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EUROPE

Woody Allen’s “Small Time Crooks” has been sold to Pyramide in France, Lauren Film in Spain, Cecchi Gori in Italy, Concorde in Germany and FilmFour in the U.K.

Concorde and FilmFour are new to the Woody Allen game, while the other three have released other Allen pics. . “Small Time Crooks” has already grossed $13.2 million in three weeks at the U.S. box office.

The sales were brokered by Intermedia Films on behalf of Jean Doumanian’s Sweetland Films.

UNITED KINGDOM

NTL has sealed a £31 million ($47 million) media pact with Scotland’s Rangers soccer club, the cabler’s fifth major deal with a U.K. team.

Unlike NTL’s four deals with English Premier League clubs, the Rangers partnership does not entail NTL taking a stake.

NTL, the country’s no. 1 cable operator, has offered a similar deal to Rangers-rival Celtic, which will remain open until the end of the year.

JAPAN

Movie distributor Gaga Communications has formed a publishing company that is scheduled to start operations in August.

The company called Gaga Publishing was formed earlier this month with a capitalization of 10 million yen ($93,000) and will publish periodicals including magazines called “Video Insider Japan,” “Digital Media Navigator,” and other items relating to the Internet.

LATAM

Alex Martínez has been named ad sales account exec for new business development, responsible for developing pan-regional advertising sales programs for all of Discovery’s Latam networks as well as online advertising.

Gabriel Melendez has been named ad sales account exec overseeing Central America, the Caribbean and the Andean region.

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The Weather Channel Latam has upped its sub count by 2 million subs to 6.6 million households in the region.

The channel has signed carriage agreements with cable systems like Multicanal and Telecentro in Argentina and satcaster Galaxy Latin America.

AUSTRALIA

Arthouse distributor Palace Films will team with Twentieth Century Fox to ensure a large release for local film “Chopper.” The story of a notorious Oz underworld figure, “Chopper” generated considerable interest from its Cannes market screenings by sales agent Beyond Films, which sold the film to Japan’s Mi-Pic, among others.

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