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RUSSIA TELEVISION AND RADIO CONTENT IS A SUCCESS AT MIPCOM 2014

RUSSIA TELEVISION AND RADIO CONTENT IS A SUCCESS AT MIPCOM 2014

3 Nov 2014

The TV series "Ekaterina", AMEDIA STUIO production commissioned by RUSSIA TELEVISION AND RADIO distributed internationally by Sovtelexport, attracted unprecedented interest at MIPCOM 2014.

The thirtieth edition of the audiovisual content market MIPCOM ended on 16 October this year in Cannes, France. An extensive range of programs across multiple genres was presented at the RUSSIA TELEVISION AND RADIO Sovtelexport stand: feature films and documentaries, drama series, adaptations of Russian literary classics, format shows and concerts. The catalogue showcased RUSSIA TELEVISION AND RADIO productions, as well as programs by other leading Russian producers: Russia Today, Nikita Mikhalkovs Studio TRITE, Bazelevs Production, Star Media and Format TV.
MIPCOM 2014 saw a marked surge in interest among foreign buyers for content from RUSSIA TELEVISION AND RADIO. A positive trend was observed in cooperation with partners from North and South America and Asia. There was also an increase in the number of new partners from Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The partnership with online distributor HULU is set to continue.
The seasons flagship project is the historical production "Ekaterina", a period drama about the life of one of the most unique women in eighteenth-century Europe, the Russian Empress Catherine the Great. This new project caused a real stir, with the series set to air in more than 30 countries across several continents: Europe, North and South America, the Middle East and Asia. The popularity of the genre, as well as the large budget, brilliant performances and sumptuous décor, have all contributed to the success of "Ekaterina". The demand for Russian television series and adaptations of world classics continues to grow.
Talks have begun on licensing deals for the series "Demons" and "Ash in Europe (Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Serbia and Slovakia), and for the "Secrets of the Institute for Noble Maidens" in the Middle East. Representatives of Eurochannel (USA) have put forward offers for the series "Einstein: The Theory of Love" and "The White Guard".
Buyers from across the board have expressed interest in feature-length films, such as the biopic "The Iron Ivan", the detective thriller "Spy " and the war epic "Kandahar". Representatives from companies in the USA have made offers for "Spy" and "Kandahar".
Traditionally, contemporary Russian documentary filmmaking has focused on the Second World War, popular science programs, nature documentaries and films exposing acute social issues.
A deal has been struck on a package of documentary films (totaling more than 50 hours) for distribution in Iraq.
Initial agreements have been reached to distribute Big Ballet, Big Jazz and Big Opera in Italy, Mexico, Brazil, Japan and the USA.

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