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Greg Strangis and Robert McCullough will exec produce and write for new series “Soldier of Fortune, Inc.” from Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Neil Russell Prods. Strangis’ writing credits include “Murder, She Wrote,” “Renegade” and “Baywatch Nights”; McCullough has written for “JAG,” “Baywatch Nights” and “Pacific Blue.”

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John Barbadian, an executive at Plaza Home Mortgage, will join the Screen Actors Guild in the newly created position of national director of human resources. SAG also named Bart Story West Coast director of research. Barbadian will oversee SAG’s personnel recruitment, training and administration. Story most recently was manager of research for the Video Software Dealers Assn., and also worked at Video Store Magazine and Lorimar Telepictures.

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The Turner Classic Movies cablenet, which launched in April 1994, announced it has doubled its subscriber base over the past year, to better than 12 million. Additionally, TCM finished atop a September cable subscriber study conducted by Beta Research Corp. that asked 500 cable consumers to measure their interest in 18 midsize and 23 newer networks based solely on content descriptions. The Turner film channel attracted the highest numbers, with 87% expressing interest in the channel to 79% for runners-up the History Channel and Encore, and 66% for ESPN2.

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K-Tel Intl. has joined forces with direct-marketing execs Gary Hewitt, Doug Gravink and Valerie Castle to establish subsid K-Tel Direct Media & Marketing. The trio previously worked as senior execs at marketing agency Positive Response Television, and now will spearhead the new outfit’s programming and distribution expansion efforts.

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Planet Inc. has brought Amy L. Reeves aboard as its new directors rep. She’ll help the directors on the firm’s roster – which includes Jim Shea, Gerry Wenner, Charley Randazzo and Gustavo Garzon – on musicvideos and commercials. Reeves repped vid directors at Talking Trees before joining Planet.

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