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Friday is the deadline for entries for the 1993 Nancy Susan Reynolds Awards for storylines dealing with family planning and sexual issues in TV, films and musicvids. Entries must have aired nationally between July 1, 1992, and June 30, 1993. Awards will be handed out Nov. 10 at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. Deliver submissions to the Center for Population Options Media Project, 3733 Motor Ave. Suite 204, Los Angeles 90034. Phone (310) 559-5784.

Oprah Winfrey will star in and exec produce the ABC movie “There Are No Children Here,” produced by her Harpo Prods. Mark Lane will co-star in the story of two young brothers in a Chicago housing project. Winfrey said she’ll donate her salary from the movie to establishing a scholarship fund at the housing project where the story takes place.

Polly Walker, who was recently seen in “Enchanted April” and “Patriot Games” and just completed work on “The Trial” with Anthony Hopkins, has signed with the United Talent Agency, the company announced Wednesday. UTA will work in conjunction with Walker’s U.K. agent Pippa Markham of Markham & Froggatt Ltd.

Warner Bros. and Lorimar TV will accept applications for its 18th annual Comedy Writers’ Workshop from Aug. 30 through Oct. 1. The studio is seeking writers to train as staff writers during a 10-week workshop that begins next February on the Burbank lot. Selections will be made based on sample half-hour sitcom spec scripts, which must be submitted by mid-October. Fifteen winners will be chosen for the course, which is conducted by producers and programming executives and part of the studio’s writer development program.

Roger L. Simon, co-writer with Paul Mazursky of “Enemies, a Love Story,” and author of the Moses Wine detective novels, is the new president of PEN Center USA West. PEN boardmembers include are screenwriter Barbara Benedek, producer/biographer Sara Davidson, writer Hubert Selby Jr. and biographer Eric Lax.

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