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Perer directing Benderspink development

Langley Perer has been promoted to director of development at Benderspink. In her new role, she will help develop and expand Benderspink's slate of current projects, which include "Torrente," "$40,000 Man," "Golden Years," "Bob the Musical" and "Sweep the Leg." Perer, who joined the company three years ago, began as an assistant in the talent department, working her way up to director of development on the production side of the company.

MPAA ups four to senior vps

The MPAA has promoted four of its vps to senior vps. Kori Bernards is now senior vp communications; Dan Robbins is senior vp and associate general counsel; Mike Robinson is senior vp and director of North American Anti-Piracy Operations; and Ted Shapiro is senior vp, general counsel and deputy managing director, EMEA.

NBC revitalizes Digital Studio

NBC Universal relaunched its Digital Studio on Thursday with a focus on branded entertainment and two series already in the works. The studio is headed by its vp, Cameron Death, who was hired last year by Ben Silverman, co-chairman NBC Universal Entertainment and Universal Media Studios. The two missions of the studio are to provide an avenue for branded entertainment and to "find amazing talent." The studio has named Omnicon Media Group Digital as its first strategic partner and has signed a deal with Electric Farm Entertainment to produce two shows: "Gemini Division," a sci-fi series starring Rosario Dawson, set to debut in the summer, and "Woke Up Dead," a zombie comedy in preproduction.

Day-and-Web bow for HBO 'Molotov' docu

There's no better place than the Internet for HBO to release a new documentary set in virtual reality. "Molotov Alva and His Search for the Creator: A Second Life Odyssey," which premieres May 15 on Cinemax, also will be shown on and on the Second Life virtual area Cinemax Island. In addition, HBO will tease "Molotov" in the coming weeks with an iTunes podcast and sneak peeks on Cinemax's YouTube page and Cinemax On Demand.

'Prime Time' scores for Oxygen

Oxygen's "Deion & Pilar: Prime Time Love" set network records in its premiere Tuesday, becoming the channel's most-watched original series premiere ever among total viewers (579,000) and the key demos of women 18-34 (250,000), adults 18-49 (438,000) and women 18-49 (334,000). "Deion & Pilar" follows the home life of sports superstar Deion Sanders, his wife Pilar and their five kids, who all live in the small town of Prosper, Texas.

Trio among Adolfson's 'Possessions'

NEW YORK — Trent Ford, Jamie Murray and Autumn Reeser are set to star in the dark comedy "Possessions" for first-time writer-director Nathan Adolfson. Ford plays a suicidal man with cancer haunted the voice of a Frenchman, who seems to be taking over his body. The man and the voice in his head form an odd quadrangle with Murray and Reeser. The 5858 Films production begins shooting today in Los Angeles.