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New India link

NEW DELHI — Turner International announced Thursday a joint venture with New Delhi-based programming house Miditech and its holding company Alva Brothers that plans to launch a Hindi general entertainment channel. Plans also include channels in other languages. Financial terms and a time frame were not given. This is Turner's second joint venture in India. Its first — Zee-Turner, with Indian broadcasting group Zee Telefilms — is in cable distribution. Zee-Turner distributes channels from both partners, including Hindi channel Zee TV and Cartoon Network, and third-party channels such as CNBC and Reality TV.

French indie prize

PARIS — The Gallic Institute for the Financing of Cinema and Cultural Industries gave its fourth annual IFCIC Prize for Young, Independent Production Company to Yann Gilbert's La Mouche du Coche Films at a ceremony in Paris on Wednesday night. Created in 2004, the prize is worth €10,000 ($14,720). La Mouche de Coche Films, which translates as "the fly on the notch," was created in 2000 and has recently produced such feature films as Christophe Loizillon's "My Camera and Me" and Cecile Telerman's "Tout Pour Plaire."

More Canada funds

TORONTO — Quebec media giant Quebecor Media on Thursday made good on a recent pledge to increase spending on Canadian programming to underpin its newly launched Internet portal The Montreal-based firm unveiled a CAN$4 million ($4.1 million) investment in a host of home-grown TV series, including such kids' fare as YTV's "Grossology," Tele-Quebec's "Kaboum" and Teletoon's "My Life Me."