Story TV will launch in four CEE territories

Sanoma Hearst will launch Story TV simultaneously in Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, and the Ukraine in spring 2010.

PRIMEPACKAGING wraps 2009 workshop

PRIMEPACKAGING 2009 ( concluded its Berlin workshop, with films from Lithuania, Cyprus, and Poland participating.

Romanian film joins EFA nominees

Paul Negoescu's 24-minute film Renovare (Renovation) is the latest addition to the list of nominees for European Film Academy Short Film 2009.

Reding urges earlier digital transition

Viviane Reding, the EU Commissioner for media, has urged EU member states to push for faster transition from analog to digital TV.

CME gets $100 million investment

Central European Media Enterprises (CME, announced that it has received a $100 million cash investment from Ukranian businessman Igor Kolomoisky.

Ad market recovery predicted

The ad market in Central and Eastern Europe will return to a growth stage in 2010, according to a July 6 report released by ZenithOptimedia.

DISCOP weathers recession year

Despite a drop in the number of participants, 1,542 compared with 1,729 in 2008, DISCOP East managing director Patrick Jucaud put a positive spin on the business results.

CFO Macmillan resigns from CME

Central European Media Enterprises ( announced that Wallace Macmillan will step down as the company Chief Financial Officer effective July 1.

LUX Prize nominees announced

Hungary, Bulgaria, Turkey, and Romania are among the countries fielding nominated films for the European Parliament's LUX Prize, with three finalists to be announced during the Venice Film Festival.

HBO Central Europe signs format deal

HBO Central Europe has signed an agreement on format rights to the Israeli series that HBO produces in the US under the title In Treatment.

Film Europe locks up sales going into DISCOP

Film Europe, the sister company of SPI International (, has confirmed distribution agreements for five films following the Cannes market, and adds a slate of documentary films to its presence…

Karpiński elected as member to EFP Board

Maciej Karpiński, Deputy Director and Head of International Relations at the Polish Film Institute, has been elected as the new representative on European Film Promotion's (EFP) Board of Directors.

Poker Channel expands into Central Europe

The Poker Channel announced new distribution agreements in Poland, Cyprus, and Croatia.

Eurimages funding announced

At its 115th meeting, held from May 30 to June 2, 2009, in Vilnius, the Board of Management of the Council of Europe's Eurimages Fund agreed to support the co-production…

Bathory locks up Cannes sales

The Czech/Slovak box office hit Bathory signed sales agreements with Germany and Hong Kong during the Cannes film market.

Disney rebrands CEE channels

The Walt Disney Company will re-brand its Jetix channels in Hungary, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Bulgaria as Disney Channel, increasing the channel's distribution to 12 million households in the…

Hungarian and Romanian sports channels planned

Digi Communication and Broadcast Ltd. ( will launch new sports channels in Hungary and Romania.

FNE in Cannes: ScripTeast Announcers winner of the Prestigious Krzysztof Kieslowski Prize

(See Who's Partying At.. for awards photos)Romanian scriptwriter Ioan Antoci was awarded the prestigious ScripTeast Krzysztof Kieslowski Prize for his script The Japanese Day at a glamourous champagne beach party…
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FNE in Cannes: The Winners Are…

The winners of the main competition were announced Sunday evening as one of the most controversial Cannes line-ups in many years drew to a close. With top European auteurs on…
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