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Muir adds anchor duties at ABC News

NEW YORK — ABC News said that correspondent David Muir will become anchor of "World News Saturday" and co-anchor of "Primetime." Muir joined the network in 2003 as a "World News Now" and "World News This Morning" anchor and was a New York-based correspondent. He has covered Hurricane Katrina from inside the New Orleans Superdome at the height of the storm, the West Virginia mine tragedy and the Israel-Hezbollah war, among other assignments.

Bravo signs 'Paycheck' for game show

Cable network Bravo has given a pilot pickup to "Paycheck," a game show that challenges the cultural bias of first impressions and snap judgments. In "Paycheck," based on a new U.K. format from IDTV, seven players must guess one another's salaries based on questions about pop culture, observations about their opponents, surprising and revealing "factoids" about each player and their own intuition. Picture This Television will produce the pilot, with Bryan Scott and Marcia Mule serving as executive producers.

Spike's 'Pit' all filled up with castings

Spike TV has rounded out the cast of its upcoming eight-hour drama series "Kill Pit," which stars John Leguizamo and Donnie Wahlberg. Joining the cast of the series, from Lionsgate and Mandeville, are Peter Appel, Dana Ashbrook, Adam Cantor, Steve Cirbus, Jeremy Davidson, Christine Evangelista (repped by Gersh Agency, Myrna Jacoby at MJ Management and attorney Lev Ginsburg), Jennifer Ferrin, Leo Fitzpatrick, Frank Grillo, Michael Hogan, Michael Hyatt, Mike McGlone and Wayne Kasserman. Production is slated to begin Wednesday in Pittsburgh on the series, set to premiere July 22. Steve Shill has signed on to direct all eight episodes and co-executive produce.

SPT adds fare to iTunes Store shelf

Sony Pictures Television made its programming available for the first time through Apple Inc.'s iTunes Store. Episodes from current shows " 'Til Death" and "Rules of Engagement" as well as from classic series including "Starsky & Hutch," "Charlie's Angels," and "NewsRadio" were added to iTunes' offerings Friday for $1.99 each.

Honors set at Sarasota fest

Edward Norton will receive the Humanitarian Award and Brian Koppelman ("Ocean's Thirteen") will get the Excellence in Screenwriting Award at the ninth annual Sarasota Film Festival, set for April 13-22 in Sarasota, Fla. Other honors include an Excellence in Producing Award for IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring, a Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Filmmaking for Norman Jewison, a Breakthrough Performer Award for Michelle Trachtenberg and the Heineken Red Star Award for first-time feature director Chad Lowe.

'Ohio' site for kickoff of Newport fest

The eighth annual Newport Beach Film Festival will kick off April 19 at the Edwards Big Newport theater with "Beautiful Ohio," Chad Lowe's directorial debut starring William Hurt and Rita Wilson in the story of a dysfunctional family in the 1970s. The fest, which runs through April 29 in Newport Beach, Calif., also will feature the West Coast premiere at the Lido Theater on April 26 of Garth Jennings' "Son of Rambow."
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