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BUCHAREST: The production company founded by Corneliu Porumboiu and Marcela Ursu is developing the first feature written and directed by Bogdan Mirică, a drama/thriller set in rural Romania with shooting planned for late summer 2014.

ZAGREB: The new feature from the hit series opened with Koko and the Ghosts in 2011 written and directed again by Daniel Kušan will begin filming on 15 March 2014 and is set for opening on 27 November 2014.

ZAGREB: Nebojša Slijepčević’s documentary Gangster of Love, a coproduction between Croatia, Germany and Romania, sold 6,664 tickets domestically in the first four weeks including 5,000 tickets in the first two weeks, a success for a domestic documentary.

ZAGREB: A Christmas in the Sun is a Swedish production with Croatian service provider Kinorama, began shooting 24 February and is set to premiere 1 December on Swedish public channel SVT1.

BUCHAREST: After more than two years in development, the premiere feature of Vlad Păunescu, owner and CEO of Castel Film Studios, will start filming 14 April.

BUCHAREST: A new culture minister, Kelemen Hunor, has pledged his support for increasing the number of cinemas in Romania, a perennial issue for the film industry after many were taken off line following the fall of the Iron Curtain.

BUCHAREST: Closer to the Moon, Nae Caranfil's first English-language film starring Vera Farmiga and Mark Strong, will hold its national premiere 7 March, following a successful opening at the Making Waves Romanian Film Festival in New York in December.

PRAGUE: Regional TV web Central European Media Enterprises has announced a $545 million credit agreement with its largest shareholder, Time Warner. The pact, reported by co-CEO Michael Del Nin in a conference call 28 February, means the loss-making company will get relief for its extensive debt obligations.

BUCHAREST: The Romanian government has approved the starting price of 300,000 EUR for each of the five digital television licenses to be given via competitive selection by the National Authority for Management and Regulation of Communications for 10 years.

BUCHAREST: Mihnea Costoiu has been appointed the Acting Romanian Minister of Culture and National Heritage after the departure of Gigel Sorinel Ştirbu from the post.  Ştirbu left the post together with other six ministers as their party, the National Liberal Party (PNL) has left the governing coalition USL (Social Liberal Union).