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World Poker Tour on deck at GSN

The World Poker Tour has found a new cable home. GSN has inked an agreement with WPT Enterprises Inc. to broadcast the sixth season of the poker show, which has aired on Travel Channel since 2003. GSN will broadcast 23 individual WPT poker events in two-hour episodes of the series, set to debut in early 2008.

UCLA is Burum's residence

DP Stephen Burum has been named the Kodak Cinematographer in Residence for the spring quarter at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Burum's residency program will begin with a screening of a 70mm print of "Casualties of War" on April 16 at UCLA's James Bridges Theater in Westwood. Burum, an alumnus of the UCLA undergraduate and graduate Theater Arts programs, also will conduct eight lighting workshops for students.

Hall of Famers join TBS' MLB coverage

NEW YORK — TBS has turned to Hall of Famers Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn to join its first season of division and championship baseball telecasts. Both will be analysts beginning with TBS' coverage of the All-Star Game Selection Show on July 1 (the actual game is on Fox) and continuing in October with Turner's exclusive coverage of the divisional series and the National League Championship Series. Ripken will be an in-studio analyst. Gwynn will be the on-air analyst.

Roadside attracts 'Colma' rights

NEW YORK — Roadside Attractions has nabbed worldwide rights to the irreverent indie "Colma: The Musical." Richard Wong's debut feature follows three rebellious high school grads on a voyage of self-discovery in Colma, a San Francisco suburb known for its cemeteries. The gloomy environment provides the backdrop for more than a dozen musical numbers shot on digital video. The distributor plans a domestic theatrical release of "Colma" in the summer.

'Sun' shines on seventh BHFF

The seventh annual International Beverly Hills Film Festival, which runs Wednesday through April 15, will kick off with a screening of "Who Loves the Sun," directed by Matt Bissonnette. It will be preceded by the Los Angeles premiere of the Sept. 11-fictionalized short "Falling Man," directed by Kevin Ackerman. Festival highlights include the U.S. premiere of "Dominick Dunne in Search of Justice," a documentary on the high-society investigative journalist. Details:

NAMIC unveils next-generation leaders

NAMIC has announced the recipients of its 2007 Next Generation Leaders Awards, which recognize emerging business leaders who represent the organization's mission to promote multiethnic diversity in the communications industry. The MSO recipients are Charter Communications' Steven Apodaca, Comcast Cable's Barbara Gee and Time Warner Cable-Northeast Ohio Division's Darrel Hegar; programmer honorees are VH1 and CMT's Richard Gay, the Weather Channel's Harold Lewis and TV One's Karen Wishart; and technology honorees are Fuse's Lisa Choi-Owens and TWC's Sherisse Hawkins. In addition, Syncom's Terry Jones and Herbert Wilkins Sr. will be honored with the Stanley B. Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award. The May 9 awards will be held Las Vegas in conjunction with the National Cable & Telecommunications Assn.'s Cable Show.