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    AFTRA Expands Exec Staff

    The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) has named Jayne Wallace its first-ever national communications director. The union has also appointed AFTRA staffers Herta Suarez and Andy Schefman to newly created executive positions on the national staff.

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    Persevering with Preserving

    The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation is moving ahead with an ambitious proposal to create a South Village Historic District.

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    2003 SAG Actor Awards: The Race is On

    "It's the year of death," noted David Poland, columnist and editor of Movie City News (www.moviecitynews.com) when discussing the crop of movies competing for 2003 awards. "Every one of these movies is about death. Death and renewal. Also, there's a lot of drunks."

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    Arts Prepped for War

    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced last weekend that the city would be gearing up even tighter security with President Bush's push toward war with Iraq this week.

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    ACT-Seattle Close to Funding Target

    Two months after bleak financial straits nearly forced its closure, A Contemporary Theatre of Seattle announced it has now raised half of the $1.5 million it needs to keep operating and to mount a 2003 season.

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    Play7

    When you purchase an annual PLAY7 pass for $27, you can see as many L.A.-area plays as you want from the list of 25 member companies for only $7 per ticket.

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    Paisner Named President of Int'l TV Academy

    Veteran global television executive Bruce Paisner has been elected president of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

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    NBC Makes Dramatic Statement for Fall TV Schedule

    NBC on Monday unveiled a drama-heavy fall 2004 schedule that includes the launch of new programs on four nights next season plus the return of reality matchmaking vehicle "Average Joe."

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    Relaxation Technique John Cleese, still one of the funniest men alive, has learned to enjoy taking it easy.

    For an actor who has made a career largely out of playing uptight English gentlemen, John Cleese presents himself as surprisingly laid-back. Ensconced in a plush chair, his 6-foot-5 frame stretched onto an ottoman, Cleese is the picture of comfort. It suddenly makes sense that this is the man who ...

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    Noted Actors Support Bard for NEA

    The NEA is going to school on the nation's entertainment unions, forming a "Players' Guild" to support its new Shakespeare in American Communities initiative.