New Hungarian government initiative against piracy

The former CEO of a top Hungarian distributor, Andras Kalman, has returned to his former position as executive of the Hungarian Foundation of Public Interest for Copyright Protection of Audiovisual…
03-03-2008

Secrets and Empties split top Czech Lions awards

Secrets by director Alice Nellis and Empties by Jan Svěrák split this year´s top awards at the Czech Lions ceremony, the Czech version of the Oscars. Secrets won Lions for…
02-03-2008

Greenhill Studios to open in Pecs in late 2008 (update)

Greenhill Zrt., a consortium of three investors led by Hungarian film director Tamás Sas, has taken further steps towards financing a 7.2-billion-forint (Є27.4 million) state-of-the-art studio complex and media center…
02-03-2008

CME reports best-ever annual results

Central European Media Enterprises Ltd., which owns broadcasting properties in six Central and East European countries, announced financial results for fourth-quarter and full-year 2007 described as the strongest in company…
28-02-2008

TVN files complaint over subsidies for TVP

Private media group TVN SA is asking the European Commission to investigate whether its public competitor Telewizja Polska SA has unfair advantage due to state subsidies it receives. TVN says…
28-02-2008

Czech singer Marketa Irglova at the Oscars

Czech singer Markéta Irglová was mistakenly ushered off the stage before she could give her acceptance speech for winning an Oscar for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards Sunday…
26-02-2008

Survey finds Katyn considered best Polish film ever

Even though Andrzej Wajda's Katyń did not win an Oscar, a new survey shows Poles think that it's the best Polish film of all time.
25-02-2008

Polish-British coprod Peter and the Wolf wins Oscar

The Polish-British co-production Peter and the Wolf an adaptation of the Sergei Prokofiev classic created by an international team of over 100 professionals, won an Oscar in the short animation…
24-02-2008

Stream sells Polish cable TV subsidiary to Penta

Stream Communications Network & Media Inc., a broadband cable company offering cable TV, Internet and VoIP services in Poland, has closed the sale of its Polish subsidiary to Penta Investments…
24-02-2008

Astra Film Studio set to open in Hungary

Astra Film Studio (www.astrafilmstudio.com), a new Hungarian studio that will cater to mid-budget movies in the $10-30 million range, will open for business in mid-March, Eva Herskovits, one of the…
21-02-2008

Wajda in Los Angeles for Oscars

Polish director Andrzej Wajda has already left for Los Angeles, where his film Katyń is one of the five contenders for best foreign-language film at Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony. Special…
21-02-2008

Telefonica 02 Czech Republic plans dividend

Telefonica O2 Czech Republic reported on Thursday consolidated revenues (business and recurring revenues) of 63 billion crowns (€2.5 billion) in 2007, a rise of 2.8% year-on-year, in the upper range…
21-02-2008

Hungaricom ramps up sales at Berlinale EFM market

Hungary's leading sales force, Hungaricom Kft, conducted a slew of deals on its 3D animated feature Egon and Donci at the European Film Market held in conjuction with the Berlinale.…
20-02-2008

Film discovered about Polish Himalayan expedition in 1939

A film shot during a Polish expedition to the Himalayas at the outbreak of World War II was discovered recently in the archives of the British Film Institute in London,…
20-02-2008

Agora Group reports 2007 revenues up 12 percent

Polish media group Agora SA reported revenues for 2007 rose 12% from the previous year to 1.27 billion zloties (€356 million), just below analysts' expectations. Advertising sales were up 12.7%…
20-02-2008

Szolnok IFF in Hungary calls for entries

The organisers of the Szolnok International Film Festival of Fine Arts are calling for entries for the event which will be held Oct. 8-12 this year in Szolnok, Hungary. Entries…
20-02-2008

A wrap for latest Jan Hrebejk comedy Shameless

Shooting wraps today (Feb. 20) for Shameless, a romantic comedy by popular Czech director Jan Hřebejk. The film is based on the novel by renowned contemporary author Michal Viewegh, who…
19-02-2008

Multikino to merge with Silver Screen in Poland

Polish media and entertainment group ITI Holdings SA has reached agreement with the owners of Silver Screen World Cinemas to merge its operations with those of its Multikino network of…
19-02-2008

Six new EU member countries have VoD

A new survey of video-on-demand services in Europe shows that VoD service is now available in six of the 12 new European Union member countries, but the region lags far…
19-02-2008

Menzel, Szabo celebrate 70th birthdays in Budapest (update)

Two legendary Central European film directors and Oscar winners, Czech Jiri Menzel and Hungarian Istvan Szabo, jointly celebrated their 70th birthdays in the Budapest cinema Oeroekmozgo on Feb. 18. The…
19-02-2008