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BSkyB deal probed

LONDON — BSkyB Group's acquisition of a 17.9% stake in ITV has been referred to the Competition Commission here, triggering a detailed examination of the satcaster's role in the market. The inquiry, which is expected to take as long as six months to complete, will conduct a detailed investigation into the effects of Sky's November 2006 swoop on ITV shares, examining both competition and public-interest issues and the specified public-interest consideration relating to the plurality of persons with control of media enterprises. If it finds against the deal, then BSkyB may be forced to offload all or part of the stake.

The Transylvanian 'Job'

LONDON — British director Oliver Parker's new comedy, "I Really Hate My Job," will make its international bow at the sixth annual Transylvanian International Film Festival in a nod to two of the film's leads, Bucharest-born Alexandra Maria Lara and Oana Pellea, the producers said Thursday. London-based 3DD Prods. said that the Romanian world premiere will see Parker introduce the film along with writer Jennifer Higgie, producer Andrew Higgie and the Romanian actresses. The Transylvanian festival runs June 1-10.

AFI adds fellowship

SYDNEY — Aiming to boost its profile as a key cultural organization, the Australian Film Institute has initiated a new fellowship, with AUS$25,000 ($20,050) to be given each year to boost an Australian filmmaker's career. The AFI Fellowship program was announced Thursday by its patron, director Phillip Noyce, who said it aims to "make a substantial impact on the quality of Australian film practitioners by investing in career aspirations." The AFI is calling for proposals from potential fellowship winners by June 1.