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Edlund tapped for ASC award

Visual effects veteran Richard Edlund will receive the American Society of Cinematographers Presidents Award. Edlund has earned four Oscars for his visual effects work on "Star Wars," "The Empire Strikes Back," "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "Return of the Jedi" as well as six additional nominations. He also has earned three Scientific and Engineering Awards. The award will be presented Jan. 26 at the 22nd annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards at Hollywood & Highland.

Sands honored with top CAS nod

Dennis Sands will receive the Cinema Audio Society's highest accolade, the CAS Career Achievement Award. His career as a music scoring mixer and a sound rerecording mixer encompasses nearly 200 films, hundreds of episodic TV shows and numerous albums. The award will be presented Feb. 16 at the 44th CAS Awards at the Millennium Biltmore in Los Angeles.

Weller/Grossman, RTL expecting

Weller/Grossman Prods. has inked a co-production deal with RTL for a reality series featuring Scottish psychic Derek Ogilvie, a self-professed expert in communicating telepathically with babies and young children. Ogilvie, the author of "The Baby Mind Reader," previously appeared in a British series of the same name. The new series launches in the fall on RTL 4 in the Netherlands with a 15-episode order. Weller/Grossman is talking to networks stateside about a U.S. version of the show.

ADG adds five to Hall of Fame

The Art Directors Guild will induct five production designers into its Hall of Fame on Feb. 16 at the group's 12th annual Excellence in Production Design Awards in Beverly Hills. The honors are given only posthumously. The new inductees are Edward Carfagno, Stephen Grimes, Dale Hennesy, James Trittipo and Lyle Wheeler.

Diversity Awards to fete Ortega

Kenny Ortega, who most recently directed "High School Musical 2," will be honored as best director, comedy/musical at the 15th annual Diversity Awards, set for Nov. 18 at Universal Studios' Globe Theatre. Other honorees include Brittany Snow and Elijah Kelley, both from "Hairspray," who will be recognized as rising stars, and as well as Jon Heder, Idris Elba and Monique.

Caulfield's 'Blues' earns Sloan grant

Monique Caulfield, who is producing the feature "Basmati Blues," is the recipient of Film Independent's inaugural Sloan Producers Grant and will receive a $25,000 development grant and admission to FIND's 2007 Producers Lab. Funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the grant was announced Sunday at FIND's Filmmaker Forum at the DGA in Los Angeles. Honorable mentions went to Gretchen Somerfeld and David Baxter's "Face Value" and Minh Nguyen-Vo and Julien Favre's "Point of Reference."

Thomas to depart Buena Vista Prods.

Gwynne Thomas will exit her post as executive vp programming and development at Buena Vista Prods. at the end of the month. "With Buena Vista's increased concentration on alternative development, Gwynne has chosen to pursue opportunities that focus on first-run and cable development, in addition to alternative programming," Disney-ABC Television Group president of daytime Brian Frons said. He said Thomas was key in the development and sale of such projects as "Run for Money" and "The Fashionista Diaries."