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Hazel McDowell

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Hazel Hammond Dewey McDowell, a costumer and wardrobe mistress in the TV industry, died Dec. 1 in Huntington Beach of natural causes. A native of Ohio, McDowell worked on several TV series including…

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John Larkin

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John Larkin, a jazz pianist and songwriter who turned his lifelong stuttering problem into international acclaim as a scat singer, died Dec. 3 of lung cancer at his home in Los Angeles. He was 57. A…

Joseph Heller

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Joseph Heller, novelist, TV writer, playwright and screenwriter whose darkly comic first novel (later a movie) “Catch-22″ defined the paradox of the modern no-win dilemma and added a phrase to the…

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World Briefs

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INDIA French satellite channel TV5 has announced plans to expand operations in India. The scheme includes a direct tie-up with Indian cable operators and one-to-one marketing to viewers through…

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Exec Shuffle

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Maura J. Regan has been tapped director of Asia licensing for Children’s Television Workshop. Regan will manage all licensing and merchandising for “Sesame Street,” as well as new Workshop business…

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Pioneer gets Regent fare

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Pioneer Entertainment has inked a homevideo distrib deal with Regent Entertainment. The pact's frosh effort is the video release of Regent's William Shatner starrer "Free Enterprise," currently in…

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