Slavic Unity


There’s something particularly stirring about a play reaching an audience in symbiotic empathy – which was exactly the case last month at a Saturday matinee of Tony Kushner’s “Slavs!” at the…

Buying Binge Beckons


Station operators will have no problem writing big checks at this year’s NATPE show thanks to the continuing rise in advertising revenue. The problem will be determining what is worth a big check…

H’wood Tries To Think Small


The new corporate mantra among studio executives these days is that austerity begins at home. Studios are looking for ways to fight soaring costs on film sets while indies are realizing big profits…

Euro Presence Is On The Rise


With talks of a four-channel commercial network currently the buzz of the Dutch media scene, and Veronica – the largest and wealthiest of Holland’s state broadcasters – set to relaunch as a…

Italy Beefs Up


After 1994’s weak turnout, Italians this year will be presenting a united front. For the first time, a “Welcome Italia” pavilion will be set up, serving as an umbrella structure for the seven…

Seasonal Chill Sets In


Receipts fell off sharply during Week 32 (Jan. 2-8), sliding from the hefty $11 million take of the previous holiday week. With five fewer productions than the previous week, the slim 18-show slate…

Syndie Biz Deals With New Deck


The TV industry converges on America’s glitter capital next week to scout the next Ricki Lake, party at the Liberace villa, rub elbows with David Hasselhoff and – oh yeah – take stock after a year of…

German Biz As Usual


This year’s German NATPE film producers contingent will be 30% larger than last year, with 20 film companies and 50 television companies participating. Furthermore, industry sources report that two…

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