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Calderwood named Pathe production head; 'Werner' back for more

UNITED KINGDOM

Andrea Calderwood has been appointed head of production at Pathe Pictures, one of three companies that were awarded lottery production franchises by the Arts Council of England in May.

Calderwood, previously head of drama at BBC Scotland where she was responsible for the films “Mrs. Brown” and “Small Faces,” also will be head of production for Pathe Prods., which will make movies outside the franchise.

GERMANY

Berlin-based Achterbahn AG plans to produce three more “Werner” animated feature films. The first two pics, “Werner — Beinhart” and “Werner — Eat My Dust!,” were huge hits at the German box office. Constantin Film will distribute the movies in German-lingo territories. Currently in production, the next “Werner” pic is due to be released in the fall of 1999.

MEXICO

The Mexican government has given Televisa and TV Azteca permission to begin testing of digital TV signals.

The rival broadcasters will each install a digital version of their respective flagship channels in Mexico City and in Guadalajara, the second-largest city. Operation is slated to begin within six months.

The government anticipates that commercial transmissions will begin in four years.

LATIN AMERICA

TV13 of Colombia signed a letter of intent last week with a Cisneros group company to form a strategic alliance to produce broadcast, cable and a satellite news program within Colombia and for other Spanish-lingo markets.

TV13 produces Colombia’s Noticiero QAP, a news program whose owners include Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The Venezuela-based Cisneros group’s media interests include Venevision at home, a stake in Univision in the U.S., and a share of satcaster Galaxy Latin America.

The joint venture aims to produce programming for Colombia broadcast and pay TV next year. The company will later produce programming for Latin America and the Spanish-speaking market in the U.S.

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