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Allen makes the cut for editors' award

Dede Allen will receive the Motion Picture Editors Guild's Fellowship and Service Award, created to acknowledge a member who exhibits exemplary skill in the craft of editing and a set of values that include professionalism, collaboration, mentorship, generosity of spirit and commitment to the labor movement. Allen's credits include "Bonnie and Clyde" and "Serpico." The award will be presented Jan. 5 at the guild's annual board of directors installation dinner at the Loews in Santa Monica.

VIP duo guilty of tax evasion

COLOGNE, Germany — Andreas Schmid, former head of German film fund VIP, was found guilty of multiple counts of tax evasion and sentenced to six years in prison Tuesday. His business partner, Andreas Grosch, also was found guilty and handed a two-year suspended sentence. Schmid was released on €4 million ($5.8 million) bail pending his appeal. He already has served more than two years in jail after he was arrested in late 2005.

Cartoon shows land plush deal

NEW YORK — Cartoon Network Enterprises, the network's global branding and merchandising arm, has announced its first foray into the amusement park distribution channel via a multibrand deal with KellyToy USA to create plush sporting goods and novelty items based on such Cartoon Network shows as "Ben 10" and "Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends."

'Smart' tops TV-DVD nods

A complete-series boxed set of "Get Smart" won the top honor Monday at the fourth annual TV-DVD Awards, while shows featuring Jim Henson's Muppet characters won three awards. The TV-DVD Awards were presented by Home Media Magazine in cooperation with The Hollywood Reporter, and DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group. "Get Smart: The Complete Series," a collaboration between Time Life and HBO Video, earned the best-of-show prize. "Smart" was edged out for best complete-series set by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment's "M*A*S*H: The Martinis & Medicine Collection."

Stanley heads showbiz at L.A. law firm

Former reality show producer and studio executive David Stanley will head the entertainment transactional practice at the Los Angeles law firm of Greenberg Glusker. Stanley, a 1976 graduate of Golden Gate University School of Law, has been with the firm for two years. He replaces veteran transactional attorney Robert Marshall, who remains at the firm.

Local focus for NBC stations group

The NBC owned-and-operated stations group has changed its name to NBC Local Media Division and tapped Brian Buchwald and Mark French for senior positions. NBC Local Media Division president John Wallace said the new name better reflects the scope of the unit's business. Buchwald has been named senior vp local digital media and multiplatform, while French has been named senior vp and GM of NBC Everywhere, a new unit focusing on the company's "digital place-based" network. Both report to Wallace.