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Miramax seeking Beeb pic

Miramax Films has emerged as the front-runner in a bidding war for U.S. theatrical and other territorial rights to the BBC’s made-for-TV film “Mrs. Brown,” sources said Wednesday.

After October Films bid more than $2 million for the period piece about the friendship between Queen Victoria and a male Scottish attendant who is sent to cheer her up after the death of Prince Albert, the company was told that the BBC was in exclusive negotiations with another distributor.

Miramax is seeking worldwide rights to the film with the exception of the U.K. and Australia, which will be re-tained by the BBC. A potential sticking point in the talks is that WGBH, the Boston-based public television station, owns American TV and homevideo rights.

Miramax execs could not be reached for comment.

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