Austria funds two Hungarian films

The Austrian Film Commission announced grants for a pair of Hungarian co-productions in its latest round of funding.

ID channel expands into Central Europe

Discovery Networks EMEA, which oversees Discovery's European operations, will launch its Investigation Discovery (ID) channel in Romania, Hungary, and Poland, beginning in April.

Reding meets with Hungary's Pataki on digital roll-out

EU Telecoms commissioner Viviane Reding met with Dániel Pataki, head of the Hungarian Regulatory Authority and chairman of the Radio Spectrum Policy Group, regarding EU policy on the switch-over from…

MIPTV attendance drops

MIPTV reported attendance of 11,500 industry executives from 105 countries at the 2009 market (March 30-April 3), a drop of some 14%.

SPI announces Skylink deal

SPI International channel FILMBOX HD will be distributed by SkyLink, the digital satellite platform in Slovakia and the Czech Republic, beginning April 1.

Janosik plans September release

It took seven years and cost €6.6 million, but in September The True Story of Janosik and Tomas Uhorcik will premiere simultaneously in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland.

Eurimages support for four CEE films

Polish, Czech, Romanian, and Hungarian producers and distribution companies in Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Turkey received funding following the latest Eurimages session held March 15-17.

Time Warner invests in CME

Central European Media Enterprises (CME) announced on March 23 that international media and entertainment giant Time Warner will acquire a 31% stake in CME.

Pre-MIPTV deals lining up

Polish and Czech TV stations are among those signing deals leading up to the MIPTV market in Cannes.

CEE channels grow ProSeibenSat.1

Despite a drop in consolidated revenues for the ProSiebenSat.1 Media group, stations in Hungary and Romania accounted for a growing percentage of the corporations's revenues.

EFP's "Up Next" reunites distributors in Sofia

"European Distributors: Up Next!", launched by European Film Promotion at the San Sebastian festival last September, has spawned a planned reunion of independent Central European distributors during the Sofia Meetings,…

Mission London sets shooting date

The shooting of the Bulgarian-Hungarian-Macedonian co-production Mission London will start in May, producer Laszlo Kantor told FNE.

German funds go to Czech, Hungarian, Bulgarian films

Germany's Leipzig-based Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM), one of the country's most active film funds investing in Central European production, announced support for some of the region's hottest projects.

Directors head to Cinefondation residence programme

Directors from Poland and Slovenia are among the six young filmmakers chosen for the Cannes' festival La Residence de la Cinefondation.

Four Central European countries on piracy watch list

The International Intellectual Property Alliance has placed Hungary, Romania, Poland and Bulgaria on its annual piracy watch list.

EU countries moving forward on digital TV switch

The EU Commission announced that all member states but one are on target for a total switchover from analogue to digital TV by 2012.

Cinema attendance leaps in Slovakia and Bulgaria

Slovakia, Bulgaria, Turkey, and Russia were the top performing European countries for cinema attendance growth in 2008.

Trieste Film Festival threatened with loss of main festival venue

The Trieste Film Festival ( closed on a negative note as the festival's artistic director Annamaria Percavassi announced that the festival's main venue, the Excelsior Cinema, would close its doors…
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Film New Europe wins EU support for 2009

Film New Europe is proud to announce that it has been awarded a grant of 68,000 Euros from the MEDIA Programme of the European Union for 2009 to continue its…
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Adrian Sarbu to replace retiring CME CEO Garin

Central European Media Enterprises (CME) announced that CEO Michael Garin is retiring to become vice chairman of the board of directors, and named Adrian Sarbu as President.