split in Rather suit

A New York state Supreme Court judge Monday threw out two claims in Dan Rather's amended lawsuit against CBS but let stand two others that could send the breach-of-contract case to trial in several months. Judge Ira Gammerman dismissed fraud and tortious interference with contract claims against CBS Corp. that were part of the former anchor's $70 million suit. What remains are breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty.

Mc Laughlin joins CMT

Dee Mc Laughlin has joined CMT as senior vp brand marketing. A nine-year veteran of Virgin Group, Mc Laughlin will oversee all aspects of marketing and creative with a focus on brand stewardship and strategic alignment.

Four to 'Montana'

Ray Romano, Donny Osmond, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Corbin Bleu will guest star on the Oct. 12 episode of Disney Channel's "Hannah Montana."

Tranter on her way

BBC drama chief Jane Tranter's move to the U.S. got the green light Monday as BBC Worldwide said that the executive will relocate to Los Angeles to head its production business. Tranter takes up her new position as BBC Worldwide executive vp programming and production Jan. 1, tasked with bolstering the BBC commercial arm's production activities on the U.S. side of the pond in drama and comedy.

Willard to the dogs

Fred Willard is set to host the inaugural Worldwide Fido Awards, an hourlong special airing Oct. 5 on Nick at Nite. One of six canine finalists will be crowned the winner.

Ion in WBDTD deal

Ion Television has inked a multiyear film-acquisition deal with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. The deal, running through summer 2010, encompasses 27 films, including "Grumpier Old Men," "The Fugitive" and "Goodfellas."

Help gets Mosko

Sony Pictures TV president Steve Mosko will receive the Help Group's Help Humanitarian Award. Mosko will be presented with the award Dec. 8 at the 12th annual Teddy Bear Ball chaired by Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman and CEO Michael Lynton and co-chairman Amy Pascal.