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TORONTO Radio Canada Intl. will receive C$15 million ($10.5 million) over three years from the federal government for infrastructure and improvements. This is in addition to last year’s reinstatement…

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DGA to salute Pittman

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C.J. Rapp Pittman will receive the Directors Guild of America's 1998 Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award. The award is given to an associate director or stage manager in recognition of service to…

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Roberto Iglesias dead at 76

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Roberto Iglesias, a pioneer in Spanish language radio and television, died Feb. 7 of cancer in Glendale. He was 76. Iglesias created the weekly TV program “Varedades,” the first Spanish show to be…

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Gus Wayne, 77

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Gus Wayne, one of the 124 midgets who graced the screen in “The Wizard of Oz” in 1939, died Jan 23 of heart failure at a nursing home in Lakeland, Fla. He was 77. Wayne had been in ill health since…

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Sam Perrin, dead at 96

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Retired TV writer Sam Perrin, who served as Jack Benny’s writer for more than 40 years, died Jan. 8 at the Motion Picture & Television Hospital in Woodland Hills following an extended illness. He was…

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