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February 4, 2009   
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Penderecki Film Gets Cannes Premiere
The latest high definition offering from Polish public broadcaster TVP, The Seven Gates of Jerusalem, was given its world premiere Jan. 18 during the 42nd annual MIDEM music industry trade fair, the world's largest, in Cannes, France. The film documents a performance of Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki's 7th symphony, The Seventh Gates of Jerusalem, written in 1996, given at Warsaw's Wielki Theater last November to celebrate his 75th birthday.

The documentary was written and directed by Jarosław Minkiewicz. It boasts computer animation by Tomasz Bagiński, an Oscar nominee who has received several international awards for his computer animation.

The premiere was attended by Poland's minister for culture and natural heritage Bogdan Zdrojewski, together with representatives of the country's major cultural institutions like the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the Fryderyk Chopin National Institute.

Golden Globes for HBO
HBO productions won seven Golden Globes at this year's awards ceremony held in Beverly Hills, California, Jan. 11.

The mini-series John Adams, the series True Blood and In Treatment and the feature Recount were among the winners. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has been awarding Golden Globes in recognition of outstanding achievements in the entertainment industry since 1943.

HBO (Home Box Office) is a subscription television channel launched in the United States by Time Warner in 1972. HBO Polska, the company's Polish arm, is part of HBO Central Europe. HBO Polska offers the encrypted channels HBO, HBO2, HBO HD, HBO Comedy as well as the HBO Digital service. This year's Golden Globe winners are available to Polish viewers on HBO and HBO2.

Documentary Series on Polish Democracy
Public channel TVP2 will be screening a series of documentaries detailing the changes that have taken place in Poland in the 20 years following the Round Table talks of 1989, in which the communist authorities relinquished absolute power. The first program goes to air Feb. 5.

The producers interviewed several witnesses, protagonists and commentators of the momentous events of the time on location in Berlin, Budapest, Brussels, Gdańsk, Cracow, Wrocław, Rome, London, Dublin and Warsaw. They also compared notes with experts, politicians and artists from other Central European countries.

The documentaries have been brought to life with archival footage, theatrical fragments and musical works. The series was written and directed by Andrzej Horubała and Wojciech Klata.

TVP Cuts Costs
The new management board of Poland's public broadcaster TVP has announced cuts at all its divisions in response to expected losses of millions of zlotys this year. Board member Tomasz Rudomino said Jan. 21 that all TVP divisions would have their spending reduced. TVP will also be renegotiating contracts, including "celebrity contracts." Rudomino said that the board's first decisions would involve looking for reserves to offset the looming multi-million-zloty loss.

For now, the cuts will affect press subscriptions, business trips and organizing events. The board is also planning to sell TVP assets, including buildings and vacation centers.

Mobile TV Rights Contest
TV Mobile, a consortium of the Era, Orange, Play and Plus cell phone operators, is taking on Polish company Info-TV-FM in a bidding battle to set up Poland's mobile TV broadcasting network. Info-TV-FM, based in Zamość, in the east of the country, beams out radio and TV signals.

Whoever wins the tender, put out by the Office of Electronic Communications (UKE), will have the right to set up Poland's mobile TV broadcasting network and decide on what form the services it will be providing retailers will take.

TV Puls Looking for Backer
Commercial TV channel TV Puls may attract a new backer as early as the first quarter of the year. Negotiations are underway with several Polish and foreign media companies, according to chairman and co-owner Dariusz Dąbski. News Corp. was TV Puls's main backer but the U.S. media giant pulled out last fall. After investment while News Corp. was on board, the station needs several tens of millions zlotys at most to fund its further development, according to Dąbski.
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