Irvine sits as Circle chair

SYDNEY — Oz producer-distribber Southern Star has tapped Ian Irvine as chairman of London-based entertainment group Circle Communications.

Irvine is a former executive director and co-chairman of Anglo-Dutch publishing conglomerate Reed Elsevier, publishers of Daily Variety.

In May, Southern Star announced a $15.5 million friendly takeover of Circle, which includes TV, theater and film production concerns and a co-venture with top TV crime writer Lynda LaPlante.

Meantime, the U.K.’s BBC has acquired Southern Star’s 26-part kids actioner “The Wayne Manifesto,” feevee rights to which previously had been sold to the Disney Channel.

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