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‘ET’ pinkslips vet staffers

A handful of midlevel and senior staffers have been laid off from Paramount Domestic TV’s top-rated magazine show “Entertainment Tonight,” sources say.

Longtime New York senior segment producer Donald Berman, clip clearance executive Randy Ziegler and one other senior producer are among those whose positions are being eliminated. All have worked for “ET” for many years, but with about 150 employees on staff, Par downplayed the moves as routine.

A Par spokeswoman provided few details, but confirmed, “We are making some staffing changes. The changes are to increase efficiency, and it has nothing to do with the budget.”

“Entertainment Tonight” remains the highest-rated syndicated magazine show on the air, although its ratings, like all magazines, have declined over the past few years because of competition from hot off-net sitcoms and new mag competitors. Par is currently in negotiations with the CBS O&Os to renew the access strip beyond 1998.

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