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India’s Scrabble pacts on digital conversion in Latin America

It signs with four Hollywood studios

LONDON — Indian digital cinema network company Scrabble Entertainment has signed deals with Warner Bros Pictures Intl., Universal Pictures Intl., Walt Disney Motion Pictures Intl. and Sony Pictures Releasing Intl. to convert theaters in Brazil, Mexico and Chile to digital in early 2013.

The equipment — replacing 35mm prints and projection systems — will be 2K and Digital Cinema Initiatives compliant.

A similar deal with 20th Century Fox Intl. is expected soon. Scrabble hopes to expand to other countries in the region within a few months. UFO Moviez, India’s market leader in the digital cinema space, owns a controlling stake in Scrabble.

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