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DIC Entertainment has entered into two new marketing agreements to produce toys in conjunction with new television programs. Playmates Toys will manufacture action toys to coincide with DIC’s new fall show “Superhuman Samurai Syber Squad.”

DIC has a separate deal with Troll creators Russ Berrie to design a line of plush toys to go with the company’s “Wild Guess? Presents Rimba’s Rainforest.”

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Bozo is headed for weekends on Tribune Broadcasting-owned flagship station WGN-TV in Chicago. The station will replace the localized strip version of “The Bozo Show” with a morning news program. The clown, who has been a part of the WGN lineup since 1961, is scheduled to move to a new family programming block on the weekends.

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Jan Fisher and Paul Nichols have both been promoted to senior VP at PR/consulting firm the Lippin Group. Fisher, previously a VP, will continue to oversee TV, homevideo and corporate accounts, while Nichols, formerly an account supervisor, remains involved in both corporate and entertainment accounts.

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Sony’s Game Show Channel, scheduled to launch later this year, has inked with Zing Systems L.P. for the use of interactive technology. Per the agreement, select programming will be encoded with Zing technology allowing viewers to play along at home.

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Wendy Makkena, the shy nun in the “Sister Act” pix, has been cast opposite Christopher Lloyd in Hollywood Pictures’ “Camp Nowhere.” Makkena segues from a recurring role in ABC’s series “NYPD Blue” to take on the role of Lloyd’s love interest. Makkena is represented by agent/partner Craig Dorfman of Alliance Talent Inc.

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