Spanish soccer rights owner Mediapro is close to clinching cell phone video and Internet deals with Spain's main telcos.
George Lucas to present Golden Lion for lifetime achievement to John Lasseter at the Venice fest.
Helena Bonham Carter will star as English author Enid Blyton, creator of children's books "Noddy," plus "The Famous Five" and "The Secret Seven" series in a BBC biopic.
The U.K. government is considering a merger of the film support agency U.K. Film Council and the British Film Institute.
The Tokyo Project Gathering market has announced the 25 projects for its 5th edition, to be held Oct. 19-22 in conjunction with the Tokyo Film Festival.
The TV Asahi network has skedded "Stitch!," a toon based on the Disney animated feature "Lilo and Stitch," in a primetime slot, starting in October.
Former Pathe U.K. topper Alexis Lloyd is helming his first feature, indie "30 Beats."
Elected leaders of Local 399 of the Intl. Brotherhood of Teamsters have opposed the closure of the Motion Picture and Television Fund's nursing home and hospital.
A.R. Rahman, who won two Oscars for his music in "Slumdog Millionaire," leads the nominations for the World Soundtrack Awards, to be doled out Oct. 17, the closing night of the Ghent Film Festival.
DreamWorks has set Bruce Joel Rubin to script "Rainbow Bridge," the English-language remake of the 2002 Japanese film "Yomigaeri."
Despite progress, Hispanic bizzers still have uphill climb as they strive for parity.