the world digest


Vienna calling SBS

BERLIN — In its first major acquisition since merging with SBS Broadcasting in a $4 billion deal, German TV group ProSiebenSat.1 has acquired Austrian entertainment and news channel Puls TV from a group of private investors. Both sides declined to discuss the value of the transaction. ProSiebenSat.1 CEO Guillaume De Posch said the new merger group, Europe's second-largest broadcaster, is planning further expansion, particularly in central and Eastern Europe. ProSieben plans to use the Vienna-based channel as a base for its expansion in the Austrian market.

Pitches three

ROME — Two Italian projects and one candidate from the U.S. were selected for the Best Pitch award during the RomaFictionFest's "speed dating" market, organizers said Thursday. The U.S. candidate is half-hour series "Midlife Mambo." "Miss Food" and "People of Respect," both from Italy, also were honored. The awards were based on the first day of "speed dating" pitches on Wednesday. The sessions, which pair a project's creators with distributors and producers in 10-minute interviews, continued Thursday.

Spotlighting India

NEW DELHI — The 24th annual audiovisual and digital content fair MIPCOM, to be held Oct. 8-12 in Cannes, will honor the Indian media and entertainment industry with a special India Day focus. The initiative is a partnership between MIPCOM organizers Reed Midem and New Delhi-based Indian industry body Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. India Day, set for Oct. 8, will examine the growth and potential of the country's film, television and animation sectors and look at market-specific opportunities for global development.