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Lettra booked

FRANKFURT, Germany — A television channel for readers might seem like an oxymoron, but a group of German TV executives are giving it a try with Lettra, a digital pay TV channel that will debut Nov. 24 on German satellite platform Premiere Star. The channel's management presented Lettra to journalists for the first time Thursday at the Frankfurt Book Fair. In addition to book reviews, author interviews, magazine programs and top-seller news, Lettra plans to air film adaptations of famous novels.

Nick big in Oz

SYDNEY— Zac Efron and Bindi Irwin were the prince and princess of the Aussie version of the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards on Wednesday in Sydney. Efron did triple duty on the night, co-hosting the ceremony alongside Australian girl band the Veronicas and picking up two Nick blimps. Irwin won for Best Greenie and Fave Aussie, dedicating her Fave Aussie award to her dad, Steve "The Crocodile Hunter" Irwin, who was killed while shooting his daughter's TV series a year ago.

Locations, locations

PARIS — Film commissions from all over Europe are planning a "Shootings" spree with a new film locations show set to launch during the seventh International Cinema & Literature Forum in Monte Carlo, organizers said Thursday. The three-day event will kick off March 6. The new showcase will offer information on financial and logistic aid from Europe's national film commissions for film and television producers worldwide.