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Moving Image stops for Cruise

NEW YORK — Tom Cruise will be feted with a tribute at the Museum of the Moving Image's 23rd annual black-tie salute. The event, set for Nov. 6 at Cipriani 42nd Street in Midtown Manhattan, honors the 27-year film career of the actor-producer-turned-United Artists studio head. Several of Cruise's friends and co-workers will appear onstage to pay tribute to the star, accompanied by scenes from his films.

Markey calls for meeting on royalty feud

WASHINGTON — Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., is joining the chorus of those interested in the fate of the royalty that webcasters pay musicians and record labels for using their songs. The chairman of the House Commerce Committee's Telecommunications and Internet Subcommittee has summoned representatives of the music and webcasting industry to the Hill on Thursday for a round-table meeting aimed at pushing the parties toward a settlement. His interest comes on top of examinations of the royalty by the House Judiciary Committee and the House Small Business Committee.

Ferrari named president of Warners Italy

ROME — Paolo Ferrari, a 17-year veteran of Warner Bros., has been appointed president and managing director of Warner Bros. Entertainment Italy, the company said Tuesday. One of the most visible industry players in Italy, Ferrari recently took over as head of the Italian Association of Cinematographic Audiovisual and Multimedia Industries. Ferrari's new duties include oversight of all the company's business in the country, including film production, distribution and marketing.

Washington Post, PBS top b'band Emmy noms

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences on Tuesday announced its broadband Emmy nominees for original news and documentary content, with PBS and the Washington Post leading the pack with four nominations each. The news follows Monday's interim ruling by the American Arbitrators Assn. that NATAS and its rival Academy of Television Arts & Sciences can't make any new announcements regarding digital-based Emmy Awards with the caveat that the ruling does not apply to ongoing awards like the Broadband Emmys. Tuesday's nominations in four categories — current news; documentary/nonfiction; arts, lifestyle and culture; and regional news — cover the creation of video for the Internet, cell phones and portable media players and devices.

ABC Family shakes it up with Milian

Christina Milian is attached to star alongside Matt Keeslar in the ABC Family telefilm "Snowglobe," which begins production at month's end in Calgary, Canada. "Snowglobe," one of two original telefilms debuting this year during ABC Family's "25 Days of Christmas," centers on a woman (Milian) who finds she can magically leave the real world behind for the Christmas-themed dreamland in her grandmother's snow globe. Keeslar ("Scream 3") plays a love interest she encounters inside the globe.

Three set for honors at JLC luncheon

The Jewish Labor Committee will honor Thom Davis, IATSE Local 80 business agent and IATSE International vp; Serena Kay Williams, retiring secretary-treasurer of Musicians Local 47; and Michele Lee, member of the DGA, SAG, AFTRA and Actors Equity. The trio, to be feted Sunday at a Century Plaza Hotel luncheon in Century City, are being recognized for "community service and support of civil and workers rights." JLC programs support labor causes and fight anti-Semitism and bigotry.