Len Blavatnik


BBCWW, Cohen form funding initiative

BBC Worldwide, Danny Cohen’s Access Entertainment and UK indie Lookout Point have created a premium drama funding initiative aimed at taking projects straight to series. The operation will be known as Benchmark Television. While it is not a production entity, it will commission projects from third-party producers and writing talent. BBCWW, the BBC’s commercial arm, […]

Cohen, BBCWW make down payments on House

Former Channel 4 drama chief Tessa Ross and ex-Working Title Television UK boss Juliette Howell can count of the backing of BBC Worldwide and Access Industries for their new indie. The pair will run House Productions as joint CEOs, and will focus on premium television and feature films. News of the indie’s creation broke in […]

Ex-BBC boss resurfaces at new production fund

Former BBC director of television Danny Cohen has a new job – leading a new multimillion dollar, global television and film fund. Cohen has been named president of Access Entertainment, which will operate as a new unit of Access Industries. Access is British-based music and entertainment mogul Len Blavatnik’s investment vehicle. Blavatnik plans to turn […]

‘Russian HBO’ makes a major channels move

Russian producer Amedia has moved into the channels business in a big way, effectively launching HBO in Russia and inking a huge programming deal with CBS Studios International. Founder and president Alexander Akopov tells Stewart Clarke about the company’s plans in the pay TV space. Amedia was until a recently best known as Russia’s biggest […]

HBO inks exclusive five-year Russian output deal

Russian producer and pay TV channel operator Amedia has inked an exclusive five-year output deal with HBO. The agreement covers the US premium programmer and channel operator’s scripted series and movies and documentary output. Amedia will take exclusive rights to shows including The Newsroom (pictured), Girls, Game of Thrones, and Boardwalk Empire. The deal covers […]