Bucking the downward trend in the art pic market, Gallic sales agent Funny Balloons is bulking up, expanding staff and amping up its sales roster movie count.
HBO has taken 100% ownership of HBO Central Europe, buying out subsids of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Disney.
Days after Rodrigo Cortes' "Buried" sold North America to Lionsgate at Sundance for $3 million- $4 million, the market continues a feeding frenzy for thrillers from new talent in Spain.
The European Union has approved game-changing film subsidies for Spain that reward more commercially ambitious movies.
London-based HandMade Films International has sold a 44-title film package to Enrique Cerezo's Video Mercury Films in Madrid.
Ad-free since Jan. 1, Spanish pubcaster TVE has gone on a ratings rampage.
Three "c"s colored biz at the 12th Unifrance Rendez-Vous in Paris: cost-cutting, caution and co-production.
Former Vivendi toppers Jean-Marie Messier and Edgar Bronfman Jr. will go on trial June 2 in Paris.
Serbian helmer-thesp Emir Kusturica will topline Olivier Horlait's coming-of-ager "Nicostratos the Pelican."
In a pioneering digital move, French export board Unifrance is planning a Gallic pic webfest.