CME buys Bulgaria's bTV

Central European Media Enterprises (CME) has negotiated a deal to buy Bulgarian channel bTV from News Corporation for $400 million.

Sofia festival gets FIAPF recognition

Bulgaria's leading film festival, Sofia IFF, has received FIAPF accreditation in the category of competitive festival specialized in first and second films.

Orthodox online TV launches in Bulgaria

Bulgaria's first Orthodox online broadcasts have been launched in Plovdiv.

PRODUCTION: The Ravishment plans Bulgarian release

Film director Plamen Masslarov (14 Kisses, 1997; Mayor, Mayor, 1990; The Judge, 1986) and head of the Bulgarian National Film Archive announced that his Bulgarian-Russian co-production The Ravishment will be…

Bulgaria establishes film Academy

Bulgaria's national film awards will be decided by a newly created Academy beginning with the 2010 awards.

Bulgarian film on Oscar foreign film short list

Stephan Komandarev's Bulgarian-German-Hungarian-Slovenian co-production, The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner, is among nine films vying for an Oscar nomination for the best foreign language film.

Strong year ahead for new Bulgarian films

Bulgaria's National Film Center ( announced that 14 new titles are expected to be produced in 2010.

Eastern Plays lines up theatrical releases

Kamen Kalev's festival success, Eastern Plays, will have theatrical releases in 15 countries across Europe -- including Hungary and Slovenia -- and beyond, through international sales agent Memento Films.

Bulgarian film industry faces drastic cuts

The Bulgarian government is proposing a 57% cut in public funding for the national film industry, prompting an official protest by the National Film Council.

Bulgarian grants announced

The Bulgarian NFC selected its final round of films receiving funding in 2009, distributing a total of € 2.3 million.

Bulgarian film funding faces drastic cuts

Following initially promising discussions during the summer, the new administration of the Ministry of Culture will need to cut film funding in 2010.

Bulgarian films finding distribution success

Bulgarian films, including two awarded features and a documentary film, are attracting local audiences and international distribution.

Hollywood remake for Dzift

Dzift, the award-winning neo-noir film debut from Bulgarian director Javor Gardev, is near to closing a deal to sell rights for a Hollywood remake.

Bulgarian National Film Centre supports FNE

The Bulgarian National Film Centre ( has decided to support the work of Film New Europe (FNE) in 2009 with a grant of 2000 Euros.

Bulgaria renews Forbidden Love

Bulgaria's Nova TV has acquired rights to a second season of the soap opera Forbidden Love (Zabranena Lyubov) from FremantleMedia Enterprises.

Austria bids for Bulgarian station

ORS, the Austrian company Oesterreichische Rundfunksender, is reviving its bid for Bulgarian telecom Vivacom's broadcasting unit, NURTS.

Swedes buy Bulgarian cable companies

The Swedish investment fund EQT V (EQT) ( has paid €210 million for the acquisition of the two Bulgarian major cable operator, Eurocom ( and Cabletel (

Mid Europa Partners acquires Bulgaria's ITV

Mid Europa Partners ( announced that it has completed acquisition of Bulgarian pay-TV operator ITV.

CME looks at Bulgarian channel

News Corp is considering the sale of a 55% stake in its Bulgarian TV station bTV to Central European Media Enterprises (CME).

Eastern Plays received Lux nomination

Kamen Kalev's acclaimed look at Sofia's underground youth life, Eastern Plays, has received one of the coveted three nominations for the European LUX Prize of 2009.