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DIC Animation City has licensed international distribution rights to the new animated series “Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?” to Buena Vista Intl. TV. The show, based on a computer game, will premiere on the Fox Children’s Network early next year.

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Bob Dylan has been added to Saturday’s closing lineup of Concerts for the Heartland, a three-day fundraiser for Red Cross Midwest flood relief. Dylan joins John Mellencamp for the show at St. Louis’ Riverport Amphitheatre. Concerts kick off Thursday at Chicago’s World Music Theatre and move Friday to Indianapolis’ Deer Creek Music Center. For information, call (800) 251-6222.

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Fox Broadcasting Co. has changed the name of the Lorimar sitcom “My Girls” to “Living Single.” The show, which premieres Aug. 22, will air at 8:30 p.m. Sundays behind “Martin.”

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The Arbitron Co. has signed an agreement with AGB McNair/New Zealand to license portable passive people-meter technology to measure TV and radio audiences in New Zealand. AGB McNair/Australia and BBM Bureau of Measurement in Canada are Arbitron’s two other international associates in the project.

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Principal photography has wrapped on Allied Entertainment’s “Nostradamus.” Directed by Roger Christian, film stars French actor Tcheky Karyo, Amanda Plummer, Assumpta Serna, Rutger Hauer and F. Murray Abrahams. Edward Simons and Harald Reichebner produced. August Entertainment will handle worldwide sales.

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PBS reports that its preschool audience jumped 37% in ratings for the November 1992-May 1993 period, boosted by “Barney & Friends,””Lamb Chop’s Play-Along” and franchises “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” and “Sesame Street.” PBS has cited children’s programming as a priority.

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Attorney John W. Cones has developed and published “Film Industry Contracts,” a book of sample contracts and letters of agreement for independent producers. The book includes info on non-disclosure and negative pickup distribution agreements and is available through Kalman Communications.

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Vince Gill and Clint Black will co-host the 27th annual Country Music Assn. Awards, to air Sept. 29 on CBS. Show expands to three hours this year.

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The CBS daytime soaps “Guiding Light” and “As the World Turns” will begin closed captioning for the deaf and hearing impaired in August. The Television Decoder Circuitry Act went into effect earlier this month, requiring TV sets 13 inches or larger to carry a caption decoder.

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Former “Tonight Show” producer Fred de Cordova will exec produce the special “Legend to Legend,” which will tape Oct. 26 for airing on NBC this fall. Jimmy Stewart, Gregory Peck, Gene Kelly, Muhammad Ali and George Burns are scheduled to appear on the spec, which will be produced by NBC Prods. Ticket sales go to AIDS charities.

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Strauss Zelnick, who recently left 20th Century Fox to become prexy and chief executive at Crystal Dynamics, a Silicon Valley entertainment software company, will be the keynote speaker at the Conference on Interactive Marketing Sept. 21- 23 in Scottsdale, Ariz. Information: (310) 798-0433.

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