Nu Boyana expansion program under way as Banderas films

Hollywood heartthrob Antonio Banderas is in Sofia this month shooting the $25 million crime thriller The Code directed by Mimi Leder at Nu Boyana Film Studios, which itself is in…
12-11-2007

Cinema digitalisation is fast approaching

A new report by British-based analysts Dodona Research predicts about half of the world's cinema screens will be converted to digital technology by 2013. Luxembourg, Belgium and the U.K. are…
12-11-2007

Big changes ahead for Polish public broadcaster

Poland's new government plans major changes in both the structure and financing of Polish public television. Prime Minister-designate Donald Tusk said in an interview in the daily "Dziennik" that his…
11-11-2007

UPC reports 10 percent rise in 3Q revenues

UPC Holding BV reports third-quarter revenues rose 10% to €830 million year-on-year, driven primarily by subscriber growth and the impact of acquisitions, particularly Karneval in the Czech Republic. UPC added…
11-11-2007

Young Polish producer taps Internet to finance film

The hunt for funding is one of the biggest issues in the film industries of Central Europe. But an ambitious young Polish director-producer has found a unique way to raise…
11-11-2007

TVN net revenues up 38 percent in 3Q

Poland's TVN Group, part of the ITI media holding, reports third-quarter net revenues increased by 38% over the same period in 2006 to 297 million zloty (€81.9 million). The company…
08-11-2007

Bulgarian film wins international documentary award

A Bulgarian film, A Movie Buff at the Turn of the Century by director Petar Odadjiev, was named best international documentary at the New York Independent Film and Video festival,…
08-11-2007

Czech cinemas headed for record year

Czech cinemas and Czech distributors expect record cinema attendance this year after more than 10 million people visited Czech cinemas through October - already a 1.4 million increase from 2006.
07-11-2007

Estonia plans cinema reopenings and digitalisation

The Estonian draft state budget for 2008 includes 5 million kroons (€320,000) for reopening and equipping the long-derelict cinema network outside the capital city of Tallinn. The appropriation, now under…
07-11-2007

Latvian landmark film Defenders of Riga to be screened Nov. 11

The long-awaited national film Defenders of Riga will appear on screens throughout Latvia on Nov. 11. A film of this scale is without precedent in Latvia, not only because it…
06-11-2007

Launch of new Polish TV channel aimed at Belarus set for Dec. 10

Public broadcaster TVP (www.tvp.pl) is completing preparations for the launch Dec. 10 of its first foreign channel, TV Belarus. TV Belarus will beam by satellite 15 hours of daily independent…
06-11-2007

Five ITI entities considered Superbrands in Poland

Five entities in the ITI media group -- Multikino, TVN, TVN24, TVN Style and Onet.pl -- are among Poland's top brands, according to an independent Brand Council consisting of marketing,…
05-11-2007

CME reports 3Q revenues rise 55 percent

Central European Media Enterprises Ltd. reports net revenues for the third quarter were up 55% over the same period last yearto $174.8 million (€120.5 million), paced by strong performances in…
05-11-2007

Bulgaria sets aside funds to preserve film archive

Bulgaria's government is earmarking an additional 440,000 leva (€226,000) to finance restoration of films in the Bulgarian National Film Archive. The money will be used to restore and transfer the…
05-11-2007

49M-plus euro Nutcracker musical wraps in Hungary

After 15 weeks of shooting at Hungary's Stern Studios in Pomaz (www.sternstudios.com), Nutcrakcer - The Untold Story has completed both principal and second-unit photography.
04-11-2007

Seville Film Festival to screen 17 Czech productions

Czech cinema is the focus at the Seville Film Festival this week with no less than 17 Czech films to be featured in seven programme sections. Three sections will be…
04-11-2007

Romanian film, two regional co-productions vie for European Film Award

The Romanian film 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days directed by Cristian Mungiu and two co-productions from the New Europe are among the six nominees for best film in…
04-11-2007

Hungarian co-producer drops Julie Delphy project The Countess

Julie Delphy's long-gestating historical drama The Countess is on shaky ground again after the Hungarian co-producer, Tivoli Films International (www.tivolifilms.com), backed out when its American producers slashed the budget in…
31-10-2007

Hungarian MTV fined for violating ad code

Hungary's National Radio and Television Commission, or ORTT, has ordered Magyar Televizio to pay an 800,000 forint (€3,190) fine for "implied advertising," a violation of the 1995 media law.
31-10-2007

Doc filmmakers band together to promote their genre

Documentary filmmakers, whose works often take a back seat to the greater attention paid to feature films, are banding together in several initiatives to better promote their genre. At the…
30-10-2007