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LATIN AMERICA

Turner Network Television Latam has announced a licensing agreement with Pandora for rights to 16 pics. The films will be part of the network’s new franchise, TNT Independent.

The deal includes Mexico’s “Like Water for Chocolate,” Brazil’s “O Quatrilho” and “Four Days in September,” “Kolya” and “The Young Poisoner’s Handbook.”

GERMANY

Continuing its expansion spree, German kidvid provider RTV announced Monday that it has snapped up rights to the local Internet cult figure Moorhuhn.

In an alliance with Teutonic computer game and software outfit Phenomedia, the company has won the global TV, merchandising, audio and video rights for the wildly popular online character. Financial details were not disclosed.

The company said that it had already signed on Ravensburger Interactive Media (RIM) and Ravensburger’s game-publishing division for licensing deals. RIM also will develop new versions of the popular online game “Moorhuhnjagd.”

RTV and Phenomedia plan to produce a number of TV formats using the character and have begun talks with several German stations about distribution.

INDIA

Indian Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley told reporters Friday that “the draft of the Indian Broadcast Bill is ready and we are improving the legislative framework as far as broadcasting policy is concerned.”

Meanwhile, a report prepared by the Indian Chambers of Commerce committee on entertainment and broadcasting said that foreign equity limitation of 20% in broadcasting ventures must be lifted and increased foreign equity should be allowed.

U.K.

ONdigital, the U.K. digital terrestrial TV platform, signed up 673,000 subscribers by March 31, a three-month increase of 22%.

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