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LONDON — Organizers of the U.K.'s annual pop music Brit Awards said Thursday that next year's event on Feb. 14 will see rockers Oasis honored with an outstanding contribution to music nod. The event will be shown live on television for the first time in almost 20 years. Oasis has previously secured event awards for best British breakthrough act, best British album, best British group and best British video. Previous recipients of the outstanding contribution award include the Beatles, U2, Tom Jones, Sting, David Bowie and the Who.
SYDNEY — Stepping up efforts to get a greater share of TV and independent feature film production, Ausfilm, the Australian industry's locations marketing body, on Thursday announced the appointment of Jodea Bloomfield to the new position of vp content attraction. Based in Ausfilm's Los Angeles office, Bloomfield will be charged with seeking business for Australia from TV, independent features and the postproduction, digital and visual effects sectors. Bloomfield joins Ausfilm from U.S. indie sales and financing outfit Crystal Sky, where she was the sales and marketing manager.
OTTAWA — Two Imax theaters will be constructed in Mexico in conjunction with family-run Cinemas Martinez, the first in Torreon in 2007 and the second in neighboring Chihuahua in 2008, the Toronto-based giant-screen company announced Thursday. The deal brings the number of Imax theaters scheduled to be open in Latin America to 32 by the end of 2008. "Latin America is one of our fastest-growing markets, and we are encouraged by the consistent growth in Mexico," Imax co-CEOs and co-chairmen Richard Gelfond and Bradley Wechsler said in a statement.