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RCA Records has announced a long-term worldwide recording contract with singer Freddie Jackson calling for up to six albums. Jackson was previously with Capitol Records.

George Schlatter and David Begelman have been added to the committee of honorary co-chairs for the gala charity benefit honoring Army Archerd for his 40 years as a columnist with Daily Variety.

Propaganda Films has concluded principal photography on “Lights Out” with Michael Madsen, Lisa Bonet and Gary Stretch. The L.A. urban thriller is about a womanizing cop whose search for an idiosyncratic serial killer is aided by a beautiful and mysterious reporter.

Restless Records has signed exclusive distribution deals via its Twin/Tone Records affiliate with two Minneapolis-based independent labels: Spanish Fly Records, owned and operated by drummer Lori Barbero, Tom Duclos and Jeremy Grosser; and Red Decibel Records.

Satellite Television Network and Pele Sports Marketing Brazil have inked a deal whereby STN will provide television stations, networks and other newsgathering operations with broadcast facilities during the 1994 World Cup Soccer Tournament. STN is a New Jerseybased equipment and facility supplier.

Tammy Wynette joins the roster of celebrity hosts for “Star-athon ’93,” United Cerebral Palsy Associations’ annual national telethon airing on a network of 75 TV stations across the U.S. on Jan. 23-24. She joins as hosts John Ritter, Henry Winkler, Sherman Hemsley, Nancy Dussault, Dennis James, Florence Henderson , Clint Holmes and Norm Crosby.

Erich Vollmer has been named to the position of executive director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Vollmer, currently the executive director of the Orange County Philharmonic Society, will move into his new position Feb. 15. Vollmer succeeds former director Deborah Rutter.

Mikhail Baryshnikov will join the advisory council of the modern dance company Dance Kaleidoscope. His role has not been determined, managing director Doug Dilling said.

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