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Imax, Regal team

TORONTO — Giant-screen exhibitor Imax on Monday said it has signed a joint-venture agreement to sell 31 digital-projection systems to Regal Cinemas. Imax said that its digital projectors will be installed in Regal theaters in 20 major U.S. markets, with the first theater to open Nov. 21 in time to show "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: The Imax Experience." As part of their agreement, Imax and Regal will share the costs and profits of the new large-format screens.

'Race' under way

MUMBAI — UTV Motion Pictures released Bollywood action caper "Race" day and date Friday in Pakistan, making it just the second Indian film to have a same-day release in that country. In addition, UTVMP will distribute critically acclaimed kids drama "Taare Zameen Par" (Stars on Earth) in Pakistan later this week following its approval by censors. "Race" is handled in Pakistan by Karachi-based Eveready Pictures, which released 15 prints in nine cities, while "Taare" will be released by Geo TV, which also plans a 15-print release.

DHX shapes up

TORONTO — Canadian producer DHX Media has acquired Bulldog Interactive Fitness, a domestic operator of kids fitness games centers in a cash and stock deal. Halifax-based DHX on Monday said that it paid CAN$625,000 ($614,000) and issued 99,333 DHX shares to acquire the privately owned kids fitness chain, which offers exercise equipment that incorporates interactive gaming systems and dance machines. Recent acquisitions at DHX, which produces and distributes live-action and animated programming and feature films, includes Decode Entertainment, Halifax Film and Studio B Prods.