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Sony moving its Euro base to Berlin

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Sony Corp. has announced it is moving its European headquarters from Cologne to Berlin in October in an effort to better position itself and exploit the eastern European market.

Mifed adds more pix, rivals London event

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Organizers of the 66th edition of Mifed this fall have announced an increase in the number of films screening and a significant boost in market premieres plus several innovations including a two-day program of advance previews that will run in direct competition with the more established pre-Mifed London Screenings.

After Movies gets Medialab

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French pay TV group Canal Plus and Dutch audiovisual services company NOB have sold off their animation services joint venture Medialab to Paris-based services group After Movies.

B.O. ‘Crown’ prince

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A number of U.S. pics continued to heat up the late summer frame abroad, with “The Thomas Crown Affair” bowing big in Spain, behind “Star Wars Episode I — The Phantom Menace” and ahead of fellow freshman “Inspector Gadget.”

Japan satcaster boosts subs

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Leading Japanese satcaster Sky Perfect TV has widened its lead as it picked up about 73,000 new subscribers in August to hit a total of 1.3 million.

KTTV gives top slots to new acquisitions

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After a spending spree in which L.A. Fox-affiliate KTTV locked up four of the more high-profile shows entering syndication this fall, station execs unveiled the new lineup with key timeslots handed to rookie programs.
New acquisitions “Divorce Court” (Twentieth) “Queen Latifah” (Telepictures), “The Drew Carey Show” (Warner Bros.) and “3rd Rock From the Sun” (Carsey-Werner) have each been handed priority timeslots.

SBS, TA-Media bow TV3 in Switzerland

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Switzerland’s first entertainment commercial web, TV3, launched Monday, marking the end of 15 years of deliberation over whether or not to launch commercial television into a Swiss market place long considered too small a host for the mass medium.

Pubcasters perk up

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European public broadcasters have won a reprieve from the European Commission that will allow the companies to continue bidding jointly for international sports rights.

Di Novi will produce ‘Frank’

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Warner Bros. has picked up tyro scribe Susan Hoffman’s spec “Get Me to Frank by 35” for Chris O’Donnell’s George Street Pictures in a low- to mid-six figures deal.

‘Noddy’ marketing wakes up

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The licensing/merchandising machinery is starting to roll for the Pinocchio look-alike “Noddy,” the half-hour-series mix of live action and animation, which has just kicked off its new five-a-week schedule on PBS. The show spent its rookie year in a low-profile weekend timeslot.