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It's a date

LONDON — The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced Thursday that the Orange British Academy Film Awards will take place Sunday, Feb. 8, at the Royal Opera House in London. As with the 2008 event, the awards take place two weeks before the Oscars. The awards are the Academy's highest film honors, rewarding the best work of any nationality seen on British cinema screens during the preceding year.

YouTube tangle

PARIS — France's leading commercial network, TF1, has filed a lawsuit claiming €100 million ($155 million) in damages, alleging illicit use of its programming content from YouTube, it was reported Thursday. A YouTube spokesperson told newspaper Les Echos that the legal challenge had been received a few days ago by the company in California but that the case would be heard by a Paris court. TF1 declined comment.

Leisure time

HONG KONG — Global Entertainment Group has acquired London-based Global Gaming Leisure for £2.03 million ($4 million) in shares, the company announced Thursday. GEG, listed on London's PLUS market, will issue 126,875,000 new shares at 1.6 pence ($0.03) per share, for a market capitalization of GBP5.84 million ($11.54 million). GGL will be integrated into GEG's current gaming activities.

New territory

LONDON — Sci Fi Channel and Universal Channel debuted in Romania yesterday, offering such shows as "Dexter," "Flash Gordon," "Battlestar Galactica" and "Charmed" on the Akta TV platform. The new channels, which are subtitled, join existing NBC Universal brands in the region including Hallmark Channel, KidsCo and Movies24.