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Media in brief
June 17, 2010   
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Awards for TVP Films in Houston
Films produced by Polish public television broadcaster TVP won six awards at the 43rd WorldFest Houston International Film Festival, which was held in Houston, Texas, April 9-18.

Maciej Pieprzyca’s film Splinters won a Silver Remi Award in the debut category. A Platinum Remi Award in the TV film series category went to Michał Kwieciński’s, Michał Rosa’s and Wojciech Wójcik’s Days of Honor. Gold and Silver Remi Awards in the animation category were granted to two episodes of Fantazy the Bear, a film series for children. And two documentaries, Karolina Bielawska’s and Julia Ruszkiewicz’s Warsaw Available, and Piotr Morawski’s and Ryszard Kaczyński’s An American in Communist Poland, won Special Jury Awards in the documentary category.

Fifty-five feature films and 96 short films were shown during this year’s WorldFest. The organizers also arranged six specialist producer seminars.

Gold World Medal for TVN Warszawa
TVN Warszawa, a private regional TV station in Warsaw that broadcasts news and entertainment, won the Gold World Medal at this year’s New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards competition for its news program “opener” and titles designed by Velvet Mediendesign GmbH.

The New York Festivals is an international competition intended for the television and film industry. The awards, granted for 53 years now, honor the world’s best work in news, documentary films, entertainment programming and other fields.

New Channels for MTV Networks Polska
The launch of three new channels is a priority task for MTV Networks Polska this year. At the end of April the company launched the Comedy Central Family channel. It airs famous series such as The Wonder Years, Malcolm in the Middle and new productions like Still Standing.

In the fall, MTV Networks Polska plans to launch its Spike channel targeted at male audiences. It will be broadcasting action films, sports and entertainment content. In the final quarter of the year, MTV Networks Polska wants to launch another of its Comedy Central channels—one intended for viewers interested in classic comedy films.

TVN International, TVN24 Available with RCN
International television programming provider RCN Corporation and Poland’s TVN Group media corporation May 4 announced the launch of TVN International and TVN24 channels to RCN’s global digital cable lineup.

TVN International (“itvn”) is an entertainment television channel dedicated to Polish viewers living abroad.

TVN24 is Poland’s first 24-hour news channel. It was launched in August 2001. TVN 24 covers local and international news complemented by special reports and discussions as well as documentaries.

Ad Market Inches Up
Poland’s ad market expanded by 0.2 percent year-on-year to zl.1.57 billion in the first quarter of the year, according to media agency Starlink.

“The market is recovering,” said the agency’s CEO Lidia Kasprzycka. “The second quarter also promises to be better than the same period last year, when sharp declines were recorded.”

Television, the internet, cinema and radio enjoyed growth of 1.9 percent, while outdoor advertising contracted by 19.2 percent, Starlink said.

Franciscans Leave TV Puls
Business tycoon Dariusz D±bski has bought a 25-percent stake in TV Puls from the Franciscan monks to become the sole owner—as well as chairman—of the station. D±bski said the station is worth around zl.100 million, but declined to disclose much how he paid for the stock. He did not rule out reselling the stake should he find “a good buyer.”
Last year, the station reported a net profit on revenue of under 10 million euros.

British Council Competition
The British Council has announced an international competition for young, creative managers and entrepreneurs in the film, television and interactive entertainment sectors. The competition is intended for people aged 25-35, with an excellent command of English. The deadline for entering the competition is June 30. Winners of the Polish stage of the competition will be competing in the international finals in London.

For more information see www.britishcouncil.pl
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