The Ibero-American Film Market may come at time when financial doom and gloom is rampant, but the Guadalajara confab is bustling.
The Mandarin-language version of "Ugly Betty," titled "Chou nu wu di," has wooed auds in its first two months on the air, garnering an average of 11 million total viewers per episode.
Mexico's federal electoral commission (IFE) and media congloms Televisa and TV Azteca have been brawling over political advertising. And this month, the IFE sought to end the dispute by levying fines…
TV Azteca saw some sunshine, while its giant rival Televisa saw almost none, as the respective No. 2 and No. 1 national broadcasters gave sharply contrasting fourth-quarter 2008 results Thursday.
"Quemar las naves" (Burn the Bridges) was sold in Berlin by Mexican sales company Latinofusion to Germany (Pro-Fun Media) and the U.K. (Peccadillo Pics).
Mexico's two major media congloms have figured a way to fight laws forcing them to air political spots.
If all press is good press, TV Azteca and Telemundo seem to be finding their niche in the sports arena by clowning around.
In Latin America, "The industry's feeling the impact of the crisis in every segment, although in differing degrees," says Steve Solot, prexy of the Latin America Training Center.
Hispanic publishing powerhouse Impremedia has inked a deal with Televisa for digital distribution of the Mexican conglom's content in the U.S. despite Televisa's looming court date.
Exhib AMC's plans to sell Mexican operator Cinemex for an estimated $315 million to billionaire German Larrea have been given the greenlight by Mexico's competition commission (CFC).
Televisa, the world's largest provider of Spanish-language content, is pumping an extra $69 million into Spanish free-to-air broadcaster La Sexta to keep the tyro web operating.
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