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Film director/cinematographer John Bailey (“China Moon”) has signed an exclusive commercial production deal with Brownstone Prods. Bailey, the cinematographer on “In the Line of Fire,””The Accidental Tourist” and “The Big Chill,” will now be working as a director and cameraman on commercials.

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NBC has renamed the Disney series starring 11-year-old Gaby Hoffmann “Someone Like Me.” The show, formerly called “Gaby,” will premiere Tuesday

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Frank Pierson has rejoined the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors. He was on the interguild organization’s steering committee in the 1970s.

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Jazz pianist Billy Taylor has been named the jazz impresario for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in D.C. The jazz expert will tape 26 programs with other stars at the Kennedy Center to be broadcast on National Public Radio stations during fall 1995. Taylor will be the artistic director of the project to be called “Billy Taylor’s Jazz at the Kennedy Center.”

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Regional cable sports channel Prime Ticket will launch in San Diego April 15 with 700,000 subscribers. Prime Ticket also has signed a three-year deal with the San Diego Padres to broadcast 25 baseball games annually on the basic cable channel.

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The Post Group Digital Center has appointed Joe White as Harry artist/animator. White, who will work on 2D and 3D graphics for film and TV projects, was a freelancer at Varitel Video.

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Turner Broadcasting’s cable web Cartoon Network has passed 10 million subscribers with the addition of systems in Illinois. The all-animation network now reaches 10,197,000 homes — five times the number of subs at launch in October 1992, according to A.C. Nielsen.

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Janson Associates has acquired distribution rights to Wombat Prods.’ “Hollywood Collection,” 16 documentaries and specials about Hollywood and screen legends, including biographies of Marilyn Monroe, Steve McQueen and Cary Grant. The package includes two spex on Mae West and Lassie, the latter to air in August on PBS.

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Paramount Interactive has granted Interplay Prods. Inc. the North American rights to bundle its software with computer equipment or other software. The deal gives Paramount a much broader market to showcase its software. Last month, MCA acquired a significant minority stake in Interplay.

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The Mark Taper Forum’s youth theater, Performing for Los Angeles Youth, will present the world premiere of “Harold’s Big Feat” during its annual spring tour of schools. The play was written and performed by Wolfe Bowart and directed by Peter C. Brosius, who heads the Taper program.

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The American Optometric Assn. gave its Apollo Award to Descriptive Video Service of Boston, which offers narrated descriptions of the key visual elements of television programs and movies for the blind and visually impaired. The narration, which describes actions, settings, body language and graphics, was pioneered at public TV station WGBH in Boston. Descriptive Video Service is offered through 87 public television stations.

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