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Tassler is ICG's top showman

Hollywood publicists will honor CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler with their television showman of the year award. The award will be presented at the ICG 44th annual Publicists Awards Luncheon, set for Feb. 7 at the Beverly Hilton. Previous honorees for the television showmanship award include CBS Corp. chairman Leslie Moonves, Comcast Entertainment Group CEO Ted Harbert and producer Jerry Bruckheimer.

'60,' CBS top biz Emmy noms

NEW YORK — CBS News cleaned up among nominees for the fourth annual Emmy Awards for Business & Financial Reporting, with three times the nominations as the nearest competitor. CBS News had 15 nominations, including nine for "60 Minutes," five for "Sunday Morning" and one for the "CBS Evening News Weekend Edition." NBC had five, three for the "NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams" and two for "Dateline NBC." CNBC followed with four nominations, three for "On the Money" and one for "Closing Bell." CNN had three nominations, two for "Anderson Cooper 360º" and one for "CNN Presents." PBS also had three, two for "Now" and one for "Frontline." One each went to "ABC World News," Biography and an ABC News Prods./Discovery Times Channel show titled "Wall Street" that ran on the Discovery Times Channel. The nine noms for "60 Minutes" were the most for any show. This year's Business/Financial Emmys ceremony will be held Dec. 7 at the Rainbow Room in New York.

GreeneStreet shuffles executives

Ariel Veneziano, who has spent the past three years as the New York-based president of GreeneStreet Films International, is moving to GreeneStreet Films' Los Angeles office, where company partner Tim Williams heads production. Under Veneziano, GSFI will have its own operations and acquisitions activity. In other developments, Annie Marter, based in New York, has been promoted to director of development; Melanie Shanley will serve as Marter's West Coast counterpart in development.

DGA hands out student prizes

Students from Biola University, USC and UCLA were among the winners in the DGA's 12th annual student filmmaker awards. The program is open to student filmmakers who are black, Asian-American, Latino or female. It offers cash prizes of $2,500 each plus a $1,000 Kodak product grant to winners and a $500 product grant to those earning honorable mention. Those selected for prizes this year included: best black student filmmaker Matthew Jones of Biola for "Be the Man"; honorable mention Hezekiah Lewis of UCLA for "Memoirs of a Smoker." Best Asian-American student filmmaker Vineet Dewan of USC for "Clear Cut, Simple"; honorable mention, Arvin Chen of USC for "Mei." Best Latino student filmmaker Xochitl Dorsey of UCLA for "Tears & Tortillas"; honorable mention Erika Bagnarello of Florida State University for "The Melting Pot." Best female student filmmaker Daphne Lambrinou of USC for "Paperboat"; honorable mention Diane Lisa Johnson of USC for "Swimming."

TBS, Henson Co. 'Puppet Up'

TBS has greenlighted a one-hour special with the Jim Henson Co. to be taped at the Comedy Festival in Las Vegas. "The Jim Henson Co.'s Puppet Up! Uncensored" will air Nov. 20 and feature a troupe of improvisational performers who bring puppets to life in unexpectedly irreverent ways. Brian Henson and Lisa Henson are executive producers of "Uncensored." Henson Co. also has filmed a TBS pilot for "The Late Night Buffet With Augie and Del."