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Bob Finkel and John E. Goldhammer will serve as co-chairs of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Primetime Emmy Awards show committee, serving as liaisons between ATAS’ exec committee/board of governors and ABC, which has a four-year deal to broadcast the awards. Goldhammer is senior VP, development, at Universal TV; Finkel is president of Teram Prods. and has produced and/or directed 11 Emmycasts.

NBC has scheduled two additional episodes of the in-house hour “Secret Service” for Fridays at 8 p.m., with a repeat for March 5 and an original episode on March 19. The series drew a 6.2 rating, 11 share as a last-minute replacement last week.

John Ritter and Jane Seymour will host the 19th annual People’s Choice Awards telecast, to be held March 9 from 9-11 p.m. on CBS.

Dallas-based Big Fish Films has signed photographer and filmmaker Gordon Willis Jr. for representation in the Southwest. Willis is a director for such commercials as Mazatlan tourism, Coca-Cola and McDonald’s.

Dennis Miller will be emcee for Advertising Club of Los Angeles’ 27th annual Belding Awards on April 14 at the Century Plaza Hotel.

The McDonaldland characters will be set to music courtesy of Rhino Records’ children’s label, Kid Rhino, which has entered into a retail licensing agreement with McDonald’s Corp. to produce and market a series of kiddie recordings, with the first blueprinted for release in fall.

Edward C. Cazier Jr. has been elected chair of the California Arts Council. Cazier, counsel to the law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, was appointed to the Arts Council in August 1991 by Gov. Pete Wilson. He served as vice chair before this election.

GGP says it has already cleared “Lillehammer ’94,” its Winter Olympic series of spex, on more than 50 CBS affils.

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