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Tellenbach's exit

COLOGNE, Germany — Markus Tellenbach, former CEO and president of SBS, has resigned from the board of the pan-European broadcasting company as it prepares to merge with German group ProSiebenSat.1. Tellenbach has been with SBS since 2001, first as chief operating officer, then as CEO and finally as president of the company that controls TV channels in nine European countries. Tellenbach resigned as CEO of the company in 2005 following the sale of a majority stake of SBS to private equity companies Permira and KKR for €2.1 billion.

Camera shy

ROME — Television cameras will be banned from the graft and corruption trial involving Italian media baron and former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, the judge announced Thursday. It also was announced that the trial, which started Tuesday, will be halted for procedural reasons and restart March 22. Live coverage of Italian trials is unusual but not unprecedented. In this case, news programs will have to rely on artists' sketches or stock footage.

Pictures' Progress

MADRID — Six unfinished Latin American films have been chosen to participate in the 11th edition of the Films in Progress at the Cervantes Institute in Toulouse as part of the Recontres Cinemas d'Amerique Latine. The films are Pablo Fendrik's "El Asaltante" (Argentina), Sergio Tolar Velarde's "Aurora Boreal" (Mexico), Victor Gonzalez's "El Cielo Elegido" (Argentina), Rodrigo Marin's "Las Ninas" (Chile), Marcelo Masagao's "Otevio e as letras" (Brazil) and Liliana Paolinelli's "Por Sus Propios Ojos" (Argentina). The program is an initiative of the San Sebastian International Film Festival and the Recontres Cinemas d'Amerique.