The leading pro-government daily bids farewell to Andy Vajna, praising his contribution to Hungarian film making. A liberal commentator suspects a fight over his media holding and casino concessions will follow.
Hungarian press roundup by budapost.eu
Background: on Saturday, film producer Andy Vajna passed away. Mr Vajna was the government commissioner in charge of the Hungarian film industry. He was also the owner of the TV2 Group media company.
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Magyar Idők’s editor-in-chief Ottó Gajdics remembers Andy Vajna by recalling that after his successful career as a producer in the US, Andy Vajna helped the Hungarian film industry to develop. Gajdics notes that under Vajna’s watch, Budapest has become a popular movie-making site. Even more importantly, Andy Vajna has helped the making of successful and popular Hungarian movies including the Oscar winning Son of Saul.
On Index.hu, Gergely Brückner suspects a big fight to come over Andy Vajna’s investment empire. The liberal commentator thinks that after Andy Vajna’s death, pro-government media investors will compete for the government advertisements that Vajna’s media outlets received, as well as to get their hands on Vajna’s casino concessions.