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ROME — The children's television series "Winx Club" is headed to the big screen with a €25 million ($34 million) movie provisionally titled "Winx Club, il Segreto di un Regno" (Winx Club, the Secret of a Kingdom), producers said Monday. "Winx Club" is based on the adventures of five teenage magical fairies who fight against evil senior witches out to destroy their club. Like the television series, the film will be directed by Iginio Straffi, founder of production company Rainbow CGI, a co-producer of the cinema version. RAI Fiction and RAI Cinema also will be co-producers.
COLOGNE, Germany — Private equity group KKR and Permira are considering selling off the production unit of German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1, sources near the company said Monday. ProSiebenSat.1 Produktion is an umbrella division encompassing the broadcasters' various production and post- production studios as well as all technical and information services companies. With about 1,000 employees, the unit represents a third of ProSiebenSat.1's total workforce and is thought to generate revenue of several hundred million euros a year.
TORONTO — The Banff World Television Festival on Monday said that its June conference will feature actress-environmentalist Daryl Hannah, who will discuss how to get more media attention for global warming and green issues. Hannah, who made headlines by launching an "eco-blog," will join Canadian broadcaster and environmentalist David Suzuki and author and broadcaster Tim Flannery ("The Future Eaters") on a panel titled "Code Green — Environmental Responsibility in the Media" on June 11.