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COLOGNE — Bavaria Film has raised its stake in Munich-based film producer Odeon Film to 50.01%.

Odeon claims to be the market leader in detective series for the German TV market, while its movie ventures include co-productions like “Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar” in 1999 and the upcoming “Buffalo Soldiers,” featuring Ed Harris and Joaquin Phoenix.

Odeon’s annual sales for 2001 are expected to reach 40 million euros ($36 million).

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