Italy is feeling the recessionary pinch from softer ad revenues and reduced budgets for practically everything. At the same time, Silvio Berlusconi's election as prime minister and Vittorio Cecchi…
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As the Spanish TV market explodes, the number of key players diminishes. The latest consolidation: Regional publisher Correo, 25% owner of commercial broadcaster Telecinco, has just merged with rival…
As domestic competition among animation houses grows intense, and broadcasters consider more stringent purchase policies under the prolonged recession, most Japanese companies will be at Mipcom…
Move aside, kids. Broadcasters in Italy are also looking for cartoons that appeal to adults, too. "We'll be looking for Japanese productions and kids programs which can also be enjoyed by adults…
In 2000, Spanish broadcasters aired only 813 hours of local toons, comprising a mere 8% of their animation programming. Making the cartoon picture all the murkier, Spain offers no national coin to…
While animated fare remains highly sought after among Germany's two main tyke channels, kiddie pubcaster Kinderkanal is continuing its focus on live-action series, which have attracted loyal viewers.
Mirroring changes in the TV biz south of the Canadian border, the Canuck broadcast milieu has been radically reshaped by the convergence trend.
French buyers and sellers of children's programming continue their love affair with animation, especially for ages 4-10, but the content is undergoing subtle shifts.
Government-enforced quotas on Australian-produced children's content ensure the domestic industry's reliance on U.S. programming is limited.
Despite a growing influence of U.S.-owned kids networks, the main funders of original U.K. children's shows are still pubcaster the BBC and its commercial rival ITV. At present, the key scheduling…