Vereda Filmes, Brazil's biggest sales agent, has inked with Walter Carvalho to handle overseas rights on "Budapest," a tale based on a novel of the same name by singer Chico Buarque.
Icon has acquired U.K. and Australian rights to Mans Marlin and Bjorn Stein's supernatural thriller "Shelter" and Oren Peli's low-budget horror pic "Paranormal Activity."
Mercury Media is launching joiningthedots.tv (JTD), a new documentary service, in partnership with feisty U.K. newspaper the Independent.
Filmax Intl. has closed international rights to Francisco Javier Gutierrez's "Before the Fall," the first fruit of Antonio Banderas' new Andalusian talent push.
Spanish sales consortium Latido Films has licensed all Japanese rights on prostitution drama "Justine, a Woman for Sale" to distrib Aya Pro.
ContentFilm Intl. has sold a number of territories for horror pic "Splinter" from helmer Toby Wilkins ("Grudge 3").
Electronic Arts is developing a broad array of games based on Hasbro properties set to come out in the next several years, including one tied to the upcoming "G.I. Joe" film.
"Transformers" and Industrial Light & Magic were the big winners at the sixth annual Visual Effects Society awards Sunday night in Hollywood.
NBC's pulled a surprise in its first scheduling announcement for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing: Oxygen will get two hours of gymnastics and other sports each weeknight at 6 for 10 days.
TV scribes will return to an environment vastly different from the one that existed in October.
"Married ... With Children" creator Ron Leavitt died Feb. 10 in Los Angeles from lung cancer. He was 60.