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Vin Di Bona’s star turn

VindibonaThe turnout was pretty good today for the presentation of producer Vin Di Bona’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, near Hollywood and Vine and around the corner from the old KNXT-TV studios where Di Bona once produced pretty cool documentaries, back in the days when local TV stations spent money on such things. (The ceremony coincided with Thursday’s publication of Variety’s “Television Groundbreaker” salute to Vin.) The post-ceremony luncheon at the Hollywood Roosevelt was a lot of fun, packed with Vin’s industry pals, his mom, Jean, and a full complement of ABC execs, including ABC Entertainment chief Stephen McPherson and exec veep Jeff Bader. “America’s Funniest Home Videos” is one of TV’s longest-running shows and has been a staple on ABC’s air since the first Bush administration. ABC crunched the numbers in preparation for the ceremony and found that, among other impressive stats, that a whopping 120 million people checked out a clip or two of the series during the 2006-07 season. Not bad for a TV show that’s almost old enough to vote.

(Pictured: Vin Di Bona, right, with “AFHV” host Tom Bergeron)

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