CME reports 41% increase in Q2 revenues

Central European Media Enterprises (CME, 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, 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 (, 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…

Attendance and pace pick up at DISCOP East

The regional TV market DISCOP East saw some 20% growth in attendance, with an estimated 1,050 buyers among some 2,000 attendees. The market, which ran June 18-20, saw a parallel…

Hungarian-Icelandic-Polish 3D animation in preproduction

A Hungarian-Icelandic-Polish 3D animation, Egill: The Last Pagan (, is in the final stage of pre-production, executive producer Tamas Liszka told FNE. The film will be directed by Aron Gauder,…

ScripTeast invites screenplays for training programme

The 3rd ScripTeast ( screenwriting programme for Central and East European scriptwriters announced it will accept submissions of screenplays through the end of June. The year-long development programme works authors…

DISCOP opens to brisk business

The Central European TV market, DISCOP East, kicked into high gear even before the June 18 opening day in Budapest. Reports include sales across the region, in a wide range…

Istvan Szabo launches anti-piracy policy as President of FERA

Istvan Szabo, 70, has launched his presidency of the European film and television director's federation, FERA (Federation Europeenne des Realisateurs de l'Audiovisuel, by calling for strict European Union and…

Estonia to lead IPTV growth over next five years

A report by Screen Digest media analysts finds that the Baltic states will drive IPTV growth in Central and Eastern Europe. Estonia is expected to outperform its neighboring countries, with…

Digital 3D cinema coming to the Baltics

Rapidly growing Baltic cinema chain Cinamonannounced the start up of the region's first digital 3D cinemas. The first innovative film theatre will open this year in November in Riga.