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Amezcua anchors KTTV at 10 p.m.

KTLA Los Angeles morning anchor Carlos Amezcua has been named co-anchor of KTTV Los Angeles' 10 p.m. newscast alongside Christine Devine and will be making his first appearance on the show Oct. 1. Amezcua, whose broadcasting career spans more than 30 years, most recently was anchor of "KTLA Morning News" and served as interim anchor of the station's 10 p.m. newscast following the death of Hal Fishman last month. He also has been a network correspondent for CBS News and reported for "NBC Nightly News," CNN and HBO's "America Undercover." It's unclear what role, if any, longtime KTTV anchor John Beard will play in the new structure at KTTV, which is part of the Fox Television Stations group.

Spengler back in ring with 'Luchadores'

LONDON — Pierre Spengler, a producer of the original live-action "Superman" movies, is returning to the comic book adaptation genre with "Luchadores 5." The project will be the first offering from a 12-picture slate based on titles from the prestigious European comic book/graphic novel publisher Les Humanoides Associes. The film, a live-action adaptation of the comic book series "Lucha Libre," is being co-produced by Clubdeal, Chamber 6 and Muttpop. Chamber 6's Michael Olmos will direct; Adrian A. Cruz will write the screenplay. The comedy is about five Latino wrestlers in East Los Angeles who band together as vigilantes in their neighborhood dressed as masked wrestlers.

Ford returns to Discovery for Military, Times

Discovery Communications veteran John Ford is returning to the fold, the company said Tuesday. Ford, who most recently was executive vp programming at Discovery rival National Geographic Channel, will take the reins at Discovery-owned Military Channel and Discovery Times Channel.

BET bolsters executive ranks

BET Networks said Tuesday that it is beefing up its entertainment division with new hires and promotions, pinning senior vp stripes on Brett King and Robyn Lattaker-Johnson and tapping four other executives for vp posts. King was named senior vp scripted programming, overseeing all scripted programming for BET and straight-to-DVD projects; he was a consultant for the Simmons Lathan Media Group. Lattaker-Johnson has been promoted from vp development to senior vp development, reality programming. The vp appointments are Sitarah Pendelton, development; Audrey LaCatis Onyeike, Melanie Massie, talent; and Shaun Williams, business operations.

NBC Uni, iVillage getting 'In the Loop'

NBC Universal Television Stations and iVillage said Tuesday that their daytime program "iVillage Live" is being renamed "In the Loop With iVillage" as of Sept. 17 and will have a "new look, feel and focus" along with new hosts and a new location. The interactive show will broadcast in front of a studio audience at WMAQ-TV, NBC Uni's station in Chicago, instead of from the Universal Orlando Resort. "Loop" will be hosted by actress-comedian Kim Coles ("Living Single"); Bill Rancic, the Season 1 winner of NBC's "The Apprentice"; and Ereka Vetrini, a former contestant on "Apprentice."