IPTV to top 5 million in Central Europe by 2013

IPTV is on target to reach 1 million subscribers across Central and Eastern Europe this year, reaching 5.2 million by 2013.

EFP spotlights Central European distributors at San Sebastian

European Film Promotion (EFP) and the San Sebastian International Film Festival will feature 10 Central European distributors in a new initiative European Distributors, Up Next! scheduled for September 26.

Venice short competition features Central European films

Films from Slovenia, Hungary, and Estonia will compete in the short film section at the Venice film festival August 27-September 6.

Cinema City installs digital and 3D projectors

Israeli based Cinema City International is in the process of installing 50 digital projectors throughout is cinemas in Central Europe and Israel.

Poland, Slovakia lead UPC growth

Dutch cable operator UPC Broadband posted second quarter growth in operating cash flow of €402 million, up 12% over 2007 results, led by Poland and Hungary.

Viasat to launch movie channel in Baltics

Viasat Broadcasting plans to launch a movie channel in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania on September 1.

Polish, Slovenian films to screen at Locarno

Malgoska Szumowska's 33 Scenes from Life will compete in the international competition at the 61st Locarno film festival, running august 6-16.

CME reports 41% increase in Q2 revenues

Central European Media Enterprises (CME, www.cetv-net.com) announced net revenues for quarter two of 2008 increased 41%, to $305.4 million (197 million Euros), over 2007.

Poland, Estonia pick up Tibet documentary

C4i, owned by Digital Right Group, announced that the documentary Undercover in Tibethas been sold to Polish TV and Estonian TV,

News Corp considers pulling out of Central and Eastern Europe

News Corp has reportedly hired Lehman Brothers to study the company's holdings in Bulgaria, Latvia, Poland, and Turkey with the intention of selling its holdings in the region.

Singing Bee picked up for Romania

ProTV Romania has commissioned rights to the format musical game show The Singing Bee, prrogramme distributor Zeal Entertainment announced on July 21.

EEAP announces sales in Poland, Slovakia

Eastern European Acquisitions Pool (EEAP) announced recent film package sales in Slovakia and Poland.

French producers meet Central Europeans at new Balkan event

Two days of “Meetings on the Lake” brought together French and Central European producers during the first Macedonian festival of French films taking place in Ohrid the first week in…

EBU elects new president in Budapest

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU, www.ebu.ch) announced on July 4 the election of John-Paul Phillipot for a two year term as president at its General Assembly in Budapest.

Hungarian buyers and sellers on the way to Karlovy Vary

Hungarian films and distributors will be out in force at this year's Karlovy Vary film festival, running July 4-12, with Magyar Filmunio, the promotion body of Hungarian film, leading the…

Central Europeans Rediscover Moscow

Central European filmmakers have rediscovered Russia with a major focus on central European film at the 30th Moscow International Film Festival (www.moscowfilmfestival.ru), which ran June 19-28.
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CME purchases increased stake in Studio 1+1

Central European Media Enterprises (CME), which operates 16 TV channels in 6 countries in Central and Eastern Europe reaching 90 million people, announced that it had completed the purchase of…

Film New Europe receives EU Media Programme grant

Film New Europe has been awarded a grant of €40,000 from the EU Media Programme starting June 1, 2008, until 31 December 31 of this year. Film New Europe has…

Lux Prize nominations: two films from Eastern Europe in the finale

The Hungarian film Delta by Kornel Mundruczo, the Czech film Citizen Havel by Miroslav Janek and Pavel Koutecky, and the Belgian-British-Italian-French co-production Le Silence de Lorna by the Dardenne brothers…

Central and East European TV market projected to double by 2013

Informa Telecoms & Media's 12th edition of "Eastern European TV" forecasts that the region's pay TV sector, which was worth $5.6 billion (€3.6 billion) in 2007, is expected to more…