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Claire Wallerstein

  • Spain - Box office - Biting back at the bootlegs


    Whether the problem lies with piracy or mediocre product, Spanish admissions and DVD revenue took a tumble last year as audiences found other ways to fill their leisure time. Although the territory's annual per capita cinema admissions remain higher than in the UK, Italy or Germany, they plunged by 18% in 2007, while revenue dropped 15.8% to $797m (EUR535m). DVD rentals also fell 18% from 2006 to 2007, while video-game sales and internet usage soared.
  • Spain - On Location - Studio could be breakthrough


    Spanish locations earned the attention of Woody Allen (Vicky Cristina Barcelona) and Steven Soderbergh (The Argentine and Guerrilla) in 2007. This year Universal and Working Title's Iraq-set The Green Zone, directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Matt Damon, is shooting on location around the country.
  • Upcoming Projects - In the works


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  • Spanish exhibition: negative impact


    Claire Wallerstein reports on the country's drop in admissions and negative impact of the new film law.
  • Controversial Spanish film law approved by ministers


    Spain's controversial new film law took a major step forward on Friday after being approved by the Council of Ministers.The legislation, now expected to come into force by the end of the year after being pushed through Parliament as a matter of urgency, is intended to improve distribution and boost young talent, independent producers and new technologies.However, it has been bitterly contested by exhibitors and television operators as well as some actors and even ...