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PARIS — The influential French film magazine Les Cahiers du Cinema is getting an English remake after nearly 60 years in print. This week, the monthly review will launch e-Cahiers, an English-language version of the entire print magazine available online. The March issue hits French newsstands Wednesday, with its English translation available on the Web beginning Friday at The publisher is aiming for 3,500 full subscriptions by the end of the year.

On demand

COLOGNE, Germany — Tele Muenchen Group has signed a deal with U.K. interactive specialist On Demand Group to form a joint venture Internet VOD operation for German-speaking Europe. The operation, On Demand Deutschland, will supply PPV offerings from TMG's vast film and TV library. The target audience, according to TMG, is the "around 45 million" German-speaking households in Germany, Austria and Switzerland that currently do not subscribe to digital pay TV or other VOD services.

Done deal

TORONTO — A tentative deal to end an 18-month turf war over Hollywood movie shoots in Montreal between rival film production unions has been ratified. About 500 members of local Quebec technicians union the Alliance québécoise des techniciens de l'image et du son and members of IATSE Locals 667 and 514 voted this weekend to sign an agreement that gives the U.S.-based union a first-time right to represent major studio shoots in Montreal. A slew of shoots have recently committed to Montreal including Universal's "Mummy 3" and Paramount's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."