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Harrison out at iFilm after Spike move

Blair Harrison is relinquishing his role as president and CEO of iFilm in response to Thursday's announcement that MTV Networks will integrate the video site with to create a new Web platform for men. The online integration of the MTVN-owned divisions will leverage Spike TV's content with iFilm's viral presence online. The newly created iFilm/ group will report to Erik Flannigan, MTVN Entertainment Group senior vp digital media. Harrison is said to be in talks with MTV Networks to explore opportunities inside or outside the company.

Voom HD beaming to Hong Kong

Rainbow HD Holdings has inked a carriage agreement to launch the Voom HD channel in Hong Kong, marking the first launch in Asia for the channel, which is among the first of its kind in the region. In addition to about 500 programming hours sold to more than 50 countries, the global Voom HD channel has launched on Scandinavia's Canal Digital, Sweden's Com Hem, Estonia's Elion and Latvia's Izzi. The channel is expected to launch in Singapore this year.

NBC, Uni lead noms for 11th Prism Awards

The Entertainment Industries Council announced nominees Thursday for the 11th annual Prism Awards, which spotlight the "accurate depiction of health and social issues," including drug, alcohol and tobacco use and addiction in film and TV content. The winners will be announced April 24 at a ceremony at the Beverly Hills Hotel, with the gala to air in November on FX. NBC leads the networks in nominations with 13; Universal leads studios with 11 noms.

Gardner set to leave FCN for banking

Fox Cable Networks distribution chief Lindsay Gardner is exiting his post at the end of April for a position at private merchant bank Mediatech Capital Partners, sources said. Gardner has been FCN's head of distribution since 1999, joining the company as executive vp distribution and most recently serving since May as president of affiliate sales and marketing. Sources said he is taking a new role as director of global media development at Mediatech, which serves developing and established businesses in rapidly evolving media and technology-based industries. One potential candidate to replace Gardner at FCN is executive vp affiliate sales and marketing Michael Hopkins. A rep for FCN declined comment Thursday.

'Provoked,' 'Vanaja' set for Indian fest

NEW DELHI — The fifth annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, set for April 17-22, will open with "Provoked," starring Naveen Andrews, Miranda Richardson and Aishwarya Rai, it was announced Wednesday. IFFLA will close with the South Indian film "Vanaja," directed by Rajnesh Domalpalli. IFFLA, for which The Hollywood Reporter is the media sponsor, also will honor acclaimed Indian actress-photographer Deepti Naval. The six-day fest will be held at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood; the closing-night gala will take place at Hollywood & Highland. IFFLA's final lineup will be announced Monday.

Sundance hits Brooklyn with slate

Sundance Institute at BAM, set for May 31-June 10 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, will open with "The Savages," Tamara Jenkins' comic drama starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Laura Linney and Philip Bosco. The closing weekend will feature Cecilia Peck and Barbara Kopple's "Shut Up & Sing," Raoul Peck's "Lumumba" and Nick Broomfield's "Soldier Girls." The series also will highlight musical performances by Ljova, the Blue Jackets with Bradford Reed, Rhythm Republik and Sussan Deyhim.