Vajna Bails out Hungarian Producers

BUDAPEST: The Hungarian National Film Fund announced on 20 July 2011 that it has reached an agreement to purchase the claims of three banks with loans to Hungarian film producers.

Debt Consolidation Moves Forward in Hungary

BUDAPEST: The Hungarian National Film Fund will receive HUF 5.97 billion (EUR 22.5 million) to consolidate the debts of the Hungarian Motion Picture Foundation ( The 11 July 2011 decision…

Hungarian TV Announces Job Cuts

BUDAPEST: Hungarian state media will eliminate 600 jobs in TV and Radio. The move will cut an estimated HUF 3 billion on salaries, which is to go toward production.

Hungarian government funds six new feature films

KARLOVY VARY: The Hungarian government has quietly funded at least six new feature films in the last few weeks according the Hungarian daily newspaper Nepszabadsag. While Hungarian filmmakers continue to…
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Magyar Filmunio Closes

BUDAPEST: Magyar Filmunio (, the Hungarian film promotion organisation established in 1992 by the Hungarian Motion Picture Foundation (, will cease operations on 1 July 2011. The contract of Eva…

Government Decision Closes MMK

BUDAPEST: The Hungarian government will close the troubled Hungarian Motion Picture Foundation (

FNE at DISCOP Budapest 2011: DISCOP Registration Up

BUDAPEST: DISCOP ( founder Patrick Jucaud said pre-registration of both buyers and sellers for the 21-23 June 2011 TV content market was up, with heavy growth from the Balkans and…

FNE at DISCOP Budapest 2011: NATPE Takes Majority Ownership in DISCOP Budapest

BUDAPEST: DISCOP ( founder Patrick Jucaud and NATPE ( President and CEO Rick Feldman announced in a joint press conference on 21 June 2011 that NATPE has acquired a majority…

FNE at DISCOP Budapest 2011: Hungarian State TV Grows Competitive Edge

BUDAPEST: Lidia Marton, director of international relations for the new Hungarian broadcasting umbrella organization MTVA (Broadcast Support and Asset Management Fund, told a packed pre-DISCOP audience, "We hope to…

Agnes Havas Appointed to Lead Hungarian National Film Fund

BUDAPEST: The new Hungarian Film Fund has named producer Agnes Havas as the fund’s director. The fund was created to support the production of Hungarian films by Andrew G. Vajna,…

Moscow IFF Competition: Retrace/Visszatérés

In Retrace/ Visszatérés, directed by Hungary's Judit Elek, a woman from a Transylvanian village travels to Ceauşescu's Romania for the first time since finding refuge in Sweden as a child…

Hungary Approves Digital Film Archives

BUDAPEST: An amendment to Hungary's film law has been approved, allowing the Hungarian National Film Archives to be transformed into the Hungarian National Digital Archive (MaNDA).

World War Z to Film in Hungary

Hungary has been added to the list of locations for filming of the zombie thriller World War Z. The film is shooting in Malta through 30 June 2011 and will…

Hary Potter Release Delayed in Hungary

Hungarian media reports that the upcoming installment of the Harry Potter franchise will be postponed in Hungary due to fears of piracy.

HBO Go Launched in Hungary

HBO launched HBO GO, its streaming service for HBO customers, on 6 June 2011 in Hungary.

Hungarian Banks Threaten to Close Film Producers Accounts

BUDAPEST: The bank accounts of 19 production companies faced closure as of 1 June 2011, as loan agreements expired on 31 May. Andrew Vajna, Hungary's newly appointed film commissioner, is…

FNE at DISCOP Budapest 2011: Hungary

BUDAPEST: When it comes to TV, Hungary prefers to go it alone. Without any natural linguistic partners and lacking the strong regional ties shared by Czechs and Slovaks, the Balkans,…

Hungarian Film Funding Approved

BUDAPEST: The Hungarian government has approved a proposal to renew film funding. According to local news reports, the cabinet met on 31 May 2011 and approved the plan proposed by…

Digital Subscriptions Rise in Hungary

BUDAPEST: Digital subscriptions climbed by slight over 1% during the month of March, according to the latest data released by the National Media and Infocommunications Authority.

Vajna Pledges Support for Hungarian Scripts

BUDAPEST: Hungary's new commissioner for the film industry pledged to finance the development of scripts at a meeting of film professionals during the 42 Hungarian Film Week (5-8 May 2011…