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Soaping up

BUENOS AIRES — Latino drama and intrigue is coming to a computer near you. Google-owned YouTube is teaming with Dori Media Group to make telenovelas available on the video-sharing behemoth. It's a first-of-its-kind arrangement that reflects the growing global popularity of the primarily Spanish-language dramas, seen in some 60 countries. Israel-based Dori Media has been responsible for much of this expansion, sending the South American soap operas out to countries in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. YouTube will create three dedicated telenovela channels that will contain trailers, outtakes and interviews with the stars of shows like "Rebelde Way" and "Sos Mi Vida."

Content is king

SYDNEY — The Australian Broadcasting Corp. has promoted Courtney Gibson to the new role of executive head of content creation, the pubcaster said Thursday. Gibson is being elevated from her post as head of arts, entertainment and comedy to the new job, created under a management restructure announced by ABC head of television Kim Dalton in May. Gibson will lead and manage the network's content development and production across all genres, with the exception of children's television. She takes up the post Nov. 5.

Another award

MADRID — The 55th annual San Sebastian International Film Festival will introduce a new award honoring women at this year's festival, which runs Sept. 20-29, organizers announced Thursday. The Another Look award is sponsored by Spanish pubcaster Television Espanola and will see the state-owned company acquire broadcast rights for the winning film. Candidate films will "focus on subjects related to the female world" made by either men or women.