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HONG KONG

Turner Intl. has signed deals with Home Cable and Asian Cable Communications (Accion) to distribute its news and entertainment programming in the Philippines.

CNN Intl. and TNT & Cartoon Network are now each available in 300,000 households in the Philippines. At the same time, Singapore based ESPN Star Sports has also signed an agreement with Home Cable for the delivery of its sports channels. Through this and other delivery agreements, ESPN and Star are available in an estimated 495,000 homes in the Philippines.

Star TV has confirmed that its Viva Cinema Tagalog movie channel has been bumped from Sun Cable systems in the Philippines as of June 1. Star said that it was unable to reach an agreement on renewal terms with the newly merged Sun and Sky cable systems. Star will continue to supply Sun with other network channels.

BERLIN

Vincent de la Tour has been named managing director of Frankfurt-based 20th Century Fox of Germany. La Tour is being promoted from his former position as head of distribution at Fox Germany. Mychael Berg, branch manager at Fox’s Berlin office, is replacing La Tour as distribution head.

ITALY

Nicola Grispello has been appointed head film buyer for Warner Village Cinemas, the new chain of multiplexes that began operating in Italy late last year, company CEO Antonio Maldonado announced June 1. Grispello previously was theater manager of WVC’s inaugural nine-screen plex in Vicenza, and prior to that, worked with Warner Bros. Distribution in Rome and Milan. WVC is a joint exhibition venture between Warner Intl. Theaters., Village Roadshow Intl. and Italian development company Focus.

LATIN AMERICA

Canal Fox, a leading pan-regional general entertainment channel in Latin America, has introduced a Spanish and Portuguese subtitle broadcast format exclusively for its feature and lifestyle programs in a scheduling roll-out, beginning July 1.

TOKYO

Sony Corp. said June 1 it has entered into a technical and capital alliance with struggling Japanese software maker Justsystem Corp. Sony will buy 2 million new shares in the software maker, known for its Japanese language word processing products, for 1.27 billion yen ($920,000) and acquire a 6.7% stake in the company. Technical cooperation will come in areas such as software for digital electronic appliances, the companies said. Justsystem makes the popular Japanese word processing program called Ichitaro.

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