the world digest


Fat fighters

BRUSSELS — The European Parliament voted Thursday to restrict TV advertising of junk foods and called for tighter measures to ensure the media helps in the fight against obesity in Europe. Members of the European Parliament voted in Brussels by a margin of 620 to 24 for EU-wide controls on TV advertising of foods high in fat, sugar and salt to children. They backed a report drafted by Belgian Liberal Democrat Frederique Ries that said text messaging to cell phones, online games and sponsorships of playgrounds should be included.

IPO fever

NEW DELHI — The Indian media and entertainment industry is expected to raise $678.7 million from the Indian stock market

via public issues floated by 18 media companies, according to figures released by New Delhi-based financial data analyst Prime Database. Among the companies that went public recently are New Delhi-based Global Broadcast News, which runs the CNN-IBN news network. A partnership between CNN and leading Indian broadcaster TV18, GBN is expected to raise about $22 million from the markets.

Drake date

ROME — The first Drake International Film Festival focusing on independent film and projects that use cutting-edge technologies will take place in June near Naples, organizers said Thursday. The festival, which will be headed by longtime Venice Film Festival industry office chief Laura Marcellino, will feature 12 films in competition and more than 300 screenings June 23-30. Organizers vow to have at least six world premieres at the event, along with visits from several A-list Hollywood talents. The official launch of the festival will take place later this month at the Berlin International Film Festival.