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Bill Cosby has donated a building worth $ 1.8 million to theNational Council of Negro Women. The four-story building is in the fashionable northwest section of Washington, D.C. Cosby’s publicist, Joel Brokaw, who also represents the council, said Cosby and his wife Camille have supported the group for many years.

Renovation of the building is scheduled for completion by summer.

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ABC News producer Craig Leake has signed a multiyear agreement with Scripps Howard Prods. to develop primetime non-fiction programming, working with division prexy David Percelay. Leake, who has been a producer on “Turning Point” and the “Peter Jennings Reporting” specials during his four-year tenure at ABC, will be represented by Creative Artists Agency and N.S. Bienstock under their recently announced join venture.

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Atlantis Films’ “Race to Freedom: The Underground Railroad” scored the highest-rated premiere numbers for an original movie for the Family Channel with a 2.0 share on Feb. 19.

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Producer Norman Powell was honored Saturday at the 20th Alberta Film and Television Awards for his contributions to the Alberta film industry. Powell most recently worked on RHI Entertainment’s “Black Fox” trilogy that will air on CBS.

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Jay Chattaway & the Next Generation Ensemble headline the Star Trek Grand Slam Concert II at 8:15 p.m. March 19 at the Pasadena Civic Center. Chattaway has written scores for “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Opening act will be Gerald Fried, a composer for the original series. Information: (213) 480-3232.

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