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Mobile market

MUNICH — German broadcasters could be earning €655 million ($874 million) a year from mobile telephone video services by 2012, according to a study released Monday by media consulting firm Goldmedia. Goldmedia believes that the leading commercial players will have debuted mobile TV services in Germany by this time next year but warns that, should the process of distributing frequencies and capacity for mobile TV in Germany be delayed, the financial rewards will have to wait as well.

Peace in Paris

PARIS — UNESCO's Time for Peace Film and Music Awards will be held in the French capital for the first time June 22. The awards honor films and music recognized for their high artistic quality and humanitarian values. Director Edward Zwick will attend the ceremony to receive the best film prize for "Blood Diamond," with Charlotte Gainsbourg confirmed to accept the award for best European actress for her role in Emmanuele Crialese's "Golden Door." Best actress honors will go to Hilary Swank for "Freedom Writers."

Dis, YFE pact

MUNICH — The Walt Disney Co. (Germany) has inked a six-year, first-look agreement with Your Family Entertainment AG, the Munich-based children's television division of German children's books and games publisher Ravensburger, YFE announced Monday. Disney also has agreed to settle a "commercial dispute" with YFE and its wholly owned subsidiary Your Worldwide Licensing GmbH for €1 million ($1.3 million), according to the statement. A YFE spokeswoman refused comment on either the nature of the dispute or the specifics of the first-look deal.