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Barris to MC NARM Awards

12 Feb, 2003 By: Brendan Howard

If attendees at the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) convention don't like master of ceremonies Chuck Barris, will he get gonged?

It would be a bit of irony, because Chuck Barris, the subject of the theatrical film Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, is the creator of a slew of TV shows, including "The Gong Show," "The Dating Game" and "The Newlywed Game."

The convention, "Insights & Sounds.03," will run March 16 to 19 at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Fla.

Barris will act as master of ceremonies at the awards banquet the night of March 19.

“We're pleased that one of the most influential people in the entertainment industry will be our emcee,” said NARM EVP Jim Donio. “His quirky and colorful persona will add to what is always a memorable evening.”

An ex-teleprompter salesman, boxing promoter and NBC page, Barris rose through the television industry to ultimately become founder and CEO of Chuck Barris Productions (later renamed Barris Industries). At one time, Chuck Barris Productions had 27 half-hours of television on the networks per week, according to NARM.

The major motion picture Confessions of a Dangerous Mind features Barris as the story's main character, played by Sam Rockwell. The movie brings Barris' colorful exploits to the big screen, including his rise in Hollywood, achievements as a best-selling author, hit song-writing stint and self-professed claim of being a CIA assassin.

NARM serves the music retailing community in the areas of advocacy, networking, information, education and promotion. The association's members include retailers, wholesalers, distributors and suppliers of products and services.

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