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Bluhm is next CEO at NextMedium

NextMedium said Monday that it has named former GoTV Networks CEO David Bluhm its new CEO. NextMedium developed an automated marketplace for product-placement and collaborates with Nielsen on its PlaceViews product placement tracking service. Bluhm has more than 20 years of experience founding and managing technology and new-media startups, including GoTV, Mforma and Medio Systems.

Kindler game for SCEA ad unit

Looking to create additional revenue streams, Sony Computer Entertainment America has announced the formation of a new in-game advertising unit to be headed by former Nintendo and Adscape Media executive Darlene Kindler. The move follows an announcement in the summer that SCEA would partner with Nielsen Media Research to develop measurement systems for in-game advertising for the PlayStation 3 as well as the online PlayStation Network.

Curtis is BAFTA/LA's humanitarian, actually

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts/Los Angeles will honor Richard Curtis with the inaugural BAFTA/LA Humanitarian Award at the 2007 BAFTA/LA Cunard Britannia Awards, to be presented Nov. 1 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City. The "Four Weddings and a Funeral" screenwriter and "Love Actually" director founded U.K. Comic Relief in 1985; the organization has raised nearly $1 billion to date.

Sundance names Ponsoldt fellow

Sundance Institute has awarded the 2007 Lynn Auerbach Screenwriting Fellowship to "Refresh, Refresh" writer James Ponsoldt. The unproduced feature follows three teenage boys struggling to deal with their fathers' service in the Iraq War. Ponsoldt will receive a cash stipend, a Sundance screenplay reading and the advisory services of scribes John August and Ron Nyswaner throughout his fellowship year. Ponsoldt developed his work in the summer at the institute's Screenwriters Lab in Utah.

Designer docu to hit Sundance Channel

Sundance Channel has acquired U.S. broadcast rights to Loic Prigent's documentary "Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton," which captures fashion designer Jacobs at work. The docu also features interviews with some of Jacobs' friends and admirers, including Sofia Coppola, author Francine Prose, Japanese artist Takashi Murakami and art dealer Larry Gagosian. The docu is set to make its U.S. television premiere in February on Sundance.

Mangan to hit road for Ultra HD

Ultra HD, one of Rainbow Media Holdings' Voom HD Networks, has tapped Australian chef Luke Mangan for an original series titled "Appetizing Adventures With Luke Mangan." The eight-episode series will follow the culinary guru on an exotic road trip throughout Asia as he seeks inspiration for new dishes for his restaurant in Sydney. The series premieres Nov. 7 on Ultra HD, which is devoted to fashion, beauty and style.