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BRAZIL

The country’s third-ranked broadcaster TV Record has named Marcus Aragao programming director, which is the leading operational post within the company. Aragao will also hold the new position of VP of the network.

The executive has TV experience, but like the broadcaster’s controller, bishop Edir Macedo, he is a pastor in the Protestant Universal Church of God’s Kingdom.

Aragao is replacing Jose Paulo Vallone, who resigned Sept. 22 and is likely to join leading broadcaster TV Globo.

With an audience share of 10% in the first quarter, TV Record is the fastest-growing network in Brazil.

AUSTRALIA

Journalist Rob Mundle’s best-selling novel “Fatal Storm,” detailing the disastrous 1998 Sydney to Hobart yacht race in which six people died, has been optioned by Fox Australia for development as a TV drama.

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Former New Zealand National Library exhibitions coordinator Richard King has been appointed executive officer of Queer Screen, organizing body of the annual Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Queer Screen Film Festival.

King is a founding member of Reel Queer, the group responsible for the annual NZ Out Takes lesbian and gay film festival.

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Roadshow Film Distributors managing director Ian Sands has been elevated to the position of chairman, with RFD general manager Joel Pearlman set to be the managing director.

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Victorian state government film agency Cinemedia has tapped the acting director of its Film Victoria unit Julie Marlow to permanently assume the role, effective immediately.

INDIA

Zee has tapped R.K. Singh CEO, overseeing all broadcasting related activities including pay TV and DTH. Singh was deputy director general of the state-run broadcaster Doordarshan before quitting the government in 1995 to join ESPN India, where he became managing director.

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Jain TV, a 24-hour satellite-delivered news channel, has just relaunched in New Delhi. The channel originally aired from 1994-1996. Jain TV is backed by Jinendra Kumar Jain, a former member of parliament.