Steep Decline for Romanian Media Market

BUCHAREST: Advertising spend was down 37% in Romania in 2010, according to the newly released Media Fact Book. Acvertising dropped across all segments of the market, with TV ad spend…

FNE at DISCOP Budapest 2011: Romania

BUCHAREST: MediaPro Pictures (, the Romanian-based production arm of Central European Media Enterprises (CME), is leading the way in exporting original content from Central and Eastern Europe. Thus far, 11…

PRODUCTION: Omega Rose Filming in Romania

BUCHAREST: Romanian director George Dorobanţu is completing the filming of his third feature, the science fiction film Omega Rose. The main shooting took place in August-September 2009, with additional photography…

Romania's Digital Law Awaits Approval

BUCHAREST: The Romanian law on the switch to digital broadcasting is now awaiting approval of the state ministries, according to local reports.

Romanian TV Announces 2010 Deficit

BUCHAREST: Revenues rose slightly, but not enough to cover the 2010 deficit at Romania's state broadcaster. Romanian public television station SRTV ( recorded a deficit of 38.5 million euro (162…

PRODUCTION: Bucharestless in Postproduction

BUCHAREST: Romanian director George Dorobanţu (Elevator) is in postproduction with his second film, Bucharestless, a city-vérité conceptual movie shot in Bucharest.

Schwartzenberg Acquires Realitatea Media

BUCHAREST: Romanian-Israeli businessman Elan Schwartzenberg increased his media position, buying 90% of the shares of one of the most important Romanian TV channels, Realitatea TV ( from Sorin Ovidiu Vântu.…

PRODUCTION: Royal Romance Shoots at MediaPro

BUCHAREST: William & Kate: A Royal Love Story, a romance biopic of the recently wed British royal couple, will begin filming at MediaPro Studios ( in May 2011.

MediaPro Telenovellas Sold to USA, Russia

BUCHAREST: MediaPro Distribution announced the sale of Romanian telenovella In the Name of Honor/Iubire si onoare to Azerbaijan and to VIP2000 ( in Latin American and North America where La…

EFP Producer on the Move: Ada Solomon

BUCHAREST: For Romania's European Film Promotion Producer on the Move Ada Solomon, the tips for being a good producer are "diplomacy, acting skills, being good in budgeting sudoku, keeping your…

The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceauşescu Racks up New Sales

BUCHAREST: Romanian documentary director Andrei Ujică's The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceauşescu ( was sold to the USA to be distributed by Film Desk ( and to the Benelux territory where…

Celluloid Dreams Picks Up Loverboy

BUCHAREST: Cătălin Mitulescu's second feature, Loverboy has been acquired by Celluloid Dreams ( The film will have soon its world premiere in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2011…

Outbound Sold in Four Territories

BUCHAREST: Sales agent mk2 ( has sold Bogdan George Apetri's Outbound/Periferic ( to Poland, Greece, Israel and Switzerland. The Romanian film will be distributed by Against Gravity ( in Poland,…

Cinema City Continues Expansion in Romania

Cinema City opened its tenth multiplex in Romania in early April. The cinema, located in Braila has 10 screens and 2,135 seats and it's equipped with 5 digital projectors. Cinema…

Romania Awards 2.4 Million Euros in Grants

BUCHAREST: Ten feature films, including three debut films, are among the recipients of the latest round of Romanian film grants. Over 2.4 million Euros was dispersed to full length features,…

Films Boutique Signs Romanian Film Sales

BUCHAREST: Radu Jude's first feature, The Happiest Girl in the World/Cea mai fericită fată din lume ( has been sold to Poland and Bulgaria, sales agent Films Boutique ( told…

MediaPro Distribution Leads Romanian Market

BUCHAREST: The exclusive partnership between MediaPro Distribution ( and Warner Bros ( has put the Romanian distribution company in the top spot among local distributors.

Romtelecom Buys AKTA Satelit

BUCHAREST: Romania's Romtelecom ( signed an agreement with Digital Cable Systems to buy AKTA Satelit (

If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle Wins Big at Gopo Awards

BUCHAREST: Florin Şerban's debut film If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle received seven awards including Best Feature and Best First Feature at the Gopo gala, Romania's national film awards…

First Multiplatform Film Launch in Romania

BUCHAREST: Outbound/Periferic (, the debut feature of Bogdan George Apetri, will be the first film to have a simultaneous cinema and online release. The film opens on 1 April 2011…