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Juris promoted at Court TV

LOS ANGELES — Marc Juris has been upped to executive vp and GM at Court TV, less than a month before the network gets a new moniker. As the channel's top executive, he will oversee day-to-day operations and strategic planning, including the initiative that will see Court TV rebranded as truTV starting Jan. 1.

News Corp. buys Beliefnet

News Corp. said Tuesday that it has acquired Beliefnet, a site focused on faith and spirituality. The acquisition of the "world's largest spiritual Web site" was handled by Fox Entertainment Group. The site will become part of Fox Digital Media, led by president Dan Fawcett. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Margolis returns for SAG telecasts

LOS ANGELES — Longtime SAG Awards producer Jeff Margolis has been tapped to direct the 14th annual SAG Awards telecast. The Jan. 27 kudocast from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center is set for 8 p.m. EST/PST, 7 p.m. CST and 6 p.m. MST on TNT and TBS. Margolis also will direct the Dec. 20 SAG Awards nominations telecast on TNT.

Cohen consults digital coalition

LOS ANGELES — The joint venture between Warner Bros. Entertainment, Universal and Digital Cinema Implementation Partners has been named the Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition and has hired industry veteran Steven Cohen as a consultant to manage the project. The venture aims to develop a cost-effective form of digital content delivery.

'300' conquers with HD wins

CENTURY CITY — Warner Home Video's "300" dominated the inaugural High-Def Disc Awards on Tuesday, taking high-def title of the year and best bonus feature honors. But in an outcome that underscored the format war between the rival high-definition optical discs, the Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD versions picked up one honor apiece. Tuesday's High-Def Disc Awards dinner was part of High-Def 2.0, presented by Home Media Magazine in cooperation with The Hollywood Reporter and the Entertainment Merchants Assn. A list of winners can be found at

Warm Bravo greeting for 'Hey Bitches'

LOS ANGELES — Bravo has greenlighted a reality pilot tentatively titled "Hey Bitches," starring personality William Sledd. The pilot will follow Sledd — who appears on Bravo's series "Ask a Gay Man," where "Hey bitches!" is his greeting — as he contemplates making the leap from his hometown of Paducah, Ky., to the world of high fashion in New York. The pilot is produced by Realand Prods. for NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution and Bravo.

AMEC honors Blair with Founders Award

LOS ANGELES — The Association of Media & Entertainment Counsel will honor Microsoft vp media Blair Westlake with the honorary Founders Award at its Media & Entertainment gala Dec. 7 in Beverly Hills. Westlake is a former chairman of Universal TV and exec vp at Gemstar-TV Guide.