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Eddie October, producer of HBO’s “Young Comedians” specials, has been named supervising producer on “Later With Greg Kinnear,” the NBC latenight series that premieres Feb. 28. NBC also has rescheduled David Letterman’s appearance on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” to that night, after it was realized a Feb. 21 appearance would conflict with a delayed start for CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman” due to the Winter Olympics. Staffers from “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” were irked by the Letterman booking, which was scheduled without notifying the NBC host.

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The Sheraton Universal Hotel is closed for repairs and renovation until May 1 . The hotel, which suffered damage in the Jan. 17 earthquake, has been approved for occupancy, but “we have elected to close to all business for a limited period of time, rather than inconvenience our guests during the repair process,” said hotel general manager Dave Cocks.

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Neufeld/Rehme Prods. have acquired rights to two books for potential TV movies: Sarah Shankman’s “He Was Her Man,” which the company will produce with Paramount; and “The Love You Make,” Peter Brown and Steven Gaines’ account of the Beatles, the latter in conjunction with NBC.

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Fast Forward Video has pacted with public television station KCET to release its series “Surviving the Big One.” In addition to distributing the vidcassette to traditional retailers, home improvement and hardware specialty stores also will be targeted. The tape will sell for $ 19.95.

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CBS has established ties with Prodigy for services as a marketing tool during the Winter Olympics. Facets of the program will include having CBS Sports personnel go online to field questions, polls conducted through Prodigy and bulletin boards devoted to the Games.

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ABC Video will distribute “ESPN Fitness Pros” as a five-part homevideo series , with the first two titles to be released March 16, priced at $ 12.98 each.

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National Film Service has moved its headquarters from New York to Encino, opening its West Coast headquarter offices on Ventura Boulevard. The privately owned firm, which has delivered more than 5 million prints from laboratories to theaters in its 48-year history, operates 33 depots throughout the United States.

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