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 24,000 digital cable subscribers in the Czech Republic while its Romanian and Hungarian operations showed some improvement over the first and second quarters despite the impact of competition.
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 also reported its all-day audience share increased to 21.2% from 20.4% last year.
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, one of the world's biggest movie forums.
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 programming into the former Soviet satellite country.
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, advertising and branding experts. The "Superbrand" status is awarded to brands which hold leading positions within their respective industries and are providing significant contribution to consumers' lives.
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 the Czech Republic, Romania and Ukraine. Net income decreased $25 million for a loss of -$18.8 million, due primarily to the weakening dollar.
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 rest of the film archives to a new storage facility.
The 18th Ljubljana International Film Festival (LIFFe), the biggest event of its kind in Slovenia, will feature over 100 films during its two-week run Nov. 7-21. The festival will open with the independent US production The Darjeeling Limited by Wes Anderson.
Documentary director Sergey Lotnitza won the best Central and East European documentary award for his film Artel at the 11th Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival which closed Sunday.
Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) -- It's not enough to make a brilliant movie. It has to be discovered, then picked up for distribution from thousands of other new pictures.
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