'Winx' brand expanding into theme parks


ROME -- "Winx," the animated children's television franchise about to make the jump to the big screen, also is looking to expand into a theme park outside Rome, the parent company said Friday.

The franchise is owned by production company Rainbow, which is planning an IPO for early next year.

Franco-Tunisian cinema power broker Tarak Ben Ammar earlier in November took a 2% stake in Rainbow and is reportedly thinking of upping his stake to as much as 30%.