Serial Killer – billed as the first international festival of TV and web series in Central and Eastern Europe – is the brainchild of Kamila Zlatušková, a former vice-dean of Prague’s famous FAMU film school and seasoned TV professional. Inspired by the likes of France’s Series Mania and the Edinburgh television festival, Serial Killer seeks out provocative original stories with novel approaches to telling them.
The Association of Local Administrations has warned that Czech small towns
and village are facing depopulation and called on the government to take
steps to resolve the situation, Czech Television reported.
The main reasons people are moving away from smaller urban areas are a reduction of services and insufficient civic amenities.
The head of the Association of Local Administrations, MEP Stanislav Polčák of the Mayors and Independents, told Czech Television that young people were moving to regional cities, leaving only older people in some areas.
The problems faced by specific municipalities are recorded on a special interactive map that the association has been working on for three years.
The website of public broadcaster Czech Television was the victim of a
cyber attack on Tuesday. Spokesperson Karolína Blinková said the
attackers had targetted the online broadcasting of an ice hockey match
between the Czech Republic and Switzerland.
Ms. Blinková said the attacks had come from both within the Czech Republic and abroad. Czech Television’s website was accessible once again from around 1:30 pm but some users were unable to log onto the CT 24 news site.
Czech Television, the country’s national public broadcaster, has reason to be proud: it will have a strong representation at the 59th Monte Carlo Television Festival. Its two-part real-life mining drama Dukla 61, directed by David Ondříček picked up two nominations and its popular comedy series Dubbing Street received three nominations for Golden Nymph Awards.
Hundreds of people attended a screening of the final episode of the hit TV
series MOST! on Monday evening at a pub in the north Bohemian town where it
was partly set. Members of the cast were also in attendance at the
now-famous hostelry in Most and signed autographs for the public.
MOST! was written by Peter Kolečko and directed by Jana Prušinovský. Producers Czech Television say the eight-part show had the highest ratings of any Czech-made comedy in several years.
Episodes of the new Czech TV comedy miniseries “Most!”, set in the
bleak northern Bohemian town of that name, have attracted a record average
viewership of over 1.5 million.
“Most!” is the sixth joint project of director Jan Prušinovský and screenwriter Petr Kolečko, known for unconventional series such as “Trpaslík” (Gnome).
A spokesperson for the public broadcaster told Czech Radio that while “Trpaslík” was a hit, based on current viewership, “Most!” looks set to become a “phenomenon”.
The word “most” means “bridge” in Czech and the series addresses a number of divisive issues, such as homophobia and racism. Fans of the series appreciate the irreverent dark humour while detractors fear it perpetuates stereotypes.
“Most!” features several Roma characters and also a transgender person. It is filmed on location in the city, a historical coal mining town known for its struggling local industry, high unemployment rate, and great concentration of housing estates built during communism.
About 4,000 people gathered on Prague’s Wenceslas Square on Wednesday
night to demonstrate in support of Czech Television. The event, entitled We
Won’t Give Zeman CT!, was organised in response to a verbal attack by
President Miloš Zeman on the broadcaster and other journalists during his
inauguration speech last Thursday.
The rally started with the participants paying respect to Ján Kuciak, a Slovak investigative journalist, who was most likely murdered for exposing corruption in high office in late February.
Meanwhile, the recently reinstalled head of state is under fire for hosting a concert for his supporters at Prague Castle.