Wasteland', an original Czech TV series by HBO Europe, could pick up
two prizes at the upcoming C21 International Drama Awards in London.
The TV series has been nominated for two awards : Best Non-English Language Drama Series, and lead actress Zuzana Stivínová won a a nomination for Best Female Performance in a Drama Series – rubbing shoulders with the likes of Emily Watson and Elisabeth Moss.
The winners are selected by a jury of over 100 experts. The results will be announced on November 29 in London.
The former CEO of the Czech Republic’s best-known commercial broadcaster TV Nova, former senator and former Euro MP Vladimír Železný, has announced a planned return to TV broadcasting, news site iDnes reports. Mr Železný, iDnes specified, was planning on kicking off a new 24 hour news station with Hungarian businessman Pála Milkovics; the latter would reportedly hold an 85 percent majority share, while Mr Železný would own the rest. According to iDnes, the station, known as Z24, could begin terrestial, satellite and online broadcasting within two-and-a-half months. The news site reported that the former TV magnate had a “plan” how take on public broadcaster Czech TV although, it noted, he had no licence, studio, or news team, yet.
Stand-up comedy does not have a terribly deep tradition in the Czech Republic although that is changing. Now, a new festival called PRAHAha, to launch on Monday, November 3, is bringing more than 50 performers over 10 days to six venues in the capital. If you’re a fan of stand-up in Prague, or have even dreamed of trying your own material on an open mic, this is your chance.
A Czech mining village divided over plans that could see it wiped off the map is the focus of Pustina, or Wasteland, a hugely ambitious HBO series that has just been previewed at the Karlovy Vary film festival. The eight-part drama evokes real locations in North Bohemia, such as the Jezeří Chateau surrounded by surface mines, and I asked Pustina co-producer Tomáš Hrubý (whose previous credits include Burning Bush) how closely it reflected actual communities threatened with extinction.
Prime minister and Social Democrats chairman Bohuslav Sobotka says he is not planning to invite President Miloš Zeman to a party congress in March. Mr. Sobotka made the comment in an interview with the TV station Nova. Mr. Zeman’s spokesman said it was up to the prime minister whether he invited the president. Mr. Zeman turned the Social Democrats into an election-winning force in the 1990 but quit the party in 2007. He was reportedly involved in a failed effort to oust Mr. Sobotka as chairman after the last elections that resulted in some of his supporters losing influence in the party.
A court in Prague on Wednesday ruled that a former anchor for the commercial Czech TV channel Nova, Karel Voříšek, was wrongfully listed as a collaborator of the communist-era secret police, the StB. Mr Voříšek stopped working for Nova in 2012 after allegations surfaced that he reported to the StB on his fellow students while studying at the Faculty of Arts of Prague’s Charles University in 1980s.
Burning Bush, which explores the aftermath of the 1969 self-immolation of Jan Palach, recently swept the boards at the Czech Lion film awards. The Best Director prize went to Agnieszka Holland, while among those collecting a Lion for Best Film was producer Tomáš Hrubý. Though still students at Prague’s FAMU film school, Hrubý and his business partner have already notched up a string of successes with their company Nutprodukce.