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AUSTRALIA

Oz Writers Guild honors Enright

“Lorenzo’s Oil” co-scibe Nick Enright received the 1997 Gold Award at Friday’s Australian Writers Guild Awards for his feature film script “Blackrock.”

Pic, which screened to a mixed reception at Sundance, explores the effects of a brutal rape and murder on a small community and was inspired by real events. The script, which was based on a stage play by Enright, also took the gong for best adaptation.

Lauded as best original feature was Chris Kennedy’s “Doing Time for Patsy Cline,” while Beyond’s “Good Guys, Bad Guys” was named best TV movie and Southern Star’s “Blue Heelers” was voted best TV series.

Globe inks video pact

Home Video will in future handle all Australia and New Zealand video releases of the feature slate of Oz indie distribber Globe. The pact, sealed Wednesday, includes David Lynch’s “Lost Highway,” Samantha Lang’s “The Well” and Mike Leigh’s “Career Girls.”

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GERMANY

Schloetterer tapped

Bernd Schloetterer has been named managing director at Munich-based Tele-Munchen Group. Schloetterer will head the areas of license trade, video and animation production and co-production. He was previously VP of sales and acquisitions at TeleMunchen.

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LATIN AMERICA

Cable net goes online

Latin American net CBS TeleNoticias has inked an agreement with StarMedia Network to create an all-Spanish Internet news service. The web site will be called CBS TeleNoticias StarMedia and is scheduled to be operational in the third quarter of this year.

CBS TeleNoticias, a 24-hour Spanish-lingo cable channel, will provide StarMedia with pan-regional content, and StarMedia Network will transmit.

StarMedia operates online services in Latin America in both Spanish and Portuguese. CBS TeleNoticias is available in Latin America as well as in the United States and Canada.

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