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Wright is Palm Springs visionary

"Atonement" director Joe Wright will be honored Jan. 5 with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the 19th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival's awards gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The award is named after Bono, who as mayor of Palm Springs founded the festival in 1990.

'Sierra Club' joins Sundance

Sundance Channel has acquired the seven-part series "Sierra Club Chronicles" to air as part of "The Green," the network's weekly primetime destination focusing on environmental topics. The series features the efforts of individuals nationwide working to protect the health of their environment and communities. A new episode will air at 9 p.m. Tuesdays starting Feb. 5. The series is executive produced by Robert Greenwald and is produced by Greenwald's Brave New Films in association with Sierra Club Prods.

Flatley dancing after judgment

"Riverdance" creator Michael Flatley has won an $11.1 million default judgment in a defamation lawsuit filed against a real estate agent who claimed that he sexually assaulted her during a trip to Las Vegas. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Stern ordered Tyna Marie Robertson to pay the amount. Stern wrote that Flatley's testimony to the importance of his reputation, the impact of Robertson's false claims and other documents filed "conclusively" established that her claims were false and caused the dancer emotional distress.

Binder gets license from Halcyon Co.

NEW YORK — The Halcyon Co. has appointed Russell Binder as president of its newly formed consumer products division. Binder, a licensing industry veteran, will manage and grow the company's consumer products licensing business in support of Halcyon Co. content like the "Terminator" franchise as well as out-of-house content it will represent. Before joining Halcyon, Binder founded and managed boutique agency Striker Entertainment.

Contrafilm goes to Web with KushTV

Contrafilm is partnering with high-definition broadband platform KushTV to develop original content for Internet distribution. The deal will allow Contrafilm to experiment with new actors, directors and writers in shorts and features that potentially could be extended into more traditional formats. Contrafilm co-founder Beau Flynn will join the KushTV board as part of the partnership.

Miranda joins Asia ops at NBC Uni

SINGAPORE — Raymund Miranda will lead NBC Universal's integrated global networks operations in Asia. Miranda will spearhead the launch of commercial operations for global networks in Asia and drive NBC Uni's channels relationships in the region as part of the company's international channel expansion strategy. Asia is a high-priority focus for NBC Uni's global networks, and Miranda, based in Singapore, is set to "lead highly dynamic growth operation in the region," NBC Uni global networks president Roma Khanna said.