On Sept. 24, Viviane Reding, the EU culture and media commissioner since 1999, beamingly held aloft the San Sebastian Festival's first European Personality of the Year statue.
Twentieth Century Fox has taken pan-Latin American rights to Alejandro Amenabar's Venice honoree "The Sea Inside" in a deal inked with sales company Sogepaq.
Channel packager and distributor Media Park has inked with Auna, one of Spain's two largest cable operators, for Auna to carry a MGM Channel. The MGM Channel, which accesses MGM's 4,000-title…
Spain's new socialist government has near doubled the budget of Spain's central film subsidy fund.
Spanish telco Telefonica has sold its 4.8% stake in U.K. media group Pearson as it continues to cut media holdings. Telefonica's 38 million shares were placed by Pearson's broker Citigroup Smith…
Pedro Almodovar presented Woody Allen with a lifetime achievement Donostia Award at the Sept. 17 opening gala of the 52nd San Sebastian Intl. Film Festival. Fest bowed with a warmly received world…
Vet film distribution exec Adolfo Blanco has teamed with former TV exec Jose Maria Irisarri and construction impresario Marcos Fernandez to launch a new arthouse distribution shingle, Notro Films.
If Mike Leigh thanked the Cannes festival for refusing "Vera Drake" and thus allowing him to win Venice's Golden Lion, both San Sebastian's Golden Shell winner Bahman Ghobadi and Goran Paskaljevic…
The public may remember the 52nd San Sebastian Film Fest as the year Woody Allen returned to his old form with "Melinda and Melinda."
It's not a new dawn, but the deals announced last week by Spain's dominant pay TV operator Sogecable with the country's main artpic distribbers are a chink of light for the cash-strapped sector.