Netflix’s ‘Flinch’ gets Russian remake after CTC deals with SPT & Stellify

Netflix series Flinch is getting remade in Russia by local broadcaster CTC, after striking a deal via the format’s Belfast-based creator. The Russian version will be known as Не Дрогни / Ne Drogn (Don’t Flinch!) and is based on the original format from Stellify Media, which is sold by Sony Pictures Television (SPT). CTC’s show […]

NBCU’s ‘Hollywood Game Night’ scores Russian remake

NBCUniversal International Formats has struck a deal with Russian broadcaster CTC for a local version of Hollywood Game Night. The remake marks the 21st international version of the format, which has so far been adapted in the UK, Sweden, France, Spain, Turkey, French Canada and across Eastern Europe. Produced by Andrei Boltenko’s prodco M.I.R, the […]

Armoza’s Final Four lands Russia deal post-Fox

Russian broadcaster CTC has commissioned a first season of Armoza Formats’ primetime singing competition, The Final Four, which is already set for Fox in the US. The local adaptation will air towards the end of the year and contains eight episodes. Fox has recently picked up the show for a US edition. It picked up […]

Russia’s original output dips 12%

Locally-produced programming premiering on Russia’s seven biggest TV channels dipped 12% last year, new research shows. KVG Research’s annual report on the Russian TV market showed Channel One, Russia 1, NTV, CTC, TNT, St. Petersburg TV and Ren TV broadcasted a combined 9,400 hours of new original Russian content in 2015. This figure does not […]

MTG completes sale of CTC stake

The Modern Times Group (MTG) has completed the sale of its 38% stake in Russian broadcasters CTC Media. The Swedish-based free and pay TV group received a total of US$123 million for the stake, and the deal leaves MTG with no further interest in CTC or any of its operations. The sale will result in […]

MTG cashing out of CTC Media

Modern Times Group is set to receive US$123 million in cash for its 38% stake of Russian broadcaster CTC Media, after CTC announced the final terms of its cash-out merger. MTG said that based on currency exchange rates at close of business on April 29, net cash receipts of SEK987 million would be reported in […]

Lat Am, Euro nets coax Wild Things

Broadcasters in Argentina and Denmark are the latest buyers of Zodiak Rights-sold entertainment format Wild Things. Telefe used the format’s dedicated hub in Argentina for its local 13x60mins remake, with Peppermind attached to produce, while Mastiff Denmark is creating an 8x60mins version for its compatriot, TV3. Other recent local adaptations include Shenzhen TV’s Chinese version, […]

Pinewood in drama JV with CTC founder

British studio Pinewood Group has moved into high-end drama creation and financing through a new joint venture with CTC Media founder Peter Gerwe. Pinewood and Gerwe’s StoryFirst PST have created Pinewood Television, which will “create, develop and finance high quality drama series for television for the international market”. It also plans to be involved with […]

Stockholders back CTC Media sale

CTC Media’s stockholders approved the sale of 75% of the company to Russia’s UTV Management at a special meeting held yesterday. The sale to UTV was approved by people who own 62.7% of CTC’s outstanding shares, while 54.4% approved a merger between CTC Media and a wholly owned subsidiary called CTCM Merger Sub. The sale […]

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