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Sting unearths 'Jones' theft suspect

Los Angeles County sheriffs arrested a man Tuesday in connection with the theft of computers, photographs and documents used for Steven Spielberg's upcoming "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull." The afternoon arrest took place during a sting operation in West Hollywood, according to sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore. He said that officers posing as potential buyers arrested Roderick Davis of Cerritos, Calif., on suspicion of receiving stolen property. The goods, taken Sept. 24 from Spielberg's production office, had been advertised for sale through e-mails sent out to entertainment-gossip Web sites. More people might be involved, deputies said.

Sundance, TW fund young creatives

NEW YORK — The Sundance Institute and Time Warner are partnering to create the Time Warner Storytelling Advancement Fund for indie filmmakers, playwrights and screenwriters. The fund will support the Time Warner Storytelling Fellows program for up to 20 film and theater artists during the next four years. Director Patricia Benoit and playwright Tracey Scott Wilson are the inaugural Time Warner Storytelling Fellows, each receiving a $5,000 grant and a year of work-related assistance.

Cohn leads music for Nick/MTVN Kids

Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group has named Doug Cohn to the newly created position of senior vp music marketing and talent. In the role, he will spearhead the group's music business, promoting new and existing Nickelodeon music franchises. The news follows Nickelodeon's recent partnership with Sony Music Label Group for television and music projects. The first joint venture is "The Naked Brothers Band" original music soundtrack, to be released Tuesday.

'Elah' brings down curtain on Abu Dhabi fest

Paul Haggis' "In the Valley of Elah" has been selected as the closing-night film of the Middle East International Film Festival — Abu Dhabi, which takes place Oct. 14-19 at the Emirates Palace. Festival organizers also said Wednesday that Abu Dubai Media will sponsor a $100,000 prize in support of Emirati filmmakers and listed the selections in its Arab Women Directors category.

Endemol sets prod'n sights on Middle East

LONDON — Reality format creator Endemol said Wednesday that it would have a new Middle Eastern production office up and running by the end of November. Endemol Middle East will be based in the United Arab Emirates capital of Dubai and will have a branch office in Beirut, Lebanon. It is expected to make local versions of the hit formats "Deal or No Deal" and "Star Academy."

Macin el jefe at Univision's two L.A. stations

Maelia Macin has been named vp and GM at Univision Television Group's Los Angeles stations, effective immediately. In this position, Macin will oversee all aspects of Univision station KMEX-TV and Telefutura station KFTR-TV, including sales, news, marketing, online initiatives and community outreach. Macin, who will report to president and COO Ray Rodriguez, comes to Los Angeles from Univision's two Austin stations, where she was vp and GM.