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Moffitt ascends at ADG

John Moffitt, lead scenic artist at Warner Bros. for the past 20 years, has been named associated executive director of the Art Directors Guild of IATSE Local 800. Moffitt has painted murals such local spots as the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, the Cerritos Library and the Samuel Goldwyn Museum in Hollywood as well as in many foreign locations, including Cannes and Shanghai. Collectors of his work have included Walter Matthau, Carol Burnett, Bob Hope, Jaclyn Smith and Alan Pakula. Also on Tuesday, the ADG said the Costume Designers Guild IATSE Local 892 has entered a six-year lease to occupy the first floor of a building the ADG owns in Studio City.

Life rights to Gaines booked by Eisenberg

Joel Eisenberg and his Iron Mountain Media have picked up the life rights to renowned publisher William M. Gaines to co-produce a biopic based on the life of the man who was behind EC Comics' "Tales From the Crypt" and Mad magazine. "Ghoulishly Yours, William M. Gaines," which is being scripted by Eisenberg, will revolve around the banding together of an anti-establishment group of comic book creators as they produce their popular line of comic books like "Crypt," which later led Gaines to face Senate subcommittee hearings over accusations of perpetuating juvenile delinquency.

One is better than Five for 'Prison'

LONDON — Sky One has beaten out the Five channel for the rights to Season 3 of "Prison Break" in a deal thought to be worth £500,000 ($996,400) per episode, the network said Tuesday. It also grabbed the rights to Fox's "Journeyman." Sky One acquisitions chief David Smyth said the shows are the "perfect addition" to its slate of U.S. shows, adding that "Journeyman" was the "standout pilot" at this year's L.A. Screenings, where the deals were concluded.

Meier boards Red Wagon

Rhiannon Meier has been named vp creative affairs at Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher's Red Wagon Entertainment. She will be responsible for bringing in new material as well as developing Red Wagon's current creative slate, including projects like "The Historian." Before joining Red Wagon, Meier was director of development at Blue Star Pictures, where she co-produced "Daddy Day Camp" with Cuba Gooding Jr. and associate produced the Nicolas Cage starrer "Bangkok Dangerous."

Bravo's Web fills plate with fashion, food

Bravo is broadening its original Web content offerings in the summer with the launch this month of four new Web-exclusive series focusing on fashion and food, the network said Tuesday. Three of the new series are extensions of Bravo network shows — one from "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List" and two originating from the popular "Top Chef" series — while another utilizes the fashion sense that YouTube personality William Sledd has shared online in "Ask a Gay Man."

Rock, Seinfeld on roster at comedy fest

The third edition of HBO and AEG Live's the Comedy Festival will feature Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld headlining back-to-back shows at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The festival is set to take place Nov. 14-17, with TBS returning as the title sponsor.