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Enorbus buy makes Dis more mobile

The Walt Disney Co. has acquired Chinese wireless content developer Enorbus, the company said Monday. It marks the second purchase the Walt Disney Internet Group has made in that region, after adding the Chinese division of Mobile2win last year. Enorbus specializes in games and programming for mobile devices. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. "The acquisition further demonstrates the company's commitment to expanding its global presence and in providing compelling entertainment anywhere and any time," Disney said. "It also will provide a solid foundation for continuing to grow WDIG's mobile content business around the world."

Warners unit adds pair to Premiere posts

Warner Premiere, Warner Bros.' recently formed direct-to-platform division, has hired Matt Bierman as vp production and Jon Kuyper as vp physical production. Bierman is tasked with building a long-term creative strategy and slate of original releases for Warner Premiere, overseeing projects from script to screen. Kuyper will be responsible for all aspects of physical production at the division.

No 'Extras': Two seasons it for series

The BBC 2/HBO series "Extras" won't be returning for a third season. Writer-directors Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, who also star alongside Ashley Jensen, have decided to forgo another season in favor of ending the series with a special finale — the same way they ended their previous show, "The Office." It is understood that the details of the finale are still being worked out. "Extras" was nominated for an Emmy last year for comedy series writing; guest stars Kate Winslet, Ben Stiller and Patrick Stewart also received Emmy noms.

Bissi departs post at EMI Latin America

MIAMI — EMI Latin America president and CEO Marco Bissi has left the company as part of EMI's ongoing restructuring. Also, Simone Bose, currently GM of EMI Music Spain, has been promoted to managing director of EMI Music Iberia, supervising EMI's operations in Spain and Portugal. Bose reports to Jean-Francois Cecillon, chairman and CEO of EMI Music International. Cecillon also appointed Manolo Diaz, president and CEO of EMI Music Iberia, to a new role as special adviser in the international division. Diaz's first assignment will be to oversee EMI's Latin America regional office and EMI Music Brazil.

Lee adding to Ckrush

Spike Lee has agreed to serve as adviser to Ckrush Entertainment, a New York-based entertainment and digital media group. He will help Ckrush select film projects, serve as an executive producer on some films and consult with, the company's entertainment-based social network. The arrangement covers an initial period of two years.

Google in-game with Adscape

Google made it official Monday, acquiring in-game advertising company Adscape Media for $23 million in a deal analysts say solidifies the $30 billion global video game landscape as a major player in the advertising business. Adscape, a startup that launched in February 2006 with $3.2 million in funding from Atlanta's HIG Ventures, is behind the other players in the burgeoning in-game advertising market, which include Microsoft-owned Massive, IGA Worldwide and Double Fusion; it has not announced any game publishers as customers.