Downsizing Polish TV

April 12, 2014
Not Cultured

Not Cultured

On Wednesday, 9 March, Leasing Team won a tender for taking up to 550 employees from the Polish Television (TVP) payroll. The employment agency offered the highest bid. Allegedly, the changes will be implemented in June. According to the plan, coordinating editors will still be employed by TVP, however, employees whose duties do not require an employment contract, e.g. make-up stylists and graphic designers, editing staff and journalists, will be employed by the agency. Staff enrolled by the employment agency will be guaranteed a two-year contract, with no changes to the contract guaranteed only for the first year. The transfer of staff to the outsourcing company is the first stage of restructuring at TVP. The plan involves changing employment contracts to task-based contracts thus encouraging some staff to become self-employed. Naturally, trade unions strongly oppose the changes. On 7 February, the Wizja trade union declared a one-hour warning strike. The organisers also sent a letter to the Prime Minister informing him about the restructuring plans of the TVP management board. TVP wishes to cut costs and the Ministry of Treasury expects progress in the restructuring programme. Rafał Baniak, deputy minister at the Ministry of Treasury, has praised the methods employed by the management board. “The net income of TVP for 2013, although negative, will improve by PLN 200 million compared to last year. Such an improvement in the financial state of the company is a result of the efficient restructuring programme. We expect TVP to continue restructuring whilst assuring high-quality programming and improving financial performance,” declared the minister.
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Natalie Portman’s Polish Praise

April 8, 2014
Polish Praise

Polish Praise

Natalie Portman, the movie star and debuting director, has acknowledged Polish cinematographer Sławomir Idziak for his “commitment and professional working methods”. Idziak is director of photography on “A Tale of Love and Darkness”, which is an adaptation of the novel of the same name and also 32-year-old Portman’s silver screen directorial debut. The American actress, who was born in Jerusalem and is the daughter of an Israeli doctor and American artist, also plays one of the leading roles in the movie. The novel “A Tale of Love and Darkness”, written by Amos Oz, an Israeli writer born in 1939, has been translated into 30 or so languages. Sławomir Idziak spent the last four months in Israel working on the screen adaptation. Shooting was completed several days ago. The Polish cinematographer uses an unconventional way of working on set, which was created during his workshops for young filmmakers. Film Spring Open has been run by Idziak for a few years now and his unconventional methods drew the attention of the young director. “The choices we made together at the pre-production stage saved so much time and effort,” wrote Portman in a special thank-you expressing her gratitude to Idziak.
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Gessler Needs Help?

April 4, 2014
Magda Gessler

Magda Gessler

Lara, daughter of famed Polish cooking expert Magda Gessler, is a sociologist. Up until very recently, she was responsible for her mother’s media contacts. However, she has finally decided to forget about working with her family and work abroad. Last year she found herself on the front cover of Viva magazine with her mother. Now, she is working in café in London. Have the mighty fallen or is she just looking for a new challenge? And will her mother need another helping hand?
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Samsung in Warsaw

April 1, 2014
Innovation in Warsaw

Innovation in Warsaw

At a conference that recently took place in Warsaw’s Arkadia shopping centre, mobile giant Samsung presented its newest Galaxy series devices. They will not be inexpensive. The newest flagship model of the Korean giant is the Galaxy S5 which had its world premiere in February at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. As well as smartphones, Samsung also presented the Galaxy Gear 2, Galaxy Neo and the sport band Galaxy Fit. All Samsung’s newest devices were presented during the Arkadia conference at the new Samsung. This included Samsung Galaxy S5 for PLN 2,999; Galaxy Gear 2 for PLN 1,199; Galaxy Gear Neo for PLN 899 and Galaxy Gear Fit for PLN 799. The presale of the devices has already started. People who decide to order the Galaxy S5 will also get the Galaxy Gear as a gift.
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More Smart Energy

March 23, 2014
New Solutions Needed

New Solutions Needed

Before the Brussels climate summit, the global organisation Avaaz asked Polish people about their attitude to climate change, Russian gas, and their standpoint on renewable energy. The survey was conducted by telephone on a group of 1,000 Poles on 14-16 March by TNS Poland. In answer to the question whether Poland should concentrate on developing its resources of renewable sources of energy so as to gain independence from Russian gas, 88% of interviewees said ‘yes’, with only 6% saying ‘no’. 59% of respondents want the Polish Government and Prime Minister Tusk to support the EU climate change policy of which PM Tusk is an opponent. The survey also revealed that more than two-thirds (67%) of Poles perceive climate change as a threat, which could influence them and their families in the upcoming years. However, 57% of respondents follow Polish politicians’ approach to climate change issues when it comes to their electoral preferences. “Poland has to choose between a future embroiled in climatic chaos and dependence on Putin’s Russia, or a new era of clean, safe, Polish energy. The majority of Poles hopes that PM Tusk will introduce their country to a more ecological and safer future,” said Alex Wilks, Avaaz campaign director. The heads of European countries are meeting in Brussels for a two-day summit. They will discuss a climate policy package that will be in force up to the year 2030. The main goals are the reduction of carbon emissions, improvements in energy efficiency, and the support of renewable energy. According to scientists, only reducing emissions by 50% will help us avoid a disastrous warming of the climate. This week the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Sweden and Norway were convincing Europe to accept ambitious targets in the reduction of emissions. Also, they will discuss a change in reliance on imported energy from Russia following the Ukrainian crisis.
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Secrets Revealed

March 13, 2014
Secrets Revealed

Kwaśniewska Making Money

The ongoing scandal involving the celebrity agent Małgorzata Herda has revealed more details. It seems celebrity Ola Kwaśniewska (daughter of the former Polish President Aleksander Kwaśniewski) makes a great deal of money with her banquet appearances. Her normal fee is somewhere in the region of PLN 2,000 to PLN 8,000 for each appearance. Kwaśniewska, however, is trying hard to foster an image of being a serious journalist. This might be difficult since, according to tabloid Fakt, the TV show which she most often appears on has not been been included in the new schedule of Polsat Café. “It was concluded that Mała Czarna has ran its course and it will not be continued in its present form,” confirms a TV station employee, during an interview with the tabloid. “Ola got the chance of running her own show. However, negotiations were not successful, although it is possible that they will continue and something could be agreed upon before the summer holidays, and Ola will start her own show in the autumn.”
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Childhood Dream Fulfilled

March 3, 2014
Go for Gold!

Go for Gold!

Sports commentators hailed Kamil Stoch’s jumps, where he won his first (of two) Olympic gold medals, outstanding. He left the competition far behind. For the ski jumper himself, the medals in Sochi were not only a massive success, but also the fulfilment of a childhood dream. This is confirmed by a video that has gone viral on YouTube where a twelve-year-old Kamil says, “I would like to take part in the Olympics, win a gold medal, but for now I still have some time.” Olympic gold winner Stoch has not forgotten those words because soon after receiving the gold medal he thanked not only his nearest and dearest but also the coaches who worked with him from the very start of his career. And there were quite a few because Kamil started skiing as early as the age of three. One year later he was jumping off small hills with his friends. He began regular training at his club LKS Ząb at the age of eight.
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Met Opera Comes to Warsaw

February 28, 2014
Beyond Space and Time

Beyond Space and Time

From 1 March 2014, Praha cinema in Warsaw will begin a series of live HD broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera. Audiences will feel like they are sitting in the Metropolitan  itself. The “Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD” is a well-known and award-winning series of live broadcasts in HD quality from the most famous opera in the world. Special effects give viewers the impression of participating in the performance, even though it is being watched by thousands of people around the world. Another attraction is the fact that during the shows, we are able to follow set changes and watch interviews with the actors backstage, giving the audience of the live HD series the opportunity to look behind the scenes of high art. Despite the six-hour time difference, European audiences can watch the performaces live in the evenings, because the Metropolitan has two performances on Saturdays: one in the early afternoon and the other in the evening. The afternoon show is broadcast in Europe. Praha cinema will also show repeats of selected productions.
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Magda Gessler is Gordon Ramsey

January 30, 2014
Polish Gordon Ramsey?

Polish Gordon Ramsey?

The Polish version of Hell’s Kitchen will be shown on Polsat. As well as broadcasting Top Chef, Polsat has made the move to strike while the iron is hot and introduce Polish audiences to yet another cooking programme. Discussions are afoot regarding who will host Hell’s Kitchen in Poland. It was originally hosted by Gordon Ramsay in the UK. Most people agree that the Polish version of Hell’s Kitchen be hosted by Magda Gessler, who already hosts Top Chef. This seems likely because Jake Vision, the company that produces Top Chef, will also be producing Hell’s Kitchen. Several cooking experts will be pitting against one another, running a restaurant under the management of a famous Polish top chef, however, Poland’s culinary celebrities have not yet been selected. As always, one participant will quit the show every episode and the winner will take home a grand prize of PLN 100,000. Casting is currently under way. Applications must be received by the 10 February by sending an e-mail to zgloszenia@hellskitchen.com.pl or by calling 506-017-004.
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Poland Sings for Morgernstern

January 27, 2014
Thomas Morgenstern Crashes

Thomas Morgenstern Crashes

World Cup winner Thomas Morgernstern thanked his Polish fans on his Facebook profile recently. Polish fans showed their support for the Austrian ski jumper after his accident on the large ski slope in Kulm. Not only did Polish fans have the names of their cities and favourite ski jumpers on their flags but also lots of words of support for Thomas Morgernstern. The ski jumping event organisers also encouraged the crowd to sing for Morgernstern, a moving tribute which visibly touched Morgernstern. He reacted on Facebook immediately posting a photo from his bed showing his feet in front of the television with the Polish fans singing and waving flags. “Great thanks for this incredible song for my Polish fans,” he wrote in German and English, adding a #goosebumps hash tag beside it. As many as 14,000 followers liked the post. Will Morgernstern go to the Olympics after his accident? On 10 January, in Titisee-Neustadt, Morgernstern lost control during his jump and hit the ground during the second jump of the day. The accident looked serious, but according to doctors there is no threat of any serious complications. “Morgernstern in Sochi? It could be possible,” said Austrian team coach Alexander Pointner. Poland’s ski jumpers also showed their support for Thomas. “Morgi, alles gute,” shouted the Polish ski jumpers while putting on their skis.
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