Polish voice over readers on the war path for royalties

The 2007 amendment to the Polish copyright law extended royalty rights to film and TV voice-over readers, who have formed an association to enforce the new regulations.

Polish premiere boom to launch the New Year

Thirteen Polish premieres are scheduled for release in between Christmas and the end of and February, a sign of brighter times ahead for local cinema.

Central European films compete for Golden Globes slot

Films from Slovakia, Czech Republic, Romania, Lithuania, and Poland are among 53 titles qualifying for a chance at the Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Film.

Berlinale special on Central European Cold War films

The 2009 Berlinale will present a 15-part series of Central and East European films under the title "After Winter Comes Spring - Films Presaging the Fall of the Wall."

Buyers interested in TV Puls

Six potential buyers have expressed interest in TV Puls, following the News Corp pull-out one month ago.

CME projects slowdown

Central European Media Enterprises (CME) CEO Michael Garin said the company plans to see a slowing of its growth rate in its Central European markets.

Little Moscow, big release

Gdynia festival winner Little Moscow opened November 28 in Poland with 70 prints going into distribution.

Anifest expands in 2009

The Czech festival of animated films, Anifest, will expand dates and location in 2009.

SPI moves into Romanian TV market

SPI International plans to launch two pay TV channels in Romania in mid-January.

Czech media income up 11%

Advertising income rose 11.3% for the 12 months ending in October, with income for Czech media reaching CZK 44 billio (€1.7 billion).

Country Teacher takes awards in Stockholm

Bohdan Slama's Country Teacher picked up two more awards, this time at the Stockholm film festival.

New Slovak film law

The draft of the new Slovak special law on audiovisual funds, which was passed in parliament on November 5, is awaiting the president's signature in order to take effect on…

Golden Mean moves to post-production

Director Olaf Lubaszenko's Golden Mean has wrapped its Warsaw location shoot after several breaks and additional production days.

New Cinemax in Slovakia

Cinemax (www.cine-max.sk), the exhibitor of the multi-cinema chain Cinemax, opened a 7-screen multiplex in the Slovak city Kosice on November 29.

Polish award for special edition of the Hartley-Merrill

The Polish Hartely-Merril 2009, organized by the Andrzej Wajda Directing School, Polish Film Institute, HBO, and the Marshall of the Masovia Province, is launching a new award PLN 10,000 to…

Magyar Telekom announces DTH launch

Magyar Telekom, a subsidary of Deutsche Telekom, announced the launch of satellite service, T-Home Sat TV.

New Minister of Culture wants more arts funding

Slovenia's new minister of culture, former critic Majda Sirca Ravnikar, installed on November 26, indicated she will push for more EU funding to go into the arts, and filmmakers look…

First Slovenian daily TV serial debuts

Public TV station RTV Slovenia (www.rtvslo.si) has premiered the first Slovenian daily TV serial, Passions.

Czech documentaries in upbeat mode

Two new Czech documentaries, RAPublic and Gyumri are opening in Czech cinemas, following their premiers at the Jihlava documentary festival (IDFF).

Polish film professionals fight for the public media

Polish film and TV professional are banding together to introduce changes in the Polish media sphere with a Citizen Media Bill.