In the biggest holiday bonus the French industry has ever seen, paybox giant Canal Plus has announced it will plow 10% of annual revenues into pre-buying Gallic pics.
Mediaset's Spanish broadcast network Telecinco and Spanish conglom Prisa have combined forces to create Spain's biggest TV group in a deal worth E1.05 billion ($1.5 billion).
Tough times have seen one major TV casualty in France -- daily soaps.
Adi Cohen's Regal Ent. Corp. and Datty Ruth's VCL Communications notified German stock market regulators late Monday that Regal has taken a substantial majority stake in VCL Communications.
Pilar Lopez de Ayala ("Mad Love") and Ricardo Trepa are attached to topline "The Strange Case of Angelica," the next feature by Portuguese helmer Manoel de Oliveira, who turned 101 on Friday.
Merci Luc, merci James. France is a few weeks away from its biggest box office trawl in history.
Shares in Prisa, Spain's biggest media group, have risen 11% from Dec. 8, fuelled by speculation that Italy's Mediaset will buy a 20% or larger stake in Prisa satcaster Digital Plus and take control…
Finally, there's light at the end of the tunnel for Prisa-owned Digital Plus, Spain's dominant pay TV operator.