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'India' on rise

COLOGNE, Germany — German public broadcaster ZDF has joined forces with Canada's CBC to co-produce a multimillion-dollar documentary series on modern-day India, the companies said Thursday. The project, titled "India Reborn," will examine the impact of the country's recent economic boom by looking at a cross-section of Indian society, from billionaire capitalists to rural farmers to the emerging middle class. ZDF's sales arm, ZDF Enterprises, will co-produce and handle international sales duties on the project, which it will shop next week at MIPCOM.

Cinecitta producing

ROME — Rome's Cinecitta Studios is back up to regular capacity less than two months after a fire destroyed part of the lot, the studio said Thursday. The Aug. 9 blaze dramatically destroyed a large section of one of Cinecitta's main back lots, including part of the set used for the HBO/BBC-produced "Rome" series. Cinecitta was able to work around the damage, as only one production — an episode of the U.K. TV program "Dr. Who" — was delayed.

Hong Kong call

HONG KONG — Submissions for the sixth Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum are now being accepted, the Hong Kong International Film Festival said Thursday. The call comes on the heels of the Hong Kong Film Development Council's announcement that it is inviting applications for the $38.4 million Film Development Fund for small- to medium-budgeted productions. The forum is one of the core events of Hong Kong's Entertainment Expo and is designed to connect Asian filmmakers with film financiers, producers, bankers, distributors and buyers for co-production ventures.