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Sidus in China

SEOUL — Korea's biggest talent management agency, Sidus HQ, and wireless operator SK Telecom China have opened an office together in Beijing in a move expected to increase the South Korean entertainment industry's ties with China, the companies said Monday. Beijing Sidus HQ opened last week with a $2.2 million initial investment — 51% from Sidus HQ and 49% from SK Telecom China. The joint venture, which will be largely operated by SK Telecom, will represent both Korean and Chinese talent. In addition, the company will be involved in film and TV production.

Catching Pitcher

SYDNEY — Caroline Pitcher has been tapped the new CEO of Australia's film locations marketing agency Ausfilm, the organization announced Monday. Pitcher joins the agency from her position as general manager of the Melbourne Film Office, the locations marketing arm of state government agency, Film Victoria. Pitcher replaces Mark Woods who chose not to renew his contract after two years at the helm of the organization.

Harris' jury duty

TORONTO — U.S. producer-director James Harris on Monday was named president of the international jury of the 31st annual Montreal World Film Festival, which gets under way Thursday. Harris will chair a jury that includes Spanish screenwriter Javier Angulo Barturen, Quebec comic Denise Filiatrault, Quebec film scholar Nathalie Katinakis, Argentinian actress Mía Maestro and Korean actress Kang Su-Yeon. Twenty films will contend for the festival's Grand Prix of the Americas, including Sarah Jessica Parker starrer "Spinning Into Butter" and Christopher Cain's "September Dawn."