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'Pan' soars

LONDON — The U.K. Film Council, U.K. production banner Headline Pictures and BBC Films have united to secure the television and film rights to "Peter Pan in Scarlet," the recently penned, officially sanctioned sequel to J.M. Barrie's classic children's tale "Peter Pan," the companies announced Monday. The decision to grant the consortium the rights to Geraldine McCaughrean's book was announced by the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity Trustees, which owns the intellectual property rights to "Peter Pan" and authorized the creation of the new work.



Berlin honors

COLOGNE, Germany — The 2007 Berlin International Film Festival's Forum sidebar will pay tribute to Japanese director Okamoto Kihachi by screening a selection of his films, organizers announced Monday. Okamoto, who died last year, was a pioneer who helped shape the new Japanese cinema of the 1950s and '60s. He broke new ground with rapid-cut editing in samurai films such as "Sword of Doom" (1965) or the comic "Kill" (1968) and "Red Lion" (1969), all of which the Forum will screen as part of its tribute. Okamoto's widow, Minako, will present the series.



China agrees

BEIJING — The National Copyright Administration of China has agreed to raise efforts to fight the online piracy of movies, software and literary works in cooperation with overseas industry groups, the Motion Picture Assn. said over the weekend. The NCAC joined the MPA, the Business Software Alliance, the Association of American Publishers and the Publishers Association of the U.K. in signing a memorandum of understanding to broaden its cooperation in the protection of intellectual property rights as the number of Internet users in China swells.
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