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Del Ruth among ASC TV nominees

Thomas Del Ruth earned his 11th nomination from the American Society of Cinematographers on Wednesday, when noms were announced in two television categories for the 21st annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards, set for Feb. 18 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City. Del Ruth, who has won four ASC Awards, was nominated for lensing the pilot episode of "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip." His fellow nominees in the television movie/miniseries/pilot category are Adam Kane for the pilot of "Heroes," Walt Lloyd for the telefilm "The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines," Bill Roe for the pilot of "Day Break" and John Stokes for the "Umney's Last Case" episode of the miniseries "Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King." In the episodic television category, the nominees are Eagle Egilsson for the "Darkroom" episode of "CSI: Miami," Nathan Hope for the "Killer" episode of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," David Moxness for the "Arrow" episode of "Smallville," Roe for the "What If They Find Him" episode of "Day Break" and Gale Tattersall for the "Meaning" episode of "House."

Hallett's role expands via FFE promotion

Dean Hallett has been promoted to executive vp operations strategy and chief financial officer of Fox Filmed Entertainment, FFE co-chairmen and CEOs Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman said Wednesday. Hallett had been executive vp and chief financial officer. Jane Waxman, senior vp planning and control, will take on greater oversight of the studio's financial planning and budgeting efforts, assuming several of Hallett's previous duties.

'Smallville' goes wireless with ani series

The world of the CW's "Smallville" got a little bigger with the creation of an animated wireless series based upon the network drama. "Smallville Legends: The Oliver Queen Chronicles," a six-episode shortform series spawned through a partnership among the Warner Bros. Television Group, the CW and Sprint, will premiere today exclusively on the Sprint TV mobile video service. A new episode will launch on subsequent Thursdays, with the entire series available for streaming at beginning Feb. 22.

UTA teaming with Veoh for new channel

UTA Online has partnered with Internet television distributor Veoh Networks to start a channel dedicated to identifying new talent and content created by talent. Scheduled to launch next month, the new Veoh channel, which was brokered through a deal by Veoh board member Michael Eisner and UTA board member Jeremy Zimmer, will serve as a site for UTAO to aggregate the large volume of submissions from talent and filmmakers it has received since its inception in October.

Wertheimer to run USC tech center

David Wertheimer has been appointed executive director of the Entertainment Technology Center at USC, it was announced Wednesday by Charles Dages, senior vp emerging technology at Warner Bros. and chair of the ETC board of directors. Wertheimer had been the executive director of USC's Institute for Creative Technologies and also served as president of the digital entertainment division at Paramount Pictures.

mtvU buying professor ratings site

Viacom Inc.'s MTV Networks unit said Wednesday that its 24-hour college network, mtvU, has agreed to acquire for an undisclosed amount. The free Web site boasts more than 6.6 million user-generated ratings of more than 900,000 college professors. The deal is expected to close during the current first quarter.