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AUSTRALIA

Oz cabler Optus Television is investing in a miniseries about Australia’s worst horse racing scam, the Fine Cotton ring-in betting scandal.

Produced by the Best Picture Show Co., “Fine Cotton” will recount how four bumbling rogues were caught attempting to substitute the out-of-form thoroughbred Fine Cotton with open-class sprinter Bold Personality at Eagle Farm Racecourse in August 1984.

GERMANY

The German Assn. of Movie Theaters (HDF) has collected more than $290,000 for Kosovo refugees. Every cinema and film distributor in the country took part in the charity collection last week.

Matinee revenues from May 6, totaling $284,000 from some 4,000 theaters, were donated to UNICEF. In addition, state film fund organizations gave $7,088 to the cause.

INDIA

Zee Telefilms is planning to launch a Bengali channel, Zee Bangla, in July. It will feature a mix of Bengali films, original-commissioned programs in Bengali during primetime and popular Zee serials dubbed into Bengali in the afternoon.

Zee has also acquired the rights to a Bengali serial called “Trishna From Doordarshan.”

Rupert Murdoch’s Star TV has announced that by 2000 it, too, will launch a Bengali channel.