Everyone predicted the format frenzy to fizzle, but U.S. broadcasters -- along with most of the world's TV biz -- continue to gobble up reality and gameshow templates with zeal.
If French free-to-air network bosses appear to be stooping at Mip this year, it is probably all that money in their pockets.
When Fred Klinkhammer joined CME in 1997, it was the regional broadcasting powerhouse. Two presidents later, when he was moved up to the top slot, CME had pulled out of the lucrative German, Polish…
On the same day that a court of appeals ruled online music distributor Napster was infringing U.S. copyright laws, the European Union Parliament passed guidelines governing the distribution of…
Two new national Spanish broadcasters look set to debut on the Riviera: the ad-driven digital terrestrial webs Net TV and Veo TV, both set to launch in early 2002.
Latin soaps have been airing in Eastern Europe for years, but Argentine and Brazilian telenovelas have never been as popular as today.
Game and reality formats finally seem to be forcing change in the Swiss television market. The launch 18 months ago of TV3, Switzerland's first full-service private web, initially had little impact…
Unlike many other territories, Italy's love story with reality shows was short-lived. After the unexpected success last winter of "Il Grande Fratello," the Italo version of Dutch format "Big Brother"…
In the last year, the Polish television scene has seen heated debate regarding the relaxation of foreign ownership in local electronic media. The current Radio and Television Law draws the line for…
After the chaos, consolidation. Battles on the streets (over Czech TV) and in the courts (over Nova TV), cutbacks (at HBO) and survival of the strongest are changing the television landscape in the…