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JAPAN

Shochiku, Japan’s oldest movie studio, has sold its studio complex south of Tokyo to a women’s college for $100 million. This is the second major cash deal for 104-year-old Shochiku in a month, following sales of its shares of Fuji Television.

GERMANY

Helkon Media has set up a joint-venture music production and publishing house together with Me, Myself & Eye Film & TV Produktions (MME).

Eyekon Musikproduktions & Verlagsgesellchaft will develop film music and market soundtracks.

Me, Myself and Eye is a leading production company founded by Helkon co-founder Werner Koenig.

CANADA

Salter Street Films has sold two series to U.S. broadcasters. American Public Television (APT) has purchased all 19 half-hours of “The Industry.” The fourth season of “Emily of New Moon,” co-produced with Cinar, was purchased by children’s channel WAM! Network.

INDIA

HBO is to launch in India in early 2000 as a pay TV network. Parent company Time Warner currently distributes TNT, CNNI and the Cartoon Network in India.

Sony, meanwhile, will add a Columbia Movie Channel to its bouquet of channels in India. Already up and running are Sony Entertainment Network, AXN and SET Max.

BRAZIL

“Orfeu” will rep Brazil in the Oscar foreign-language film derby. “Orfeu,” the Globofilmes pic helmed by Carlos Diegues, is a remake of the Marcel Camus-directed “Black Orpheus” (1959), which won an Oscar for best foreign-lingo pic and Cannes’ Palme d’Or.

TV Cidade, the largest new cable player in Brazil’s pay-TV sector, has signed a license agreement with Globo-controlled NET Brasil under which the new MSO will carry the programming and use the mark of NET. Globo, through Globo Cabo and NetSat, has 64% of Brazil’s 2.7 million pay-TV subs.

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