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Angel takes wing

GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Miguel Angel, co-founder and chief executive at AMC Entertainment-owned theater chain Cinemex, is exiting the company to pursue other business interests, the company said Monday. Davila co-founded Cinemex in 1995 with two former Harvard classmates. Today, with 488 screens in five Mexican cities, Cinemex is one of the nation's leading theater circuits. Alma Rosa Garcia, who currently oversees Cinemex's programming and strategic planning, will replace Davila as chief executive in May.

Wal-Mart loves Eros

NEW DELHI — London-based Eros International said Monday that it will work with Wal-Mart to sell Bollywood content through Wal-Mart's distribution network in Canada. Eros DVDs will be available in 27 Wal-Mart stores in Canada to start with. The distribution will subsequently be extended to the entire Canadian Wal-Mart network to service both Asian and non-Asian markets. Details of film titles and pricing will be finalized shortly, but Eros plans to release at least 30-40 new titles every year.

Mardell exits Svesnk

COLOGNE, Germany — Johan Mardell, head of production at Scandinavian major Svesnk Filmindustri, is stepping down at the end of the month to begin a new career as an independent producer. As production chief since 2003, Mardell has overseen films ranging from the art house comedy "Popular Music" to the $30 million medieval epic "Arn — The Knight Templar," the most expensive Scandinavian film of all time. He also shepherded a TV slate that included the politically-charged miniseries "Crown Princess." Mardell will stay on as an executive producer on "Arn 2," which is currently in post-production.