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Lear's Declare Yourself fills adviser board

Declare Yourself, the national nonpartisan, nonprofit youth voter initiative founded by Norman Lear, has announced its advisory board members for the 2008 presidential election. In addition to Lear, the board includes J.J. Abrams, Tyra Banks, Tim Davis, Ben Goldhirsh, Stuart Scott, Ben Silverman, Charlie Walk, Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, David Rockwell and Atoosa Rubenstein. Members of the board provide strategic and creative insight, advice and ideas before the Nov. 4, 2008, election. Declare Yourself's first red-carpet event of the campaign season is set for Sept. 27 at the Beverly Hills Post Office.

Peikoff senior vp at 20th Century Fox

20th Century Fox has promoted Michael Peikoff to senior vp licensing and merchandising. Peikoff, who was vp licensing, will add the company's domestic retail marketing and licensed promotions initiatives to his responsibilities. He reports to Elie Dekel, executive vp licensing and merchandising. Peikoff previously worked at Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. and Fox Broadcasting Co.

Yahoo brings Citizens exec to board

Yahoo Inc. has added veteran telecommunications executive Maggie Wilderotter to its board. The Friday action marks the first addition since co-founder Jerry Yang took over as CEO of the Internet company last month. Wilderotter is chairman and CEO at the Stamford, Conn.-based telephone and Internet service provider Citizens Communications Co.

Take-Two grants options to ZelnickMedia

Video game maker Take-Two Interactive Software said in a regulatory filing that it has amended an agreement with ZelnickMedia Corp., the media firm of Take-Two chairman Strauss Zelnick that provides financial and management consulting services to the company. Take-Two's Friday filing said that it is now required to grant to ZelnickMedia an option to purchase a number of shares equal to 2.5% of its outstanding common stock and shares of restricted common stock. The amendment said that the options will be granted on Aug. 27, the last possible day under the terms of the agreement.

Sound editors re-elect Banks as president

Bobbi Banks has been elected for a second term as president of the Motion Picture Sound Editors. Other officers include vp Frank Morrone (also his second term); Marc Perlman, treasurer; Mark Lanza, secretary; and Solange Schwalbe, sergeant-at-arms.

Imax bundles up for Siberian screen

TORONTO — Giant-screen exhibitor Imax Corp. has inked a deal to install a supersized screen in a multiplex in Siberia in the rural town of Novosibirsk. Toronto-based Imax said the agreement with Siberian exhibitor Art Science Cinema Distribution will see the screen placed in a multiplex scheduled to open in late 2008. The Siberian deal announced Friday comes after Imax said it would place one of its screens in a commercial multiplex in Nanjing, China (HR 7/26).