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Sony Pictures Entertainment Co. this month launches "Coast to Coast Search for a Host" for its fledgling Game Show Network. The all-game-show cable channel will host auditions at malls and events in 15 cities; one winner in each city later will compete for the grand prize of a 1997 Jeep Cherokee, $5,000 in cash and a hosting assignment on the network. Synergy Group, Chicago, handles.

Sports&Co., Philadelphia, announced the inaugural U.S. Women's Professional Road Cycling Championship, to be held in conjunction with the Thrift Drug Classic's Women's Invitational in Pittsburgh on June 8.

JBL Consumer Products inked a deal to become the official sound system for the Bud Light Pro Beach Volleyball League, promoting JBL's Control Series loudspeakers this summer. CE Sports, Van Nuys, Calif., coordinates.

Remy Amerique, the U.S. importer of Cointreau liqueur, announced a proclamation has been signed with Mexico's chamber of commerce of restaurants declaring Cointreau's recipe for the Original Margarita the official drink of Mexico's Cinco de Mayo. A U.S. point-of-purchase promotion starts this month touting Cointreau Original Margarita bar kits and the official drink's recipe of tequila, Cointreau and fresh lime juice. The promotion is handled in-house.

Esselte Corp. kicks off a promotion this month for its Pendaflex hanging folder systems with the "Super Secretary Search Contest," centering on Secretaries Day April 23. To enter, secretaries or assistants must write an essay describing their money-saving schemes for the office. Grand prize is a trip to Jamaica; 50 first prize winners get $50 American Express gift certificates. A local radio promotion and publicity campaign back the effort, created in-house. The contest runs through May 30.

Major League Baseball Properties plans the 1997 Pinnacle All-Star FanFest at the Cleveland Convention Center July 4 to 8 in conjunction with the All-Star Game. Trading card marketer Pinnacle Brands sponsors the event, which includes 30 baseball-theme attractions for families and kids including clinics, trading card events and skill contests. Edward Howard & Co., Cleveland, coordinates.

Einson Freeman, Paramus, N.J., has been named first promotion agency of record for Lever Bros.' Dove soap line, including Dove Beauty Bar, Dove Moisturizing

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