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Harries leaving ITV

LONDON — Andy Harries, ITV controller of drama, comedy and films, has told bosses he will not renew his contract when it expires next year, sources said Monday. Harries, a 30-year ITV veteran who has produced some of ITV's biggest dramas including "Prime Suspect" and "Cracker," is expected to continue to work with ITV on some projects, perhaps as an independent producer. In August, he launched a blistering attack on ITV senior management, accusing them of making the channel "unwatchable." An ITV spokeswoman said Harries was expected to see out his contract but is known to be looking elsewhere.

Trial postponed

ROME — The postponement of Silvio Berlusconi's trial became official Monday when Italian lawyers walked off the job at the start of a five-day strike. The court date has now been rescheduled for Jan. 12. The trial against Berlusconi faced two previous delays — first when attorneys filed a motion to have the judge removed and again when Berlusconi fainted at a political rally.

'Fairytale' forecast

COLOGNE, Germany — The phenomenal success of Soenke Wortmann's World Cup documentary "Germany. A Summer Fairytale" has led German Kinowelt to up its year-end forecasts. Kinowelt head Michael Koelmel is now predicting revenues "above €100 million and a sharp rise in profits" for the year. The company had originally forecast earnings of €95 million ($125 million) for 2006. "Fairytale" has earned €23.8 million ($31.4 million) in Germany, making it the most successful documentary in the territory.