“SABAH receives three awards from İMEDYA” – Sabah

Source : Sabah

“Last night, İMEDYA’s “2010 Stars of Economy Awards” were distributed to their rightful owners in an awards ceremony. While SABAH was selected as the year’s most successful newspaper, Aytuğ and Yaşar were also awarded for their contributions.

Sabah received three awards in last night’s ceremony for the 10th Annual İmedya TV and 2010 Stars of Economy Awards”, which named Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan as 2010’s “Most Successful Leader.”

SABAH Editor-in-Chief Erdal Şafak received the award granted to the newspaper, while Yüksel Aytuğ was awarded as the most successful magazine columnist.

The third award recipient from SABAH Newspaper is Economy Writer Süleyman Yaşar. Yaşar received the Economy News Ethics Award, which is granted to promote serious, superior, high-quality, moral articles befitting of the sector’s ethics.


Last night’s İmedya Awards Ceremony, which was attended by Prime Minister Erdoğan, was a lively event. Held in the Rixos Hotel; amongst the attendees were Deputy Prime Minister’s Bülent Arınç and Cemil Çiçek, State Minister Zafer Çağlayan, former Minister of Transportation Binali Yıldırım, State Minister Egemen Bağış as well as a number of prominent figures from the economy world as well as famous musician Orhan Gencebay. Acclaimed clarinetist Hüsnü Şenlendirici added colour to the evening with a performance. While delivering an opening speech, İmedya Executive Board Chairman Münci İnci addressed Prime Minister Erdoğan by saying, “I love you.” Deputy Prime Minister Çiçek, Foreign Affairs Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, State Minister Çağlayan, former Minister of Transportation Yıldırım and State Minister Ali Babacan were selected as the most successful ministers in 2010.


Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbaş was selected as the most successful municipal mayor. The award for the most successful banks for 2010 was awarded to Halk Bank and Garanti Bank. The most successful businessman award went to Ferit Şahenk and Fettah Tamince. Özgü Namal was selected as the most successful television series star for her role in Hanımın Çifliği. The awards for the most successful music stars were granted to Mustafa Ceceli, Enbe Orkestrası, Sertab Erener and Sıla. Meanwhile, the evening’s honorary award was handed to Orhan Gencebay. During his address, Gencebay delivered a message of brotherhood and afterwards Prime Minister Erdogan went and personally congratulated the musician.


After being selected as the most successful leader in 2010, and as he received his award, Erdoğan went on to state, “We do not make promises we cannot fulfill. In the past empty promises were made. Years past and none of these promises came to fruition.””

Source : Sabah

“We began promoting the “Magnificent Century”, agency CEO says” – Cumhuriyet

“Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Global Agency, Izzet Pinto, said Thursday that they began to promote the “Muhtesem Yuzyil (Magnificent Century)” TV series.

Speaking to the AA at a fair on television broadcasting in Istanbul, Pinto said that they would host a party in Cannes for 500 people, including global buyers, in three weeks and begin exporting the “Magnificent Century” to the whole world.

Around 4-5 years ago, I met with the creator of “Will You Be My Bride?” and I entered this sector. The format of this TV program was sold to about 30 countries, Pinto said. 

Following the format business, I entered the soap operas sector. Three years ago, I began representing “Binbir Gece (1001 Nights)”. This soap opera was sold to many countries. I sold it to the whole Balkans. The soap opera was liked so much that people began naming their children in Serbia and Croatia as “Sehrazat” and “Onur”, Pinto said. 

Later, I began representing the scenario rights of “Ask-i Memnu (The Forbidden Love)”. We have signed a contract with the Italian Berlusconi TV channel for “The Forbidden Love” and are conducting negotiations with the United States and other European countries to market this TV series, Pinto underlined.

Our portfolio includes 26 projects, Pinto said. We have sold “Will You Be My Bride?” to India and the first live marriage took place in our program, Pinto said.

Turkish soap operas and films have millions of watchers in the Balkans. Greece was a country in which Turkish series were not broadcast in the past. Only “Yabanci Damat (The Foreign Groom)” was broadcast as a joint production. However, “1001 Nights” became a phenomenon once it was broadcast in Greece, Pinto stressed.

The TV series market provides a revenue of around 50 million USD to Turkey. In the next 4-5 years, Turkey will earn around 500 million USD from TV series and I expect a 20 percent share in this market, Pinto said.

The greatest impact of TV series is felt in tourism. The number of tourists coming to Turkey from the Middle East went up 100 percent while the number of tourists coming to Turkey from the Balkans went up 200 percent, Pinto said.

We are currently working with 40 countries and are in touch with 100 other countries. Greece’s biggest TV channel ‘Mega TV’ is our world distributor while big producers of TV series in Argentina and Venezuela are distributors in the Balkans, Pinto said.

We are exporting format to China. “Will You Be My Bride?” will soon begin in China. Normally, China copies everything. For the first time in their history, they have actually paid to receive a format, Pinto noted.

Since our business is global, we want everyone to be interested in our projects. We grow by 100-200 percent annually. We have a good trade mark. We want our shares to be traded at the London Stock Exchange in two years, Pinto added.”

Source : Cumhuriyet

“The Dirt, and the Soap, on the Ottoman Empire” – New York Times

“For the show’s producers, it is nothing less than a Magnificent Controversy.

“Muhtesem Yuzyil,” or “Magnificent Century,” a lavish prime time soap opera about the life of Suleiman the Magnificent and Hurrem, the slave who became his powerful wife, is as admired here as it is reviled.

Suleiman ruled the Ottoman Empire from 1520 to 1566 at the height of its glory and is still revered as Kanuni, or Lawgiver.

The series attracted a wave of protests from irate viewers and even government officials. Critics said it was disrespectful to the sultan because it showed him drinking alcohol — banned in Islam — and womanizing with concubines in the harem. They also complain that its scriptwriters take liberties with historical events and depictions of royal lives.

Still, despite warnings from the government media regulator, or perhaps because of them, ratings remain sky high on Wednesday nights as each colorful chapter of fictionalized history unfolds.

After receiving what it said was more than 70,000 complaints when the drama first aired in January, the Supreme Board of Radio and Television, known by the Turkish acronym RTUK, said that Show TV, the channel broadcasting the series, had wrongly exposed “the privacy of a historical person” and owed the public an apology. […]”

Source : New York Times

“TV series cause tension between Turkish and Azerbaijan producers” – Hürriyet

'Çocuklar Duymasın' cast - source Hürriyet

“Turkey’s hit TV series ‘Çocuklar Duymasın’ (Children Shall Not Hear) has caused tension between its Turkish producer and Azerbaijani producers. MinT Production, which holds the copyrights of the series, is preparing to sue the Azerbaijani Xazer TV channel. The owner of the production company, producer and screenwriter Birol Güven, says: ‘The problem of copyrights is common in all around the world. There should be a certain standard’

One of Turkey’s most popular TV series, “Çocuklar Duymasın” (Children Shall Not Hear), has caused tension between its Turkish production company and Azerbaijan. MinT (Made in Turkey), which holds the copyrights to the TV series, is set to sue the Azerbaijani TV channel Xazer for copyright infringement. (…)”

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“Get to know Turkey’s movie and television viewers” – Sabah

“The Turkish audience’s number one preference is to watch films of the comedy genre. Films of choice should deal with political and social issues, whereas on television, Turkish viewers prefer to watch family shows.

Research commissioned by the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce and conducted by Galatasaray University, entitled The Positioning of the Film Industry in Turkey and Target Research has revealed surprising findings regarding television and film viewers in Turkey.

The research which spans over the past five years shows that a number of generalizations are not necessarily accurate. For example, the notion that ‘Art Films’ do not see much demand is not so true when it comes to DVD viewing. In fact, ‘Art Films’ are at times amongst the most highly viewed productions. Another finding that contradicts generalizations is that films based on social or political themes do indeed see demand. One of the most significant findings from the research conducted is that Turkey’s film industry is holding its own against demand for Hollywood films.


In terms of domestic film viewing throughout the globe, Turkey comes in sixth following India (%92), USA (%91.8), Egypt (%80), Japan (%56.9) and China (%56.6). In Europe, Turkey comes in first for the number of domestic films viewed. However despite these findings, the number of tickets, which on average is at 0.52 per person, comes in 13th in the world.
Ticket prices in Turkey, according to purchasing power are high in comparison to the United States and Europe. The average price for a film ticket is 8.35 TL.
In terms of genre, the Turkish public prefers comedy films (%41) followed by dramas (%21).
The most important factor for film viewers is genre. While 35 percent of viewers select films according to genre, 21.6 percent choose films based on whether they are domestic or international productions. Whether or not a film has received much media is not a significant deciding factor.
Sixty-one percent of viewers watch films in shopping centers, while 35 percent prefer boutique theaters.
Viewers enjot films according to their realism, believability and how much they draw the viewer in.
The Turkish public mostly enjoys social or political films (%31), followed by movies depicting ordinary life stories (%21) and love stories (%17).
Twenty-five percent of viewers go the moves once a year. 38 percent go 2-3 times a year and 18.7 percent go 4-5 times, while 9.3 percent go 6-10 times and 8.2 percent go to the movies more than ten times a year.
Viewers prefer domestic films when selectign a film to see in the theater, however when it comes to purchasing DVD’s it does not matter.
The Ministry of Tourism and Culture designated a 24, 089,000 TL budget for the film industry during the years 2005-2010, which resulted in the shooting of 158 films.
In making popular films, directors prefer to work with TV stars (%73) whereas directors for festival films prefer amateur actors (%67).
Legal DVD sales have surpassed 15 million. In DVD sales, the genre of preference is drama (%21) followed by comedy (%13).


There are approximately 47 television series broadcasted each week.
Including advertising and sponsorship income, the television series sector’s total revenue is at one billion liras.
The mist highly viewed shows are family or neighborhood series (%52).
Stories surrounding the middle class or the impoverished are preferred vieing for television series.
Series are in general, set in Istanbul (%57).
The deicsion to watch a new television series is primarily based on previews (%28), topic (%26) and casting (%26).
Sixty-six percent of viewers believe that television series episodes run for too long.”

Source : Sabah

“Beleaguered television industry workers ask for humane work conditions” – Today’s Zaman

Members of the script writers’ union Sender demonstrate against deplorable work conditions in the industry in Taksim Square in this photo from Dec. 24, 2010. source : Today's Zaman

“Turkish viewers find it difficult to really enjoy even the television series they like. Although this might sound paradoxical, it is true, given that the standard length of a Turkish series episode is 90 minutes, excluding the commercial breaks.

However, a state broadcasting regulator is working on setting limits to the average duration of an individual TV series episode. If this is good news for the viewer, it is great news for TV crewmembers, who have long been calling for limitations to episode length, even arguing that the current conditions in the production of a Turkish series violate a number of international labor and workers’ rights conventions. (…)”

Source : Today’s Zaman

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