will include business affairs and contract renewals. Before CBS, Wilkin was vp and GM of CBS affiliate WPEC-TV West Palm Beach, Fla., as well as a member of the CBS affiliate board.

Williams joins MTV Nets' prod'n team

Temple Williams has been named senior vp production at MTV Networks' Entertainment Group, which comprises cable channels Comedy Central, Spike TV and TV Land and their Web sites as well as Internet sites AtomFilms, AtomUploads, and Xfire. His duties will include overseeing all physical production for longform scripted and reality series, specials, MOWs, tentpoles, on-air promotions and marketing for the networks.

Gospel Music cries of joy for Dove Awards

Gospel Music Channel, the all-gospel/Christian music TV network, has inked a multiyear deal with the Gospel Music Assn. to become the exclusive TV home for the GMA Dove Awards. The 39th annual awards show will air live on GMC at 8 p.m. EDT on April 23 from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. Nominations for the Doves also were announced Thursday, with Mark Hall of Casting Crowns leading with six; Casting Crowns also had four noms.

DeLoach a Humanitarian

NEW YORK — Fox Searchlight executive Sheila DeLoach has been chosen to receive the 2008 Humanitarian Award from the Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens. The 57th annual Humanitarian Award Dinner is set for June 11 at the Marriott Marquis in New York.

Logo sails with 'Arc' feature film

Logo on Thursday greenlighted a feature film based on the channel's popular series "Noah's Arc." "Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom" will revolve around four black gay friends living in Los Angeles and pick up where the series' second-season cliffhanger left off. Series creator Patrik-Ian Polk will direct from a script he wrote with John R. Gordon. Darryl Stephens, Doug Spearman, Rodney Chester and Christian Vincent will star. Polk will produce with Carol Ann Shine.

Bension captains Sportnet team

Ron Bension was appointed CEO of Sportnet, a digital sports-media company owned by Wasserman Media Group, run by chairman and CEO Casey Wasserman. Sportnet's portfolio of assets includes,,, and others. Bension is a former chairman and CEO of Universal Studios Recreation Group.

Siminoff in new production at Fox 2000

Fox 2000 Pictures has promoted Erin Siminoff to vp production, company president Elizabeth Gabler said Thursday. Siminoff will report to Gabler and will oversee and develop feature film projects for Fox 2000. Siminoff is a homegrown executive at the Fox label, joining the Fox 2000 nine years ago as an intern.