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Skywalker Sound and Big Time Picture Co. are holding a two-day demonstration of electronic audio workstations at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at 12210 1/2 Nebraska Ave. in West L.A. The event is being sponsored by Motion Picture Sound Editors.

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“Education First!” and the Procter & Gamble Co. will host what’s being described as an info-breakfast entitled “Education and the Media: The Critical Role of Parents” from 8:30-10 a.m. Monday.

Featured speakers will include Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman Peter Guber and New York Knicks coach Pat Riley.

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ESPN has ordered a sports trivia gameshow pilot, “Designated Hitter,” from the William Carruthers Co. and Kitchen Table Prods. Curt Chaplin will host.

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Vanessa Williams is leaving the cast of the Fox Broadcasting Co. series “Melrose Place,” saying she intends to focus on movies. Williams will be seen in the upcoming feature “The D.R.O.P. Squad,” produced by Spike Lee for Gramercy Pictures. Williams issued a statement calling her exit from the Spelling TV series amicable, saying both sides felt “her character had completed her story cycle.”

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Comedy Central will introduce a new series, “Comic Justice,” on Aug. 7 hosted by A.J. Jamal. “Two Drink Minimum” also returns with a new season Aug. 3, while nine new episodes of the improv series “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” start airing July 29.

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NBC Sports has signed a five-year agreement extending its broadcast rights on horse racing’s Breeders’ Cup through 1999. The extension takes hold after next year’s race and calls for the next sevenraces to be broadcast live. NBC has broadcast the cup since its inaugural running in 1984.

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