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UNITED KINGDOM

Carlton Communications and Granada Media Group are teaming up to launch a U.K. version of the American Internet search service Ask Jeeves.

The two British companies will together invest $62 million in cash and advertising for a 50% stake in Ask Jeeves U.K., which will launch early next year.

Ask Jeeves Inc. will own the remaining 50%, supplying its expertise and proprietary technology.

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Warner Bros. has confirmed that Stanley Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange” will be re-released theatrically in the U.K. next spring.

Pic has not been screened in the U.K. since its original release in 1972. Kubrick withdrew it from circulation in response to a media frenzy about copycat violence.

The decision to lift the ban is supported by exec producer Jan Harlan and Kubrick’s family. The director himself had started discussing the possibility of allowing Brit audiences to see “A Clockwork Orange” again prior to his death.

CHINA

MTV Asia president Frank Brown has been elected prexy of Casbaa, the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Assn. of Asia.

Brown spent seven years with MTV Europe before moving to Singapore with MTV Asia in early 1995.

He succeeds S.K. Fung, who previously headed up the now-defunct NBC Asia entertainment channel.

GERMANY

The growth rate in Germany’s radio and television industry has far surpassed that of the country’s total economy, according to a report being released in January.

Employment in Germany’s radio and television industry grew by 1.6% last year, while total employment in the country increased by only 0.2% in 1998.

Among commercial TV broadcasters, the growth rate was up 9% over 1997.

The study, by the German Institute for Economic Research at the behest of the national media regulator DLM, looked at 84 commercial TV broadcasters, 178 commercial radio stations and 14 pubcasters.

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Kinowelt Home Entertainment subsid Digital Images has taken over the Babelsberg-based DVD Lab. With the acquisition, and some 350 DVD projects a year, Digital Images is set to become one of Europe’s leading DVD studios.

Kinowelt Home Entertainment has been increasing its DVD catalog in its recent months. Boasting titles such as “Dances With Wolves,” “The Faculty” and “Halloween: H20,” the company has made DVD-related revenues of DM 3.3 million ($1.7 million) in the past two months.

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