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HUIZENGA TO TRANSITION OUT OF POST-MERGER BLOCKBUSTER

     Viacom announced yesterday it has signed contracts with 40
"key" Blockbuster Entertainment senior managers to go into effect
upon completion of the merger.  The list does not include
Blockbuster Chair/CEO Wayne Huizenga.  Although Huizenga was
given the title of Vice Chair of Viacom and Chair of the soon-to-
be-formed Blockbuster Entertainment Group, "he will only remain
with the companies for what is being described by Viacom
executives as an 'appropriate' transition period."  Blockbuster
Vice Chair Steve Berrard was offered a long-term pact, and will
serve as president and CEO of Blockbuster Entertainment Group
(DAILY VARIETY, 9/21).  Shareholders are set to meet 9/29 to vote
on the proposed merger.  Viacom Chair Sumner Redstone: "We are
particularly pleased that Wayne, who created Blockbuster and made
it a household name, will stay on with us through the transition
period" (AP/ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 9/21).
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