Archive for May 23rd, 2007

RTE goes mobile

23rd May 2007 by Maura McHugh

ElectricNews.net reports that RTÉ will now offer entertainment and lifestyle content for Three’s mobile TV service, building on the news and sports clips they’ve been offering for the past two years.

The partnership will see RTÉ shows such as ‘The Late Late Show’, ‘Off the Rails’ ‘Tubridy Tonight’ and ‘Show Me The Money’ being made available to both pre-pay and bill-paying Three customers at a rate of EUR0.50 for a period of 24 hours.

“We see your mobile as being your personal TV — no sharing the remote, so you can watch what you want, when you want, where you want, up and down the country,” said Three’s head of entertainment David Riley. He added that RTÉ was the first of many mobile TV channels set to be launched by the network in the coming weeks.

The level of public interest in mobile TV services remains to be seen. A consumer mobility survey conducted by Canalys earlier this month revealed that nearly half of European consumers had no interest in mobile TV services, with a much greater proportion of those surveyed said they would like to have access to a GPS service through the mobile.

World Cinema Foundation

23rd May 2007 by Maura McHugh

According to Guardian yesterday at the Cannes Film Festival director Martin Scorsese officially announced the World Cinema Foundation.

The concept grew from his work with the non-profit group, The Film Foundation in America, which he established in 1990 with Woody Allen, Robert Altman, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Stanley Kubrick, George Lucas, Sydney Pollack, Robert Redford and Steven Spielberg. The organisation advocates and supports the preservation of America’s cinematic heritage. To date the foundation has saved over 450 films that faced an imminent risk of being lost, and yet it’s estimated that 90% of American silent films have vanished, and perhaps as much as 50% of the films made before 1950.

For the World Cinema Foundation Scorsese is backed by an advisory board of directors that include Mexico’s Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel), China’s Wong Kar-wai (In the Mood For Love) and Britain’s Stephen Frears (The Queen).

“Things have changed, but it’s almost impossible to catch up,”‘ Scorsese said. “So we thought over the past years it would be a wonderful thing to pull together the influence of directors around the world to work in their countries, to work on raising financing.”

Scorsese said filmmakers have a “tenacity and obsession” for saving their favourite movies. The goal is to get restored pictures from around the world more exposure, whether on DVD, in cinemas or on the Internet.

“Preserving films is preserving cultural identity,” said Brazil’s Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries‘), a board member. “We’re talking here about preserving diversity and plurality, and the possibility to know each other better.”

Plays for a Big Village

23rd May 2007 by Maura McHugh

The Big Village Theatre Co. is running a playwriting competition, in which the winning scripts will be performed in a three/four night run at a theatrical venue in Edinburgh in November 2007.

Plays much be one-act (40-60 minutes), and feature between four to eight actors of any gender balance. All entries must be accompanied by a cheque for £5, and the closing date for receipt of applications is the 31st May.

Sound and Vision

23rd May 2007 by Maura McHugh

The Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI) has announced details of the fourth round of Sound & Vision, the Broadcasting Funding Scheme, for television.

The previous three rounds of Sound & Vision have allocated a cumulative total of €29.1m for television since the scheme’s inception. Through this funding, 120 new television programmes in a variety of genres have received support.

Application forms can be downloaded from the site, and the deadline for entries is June 27.