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Canal+ nixes Rock report; Nets up ad prices; Pioneer plant bows; BBC ups Bennett

FRANCE

Canal+ nixes Rock report

Canal Plus on Wednesday denied a report by French daily La Tribune that the Gallic giant had reached an accord with Time Warner to buy its Castle Rock division.

La Tribune reported that during recent negotiations concerning film distribution rights, Canal Plus’ Pierre Lescure and Warner’s Gerald Levin had seen eye-to-eye on the sale of Castle Rock.

Canal Plus spokesman Laurence Gallot said the story was “not based in any form of reality.”

GERMANY

Nets up ad prices

German commercial webs have announced plans to raise ad prices next year.

A 30-second spot on top-rated channel RTL will cost advertisers an average DM17,856 ($9,498) in 1998, representing an increase of 5.5%. Prices will go up by 5% at No. 2 web SAT1, and 4.5% at third-ranked Pro Sieben. Weblets RTL2 and Kabel1 will increase their ad rates by 2% and 6.2%, respectively, while Super RTL has announced a primetime hike of 25%.

AUSTRALIA

Pioneer plant bows

New South Wales state Premier Bob Carr and Pioneer Video prexy Yoshikazu Nakano on Wednesday opened a new A$15 million ($11.1 million) CD and DVD manufacturing facility at the tape, CD and DVD Duplitek manufacturing division of major producer-distribber Southern Star. It is the first time Pioneer’s CD/DVD glass-mastering system is being used outside Japan.

UNITED KINGDOM

BBC ups Bennett

The BBC has named Jana Bennett as its new director of production, responsible for the creative and business management of the pubcaster’s vast program-making division.

She currently is head of science, overseeing such docs as “Walking With Dinosaurs,” the biggest factual series ever commissioned by the BBC. In her new post she replaces Alan Yentob, who has moved to the senior position of director of television.

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