Few Spanish news hounds have swum so doggedly -- and to such great effect -- through the sewers of Spain's state and society as El Mundo TV general manager Melchor Miralles.
It's been a tough year for the biz in Spain, and 2003 looks even tougher. In May, Sogecable and telco Telefonica announced they were considering a merger of their pay TV operations.
U.K. cinema admissions rose 13% to 175.9 million in 2002, with B.O. up 17% to £755 million ($1.21 billion).
New pan-Euro film financing, production and distribution company Entera has tapped Margaret Nicoll, former general manager of Spanish distribber Sogepaq, as international production director.
Something extraordinary happened in Spain last week: An American show nearly topped primetime TV ratings.
Underscoring a mini-boom of Argentine films in Spain, Horacio Urban's Madrid-based sales company Urban Films has sold a trio of Argentine pics to Spain.
In a repeat of the movie going downturn in France, Italy and Germany last year, total Spanish cinema admissions fell 5% in 2002 to 139-140 million.
Another Spanish co-production looks bound for the swelling Competition lineup at the Berlin Intl. Film Festival: Isabel Coixet's upbeat tearjerker "My Life Without Me."
James Cameron looks set to direct a documentary on the Prestige tanker disaster, which sank off the Spanish coast on Nov. 19, carrying 70,000 tons of oil.
In movie-mad Spain, you can always rely on films to pack a ratings punch on terrestrial TV, right? Wrong! TV results for 2002 are sounding alarms in the heads of local film acquisition execs.
Domestic Film DAILY
PROVIDED BY: Box Office
Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy1Daily:$2.1M Cumulative:$255.2M Disney 26.88%
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles2Daily:$1.7M Cumulative:$148.5M Paramount Pictures 28.38%
If I Stay
If I Stay3Daily:$1.5M Cumulative:$18.5M Warner Brothers / New Line 21.30%