Hot fall freshman skein "The Mentalist" has hit strong out-of-the-gate numbers in Spain -- just as U.S. series appeared to be losing some of their shine on Spanish broadcast networks.
Thanks to megahit "Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis," Gallic films bested U.S. movies in France last year and cinema admissions rose an eye-catching 6.2% to 188.8 million.
Just when Euro industryites thought the TV ad market had gotten as bad as it could get, it got a lot worse.
After months of phony war, France's two media giants, Vivendi's Canal Plus Group and France Telecom-Orange, have signed what looks like a historic peace pact.
Gallic media entrepreneur Stephane Courbit, the former prexy-CEO of Endemol France, has acquired a 49% stake in French website MyMajorCompany.
Mediaset's Telecinco ruled Spanish TV in 2008 for the fifth straight year, taking an 18.1% audience share.
Most filmmakers who reach age 100 would be content to count their residuals checks and attend the occasional retrospective.
TF1 ruled over French TV ratings in 2008. But the Gallic broadcaster took a huge hit from digital terrestrial TV, which truly came of age this year in Gaul. Net's total audience share plunged 2.5…
France's Carrere Group, one of its biggest TV producers, has sought "redressement judiciare," Gaul's version of a Chapter 11 filing.
In a ground-breaking marketing move, Spanish pubcaster RTVE has webcast the shoot of Aizpea Goenaga's "Kitchen Stories," one of its 2008 Spanish film pre-buys.
On a recent week, Britain's Phoenix Picturehouse in Oxford, a revered university town arthouse, was screening "Waltz with Bashir" -- alongside "Mamma Mia!" and "Wall E."