European Public Broadcasters’ Crisis: Spain’s RTVE Cuts Back on Hollywood
“The Heat” is an original comedy, written by a woman Katie Dippold and directed by Paul Feig, the director of “Bridesmaids”. It stars Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy both at the top of their game in a genuinely hysterical film. “City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments” is the latest attempt to build off the success of the “Twilight” franchise. While neither of the movies being released by the studios is directed by a woman, there are a handful of women directed films you can see this summer, at least here in the US. We have films from Sofia Coppola, Susan Seidelman, Margarethe von Trotta, Shari Springer Berman, Rama Burshtein, Jerusha Hess, Katie Aselton, Maggie Carey and Lake Bell. The problem is that all of these films are small, don’t have superheroes flying or cities blowing up.
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“Spain is nothing like Greece. The government of that country did what it considered appropriate, but we consider RTVE a necessary and unquestionable public service,” said the spokesman for Spains ruling Popular Party who sits on the parliamentary commission that oversees the broadcaster. “RTVE is going to continue, and we are going to fight to do more with less so that RTVE can continue to be a quality, objective pubcaster, without even one layoff.” But RTVEs ills are many. A recent hike in Spain’s sales tax from 18 percent to 21 percent and a re-valuation of its real estate properties have added to its debt burden, forcing the broadcaster to take out a $90 million loan last year with Spanish banks Banco Santander and BBVA. The fall in Spains ad market has also hit RTVE as part of its budget comes from a 1.5 percent cut of the total revenue of Spains commercial networks. That portion, around 5 percent of RTVEs budget, has slipped as ad revenue has continued to fall nationwide.
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