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Liman next jumps to NAB Show

Doug Liman will deliver a keynote address at next month's National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas. The keynote, "Redefining Must-See TV," will address network programming and what it will take to create the first hit for the Web. Liman directed the recent feature "Jumper." Through his company Hypnotic, he produced the "Bourne" series and helmed "The Bourne Identity." Liman also heads Jackson Bites, a company dedicated to creating TV-style programming for alternative distribution. Liman produces, markets and distributes film and television content under the Dutch Oven label; the projects he has shepherded include "Knight Rider."

'House,' 'Monk' add clearances

NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution has added station clearances for its off-net series "House" and "Monk" ahead of their fall launches in weekend broadcast syndication. Both shows have now been cleared in 99% of the U.S. "House" has been sold to stations from Fox, CBS, Tribune, Sinclair, Clear Channel, Meredith, Media General, Cox and others, while "Monk" has been sold to stations owned by NBC, CBS, Fox, Hearst-Argyle, Tribune, Fisher, Scripps, Raycom, Belo, Post-Newsweek and others. Top markets for "House" include WNYW New York, KTTV Los Angeles and WFLD Chicago, while "Monk's" top-market stations include WNBC New York, KNBC Los Angeles and WFLD Chicago.

MPC's Elson out, Roberton in

Michael Elson, head of film and COO at London-based visual effects and post facility Moving Picture Co., is leaving to pursue other film production interests. Replacing him is Christian Roberton, head of film production at MPC. Roberton has been with MPC for five years. He oversaw the company's work on "10,000 BC" and the upcoming "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian." MPC, a unit of Technicolor and one of the U.K.'s largest visual effects houses, is setting up a second office in Santa Monica that is slated to open this year (HR 1/24).

Reisteter managing NEC's digital unit

Jim Reisteter is the new GM of NEC's digital-cinema division. Reisteter was vp sales and marketing at Pacific Media Associates, a market research provider for the front projector and flat-panel display markets, including digital cinema. He was vp and GM in the front projector control unit at Interlink Electronics.

'Wisegal' a hot ticket for Lifetime

Lifetime's original movie "Wisegal" drew 3.4 million total viewers to its premiere at 9 p.m. Saturday, according to Nielsen Media Research. That figure includes 1.6 million women in the 18-49 demo. The mob-centric movie stars Alyssa Milano, Jason Gedrick and James Caan.

Sci Fi captivated by 'Stranded'

Sci Fi Channel is developing a TV series project around "The Stranded," a property that it created with Virgin Comics, a representative confirmed Monday. The project revolves around a group of regular folks who discovery they actually are aliens with extraordinary abilities.