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Iwerks Entertainment has opened a large-format theater in Bogota.

The theater, an Iwerks CineDome 8/70 system, is part of Maloka Science Center, an interactive science and technology center that opened last week.

Iwerks will open a second large-format theater in South America at Parque Tematico Playcenter in Vinhedo, Brazil, by April 1999. These two theater installations bring Iwerks’ total worldwide number to 43, with seven in development.

UNITED KINGDOM

Walt Disney Television Intl. has upped David Hulbert to the post of senior VP and managing director for European broadcasting.

At the same time, David Snyder has been promoted to the new position of senior VP for programming and creative development. Hulbert and Snyder will share responsibility for the general management of broadcasting.

Hulbert — who joined Disney in 1995 — was previously senior VP and general manager of broadcasting. Snyder was senior VP for creative development of Disney’s international channels.

CHILE

Rodrigo Jordan, an Oxford graduate who once climbed Mount Everest, has now made it to the top of broadcaster UCTV (Canal 13), Chile’s traditional ratings leader.

Jordan, 39, replaces long-serving executive director Eleodoro Rodriguez, who died earlier this month at the age of 80.

Rodriguez was UCTV topper for 24 years. His death has coincided with a downturn in UCTV’s performance, pubcaster TVN having established a wide ratings lead.

AUSTRALIA

Leading Aussie animation studio Yoram Gross-Village Roadshow has inked a five-year output deal with Kerry Stokes’ Seven Network Australia.

The deal covers 78 hours spread over six series. The first show to bow under the pact will be an animated series of “Flipper” in late 1999.

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