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UNITED KINGDOM

FilmFour Lab, the low-budget unit of FilmFour, has committed to two feature productions, Justin Edgar’s “Large” and Andrew Kotting’s “This Filthy Earth.”

“Large” is a teen comedy set in Birmingham, which FilmFour Lab will co-finance with the Film Consortium and the Yorkshire Media Production Agency.

“This Filthy Earth” is a dark comedy inspired by an Emile Zola novel. It has lottery finance from the Arts Council of England.

FilmFour Lab was set up to support new voices and to explore digital technology. Its first film, Bernard Rudden’s “Daybreak,” is now shooting.

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David Hulbert has been promoted to president of Walt Disney TV Intl. in Europe.

Hulbert was previously managing director and senior VP of European broadcasting, and will now add overall responsibility for TV distribution and production.

He reports to Etienne de Villiers, president and managing director of Walt Disney Intl. in Europe.

CANADA

Canuck TV producer Cinar and French animation company Alphanim announced Monday that they are co-producing 26 half-hours of “The Baskervilles.”

The show will be broadcast in French and English on the all-animation Teletoon web in Canada. It has been sold to ITV in the U.K. and is set to air on France 2.

This is the latest Cinar/Alphanim co-production, following “Animal Crackers,” “Mona the Vampire” and “Ripley’s Believe It or Not.”

AUSTRALIA

Nine Network Australia business affairs manager Hugh Marks has been upped to director of Nine Films & TV, the production arm of Kerry Packer’s Nine web.

Meantime, Mayfair Television Entertainment sales and programming vice president Alison Baker is joining the London office of major Oz TV and film producer-distrib Southern Star Primetime as head of European sales.

TAIWAN

BBC World has inked a five-year cable and satellite distribution deal with Mega Media Broadcasting, which will see the global news channel return to Taiwan in January after a one-year absence.

To boost the service’s appeal and relevance to Taiwan’s 80% of households with cable access, key BBC World programs will be subtitled in Chinese.

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