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The Film Advisory Board will hold its annual awards luncheon Saturday at 11: 30 a.m. at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Award of Excellence plaques will be presented to a number of films, videos and artists, including Wes Studi for his supporting performance in “The Last of the Mohicans” and a career achievement award to songwriters Robert Sherman and Richard Sherman. Films being honored include “Beethoven” and “Enchanted April.”

The National Assn. of Broadcasters promoted Michael Waring to VP of government relations from director of NAB political communications. NAB also named Kathleen Ramsey director of broadcaster/congressional relations and Tristan Carter Warren, director of congressional liaison for the NAB in the House of Representatives, has also been given the same title in the Senate.

A special holiday screening of “The Bulkin Trail,” a 30-minute film about the search for self-esteem, has been set for Dec. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Academy Plaza Theatre to benefit 500 children and their parents, including beneficiaries of the Make-a-Wish and Starlight foundations.

Lily Tomlin is replacing Whoopi Goldberg in the part of Selma Dritz, a San Francisco public health official, in HBO’s production of “And the Band Played On.” The pay cable network will air the original movie based on Randy Shilts’ book about the AIDS epidemic in mid- to late 1993. HBO said Goldberg left the production because of ill health.

Fox Broadcasting Co. has ordered four additional episodes of the ABC Prods. drama “Class of ’96,” which is scheduled to premiere Jan. 19, launching Fox’s Tuesday lineup along with the Viacom hour “Key West.” The extension brings the total order to 17 episodes.

Children’s Television Workshop and Spanish language programmer Televisa S.A. will begin production on a fourth 26-week cycle of “Plaza Sesamo IV,” a Spanish version of CTW’s “Sesame Street,” with funding this year from the United Nations Children’s Fund. “Plaza Sesamo” was the first “Sesame Street” international co-production when it premiered in 1973.

Cencom Cable general manager Craig Watson has been named president of the Southern California Cable Assn., as of January, succeeding Jim Petro, VP, Western region, Colony Communications Inc. Watson will serve a one-year term. Others elected to the exec committee: Dimension Cable’s veep and general manager Leo Brennan, as vice president; Adlink chief financial officer Kim Bright as treasurer; and TBS account exec Roni Stimell, as secretary.

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