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GERMANY

Local licensing company Intertainment has acquired a package of 10 features from Original Voice, a company headed by Hollywood producer David Kirkpatrick.

The first pic in the deal is the Susan Sarandon starrer “Time of Our Lives.” Intertainment took the rights for Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, the Benelux and Eastern Europe.

Intertainment has looked to expand biz Stateside since going public in February. At the American Film Market in February, the company acquired a package of pics from Franchise.

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Deutsche Entertainment, one of the country’s biggest live-entertainment promoters, is joining Germany’s merchandising and licensing trade.

The company is forming a subsidiary to acquire national and international licensing rights.

“Artists no longer have to split up tours, merchandising and TV rights. Instead, all those services can be provided by one hand,” Entertainment chairman Peter Schwenkow said.

Company officials said they are expecting revenues of up to DM$10 million ($5.4 million) in 1-1/2 years from the new firm. The goal, they added, is to become one of the top three players in Germany’s merchandising industry.

Last year Entertainment AG saw record revenues of $77.5 million.

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Dutch TV producer Endemol is planning to sell a major share of its Endemol SA, one of South Africa’s biggest TV production companies.

According to German media reports, Endemol is in negotiations with local companies.

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National pubcaster ZDF is looking for commercial help across the Atlantic to beef up its digital TV service.

As part of its digital platform ZDF.Vision, available only in certain areas as part of a pilot program, the pubcaster is offering the History Channel in addition to a number of other family-oriented channels. As of yet, there isn’t a whole lot of new programming on the digital pubcaster.

In addition to the History Channel and a new theater channel, ZDF.Vision is offering the pubcaster’s regular terrestrial programming as well as high-brow fare from the German/French channel Arte and the German/Austrian 3 Sat, children’s programming from Kinderkanal, news channel Phoenix and Austrian pubcaster ORF.