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RTL Television's sales division IP Deutschland shrugged off news of the global advertising downturn to boast 3.6% year-over-year revenue growth for 2008. German retailers were the main source of the boost, spending nearly 35% more on television advertising this year on RTL Television's four commercial channels.

Warners flavored

A new company founded by a team of executives from Warner Bros.' defunct China cinema unit and backed by U.S.-based Entertainment Properties Trust plans to invest $50 million with a joint-venture partner to build multiplex cinemas in China. The deal, set to be unveiled today in Macau, would see EPT president and CEO David Brain put $25 million from his Nasdaq-listed firm into play behind Apex International Cinemas, a Hong Kong-registered company founded this year and led by T.J. Green, former GM of Warner Bros. International Cinemas China.

Rotterdam tributes

Organizers of next year's Rotterdam International Film Festival unveiled plans Monday for a trio of tribute sidebars, with Polish film director Jerzy Skolimowski, Paolo Benvenuti from Italy and Switzerland's Peter Liechti scheduled. The festival kicks off Jan. 21.

'Ong-Bak 2' No. 1

The Thai martial arts action film "Ong-Bak 2" topped the local boxoffice in its long holiday opening weekend by grossing 70 million baht ($2.1 million).
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