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Dist'n Italian style

ROME — Italy's 01 Distribution has signed an exclusive three-year deal with the Weinstein Co. that will see the company distribute eight Weinstein films in Italy, the Rome-based company said Thursday. Terms of the deal were not released. Titles on tap include the Emilio Estevez-directed drama "Bobby," Michael Moore health care system documentary "Sicko" and Scarlett Johansson starrer "The Nanny Diaries." The deal was signed almost three months ago during the Venice International Film Festival but first made public Thursday. 01 Distribution is affiliated with RAI Cinema, the cinema arm of Italian state broadcaster RAI.

Granada, TV3 re-up

LONDON — ITV distribution arm Granada International has renewed its output deal with Irish commercial broadcaster TV3. The deal will allow TV3 to continue its access to first-run shows, including "Coronation Street," "Emmerdale" and "I'm a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here," in addition to a raft of reality, drama and factual fare. The deal was announced Thursday by Granada International managing director Nadine Nohr and TV3 director of programs Matthew Salway.

'Pocoyo's' journey

MADRID — London-based rights manager Big Picture Entertainment has inked a deal with Spain's Zinkia Entertainment to handle home entertainment rights here for the award-winning animated series "Pocoyo," Zinkia announced Thursday. Big Picture, which manages such brands as Cookie Jar TV series "Caillou," will launch the first "Pocoyo" DVDs in the spring. The CGI series for preschoolers, currently attracting strong ratings on Spain's TVE La 2, follows the amusing adventures of a little boy with an insatiable curiosity who sets out on a journey of discovery and adventure.