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NEW DELHI — Mumbai-based entertainment company UTV Software Communications is transfering its motion picture activities into an overseas subsidiary, UTV Motion Pictures, to be listed on the London Stock Exchange's Alternative Investment Market. The company's announcement Thursday followed a notification filed with the Mumbai Stock Exchange. UTV's movie credits include such recent films as Mira Nair's "The Namesake," Chris Rock's "I Think I Love My Wife" (with Fox Searchlight) and M. Night Shyamalan's "The Happening" (with 20th Century Fox).
'Postman' rings China
LONDON — Kids group Entertainment Rights has signed a deal with China Central Television to distribute all 80 15-minute episodes of its stop-frame animation series "Postman Pat," chief creative and commercial director Jane Smith said Thursday. The deal — ER's debut in the market — will see "Pat" air to more than 96% of the Chinese market via the kids block on CCTV, a potential viewership of 367 million children. ER also hopes to expand into China's lucrative toy market.
TORONTO — The organizer of Canada's film and TV awards on Thursday announced the resignation of its top executive. Maria Topalovich, president and CEO of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television for 28 years, is stepping down following persistently dismal ratings for the Genies, Canada's film awards. The most recent Genies, handed out Feb. 13, drew a paltry audience of 8,000 TV viewers in Toronto, or a 0.2% household share (HR 2/27). Paul Gratton, the Academy's national chairman, is stepping in as interim CEO while leading a search committee.