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News ByteScreen Daily (via Deadline) cites a single source — the head of a Spanish industry group — which says the video rental company “had contacted various Spanish producers ahead of its launch.” Netflix has already announced a major expansion into Latin America, but has said it is targeting another territory for international expansion in 2012; many observers have believed that the United Kingdom will be its next target.
News Bytebeing sold to private equity firm Apollo Global Management for $509 million. Besides 19 Entertainment, CKX also owns licensing rights for Elvis Presley and Muhammad Ali, as well as a majority share of Presley’s Graceland mansion. Deadline and the LAT have good background.
This doesn’t get them into the States, but it gets them a lot closer: Music service Spotify has finally signed with Sony for a U.S. distribution deal. Multiple sources tell me the deal, which has been very close since last fall, is now closed.