20 Apr 2015

SOVTELEXPORT, the content distributor for Russia Television and Radio, held more than 70 meetings during MIPTV 2015, the worlds largest TV and digital content market.

The company presented Russia Television and Radios extensive catalogue, including the best programmes from leading Russian producers, to representatives from the global TV industry.
Historical drama "Ekaterina" (commissioned by Russia Television and Radio and produced by AMEDIA with support from the Russian Cinema Fund) remains a big hit. The series has already been sold in more than 10 countries, including Mexico (to state TV channel Canal 22 Mexico), Serbia (to state TV channel RTS), Bulgaria and Mongolia.
At MIPTV, deals were finalized with China (CCTV) and Slovakia (Radio and Television Slovakia). An agreement was also signed with Bosnia and Herzegovina. A contract with Latin American distributor Smilehood Media, which will present the series at LA Screenings in autumn 2015, is ready for signature. In addition, details of an agreement are being discussed with one of the biggest distributors in the Middle East. The US online platform Hulu, a long-standing partner of Russia Television and Radio, is also considering buying the series.
The next step will be to dub the programmes into Spanish and English. From the point of view of international sales, this will significantly increase the commercial value of the series, and sales of "Ekaterina" so far mean that further investment in the project is possible.

One of the new titles offered by Sovtelexport, the romantic drama "True Blue Story" (produced by Real Dakota and Interfest with support from the Russian Cinema Fund), will be released in Russia on 21 May. The Russian-language version will open in Germany on the same date.
Director of Sovtelexport Julia Matiash said that the film had attracted the expected level of interest from international buyers: This is a high-quality film, at the heart of which is a very sincere and touching coming-of-age story.

A number of distributors from the Middle East, Asia and Europe showed interest in the drama "Ivan Son of Amir" (produced by Russia 1).

There was steady demand for action TV series such as "The Professional" (produced by Forward Film) and "Two Legends" (produced by Russia 2).

A series of documentaries marking the seventieth anniversary of the allied victory in the Second World War in Europe also received well-deserved attention. Buyers from Canada, Poland, Israel, Serbia, China, Japan and Thailand were all impressed with "Liberation"; "My Siege"; "The Russian Troy"; "Life at War"; "The Battle for Stalingrad"; "Historys Greatest Tank Battle"; "1944. The Battle for Crimea"; and "The Children Drew Death".

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