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Film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert have reupped with Buena Vista Television. They will continue as co-hosts of the syndicated “Siskel & Ebert” as well as a series of specials.

The multiple-year agreement will extend the pair’s eight-year association with the Disney-owned syndie subsid.

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ABC Sports veteran Doug Wilson will receive a lifetime achievement award at the Directors Guild of America’s bi-coastal banquet March 5. Wilson has been with ABC Sports for 35 years and has been involved in Olympic Games dating back to 1964.

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The National Assn. of Broadcasters has added two members to its TV board of directors: John Zanotti, CEO of Cincinnati-based Great American Communications; and Martin Brantley, prez and general manager at KPTV-TV Portland, Ore. Zanotti fills the seat vacated by Ed Reilly of McGraw-Hill Broadcasting, while Brantley takes over for Ed Aiken, G.M. of WTOG-TV St. Petersburg, Fla.

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John Madden, just signed to a megadeal with Fox Sports, will make his debut on Fox Broad-

casting Co. Monday as host of the football-oriented telepic “Rise & Walk: The Dennis Byrd Story.”

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Cable network Lifetime has landed ABC’s “Grace Under Fire” star Brett Butler to host its one-hour primetime special “Growing Up Funny.” Produced by Propaganda Films, the special is part of Lifetime’s “Take Our Daughters to Work Day,” spearheaded by the Ms. Foundation, whose co-sponsor Marlo Thomas will also participate. Spec will be taped March 23 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale and will air April 24.

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