Hungarian channels seek recession relief

Hungary's two leading commercial TV channel are still hoping for a reduction of their yearly broadcasting concession fee.

Digital broadcast deal for RTL Klub

Hungary's leading commercial TV channel RTL Klub signed an 11 year contract on digital terrestrial transmission with the Antenna Hungaria Group, the companies announced in a joint statement.

Kadar anniversary documentary in post-production

Hungarian communist era leader Janos Kadar is the subject of a documentary by Peter Muszatics, now finishing post-production.

FNE in Cannes: Show your talent online - Hungarian Start-ups with International Objectives and, two fresh online initiatives from Hungary are holding a small presentation during the Cannes International Film Festival to promote the opportunities they provide for young filmmakers from…

EFP Producer on the Move: Hungary's Gabor Sipos

Laokoon Film's Hungarian Producer on the Move Gabor Sipos, age 32, grew up surrounded by the film production business.

Hungarian Comedy Central expands to 24 hours

Hungarian language Comedy Central ( extends its broadcast to 24 hours effective May 1, owner MTV Networks Hungary announced.

Viasat 3 breaks with ORTT

Commercial broadcaster Viasat3 ( announced its departure from the authority of the Hungarian National Radio and Television Commission (ORTT, on April 30.

TV2 wins Champion League

Hungarian commercial channel TV2 ( has landed rights to broadcast weekly Champions League matches for the next three years.

Production: Zombie Age in preproduction

Academy Award nominated Hungarian director Geza M. Toth (Maestro) is in preproduction with the animated feature film The Zombie Age.

Production: Colorado Kid in postproduction

The Hungarian-British co-production Colorado Kid, the debut feature from film critic Andras Vagvolgyi B, has moved into postproductionin England.

Hungary saw small 2008 ad revenue increase

TV advertising income at Hungarian stations rose just 2% in 2008, to 239 million Euros,

Zone Europe leaves Hungary

Art house film TV channel Zone Europe ( will cancel its broadcast in Hungary from May 1 and will focus on its Polish TV channel.

Production: Meszaros wraps Hope

Cannes, Berlin, and Venice winner Marta Meszaros has finished shooting Hope, her first film since 2004's The Unburied Man, producer Erika Tarr told FNE.

Production: Magic Boys in preproduction

Director Robert Koltai (Colossal Sensation, Train Keeps a Rollin') is in preproduction with Magic Boys, an international co-production starring Michael Madsen and Adrian Paul.

Production: Sports murder doc planned

A documentary about the tragic death of well-known handball player Marian Cozma is being filmed in Hungary, producer Gabor Kalomista told FNE.

SPI distirbution agreement with Forum Film Hungary

Forum Film Hungary has picked up theatrical distribution rights to SPI International's stable of acquired films in Hungary.

PRODUCTION: Erdelyi’s Security in preproduction

Daniel Erdelyi's second feature film, Security, is in preproduction, the director told FNE, with filming planned for the first half of 2010.

Szomjas preps new film

Director Gyorgy Szomjas (The Sun Street Boys, Vagabond) is in preproduction with Against the Eastern Wind (Szemben a keleti szellel), for an October shoot, the director told FNE.

Hungarian funds for scriptwriting announced

The Board of the Motion Picture Section of the National Cultural Fund of Hungary ( announced its latest funding decisions on March 31, covering scriptwriting and digitalization of films.

Tivoli's Vespa in preproduction

The Hungarian-Serbian feature film Vespa from director Diana Groo is in preproduction and the shooting will start at the end of June.